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Thursday, December 13, 2012

eBooks available from Mandala Publishing and Earth Aware Editions

Relationships that Work: The Power of Conscious Living

by David B. Wolf

Applying the strategies of conscious living described in these pages will connect you with the courage, inspiration, and wisdom to create profound change in yourself and your environment.

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The Little Book of Changes: A Pocket I Ching

by Peter Crisp

The Little Book of Changesis a fresh interpretation of the I Ching, one of the oldest books in the world, recognized by both Confucians and Taoists as a fundamental work.

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Behind the Dolphin Smile: One Man's Campaign to Protect the World's Dolphins

by Richard O'Barry

Share and rejoice in O'Barry's adventures, fromFlipper to The Cove, and discover how the one-time pride of the billion-dollar captivity industry became the tireless dolphin advocate we know and love today.

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Manu's Ark: India's Tale of the Great Flood

by Emma V. Moore

From ancient India comes this Eastern story of the Great Flood, lushly illustrated and retold for children.

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Ramayana: A Tale of Gods and Demons

by Ranchor Prime
Illustrations by B.G. Sharma

Rama, the king of Ayodya, comes to life through B.G. Sharma's never-before-seen compositions of this classic epic.

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by Steve Barnes

Beautifully illustrated in rich watercolors, this poignant story underscores the values of forgiveness and respect for differences.

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Minding Your Business: Profits that Restore the Planet

by Horst Rechelbacher 
Foreword by Paul Hawken 

Rechelbacher contends that the biggest business opportunities for the next century will come from practicing environmentally sound, sustainable business that is in harmony with the rhythms of the natural world.

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The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami

by Radhanath Swami 

The Journey Home is an intimate account of the steps to self-awareness and also a penetrating glimpse into the heart of mystic traditions and the challenges that all souls must face on the road to inner harmony and a union with the Divine.

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Tactics of Hope: How Social Entrepreneurs Are Changing Our World

by Wilford Welch
Foreword by Desmond Tutu

Addressing a perceived lack of public policy, this inspirational book profiles the heroic deeds of 30 socially conscious players on the world stage.

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Myths of the Asanas: The Stories at the Heart of the Yoga Tradition

by Alanna Kaivalya & Arjen van der Kooij

Behind each asana and its corresponding movements is an ancient story about a god, a sage, or sacred animal, much like Aesop's fables or European folktales. Myths of the Asanas is the first book to compile and re-tell these ancient stories.

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Rumi's Tales from the Silk Road: A Pilgrimage to Paradise

by Kamla K. Kapur

Inspired by Rumi, Kamla K. Kapur's Pilgrimage to Paradise is a reworking of the translations of thirty of his stories - tales of wit, wisdom, and faith.

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Yoga and Vegetarianism: The Path to Greater Health and Happiness

by Sharon Gannon

Drawing upon her studies of Vedic traditions, Sharon Gannon explores how the physical and spiritual practice of Yoga is historically and structurally tied to a vegetarian lifestyle.

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Ganesha Goes to Lunch: Classics from Mystic India

by Kamla K. Kapur

Kamla K. Kapur brings her poet's eye and ear to the retelling of these classic stories, re-creating and dramatizing them to illuminate their relevance to modern times.

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Light on Death: The Spiritual Art of Dying

by Phillip Jones

Light on Death reveals a complementary Eastern view on navigating the end of life: the spiritual art of dying, in which death is seen as the last and most powerful rite of passage.

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Gita Wisdom: An Introduction to India's Essential Yoga Text

by Joshua M. Greene

Joshua M. Greene has taken one of the most venerable and revered texts of all times, theBhagavad Gita, and presented it in a completely new way.

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In Search of the Thunder Dragon

by Sophie Shrestha
Illustrations by Romio Shrestha

In Search of the Thunder Dragon brings to life the beauty and traditions of Bhutan in the ancient story of the Thunder Dragons that play hide-and-seek in the clouds during big winter storms.

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The Birth of Kirtan: The Life & Teachings of Chaitanya

by Ranchor Prime
Foreword by Shiva Rea

The Birth of Kirtan: The Life and Teachings of Chaitanyais the biography of a mystic saint who pioneered devotional yoga (Bhakti) in sixteenth-century India and started the practice of sacred chanting (kirtan) that has now spread around the world.

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Kaliya: Serpent King

by Joshua M. Greene
Illustrations by Patrick Wire

This tale from India's ancient Sanskrit wisdom texts transcends its moment in remote history to deliver a message as relevant as today's news.

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Agha: The Eight-Mile Monster

by Karen Wilson-Timmons 
Illustrations by Marie Therese Dubois 

In this acclaimed retelling of a story from India's ancient Bhagavata Purana, children emerge victorious over a serpent that haunts the landscape of childhood.

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Also available from iTunes: The Peaceable Forest 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Lions, and Tigers, and Ocelots - Oh My!

Fierce Beauty is a celebration of tigers, leopards, lions, ocelots, and other wild cats that inhabit The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (TIGERS), a wildlife preserve in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The institute's fifty acres are home to more than one hundred rare animals, from ligers (a hybrid cross between a male lion and a tigress) that stretch nearly twelve feet long to cheetahs capable of running seventy miles per hour, safeguarding them from the poachers, habitat destruction, and population fragmentation that threaten their existence.

Despite their place atop the food chain, big cats teeter on the brink of extinction. Where more than 100,000 tigers lived in Asia at the start of the twentieth century, fewer than 4,000 exist today.

Featuring exclusive new portraits from preeminent nature photographers Tim Flach and Barry Bland, Fierce Beauty provides readers with an intimate, unobstructed encounter with the beauty, power and grace of nature's big cat masterpieces.

The text includes contributions form such distinguished conservationists as zoologist Jim Fowler; David Barron, founder of the International Conservation Caucus Foundation; and Stephen J. O'Brien, Chief of the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity at the National Cancer Institute, among others.

Together, these fascinating and complementary perspectives form a compelling case in support of the critical service rendered by private wildlife facilities in caring for and preserving nature's many endangered big cats.

Fierce Beauty
Preserving the World of Wild Cats

by Bhagavan "Doc" Antle

Photography by Tim Flach and Barry Bland

Foreword by Robert Duvall 

Hardcover | 246 pages | $50.00

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Help save the Yamuna River

About the Yamuna
The Yamuna flows through many of India’s most significant attractions, including the capital New Delhi, with a population of almost fourteen million; Vrindavan, an international pilgrimage site visited by tens of millions annually; and the Taj Mahal, a World Heritage site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Over fifty million people rely on the Yamuna for their daily needs, using the water for religious observances, agricultural needs, and bathing, washing, and cooking. In addition to benefiting the human population, the Yamuna has supported a vast ecosystem of wildlife, such as fish, turtles, crocodiles, river dolphins, and aquatic plants.
Aside from agricultural, ecological, and domestic uses, the Yamuna River has long been regarded as a cultural icon and defining symbol of India. Ancient scriptures, traditional and contemporary art, music, festivals, and even the Indian National Anthem, demonstrate the reverence in which the river is held.

Basic Facts

  • The Yamuna River is the largest tributary of the Ganges River, with a catchment area (345,848 sq km / 133,533 sq m) that constitutes 40 percent of the total Ganga River Basin.
  • The river is 1,376 km (855 miles) long and passes through seven Indian states.
  • The Yamuna is water source for 57 million people.
  • 97 percent of the river’s water is directed away from the riverbed not far from its source. The balance dries up within a few kilometers. None of the original river water flows beyond that point north of Delhi.
  • Whatever little water reaches New Delhi does so through various canals entering the riverbed. A Central Pollution Control Board of India report in 2006 stated that there is “almost no fresh water in the river” beyond New Delhi. The report declared that for 580 km (360 m) south of Delhi, the river is “critically polluted.” A subsequent report in 2009 states that, “There is no doubt that the river is a cesspool for Delhi’s waste.”
  • The levels of pollution in the water flowing through and out of Delhi are so high that even bathing in the water is dangerous. The water from the river is also replenishing groundwater in the area, resulting in highly polluted well water, which threatens the health of millions of people.
  • Many accounts of severe illness and death have been attributed to the toxic state of the river’s water quality downstream of New Delhi.
You can help by joining the Yamuna Network's efforts. Follow them on Facebook and learn more at their website,

The Yamuna Network is a nonprofit coalition of like-minded organizations and individuals whose sole purpose is to stop Yamuna River's waters from being diverted and prevent industrial and municipal waste from entering her waters, restoring the river to her past glory.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

By God's Grace

Practical wisdom, a connection to the divine, and global action - these are the traits of Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati that have made him one of India's most renowned and beloved spirutal teachers.

By God's Grace celebrates his lifetime of devotional service to humanity, the environment, and the Supreme.

The book traces Pujya Swami's journey from childhood in the jungles of India to the company of world leaders, from Himalayan villages to the podiums of the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, and other venues of global change.

His projects are unprecedented, including a cleanup of the 1,560-mile long Ganges River and a six-million-word encyclopedia of Hinduism. Swamiji's teachings are profoundly simple, frequently wrapped in humor, and applicable to all.

The prodigal variety of stories ranges from evocations at the mountainous summit of the world, from cacophonous urban battlefields to silent forest retreats - an impassioned life, a one-man civilization drawn in bold strokes and bright colors. Here is a journey of the enlightened life to be cherished again and again.

By God's Grace
Hardcover | $50.00

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu

Because we have many staff members who are vegetarian, we often host meat-free celebrations at the office and get asked to share recipes with those who are seeking vegetarian options for special occasions.

While the recipes from our cookbook, Vegeterranean, are Italian, there are many wonderful ideas we thought would make a superb and unique vegetarian Thanksgiving menu. Of course, you could create these recipes any day of the year, and there are many more found inside the 296-page book, but these are just a sampling of our favorites.

Prima Colazione - Breakfast  
Torta di Mais

The corn provides a healthy boost of energy (perfect for new moms). Aside from the health benefits, the subtle sweetness and the appealing texture of corn blend deliciously, especially when complemented by tea or a cappuccino.

Antipasti - Starters

Primi - First Courses
Risotto allo Zafferano

Vegetable Stock (from ingredient list above and below):
4 cups

8 cups water 2 basil leaves
1 carrot, peeled and halved lengthwise 1 potato, peeled and quartered
1 onion, quartered 1 zucchini, quartered
1 celery stalk, halved 1 garlic clove, gently smashed
1 sprig parsley Salt to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for
45 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve, cool, and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Secondi - Second Courses
Pizza e Minestra

Dolci - Dessert
Torta di Ciocolato e Noci


Feel free to pin these recipes on Pinterest or share with family and friends. Leave us a comment if you attempt one of the recipes from Vegeterranean: Italian Vegetarian Cooking. We'd love to hear how they turned out for you.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Goruck Challenge

Our staff members work behind-the-scenes, creating our books, editing the pages, designing the layout, or helping the office and company run smoothly from all departments.

While we work hard throughout the week, we also have employees who challenge themselves outside the office.

Callum, from our IT department, participated in the Goruck Challenge in San Francisco this past Friday, and had been training for this event for quite some time with physical trainers from Corey's Gym (conveniently close to our office).

Several of our staff members have been training at this gym together, supporting one another and continuing to get stronger and healthier through a Crossfit program.

Callum's team was supporting the Green Beret Foundation, a non-profit, 501(c) 3 foundation that provides financial resources, immediate need supplies, caregiver assistance, and educational scholarships to wounded or ill Army Special Forces warriors and their families. 

Check out the Flickr photos from the Goruck Challenge and make sure to subscribe to our blog to learn more about what our staff members are up to along with more info about our new books and upcoming titles, many of which also go to support non-profit organizations that give back to our community.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The New Long March

The stunning array of photographs in China: An Intimate Look at the Past andPresent gloriously captures the country today by revisiting the legendary military route the Long March. With a rich palette of vibrant and lush compositional photos, this touching and breathtaking 396-page tome documents the human endurance, tenacity, and fortitude that unified the Chinese people seventy-five years ago. This epic military journey remains an inspiration for modern China, and a testament to their enduring spirit.

The “Long March” refers to the path taken by the Red Army of the Chinese Communist Party, a precursor to the People's Liberation Army, to retreat from the domineering Kuomintang (KMT or Chinese Nationalist Party) army. This iconic troop withdrawal across the harsh wilds of China in 1934 was transformed into a galvanizing journey, setting the stage for the creation of the People’s Republic of China. The Long March marked the rise of Mao Zedong. Mao’s leadership during this military evacuation stirred the spirit of the Chinese Communist Party’s Red Army and gained him their support. In 2011, an international team of photographers was dispatched along that same iconic route, from Jiangxi in the southeast to Gansu and Shaanxi in the northwest. Their majestic work grants you an unprecedented glimpse into an event that shaped a nation. 

China features 320 electrifying and moving full-color photographs, revelatory illustrations, and maps for geographic contextualization. This grand coming-of-age saga brings to life the monumental transformations that China underwent, as villages became cities and dirt roads became superhighways, with the buzz of industry and commerce filling the air. Bearing witness to the changes have been the people of China, whose resilience, pride, determination, and perseverance are illuminated — the same spirit that turned the Long March from a disaster into a triumph.

An Augmented Reality feature transforms the book into an interactive experience with video footage, audio of traditional songs, and additional photographs. With contributions by a group of celebrated photographers, along with maps, timelines, and historical images and artwork, China provides an insightful and wholly original retelling of one of the most significant events in Chinese history. Informative and visually transcendent, this is a must-have for history and photo buffs.

A Photographic Journey of the New Long March

Download The New Long March app for the iPad or iPhone to unlock more digital content when used with the book.