Between April 22-24, 2020, Professor Emeritus Thomas J. Hopkins, from Franklin & Marshall College, speaks at Harvard University's Center for the Study of World Religions to talk about His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder-acarya of ISKCON and the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust.




"Life Comes from Life" ebook

A critical look at widely-believed assumptions and theories held by modern scientists about the origin of life.

For people who have come to accept every pronouncement of modern scientists as tested and proven truth, this book will be an eye-opener.

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On the origins of life

Dr. James Tour, one of the world's top synthetic organic chemists, offers a blunt assessment of the current state of origin of life research. The Mystery of the Origin of Life was recorded at the 2019 Dallas Science and Faith Conference, held in Dallas, and sponsored by Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture.


Atma - kunskapen om självet

Boken En mästares ledning har inte funnits tillgänglig på många år. Nu kommer emellertid en ny upplaga, med reviderad text och det kapitel som fattades i den första versionen. Vi har dessutom ändrat titeln till Atma - kunskapen om självet, vilket vi tycker speglar innehållet på ett bättre sätt, och gett den ett nytt omslag.

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada besvarar i boken frågor om förverkligandet av självet, meditation, yoga-utövande i den moderna världen, hur man uppnår ett högre medvetande och mycket annat. Han talar med en häpnadsväckande klarhet och kraft i alla de intervjuer, föreläsningar, essäer och brev som valts ut till denna speciella bok, och visar hur relevant denna kunskap verkligen är i dagens värld och ditt eget liv.


Dessutom har två titlar tryckts på nytt: Nektarlika instruktioner och Sri Isopanisad, som båda nu åter finns att köpa.


The Higher Taste Update

The Higher Taste has been updated. While the book contains the same beautiful photos and cover, and the same quality recipes by Kurma Prabhu, we have updated the first two chapters to reflect current research on the health benefits of a vegetarian diet and updated research on current thinking about meat-based and vegetarian diets. Also, while the book does not promote veganism, we marked recipes that were naturally vegan with an internationally recognized vegan symbol and added nondairy alternatives to a number of recipes. We hope this will help attract the many potential readers who identify as vegan and give them the opportunity to read Srila Prabhupada's teachings included in the book.


av Krishna Dharma (Kenneth Anderson),
översatt till svenska av Ingemar Åhlund

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.

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The Discovery of 1,750,000
Year Old Man Made Bridge



Avatar Art:
Neo-Vedic Paintings Celebrating Life

Avatar Art offers a stunning panorama of the most popular figures in India's array of avatars, gods, sages, and demons - all in over 100 paintings (with supporting text) done for the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust to illustrate Srila Prabhupada's Srimad-Bhagavatam, Krishna Book, Sri Caitanya-caritamrita, and other publications.

Avatar Art is divided into three sections:
- Avatars, Devas, Sages, and Demons
- The life of Krishna, the Supreme Godhead.
- Sri Caitanya and His Associates.

Explore the fascinating Vedic world portrayed by contemporary devotee artists. Learn why Vishnu has four arms, why Shiva dances, and why Ganesh sports the head of an elephant. Read about the curse that created a
snake-bird and led to a king's immolation, and the dishonorable treatment of a queen that ignited the famous Mahabharata war. On these pages, Rama and
Ravana battle it out, and the man-lion Narasingha protects a prince.

224 pages
210 x 140 mm (8 x 51/2 in)
420 grams (15 oz)
Produced entirely from eco-friendly materials


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Our Family Business
by Vaisesika Dasa
(English print and ebook editions)

What if you could build your devotee community, deepen your Krishna consciousness, give others the opportunity to learn about bhakti, and perform the dharma of the age all at the same time?

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. Learn about

- The history of book distribution in ISKCON.
- How book distribution is "literary kirtana" and perfectly links one to the yuga-dharma.
- How performing book distribution is high sadhana and instills a taste for hearing and chanting.
- The Four Laws of Book Distribution - proven principles guaranteed to improve and increase your book distribution.
- Fun and practical ways to involve your whole community in sankirtana.

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.

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Beyond Birth and Death
by His Divine Grace
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

(Russian ebook edition)

Is there life after death? Follow the soul's journey through this universe and beyond. The past decade has seen an increase in the number of people who believe in reincarnation. This small but powerful book answers questions like:
- Who am I?
- What happens after death?
- What's it like to reincarnate in one body after another?
- Is it possible to break the cycle of samsara, of repeated birth and death?
- Is there an eternal place where my soul can live?

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A Second Chance
by His Divine Grace
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

(Russian ebook edition)

At the final hour …
This amazing narrative is based on the story of Ajamila from the Sixth Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam. The law of karma states that we're all responsible for our actions, and death is the crucial moment when mysterious forces acting according to this law work behind the scenes to determine our destiny. As the sinful Ajamila lay on his deathbed, he was terrified to see three fierce, humanlike creatures coming to drag him out of his dying body and take him to the lord of death for punishment. Surprisingly, Ajamila escaped this terrible fate. How? A Second Chance: The Story of a Near-Death Experience teaches vital truths about the fundamental nature of the self and reality.
At a time when reincarnation is quickly gaining acceptance, not only with the growing ranks of people reporting out-of-body and near-death experiences but with the public at large, A Second Chance can show one how to use meditation and yoga techniques to overcome the obstacles of materialism, meet the challenge of death, and ultimately attain spiritual perfection.

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Easy Journey to Other Planets
by His Divine Grace
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

(Russian ebook edition)

Forget NASA's elaborate arrangements and huge, dangerous metal machines. Learn the easy way to journey through the solar system.
Using subtle, spiritual energy you can travel to other planets and see the wonders of God's creation. Or you can choose to travel beyond the material creation to your eternal home with Krishna.
Easy Journey to Other Planets gives a bird's-eye view of the vast cosmos and spiritual world, so you can intelligently choose your travel destination.

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The Perfection of Yoga
by His Divine Grace
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

(Norwegian print and ebook editions)

A world-renowned yoga master cuts through the commercialism that now clouds the real meaning of yoga.
Beyond the postures and exercises, he explains, the ancient teachings of yoga aim at lasting, loving union with the Supreme.

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The Hare Krishna Challenge
by His Divine Grace
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

(Danish print and ebook editions)

This book is a selection of essays in the form of conversations with Srila Prabhupada, the founder of ISKCON. Srila Prabhupada gives the Vedic outlook on subjects such as reincarnation, unrestricted sex, cow slaughter and meat eating, proof of the soul’s existence, social reform, scientific progress and many more. Srila Prabhupada’s teachings and his life demonstrate that the message of the ancient Vedas is by no means outdated but is quite relevant to all people in the modern age.

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The Perfection of Yoga
by His Divine Grace A. C.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

(Danish print and ebook editions)

A world-renowned yoga master cuts through the commercialism that now clouds the real meaning of yoga.
Beyond the postures and exercises, he explains, the ancient teachings of yoga aim at lasting, loving union with the Supreme.

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  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."


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The masterful biography of the extraordinary life of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the scholar, philosopher, religious leader, and saint responsible for the revolutionary transplantation of India's timeless spiritual culture onto Western soil - a mission crowned with astounding success.
"The life of Srila Prabhupada is pointed proof that one can be a transmitter of truth and still be a vital and singular person.…Srila Prabhupada is one in a thousand, maybe one in a million."
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  Srila Prabhupada's Vision
His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


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)



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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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
Sanskrit works to exhaustive multi-volume translations (with commentaries) of major Sanskrit and Bengali texts.

First and foremost we translate and publish the works of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. His books are the crown
jewels of Vaisnava literature.

The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust is also very active in educating students of these ancient literatures and in establishing methods for proper translation and preservation of these scriptures.

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Check out the "Gita Changes"
for Chapter 10

The annotated scans "Gita Changes" for Chapter Ten of "Bhagavad-gita As It Is" are now online at
The scans for this chapter are the latest in a series that shows all the revisions done for the transliterations, word meanings, and purports of the second edition. Nearly every revision also has a note explaining why it was done, along with an image from the BBT's oldest manuscripts, allowing you to verify the history for yourself.

Jayadvaita Swami did his revisions for the second edition on a physical copy of the first edition. The scans show that copy. (Revisions to the translations aren't shown, because he edited them separately, not in the book itself.) Each chapter forms one downloadable pdf file.

The revisions to this chapter were extensive, so the scans for this chapter give you much to see.

* You'll see twelve Sanskrit quotations and several lost passages in English now recovered.

* You'll see various mishearings corrected. For example, in the purport to text 27 the demigods and the demons no longer take a "sea journey" in which nectar and poison are produced. In the manuscript the "sea journey" was a "journey of the sea," which of course should have been "churning of the sea." And in the purport to text 29 you'll see that Aryama no longer mistakenly presides over a "planet of trees."

* You'll see several places where the original editor misunderstood what the manuscript intended and the 1983 edition has recovered the correct sense.

* In texts 28 and 29, you'll see - from the original manuscript - why Krsna says He is Vasuki among serpents but Ananta among snakes.

* You'll see restored to the purport of text 36 a biting comment about an "unfortunate commentator who wants to cheat Krsna and the publiv by saying that there is something greater than Krsna."

Apart from images for specific changes, the scans for this chapter include six complete sample pages from the original manuscripts.

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

For devotees who have been critical of the second edition but are thoughtful and open-minded, the scans for this chapter provide ample food for thought.

See for yourself in the annotated scans for chapter ten, now online at

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

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

Srila Prabhupada

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)


Dhriti Devi Dasi and
Ramadasa Abhirama Dasa:

Lord Krishna

1980, oil on canvas

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