IN A TIME OF NO SONG by JEFF BIEN

From the Introduction by A.F. Moritz "What is this poetry like? There are not many precedents for it or bodies of work very similar to it in English…Bien’s word hoard is all his own, though, the way he animates it, constantly connecting the outer with the inner, the familiar with the distant, the limited with the vast, the realm of thought with the realm of life, non-sentient things with sentient ones… There is scarcely a stanza in Bien’s work that does not contain some instance of these extendings and plunges into each other performed by things and whole modes of existence. More notable still is the mysterious ease with which the poems admit the contradictions present in perceptions, emotions and desires.

In a Time of No Song will impress readers with its poetry of pure sentience and godlike laughter… The mysticism of the source is here, but most of all, I think, we will remember the great enactments and themes of this book through its omnipresent, brilliant tributes to life. We’ll keep it by us for its indelible celebrations…

A dove lands on my shoulder, the unbearable weight of magic
what shelters each moment in every other, dies and lives, homelessly on,
an orchard of lovely berries singing on a dying tree
and so all the while, so too, I sing, that which sings me, in a time of no song."

 

EYE-SEEING-I by ALEXANDER PETROGIANI

This collection of art is dedicated to my spiritual teacher, Jeff Bien, whose heart guides my own in loving awakedness. His vigilant compassion, sublime wisdom, and fierce devotion to all that cannot be written, have gifted my life supernally to see, witness and arise into the ascendant consciousness that each apirant seeks, and in their essential nature, most truly are. 

His forthcoming book Songs of Non-Separation, a visionary work of vast intelligence and intelligent breath, borne of a lifetime of study and practice is found within each line and image, to illuminate the reader to the illumination of eye-seeing-I. In the transformation of self-identification into self-realization, the undifferentiated teachings of transcendental being and liberation ignites into the infinite possibility of simply being awake and so awaken others. I have produced this small offering of light to complete the material that is the immaterial of his work, offering alms to the book thirsting for its own source. The last two lines of this booklet were transplanted from one its many parables, as a way to ground the departure of the ascetic of consciousness, into the consciousness of the aesthetic, the splendour of departing and arriving the same.
 

 

YOGASANA: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF YOGA POSES by YOGRISHI-VISHVKETU PhD

Packed with over 800 unique poses performed by renowned practitioner Yogrishi Vishvketu, Yogasana is the most comprehensive yoga asana guide to date. The poses range from beginner to advanced levels, which makes this the perfect book for both the yoga novice and the studio owner.

Vishvketu, a lifelong yoga devotee who grew up in the Himalayan foothills, unveils the mystery surrounding the names of traditional yoga poses by listing each name in Sanskrit, Romanized Sanskrit, and English and providing guided translation charts. The reader gains an understanding of the rich historical and spiritual naming system behind each asana. Charts describing the properties of each chakra and a graphic indicator showing which chakras are activated by each pose help readers focus their practice and utilize the unique energetic essence of each asana.

With color-coded poses organized into a logical sequence with roots in both the traditional Himalayan system and Yogrishi Vishvketu's decades of practice, this yoga compendium brings together information about the physical exercise, the history of the practice, and the spiritual path of yoga in a single, all-inclusive volume.

 

CHUP SADHANA by MANSOOR

The original Guru, the Self, is present in everybody's heart as Silence. This Silence can be recognized in the gap between two thoughts, two actions, two breaths, two moments. This Silence may also just appear spontaneously, when one is simply at rest, at peace. Chup Sadhana is an effortless no-practice practice, which reveals this ever-present, underlying Silence in which all the events of life are experienced. This is the missing link, which connects different spiritual traditions.

 

BHAGAVAD GITA translated by STEPHEN MITCHELL

Stephen Mitchell is widely known for his ability to make ancient masterpieces thrillingly new, to step in where many have tried before and create versions that are definitive for our time. His celebrated version of the Tao Te Ching is the most popular edition in print, and his translations of Jesus, Rilke, Genesis, and Job have won the hearts of readers and critics alike. Stephen Mitchell now brings to the Bhagavad Gita his gift for breathing new life into sacred texts.

The Bhagavad Gita is universally acknowledged as one of the world's literary and spiritual masterpieces. It is the core text of the Hindu tradition and has been treasured by American writers from Emerson and Thoreau to T. S. Eliot, who called it the greatest philosophical poem after the Divine Comedy. There have been more than two hundred English translations of the Gita, including many competent literal versions, but not one of them is a superlative literary text in its own right.

Now all that has changed. Stephen Mitchell's Bhagavad Gita sings with the clarity, the vigor, and the intensity of the original Sanskrit. It will, as William Arrowsmith said of Mitchell's translation of The Sonnets to Orpheus, "instantly make every other rendering obsolete."

 

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO YIN YOGA by BERNIE CLARK

Bernie Clark's The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga provides an in-depth look at the philosophy and practice of Yin Yoga with illustrated sections on how to practice Yin Yoga, including descriptions with photographs of 30 Yin Yoga asanas.

All forms of yoga can provide benefits physically, emotionally, and mentally, however Yin Yoga works the deeper levels of the body/heart/mind: the connective tissues of the ligaments, fascia, joints and bones and the energetic channels of the meridians, nerves and blood system. One big difference noticed by students of Yin Yoga is the long-held, passive nature of the posture, which gives time for a deeper journey to unfold, a journey into the meditative aspects of yoga, a bridge to living life mindfully.

Clark presents comprehensive information on how to do the practice, including a deep look inside over two dozen Yin Yoga postures showing the benefit of the pose, how to get into and out of the pose, contraindications and warnings for those who may have trouble with particular aspects of the posture, and other important information. The benefits are explored in three main sections: the physiological benefits, the energetic benefits and the mental/emotional benefits.