These are small pocket-sized books
conveying a basic theme in Krishna Conscious
They are especially suited for intensive distribution in the college vicinity
order to create awareness and arouse interest about IYF in the student community
as the subject for introductory one-time programs.
The books published till date along with a brief
description of their contents are:
1. The Art of Mind Control
This book explains the great importance of mind control in the life of
each one of us; it is the state of our mind that determines our entire life. An
uncontrolled mind can devastate not just the life of one person, but entire society. After
giving a clear understanding of the nature and the position of the mind using the
chariot-body analogy, the working of the body-mind-intelligence mechanism is lucidly
explained using practical examples. Strategies for self-control at the level of the
senses, the mind and the intelligence are then delineated. The book concludes with the
panacea - the chanting of Hare Krishna, as the best method for mastering the art of mind
Price: Rs 5/-
Price Rs. 5/-
book begins with a portrayal of the debilitating and pernicious
effect that stress is having in modern society. Indeed doctors
that stress is going to be the most widespread disease of the new
millenium. The utter inability of modern science to even understand
stress, leave alone their faltering attempts to treat its symptoms
at a superficial level, is clearly exposed. The real cause of stress
- the unnatural and unregulated lifestyle of modern man - is explained
in the light of a clearcut understanding of the body, the mind
and the soul. The real and indeed, the only way, of getting release
stress is the therapy of mantra meditation - the chanting of the
Hare Krishna maha-mantra. The further benefits of mantra meditation,
apart from relief from stress, such as purification of heart, control
of mind and development of love of God are also explained.
3.Life after Death
- A Scientific Reality :
book destroys the widespread misconception that reincarnation is just a sectarian
religious belief by proving scientifically the existence of soul. Past-life memories,
near-death experiences (NDEs), intuitive understanding, common sense and the presence of
consciousness are all used to drive home the reality of the existence of the eternal soul
beyond the temporary body. The difference between a sentient human being and an insentient
machine is also used to gain a further understanding of the presence of the soul. The
nature of the gross body, the subtle body and the soul proper are then delineated. The
book concludes with an explanation of action on the platform of the soul as the way to
Price Rs. 5/-
Bhagavad-gita (TBG) series
twenty-five chapters teaching essential themes of Bhagavad-gita have been converted into a
series of four small books, each consisting of six sessions. This is because students
prefer participating in fixed-duration courses rather than in eternal weekly program. That
is the way they are taught their college studies. There they have a specific course of a
fixed duration with a specified syllabus. For example, an engineering course implies that
it is for four years and has the syllabus specified by the university. Similarly students
always ask, "There is a lecture today. What is the topic? What is the course?"
Therefore youth programs should always be in the form of fixed-duration courses with books
for each course. Weekly Bhagavad-gita classes may be good for old people but they will not
appeal to the youth of the fast-food generation. They will however readily participate in
a specific course such as 'The Science of Self-Discovery'. And after participating in
these four courses they will become sufficiently fixed up to come for regular programs in
the temple several times a week.
volumes in the TBG series are ....
1. TBG Volume
Discover Your Self (DYS) :
This book is used as the foundation course for
the introductory six-session programs in colleges and in yoga retreat camps.
Price Rs. 80/-
by scientifically proving the existence of God. It explains the
limitations of modern science
in acquiring true knowledge and the relative nature of the knowledge acquired
through it. It further explains the importance of the Vedic literature
as the only source of
infallible wisdom. And on the basis of Vedic literature, supplemented by
modern scientific findings, it explains vividly the difference
between the body and the soul. Finally
complete absorption of one's mind and intelligence in the thoughts of Lord
Krishna while still continuing one's occupational duties is explained
as the real art of living. The
role of Paramatma (supersoul), the true friend of the soul in directing
his wanderings through various species of life is also explained.
The book categorically establishes the
difference between minute living entity and the Supreme soul in the end.
2. TBG Volume
Your Best Friend (YBS) :
This and the next two books are used as course
material for the weekly programs.
provides the seeker with a systematic understanding of the
Absolute Truth. The unique position of God as the supreme
proprietor, controller and enjoyer is clearly delineated.
Then a clear understanding of a real guru and a real disciple
is given to help the seeker protect himself from cheaters
posing as gurus. Further the supreme position of the Vedic
literatures among all the scriptures of the world is shown
by a graphic comparative study. The controversy of personalism
versus impersonalism is resolved by explanation of the acintyabhedabheda
tattva (simultaneous oneness and difference between the living
entity and the Supreme) And the supreme position of Lord
Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead over the other
demigods is established beyond all doubts on the basis of
the Vedic scriptures.
Price Rs. 100/-
3. TBG Volume 3 :
Science of Conquering Death :
explains that the ultimate success of human life lies in conquering death. The true nature
of the material world - a temporary place full of misery, with only an illusion of the
presence of happiness - is then exposed. The science of reincarnation are explained in a
scientific manner with real life illustrations. Thereafter the key to liberation from the
bonds of karma and cycle of repeated birth and death is given: remembrance of Lord Krishna
at the moment of death. The importance of practicing Krishna consciousness throughout
one's life as a preparation for the final exam of death is then stressed and the practical
applications of Bhagavad-gita in our life are also explained.
4. TBG Volume 4 :
Science of Yoga :
explains the real meaning of yoga as the means to connect the soul with the Supersoul in a
relationship of eternal and loving service. An explanation of the various yoga systems,
karma-yoga, jnana-yoga and dhyana yoga, along with the immense difficulties involved in
genuinely practicing them in the present Kali-Yuga is then given. Further, the supreme
position of bhakti-yoga, devotional service to Lord Krishna, as the topmost yoga system is
clearly established. The two methods of achieving the ultimate goal of life, namely, the
step-by-step method of gradually progressing on the yoga ladder over a period of many
births and the shortcut of taking to Krishna consciousness by the association of a pure
devotee are also explained.
Out of these four books, the first has already been published whereas the other
three are in the process of being published.
Tryst with Eternal Beauty :
book centers around the theme that the individual's quest for
beauty is misdirected in the material realm; real beauty exist
only in the Supreme Person. The failure of the modern civilization
to provide any lasting satisfaction to man inspite of great
scientific advancement provides the backdrop for this theme.
The illusory nature of material beauty is exposed using the
story of the liquid beauty. The nature of the soul and its
relationship of eternal servitude with the Supreme Lord are
then explained. The book concludes with the theme that man's
tryst with eternal beauty can be fulfilled only when he reposes
his propensity to love and serve in the all-attractive Supreme
Person, Lord Sri Krishna by incessantly chanting His Holy Names.
Bhagavad-gita (EBG) :
This is a
crash course of the original twenty-five chapters on important themes from Bhagavad-gita.
It is meant for a six-session course or a yoga retreat camp for those who are already
quite conversant with the philosophy of Krishna consciousness. The TBG series provides
exhaustive coverage of the important themes of Bhagavad-gita whereas EBG provides the same
knowledge in a condensed form. EBG is suitable for a quick brush-up but it is not a
substitute for the TBG series.
Books for Children
have very impressionable minds, if they are taught Krishna consciousness, they will carry
lasting impressions throughout their lives. And if they get proper association in their
youth they can become strong devotees. With this in mind IYF has also designed courses for
children to give them an opportunity to become Krishna conscious.
There are two courses for children depending on their age group:
This is meant
for children in the age group 5-9. The books for this course teach pastimes of Lord
Krishna together with enlivening teaching aids such as drawings, paintings etc.
Level Course books are 'Getting to Know Krishna', 'Wonderful Krishna', 'Advent of Lord
Krishna' and others pastimes of Lord Krishna.
This is meant
for children in the age group 10-15. The books for this course teach pastimes of Lord
Krishna together with their morals, Vaishnava songs and etiquette, important slokas and
prayers and assignment questions.
There are six
books each for juniors and seniors. Each of these books consist of seven chapters which
are to be taught over a six-month period. Thus the total course duration for the juniors
as well as the seniors is three years each.
The six Senior Level Course books are :
- Krishna's Childhood Pastimes
- Krishna's Boyhood Pastimes
- Krishna's Pastimes with Demigods
- Krishna delivers Kamsa
- Krishna - Friend of the Pandavas
- Bhagavad-gita : The Song of God
of these the first book in the junior course and the first two books in the senior course
have already been published. The remaining books will soon be published.