Want to Live Longer? Read books!
   
 
   
 

A chapter a day may keep the coroner away, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Yale University, which found that reading books can help a person to live longer.

Published in the journal 'Social Science & Medicine', researchers wrote that, compared to non-book readers, "book readers experienced a 20% reduction in risk of mortality over the 12 years of follow-up compared to non-book readers."

The aim of the 12-year study, which included 3,635 participants over the age of 50, was to determine if book readers have "a survival advantage over those who do not read books and over those who read other types of materials."

Using data from a Health and Retirement Study sponsored by the USA's National Institute on Aging, researchers divided participants into three groups: those who do not read books, those who read up to 3.5 hours a week and those who read more than 3.5 hours a week.

Remarkably, they found that book readers live an average of two years longer.

"When readers were compared to non-readers at 80% mortality (the time it takes 20% of a group to die), non-book readers lived 85 months (7.08 years), whereas book readers lived 108 months (9.00 years) after baseline," the study found. "Thus, reading books provided a 23-month survival advantage."

Interestingly the study found that "reading books provided a greater benefit than reading newspapers or magazines."

"We uncovered that this effect is likely because books engage the reader's mind more - providing more cognitive benefit, and therefore increasing the lifespan," the study explained.

Researchers also found a correlation between reading times and longer life spans, asserting, "as little as 30 minutes a day was still beneficial in terms of survival."

"The benefits of reading books include a longer life in which to read them... The robustness of our findings suggests that reading books may not only introduce some interesting ideas and characters, it may also give more years of reading," the study stated.

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New Books  
   
 

Ramayana
av Krishna Dharma (Kenneth Anderson)

Berättelsen om prins Rama har återgetts sedan årtusenden i Indien och Sydostasien. Otaliga generationer har lärt känna den hjältemodige krigaren och hans dramatiska väg till tronen i Ayodhya, hans giftermål med den undersköna Sita och hur hon rövas bort av Ravana, en fruktansvärd demon som lagt under sig hela universum. För att befria Sita tar Rama hjälp av den kraftfulla apan Hanuman och en väldig armé av apor och björnar med övernaturliga krafter. Eposet Ramayana utspelar sig i en avlägsen tid då mäktiga hjältar, mystiker, vismän och gudar vandrade över jorden.

Kenneth Andersons romanversion av Ramayana är en attraktiv och lättillgänglig återgivning av den uråldriga berättelsen. Mahabharata, Indiens andra stora epos, finns redan utgiven på svenska, återberättad av samma författare. Därmed kan vi i Sverige äntligen ta del av dessa båda klassiker, som är fyllda av dramatik, kärlek, äventyr, visdom och gigantiska uppgörelser på slagfälten.

 

 

   
 

Our Family Business
by Vaisesika Dasa

In this very readable book, Vaisesika Dasa discusses both why we should join the family business of distributing transcendental knowledge through the written word as well as how book distribution benefits distributors, the devotional community, and all those who receive one of Srila Prabhupada's books.

Our Family Business makes it clear that every devotee and every service is part of the sankirtana effort. Even if book distribution is not your primary service, expect to be enlightened, encouraged, and enlivened by reading this book.

 

 

 

 

Avatar Art
by Steven J Rosen and Kaisori Bellach

Avatar Art offers a stunning panorama, portrayed by contemporary artists, of the most popular figures in India's array of avatars, gods, sages, and demons.

Explore the fascinating Vedic world.
Read about:
Why Visnu has four arms and Siva dances
Why Ganesh sports the head of an elephant
How baby Krishna steals butter and charms his mother...

 

 

 

 

Bortom födelse och död
av His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Allt fler säger sig tro på ett liv efter döden. I själva verket finns det en mängd belägg för att reinkarnation är ett faktum. I Bortom födelse och död förklarar Indiens främsta Vediska auktoritet vår verkliga identitet, hur själen färdas genom olika kroppar, hur man kan ta sig ur födelsens och dödens kretslopp och slutligen nå en tillvaro som är fri från den materiella världens fyra problem: födelse, sjukdom, ålderdom och död.

 

   
   
 

Perfekta frågor, perfekta svar
av His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

En ung amerikansk fredskårist reser till andra sidan jorden i sitt sökande efter mening. I en bambuhydda i den lilla västbengaliska byn Mayapur träffar han en av Indiens största helgonlika mästare, en lärare som verkar kunna besvara alla hans frågor.

 

 

 

 

 

  Meanwhile in the USA

 

"Vanity Karma: Ecclesiastes, the Bhagavad-gita, and the meaning of life"
by Jayadvaita Swami

Published by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, Los Angeles, this book has won the 2016 Benjamin Franklin gold award for the year's best book in the "religion" category. The award was announced by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), the authority for the awards, at a ceremony on May 8 in Salt Lake City. The IBPA is the largest publishing association in the United States.

From the acceptance talk that the author wrote for the awards ceremony:

"I am grateful that my book has received this distinguished award. But I can't claim the credit for it. The credit belongs not to me but to the sages whose wisdom the book brings together in dialogue.

The biblical book of Ecclesiastes asks in the clearest terms what the point of our life is and for what it is that we work so hard, day after day, in our lives under the sun.

And the Bhagavad-gita, the jewel of India's ancient texts of wisdom, examines these questions with the understanding that each of us, though struggling in a world of birth and death, is a spiritual spark of consciousness, immortal and imperishable.

From the Gita we learn how our karma -- what we do in our lives, and what comes back to us as a result -- can be not for vanity -- for nothing -- but for the perfection of spiritual realization. And we learn how, under the sun, such realization gives meaning to our lives.

The Gita's divine speaker, Sri Krishna, says, "This knowledge is the king of education, the most secret of all secrets. It is the purest knowledge, and because it gives direct perception of the self by realization, it is the perfection of religion. It is everlasting, and it is joyfully performed."

So I owe the credit for this book, Vanity Karma, to the sages who have given us the wisdom of Ecclesiastes and the wisdom of the Bhagavad-gita, and most especially to my spiritual teacher, His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Acknowledging where the credit rightfully belongs, I gratefully accept this award."

 

   
   
  Srila Prabhupada's Vision
His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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Srila Prabhupada considered publishing Srimad-Bhagavatam and other books on Krishna consciousness to be his primary duty. Publishing and distributing books was his spiritual master's most important work, and Srila Prabhupada dedicated his life to creating Krishna conscious literature to introduce Western audiences to Vaishnava philosophy and culture. In November 1967 he wrote to his disciple Rayarama Dasa:

“If I can leave behind me the Srimad-Bhagavatam, Gita, Upanishads, and Teachings of Lord Chaitanya, and if you continue to work in the spirit of pure Krishna consciousness, surely we shall be able to do some tangible service to humanity at large.”

Even at the end of his life he did not forget about his books. He wanted his disciples to take publishing and distributing them seriously.

To Srila Prabhupada the publishing department was vital to his preaching work. Each time a new book was printed he said he felt as if he had conquered an empire. And he wasn't interested only in English-language publication; he wanted his books to be available in as many languages as possible. In a letter to Hamsaduta Dasa, dated November 1968, he wrote:

"We work so that men of all languages and cultures may join us in chanting Hare Krishna, and for this we need so many literatures in so many different languages. So please try for this.”

When Krishna Consciousness, the Topmost Yoga System was printed in Swedish and Srila Prabhupada received a copy, he said looking through the book gave him unlimited bliss even though he could not read Swedish. He was confident that the devotees would conquer Europe with his books, and again and again he expressed his sincere gratitude to all who helped to produce and distribute them.

On one occasion he wrote: “I was very happy to receive a new edition of Bhagavad-gita. The make-up is very nice. Every time I see a new publication of my books it gives me so much enthusiasm that my life is increased by 100 years. Thank you for helping me so much.” (from a letter to Rameshvara Dasa, November 27, 1975)

"Please accept my blessings. I beg to aknowledge receipt of your letter of 4/1/74, along with the new publication in Swedish of my English work, "Krishna Consciousness, the Topmost Yoga System." Of course I cannot read Swedish, but looking through this book has given me unlimited bliss. After all, this is my prime duty, to publish books on Krishna consciousness. The printing of the book appears excellent, and that you are "profusely distributing" the book all over Sweden is the crowning success of our movement. We will conquer Europe with these books. I can only thank you again and again in sincere gratitude for producing this literature, and pray to Krishna to bless you with all spiritual advancement." (Srila Prabhupada's letter to Ajita Dasa, 7 April 1974)

 


 

 

 

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The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT), established in 1987 at Korsnäs Gård, is primarily assisting the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in its preaching mission. We publish many books on
Krishna consciousness and the philosophy, religion, and culture of the Vedic tradition of India.

We especially emphasize the works of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition. Our publications include original scriptural works and books that discuss and explain these traditional texts. The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust also publishes some of its materials on CD and DVD, in audio book format, and in all e-book formats.

Books by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust range in complexity from brief, introductory volumes and study guides, summary studies, and short
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First and foremost we translate and publish the works of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. His books are the crown
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Check out the "Gita Changes"
for Chapter 5
 

"Activities such as hearing, seeing, speaking, evacuating, etc., are actions of the senses meant for work."

Really? Wait a second - aren't hearing and seeing what we do with our knowledge-gathering senses, not our working ones?

But the quotation comes right from Bhagavad-gita As
It Is
, from the purport to 5.9. So how could it be wrong?

It's wrong because it's the first edition and a typist left something out.

See for yourself in the annotated scans for chapter five, now online at www.BBTedit.com/changes.

You'll see all the revisions done for the purports, along with annotations and with images from the manuscript typed by SrilaPrabhupada himself.

Of special historical interest: For this chapter, Srila Prabhupada typed on the back of various printed pages, for which images are included.

Whether you're "for the changes," against them, or neutral, here's another opportunity to see what the changes actually are.

The changes for the Preface, Introduction, and previous chapters are already online. See them all at www.BBTedit.com/changes.


 

 




   
Srila Prabhupada
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Srila Prabhupada speaks out:

"Please print as many books as possible, this is my real pleasure. By printing these books of our Krishna conscious philosophy in so many different languages we can actually inject our movement into the masses of people all over the world, especially there in the Western countries, and we can literally turn whole nations into Krishna conscious nations."
(Excerpt from Srila Prabhupada's letter to Hridayananda Maharaja, 21 December 1974)



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Dhriti Devi Dasi and
Ramadasa Abhirama Dasa:

Lord Krishna

1980, oil on canvas

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