RADHAS STORY DVD A Biography of Swami Sivananda Radha Swami Sivananda Radha
Discover the fascinating life of Swami Sivananda Radha, a Western woman who travelled to India in the 1950s, became a swami and went on to establish the first ashram in Canada, which endures to this day. Radha's Story follows the journey of this remarkable woman - from her privileged childhood in Berlin and her career as a glamorous concert dancer, to her wartime experiences of love, loss and tragedy and her post-war immigration to Montreal. Her deep desire for meaning eventually leads her to the banks of the Ganges and onto the spiritual path that would transform her life. Featuring rare footage from her time in India and candid interviews, this biographical portrait celebrates the unique life of spiritual seeker and great teacher. (dvxs)
RAGE The Legend of Baseball Bill Denehy Bill Denehy and Peter Golenbock
Baseball, addiction, and recovery are chronicled in this story of a gifted athlete who almost had it all. A home-run bio about a gifted pitcher whose National League career held promise until a hard slider to Willie Mays injured his shoulder. Cortisone injections could only keep him in the game for a while. Denehy holds nothing back as he shares the rage he felt his whole life, his lost dreams, and eventually finding peace when he entered recovery.
Persecuted by Anthony Comstock and his Society for the Suppression of Vice, this turn-of-the-century heroine was also a spiritualist who learned many secrets of high magick through her claimed wedlock to an angelic being. Born in Philadelphia in 1857, Ida Craddock became involved in occultism around the age of thirty. She attended classes at the Theosophical Society and began studying a tremendous amount of materials on various occult subjects. She taught correspondence courses to women and newly married couples to educate them on the sacred nature of sex, maintaining that her explicit knowledge came from her nightly experiences with an angel named Soph. In 1902, she was arrested under New York’s anti-obscenity laws and committed suicide to avoid life in an asylum.
Now for the first time, scholar Vere Chappell has compiled the most extensive collection of Craddock’s work including original essays, diary excerpts, and suicide letters--one to her mother and one to the public.
SHADOWS IN CAGES Forgotten Women and Children in Indias Prisons Ruzbeh Nari Bharucha
This book relates the unbelievable personal accounts of women and children in India's prison system. Readers who are parents will shudder at what they read in SHADOWS IN CAGES. This sobering book overflows with stories of mothers in prison who along with their very young children exist in the most dismal conditions. These prisons are often filthy fly-infested severely overcrowded and stiflingly hot. Bharucha paints a grim picture. But it's not without sparks of hope. His coverage of the recently reformed Tihar prison - complete with a well-run nursery in which children learn and play - illustrates a heartening solution other prisons can adopt. He shows readers that the gift of freedom is one that should not be taken for granted. Learn about the positive marked effect non-governmental agencies have made to the system - jobs housing hygiene and education. It concludes with an in-depth interview with Kiran Bedi on her accomplishments and outline for future progress.
Despite the reshifting of values that has affected every aspect of life in the 21st century, William Shakespeare still stands as the greatest writer the English language has ever produced. Even so, many people have never read him. If you have never read “the Bard”—or if you've tried and given up in frustration—you need SHAKESPEARE FOR BEGINNERS. Author Brandon Toropov opens with the observation that Shakespeare's genius is not in his (or England's) history, it's in his words, most notably, his plays—in his brilliant stories, unforgettable characters, and the impossible beauty of his language. So SHAKESPEARE FOR BEGINNERS skips the historical foreplay and goes straight to Shakespeare's plays. The book offers clear, concise descriptions and plot summaries of each play; it lists key phrases and important themes, explains the main ideas behind each work and features excerpt of important passages (with explanatory notes on tough words.) And it is the only 'entry level' book available outside Great Britain that covers all of Shakespeare's plays.
When Laura Estreich is born, her appearance presents a puzzle: does the shape of her eyes indicate Down syndrome or the fact that she has a Japanese grandmother? In this powerful memoir, George Estreich, a poet and stay-at-home dad, tells his daughter's story, reflecting on her inheritance - from the literal legacy of her genes, to the family history that precedes her, to the Victorian physician John Langdon Down's diagnostic error of "Mongolian idiocy." Against this backdrop, Laura takes her place in the Estreich family as a unique child, quirky and real, loved for everything ordinary and extraordinary about her.
SONGS OF MY FAMILIES A Thirty-Seven Year Odyssey from Korea to America and Back Kelly Fern with Brad Fern
In 1971, Lee Myonghi, aged five, was taken from her family and placed in a Korean orphanage. Six months later, she was flown to the United States, where she and two other Korean girls were adopted by a Minnesota couple. They renamed her Kelly Jean. Eleven years later, Kelly found herself at the doorstep of a Minnesota agency, although this time as a teen mother giving her own child up for adoption. Kelly later married and had two more children. Then, in 2007, Kelly's husband found her original, Korean family and so began a journey that reunited Kelly with the family whom she thought had abandoned her and brought her face to face with the daughter she herself had lost twenty-five years before.
Told with refreshing honesty, SONGS OF MY FAMILIES is the moving story of two generations of women forced to make agonising choices as they coped with harsh economic realities and personal crises. It is, also, an affirmation of the strength of family, the importance of one's cultural heritage and the enduring power of love.
SPIRITUAL JOURNEY OF ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY The Creator of El Topo Alejandro Jodorowsky
In 1970, John Lennon introduced to the world Alejandro Jodorowsky and the film El Topo that he wrote, starred in and directed. The film and its author instantly became a counterculture icon. The New York Times said it “demands to be seen,” and Newsweek called it “An Extraordinary Movie!” But that was only the beginning of the story and the controversy of El Topo and the journey of its brilliant creator. His spiritual quest began with the Japanese master Ejo Takata, the man who introduced him to the practice of meditation, Zen Buddhism and the wisdom of the koans. Yet in this autobiographical account of his spiritual journey, Jodorowsky reveals that it was a small group of wisewomen, far removed from the world of Buddhism, who initiated him and taught him how to put the wisdom he had learned from his master into practice.
At the direction of Takata, Jodorowsky became a student of the surrealist painter Leonora Carrington, thus beginning a journey in which vital spiritual lessons were transmitted to him by various women who were masters of their particular crafts. These women included Doña Magdalena, who taught him “initiatic” or spiritual massage; the powerful Mexican actress known as La Tigresa (the “tigress”); and Reyna D'Assia, daughter of the famed spiritual teacher G. I. Gurdjieff. Other important wisewomen on Jodorowsky's spiritual path include María Sabina, the priestess of the sacred mushrooms; the healer Pachita; and the Chilean singer Violeta Parra. The teachings of these women enabled him to discard the emotional armour that was hindering his advancement on the path of spiritual awareness and enlightenment.
· Reveals Jodorowsky turning the same unsparing spiritual vision seen in El Topo to his own spiritual quest
· Shows how the author's spiritual insight and progress was catalysed repeatedly by wisewomen shamans and healers
From Zen cherry blossoms to the Noh stage. From Hawaiian breathing lessons to an Okinawan rodeo. From Balinese wise men to the Egyptian pyramids. It all started in small town Minnesota and it ended much later than the doctors said it would. In his early 20s, Wayne Stier was diagnosed with cancer and a less than 50 percent chance of living more than 5 years. He and his wife Mars responded by seizing the day and moving to Japan.
This extraordinary memoir is full of memorable lines and lessons. Some funny. “Rule of slapstick—stand up quick and pretend it didn’t happen.” Some koan-like: “A dog’s bark is a dot pointing out the silence.” Stier’s writing will change the way you look at the world. His writing is an act of discovery and rediscovery, from the landlocked plains of the Midwest to the slope of an active volcano. In Japan, Wayne became a Kyogen actor and the second foreigner ever to perform on the Noh stage. On the Big Island of Hawaii he built his home and art studio, with living trees forming the corner posts, and wrote the myth of his own life.
In Bali, an old man told Wayne to look at the sky—filled with shining stars even when the sun is shining. Stars when the Sun Shines is about looking at the world through continuously new eyes. It’s bound to change the way the reader looks at the world as well. Stier’s writing burns through illusions to conclusions about a life so full he forgot he was dying, until he did, in Hawaii, on May 30, 2009, weeks after his 62nd birthday.
For readers who gravitate to Eat, Pray, Love because of its spiritual odyssey or The Last Lecture because of its message to live in the moment in spite of impending finality, they will have an interest in Stars When the Sun Shines because it offers a combination of both.
STILL POINT OF THE TURNING WORLD The Life of Gia-Fu Feng Carol Ann Wilson
Born to a wealthy, traditional family in Shanghai, Gia-fu lived through tumultuous periods of exponential change in China. After leaving his homeland for graduate studies in the States, he found himself stranded on the other side of the world with the home he knew crumbling before the world's eyes.
Landing in the mid-1950s at San Francisco's American Academy of Asian Studies, Gia-fu unexpectedly found a niche, a place from which to explore who he was. Within a decade, his path took him to Esalen in Big Sur and the human potential movement of the 1960s. Gia-fu went on to found Stillpoint, a Taoist community of families living simply and honestly with each other in nature.
Teacher, translator and Tai Ji master, Gia Fu-Feng is remembered for his colourful life in which he learned and taught alongside some of the twentieth century's greatest writers and thinkers, including Jack Kerouac and Alan Watts. Through his life and work, he sought to bring the ancient wisdom of the Tao into the modern world. His translation of the Tao Te Ching has sold over 1,250,000 copes and is widely considered to be one of the most readable and influential translations of our time.
STILL POINT represents thirteen years of research by dedicated author, Carol Ann Wilson, sister to Gia-fu's heir. Using Gia-fu's biographical notes and numerous outside sources, Wilson has given us the extraordinary story of a rogue Taoist sage.
STORY BEHIND THE STORY My life of Service Through Writing Swami Kriyananda
In this book you'll step behind the scenes and explore the inspirations that led Swami Kriyananda to write all of his books (now numbering more than 80) from his first book YOURS-THE UNIVERSE! printed on a mimeograph machine to his most recent book CONVERSATIONS WITH YOGANANDA a world-wide bestseller printed on three continents. Paramahansa Yogananda started Swami Kriyananda on the path of writing when he told his young disciple: Your work is writing editing and teaching. Swami Kriyananda explains that he has always seen Yogananda's teachings as the hub of a wheel from which spokes reach out in all directions to provide valuable insights for all aspects of life. As Kriyananda says I set out to write books that would demonstrate how life lived at every level could be given deeper meaning: how one could succeed at anything he wanted and attain any goal he set for himself. The simple rules of life Yogananda gave to the world can help everyone to achieve the universal goal of all life: happiness.
STORY OF EDGAR CAYCE There is a River... Thomas Sugrue
The complete biography of Edgar Cayce covers not only his fascinating life and the phenomenal information that came through his psychic readings, but it, also, provides hope to anyone suffering from illness or despair of heart and spirit. The myriad of topics covered include holistic, healthy remedies for both common and rare illnesses; spiritual growth subjects such as meditation, prayer and reincarnation and world events both past, present and future. The book, also, contains the famous "philosophy section," which covers our origin, purpose and destiny in the Earth.
STRANGE ENCOUNTERS HB Adventures of a Renegade Naturalist Daniel B. Botkin
An internationally renowned scientist Daniel B. Botkin has lived the kind of life that other people only dream about. He has studied whales and elephants tramped over high mountain passes and through rainforests worked with NASA and walked in the footsteps of Henry David Thoreau and Lewis and Clark. STRANGE ENCOUNTERS is Botkin's warm witty account of his adventures spanning thirty years and dozens of countries infused with insights and observations on how people and the institutions they build interact with the natural world. In this delightful narrative Botkin does for the science of the natural world what Oliver Sacks has done for the science of human behaviour: he enlightens while he entertains. Whether he is rebuilding an old mill in New Hampshire and ruminating on notions of progress researching the most weight-efficient food for space travel or working in a radioactive forest on an early Cold War research project Botkin's exploits illuminate the complex and evolving relationship between humans and their environment. STRANGE ENCOUNTERS is the most personal and accessible work in Daniel Botkin's long career as a writer. His most influential book Discordant Harmonies: A New Ecology for the Twenty-first Century helped change the way citizens governments and corporations view environmental issues bringing the concept of sustainability to centre stage.
Through the eyes of dozens of people who've known him, get to know one of the most remarkable spiritual teachers of our time, Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of the great Master, Paramhansa Yogananda. Yogananda started a spiritual revolution in America and throughout the world. Swami Kriyananda has dedicated his life to helping to manifest many of the seed ideas that Yogananda gave to the world during his lifetime.
In this extraordinary book, you will read dozens of stories, written by people who have known Swami Kriyananda. You will find humour, compassion, miracles, inspiration and friendship coming through these stories. They give you a picture of a man who has much to teach all of us, how to care about others and help them in the most beautiful ways, how to live a life dedicated to service of God, how to follow the highest principles of dharma in all circumstances.
TAKING WOODSTOCK A True Story of a Riot, a Concert and a Life Elliott Tiber
with Tom Monte
Before there was a Woodstock Concert, there was Elliot Tiber working to make a go of his parents' hotel, the El Monaco. It wasn't easy and in the process, Elliot became the area's official issuer of event permits - not that anybody else wanted that position. Then, in the summer of 1969, Elliot Tiber's life changed in a way he never could have foreseen. Greenwich Village had become the mecca for gays in America. There, Elliot had socialised with the likes of Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, Andy Warhol and a talented young photographer named Robert Mapplethorpe and yet had managed to keep his gay life a secret from his family. Then on Friday, June 27, Elliot walked into the Stonewall Inn - and witnessed the riot that would galvanise the gay movement in the United States. And on July 17, when Elliot read that the Woodstock Concert promoters had lost their license to stage the show in Wallkill, he called to offer his help in finding a new venue. In the days that followed, Elliot found himself swept up in a vortex that would change his life forever.
The events that unfolded during that hot New York summer have come to be recognised as major turning points in our cultural history. Few, however, have enjoyed Elliot Tiber's unique view of those events. TAKING WOODSTOCK is the funny, touching and true story of the man who enabled Woodstock to take place.
TAKING WOODSTOCK is now a Major Motion Picture, directed by Ang Lee, and a competition entry for this years Palme d' Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The film will be on general release from November 13th 2009.