Vraja Kishor's Books

Trainwrecks & Transcendence
A Collision of Hardcore & Hare Krishna

A memoir of my experience living in ISKCON Hare Krishna temples, while also being a member of Hardcore bands (Beyond, Inside Out, Shelter, and 108).

This is going to get ugly.

And it’ll be beautiful.

Ugliness and beauty will stand shoulder to shoulder, each one unashamed of its nudity. It has to be like that, because that’s how I lived it. It was an awful train-wreck and it was a wonderful transcendental revelation, at the same time.

I apologize in advance to those in my story who are uncomfortable being portrayed in the nude. I certainly won’t go out of my way to reveal your warts and blemishes, but ugliness is an essential part of the reality I experienced, and my story just won’t make sense if I blur out and censor the unsavory bits.

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Trainwrecks & Transcendence
Basic Truths of Gaudiya Philosophy

Basic Truths of Gaudiya Philosophy
An English Rendering of Sri Jiva Goswami's Tattva Sandarbha

Tattva Sandarbha is the first of six founding documents that literally define the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava school.

I dedicate this English rendition to common people without proficiency in Sanskrit or philosophical erudition. My goal was to translate each and every iota of philosophical meaning into English that is straight to the point, well-organized, clear, and as simple as possible. I believe that Basic Truths of Gaudiya Philosophy is a book that will empower "the masses" with direct access to the philosophical genius of Śrī Jīva Goswāmī, and the Vedāntic masterpiece that is Gauḍīya Philosophy.

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A Simple Gita

A Simple Gītā
Easy, concise, and deep!

The Bhagavad-Gita - with all its depth and detail - in simple, straightforward terms.

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Beautiful Tales of the All-Attractive, Vol. 1

Beautiful Tales
of the All-Attractive
Śrīmad Bhāgavatam's First Canto

Part One of India's most beloved Purāṇa in refreshingly straightforward yet artistic language. It brings full clarity to the storyline, ecstasy, and nuances of the original Vedic masterpiece.

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Beautiful Tales of the All-Attractive, Vol. 2

Creating the Creator
Śrīmad Bhāgavatam's Second Canto

Experience divinity in the world, in ourselves, and in its own context. The Creator describes his own thrilling experience of divinity: an ecstatic darśan with Hari at the dawn of the universe, granting awareness of all evolutions and creations.

Part Two of India's most beloved Purāṇa in refreshingly straightforward yet artistic language. It brings full clarity to the storyline, ecstasy, and nuances of the original Vedic masterpiece.

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Beautiful Tales of the All-Attractive, Vol. 2

Varāha, Vidura & Kapila
Śrīmad Bhāgavatam's Third Canto

Vidura's devotion. Varāha's adventures. Kapila's philosophy. All told with backstory illuminating the initial evolution and creation of the universe.

Part Three of India's most beloved Purāṇa in refreshingly straightforward yet artistic language. It brings full clarity to the storyline, ecstasy, and nuances of the original Vedic masterpiece.

Paperback ($15) Kindle ($5) PDF (donation)


To Dance in the Downpour of Devotion

To Dance in the
Downpour of Devotion
Bhakti-yoga user's guide

An inspirational and practical guide, explaining Mādhurya Kādambinī in clear and simple English. It vividly describes each of the 9 stages of bhakti, detailing each step on the road from ignorance to bliss.

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Classes

All classes conducted live on the internet. Schedules determined per students.

An Ocean of Nectar (Bhakti-rasāmṛta Sindhu)

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The Gītā - In Essence and Detail

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The Role of Sacred Text in Gauḍīya Bhakti

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God, Consciousness, & Reality

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Kīrtan from Vraja and Shyama @ Ter Kadamba Mandir

Sounds from an
Ocean of Tears
2014

"It sounds like traditional Bengali kīrtan without sounding like traditional Bengali kīrtan." Tambura, Koto, Bulbul Taraṅg, Mañjira, Mṛdāṅga, and many other instruments. Over an hour of Kīrtans.

For some idea what it sounds like, here are a few youtube videos of previous kīrtan's we've done (these are not on the CD).

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Sounds from an Ocean of Tears, by Ter Kadamba

Keep in Contact

Vraja Kishor, Janmāṣṭamī 2014

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