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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Seeds and Pollen at the Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show

Want to see microscopic parts of flowers blown up to larger than life proportions? Check out these images of Seeds & Pollen from our friends at Papadakis, on display at the world's largest flower show, the Royal Horticultural Society Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. For more information on the Invisible Garden, check out this article. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Earth is my Witness & Art of Adventure

At MandalaEarth, we believe in the connectivity of all things, and aim to explore everything related to the synthesis of the natural and spiritual worlds, including music, yoga, philosophy, ancient art, health, photography, environmental activism, and more. We strive to create books that emphasize the importance of seeking spiritual enlightenment, closeness with nature, and caring for ourselves and our planet. Two of our upcoming titles, Earth is my Witness and The Art of Adventure, capture this holistic approach and MandalaEarth's commitment to the marriage of environmentalism and the arts. 

Earth is my Witness is a stunning exercise in appreciation for the world in which we live. In our modern landscape, many of the ancient places, creatures, and cultures are fast disappearing. In this lavish book of photography and commentary, Art Wolfe, acclaimed photographer, and Wade Davis, award winning author, preserve these rare moments and places for generations to come. 

We live in a breathtakingly beautiful world, and while Earth is my Witness is a survey and appreciation of the world, The Art of Adventure is a call to action. The fastest growing form of recreation today, outdoor adventure sports bring us out of our homes, force us to challenge our limits, and allow us to become closer to the spirit of nature. 
Filled with wisdom and colored by both epic and quiet moments, The Art of Adventure is a gripping reminder of the vast playground awaiting those willing to live on the edge.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

International New Age Trade Show Today! 30% off!

Are you near the Denver, CO area? Be sure to check out INATS, the only New Age & Metaphysical trade show around, happening now! MandalaEarth is offering 30% off all our titles, so be sure to stop by our Booth, #316, and get this awesome discount while it lasts. We will have all of our titles available, and talk to our representatives about our upcoming titles, a couple of which are featured below. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

International New Age Trade Show (INATS)

Interested in New Age and Metaphysical topics? Check out the International New Age Trade Show, the only trade show of its kind. Happening this weekend in Denver, CO. MandalaEarth will be there, so be sure to stop by our booth, #316. We will be offering 30% off all our titles! 

Thursday, June 26, 2014



1. The average African family uses about 5 gallons (23 liters) of water a day. The average American family uses more than 250 gallons (946 liters) a day.

2. One billion people worldwide do not have access to safe drinking water.

3. According to the World Water Development Report (WWDR), many girls in developing countries cannot attend school because they are responsible for gathering domestic water. Additionally, schools lack separate toilet facilities.

4. Every 8 seconds, a child dies from contaminated water.

5. Twenty-five million people die each year from contaminated water. That is the entire population of Canada.

6. Impure or contaminated water is the leading cause of epidemics in developing countries.

7. Contaminants in tap water, such as lead, can increase the risk of learning disorders.

8. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that Americans annually take 40 trillion gallons of water from the ground, and the rate of use is increasing 25% per decade. Scientists argue that ground water is being polluted and used at a rate that far outstrips nature’s ability to cope.

9. In Bellevue, Ohio, public and private wastes were dumped into sinkholes and wells beginning in 1872. Over 120 years later, those wastes still show up in drinking water. In some wells, raw sewage from that era, including un-decomposed toilet tissue, can still be found.

10. The EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Act (1974) regulates only 91 of the over 60,000 chemicals used in the United States. Even low levels of hundreds of legally allowed contaminants have been associated with a wide range of diseases, including cancer.

11. Widespread city infrastructures are decaying at a rapid rate, which increases the types of dangerous pollutants in the water.

12. The tap water of at least 41 million Americans has been found to contain a wide range of pharmaceuticals, including sex hormones and anti-seizure medicine.

13. A random study by the EPA revealed that employees of bottled water companies are not tested for disease, nor are they required to avoid the bottling area if they are sneezing from colds or have open cuts or infections on their hands.

14. Efforts to tighten drinking water standards that would regulate and restrict common drinking water contaminants such as perchlorate (a rocket fuel additive), tricholoethylene (a degreaser used in manufacturing), and perchloroethylene (a cleaning solvent) have been blocked by industrial and military lobbyists.

15. In the United States, a massive amount of new toxins totaling nearly 18 billion pounds are released into the groundwater, soil, and atmosphere annually.

16. Americans empty 2.5 million plastic water bottles an hour. Each one takes 500 years to decompose.

17. More than 62 million Americans since 2004 have been exposed to substandard tap water. This exposure has lasted for years for some people.

18. Scientists report that the severely outdated Safe Drinking Water Act (1974) cannot adequately prevent Americans from being exposed to serious health dangers in their drinking water.

19. Toxins in tap water can accumulate in the body for years, increasing the risk for developing cancer and all types of diseases.

20. An average water molecule will spend 9 days in the atmosphere, 2 weeks in a river, 10 years in a large lake, 3,000 to 5,000 years in an ocean, 10,000-100,000+ years underground, and 10,000 to 1,000,000+ years in an Antarctic ice cap.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Presentation of the International Edition of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism to the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee

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To celebrate decades of work done by thousands of scholars, historians, curators, professors, and various other experts, Mandala Publishing and The India Heritage Research Foundation presented the beautiful 11-volume international edition of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism to President Mukherjee today, June 23, 2014, with approximately 500 esteemed guests and dignitaries in attendance.

The guests included Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji; Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Pachauri; Raoul Goff, Mandala Publications CEO and Publisher; Vandana Shiva; Shri L.K. Advani, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha); Dr. Karan Singh, Chairman, Auroville Foundation; Dr. R.K. Pachauri, Director General, TERI; and Father Anil Jose Tomas Couto, Archbishop of Delhi, among many others. 

During his speech, the President focused on the search for truth prevalent in Hinduism. In the search for truth, the Encyclopedia of Hinduism, the most comprehensive collection to date on this most ancient of religions and cultures, is sure to take its place as the definitive resource for both scholars and the general population. Read more about the presentation at India Education Diary, linked here: India Education Diary: President of India receives a copy of Encyclopedia of Hinduism

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, founder/chairman of the India Heritage Research Foundation and of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism project, explains:

"The wisdom, truths, teachings, and insights of Indian and Hindu culture are not limited to or applicable to only Hindus or Indians. Rather they belong to the world and can deeply benefit the world. It is, therefore, our aim that the richness of this ancient yet timeless culture and heritage should be made available to the entire world, in a way that is authentic, academic, comprehensive and illuminating. However, of course, the teachings, truths, tenets and insights of Sanatan Dharma took birth in India. Therefore, to have the religious leaders of India present the Encyclopedia to the Honourable President is a beautiful and most-fitting symbol of the 'Unity in Diversity' which is our Mother India."

To learn more about the Encyclopedia of Hinduism, please go to

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day!

Each year at this time, people all over the world celebrate the beauty of our planet and the need to protect that beauty for generations to come. Here at Mandala Earth we're celebrating with 30% off our ENTIRE catalog! Just enter the code EARTHDAY when you are ready to purchase on our website.

Seeds: Time Capsules of Life

Wildlands Philanthropy:
The Great American Tradition

The National Parks:
Our American Landscape

Vedic Ecology:
Practical Wisdom
for Surviving the 21st Century

Minding Your Business:
Profits that Restore the Planet

Yosemite National Park
Hardcover Ruled Journal (Large):
Art Wolfe Signature Edition

Joshua Tree Hardcover Ruled Journal (Large):
Art Wolfe Signature Edition

Fruit: Edible, Inedible,

Grand Canyon:
River at Risk

Antarctica: A Call to Action

Blue Planet Run:
The Race to Provide
Safe Drinking Water to the World

Plundering Appalachia

Your Right to Know:
Genetic Engineering and the
Secret Changes in Your Food

Yellowstone National Park
Hardcover Ruled Journal (Large):
Art Wolfe Signature Edition

Sequoia Hardcover Ruled Journal (Large):
Art Wolfe Signature Edition

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Q&A with Joshua M. Greene

Joshua M. Greene teaches Hinduism at Hofstra University. The author of several children’s books of stories from India, including Kaliya, Serpent King and Krishna and the Mystery of the Stolen Calves, his latest book, The Littlest Giant: The Story of Vamana, was released on March 18, 2014.

1. Tell us a little about your background as a storyteller, a student, and now a teacher. 
I was raised by my mom, who had been an actress, so I’m sure that was an early influence. In the '60s, my career path was journalism, and when I met my spiritual teacher Prabhupada in 1970, he encouraged me to publish children’s books. I took that as a life’s mission.

2. When did you start writing stories for children and what inspired you do so? 
During my first trip to India, in 1971, I did not speak a word of Hindi or Braj—the local language in Krishna’s village Vrindavan. But I met an old man who told stories by using a Pichwai painting, a series of images on a five-foot-square silk cloth. Imagine a graphic novel laid out on a single sheet. What I didn’t understand in words came clear in those images. Ever since, I have taught using lots of visuals and graphics.

3. How long have you been teaching bhakti yoga, and how would you describe your practice? 
Prabhupada encouraged his students to teach from the beginning of their devotional life. Whatever we learned each day, he wanted us to pass on to others. But how well you teach depends on how well you listen. So I guess I would describe my practice as listening, giving others full attention, and servicing them without expectation of return. Bhakti is highly personal in that way.

4. You’ve written an impressive number of both adult, including Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison and Gita Wisdom: An Introduction to India’s Essential Yoga Text, and children’s books. What have you found rewarding about both experiences? 
My adult books are mostly biographies of people who followed a path to enlightenment. Some paths are darker than others, for example the Holocaust survivors in Witness: Voices from the Holocaust or the Alabama lawyer who prosecuted Hitler’s henchmen in Justice at Dachau. Other paths are filled with light, such as Mr. Harrison’s. What turns me on is finding out what makes people go past their limits to do things they never thought themselves capable of doing.

5. Do you believe books can help shape a child’s character? In what way? 
I don’t think so. Shaping a child’s character is the privilege of sensitive care-givers. Books can assist as tools of informed, loving child-rearing. What a book can do is to be a child’s best friend when grown-ups can’t.

6. You’ve adapted a number of stories from ancient Indian texts into children’s books. How do make otherwise esoteric subjects accessible and relevant to children today?
We need to examine our own reactions to “ancient” stories. If we judge these stories to be myths, fictions, something “long ago and far away,” then I doubt we can make them relevant. On the other hand, if we respect the stories and their characters as real people, and if we go deep inside the stories to find the kernel of truth which transcends time, then maybe we can tell that story in a meaningful way to young people today.

7. What’s on the horizon for you? 
A biography of my teacher Prabhupada, more books for children, and greater attention to my own devotional practice.

Friday, February 7, 2014

New Year, New Digs

Update your address book: Mandala Publishing and Earth Aware Editions can now be found at 800 A Street, San Rafael, CA 94901. We’re still adjusting to our new office space, but there is one thing we can all agree on: Spring cleaning came early this year. We’re growing fast—fast enough that we’ve outgrown our offices at 10 Paul Drive. The move is a work in progress that requires constant adaptation, a process we’re all familiar with from the care and attention we lavish on each of our 

If you take a jaunt through our new digs, you’ll overhear warehouse managers stoked about rolling shelves similar to those you’d find in a large library, voices excitedly pointing out skylights above, and most importantly, collaborations happening left and right as editorial, production, design, marketing, and sales settle into their new spaces. Excitement extends into every corner of our office. 

So, while we unpack the boxes we frantically taped shut, take advantage of our high spirits and snag 30% off ALL our titles at from 2/8/14 to 2/14/14 with the Promo Code: 2014DIGS