Discusses the following important topics:
Who is a Guru?
Why do I need a Living Guru?
Why am I not satisfied in my relationship with my Guru?
How to internalize the sacred Guru-disciple relationship?
How to be a Progressive Disciple?
“Spiritual Connection” answers the above and many more questions with much depth and clarity. Presented in a very simple and lucid manner, this book is a collection of various case-studies taken from Vedic literatures such as Srimad-bhagavatam, Caitanya-caritamrita, Mahabharata and Ramayana. Herein, the subject of Guru-disciple relationship is explored, explained and churned into valuable lessons to help all the levels of spiritual seekers— from novice and seasoned—to have their spiritual connection established, enhanced or rejuvenated.
Bhakti Dhira Damodara Swami was born Oko Odama. His parents practiced African Traditional Religion (ATR), but he grew up as a Roman Catholic. From a very young age he has been very spiritually minded and he studied the Bible intensely with the sole aim of understanding God and His entire creation. He once asked his Bible teacher about the concepts of reincarnation and karma and the teacher, in anger, told him that his questions were unbiblical. Not satisfied with the response, he started searching for answers in other faiths. He associated with various spiritual groups such as the Rosicrucian Order and Aetherius Society, read all of Lobsang Rampa’s books, practiced hatta-yoga with a representative of Roy Eugene Davis and also corresponded with the spiritual organization founded by Al G. Maning, an American psychic. Meanwhile, he also pursued Electrical Engineering.
Later, in 1980, while he was working with Costain (West Africa) Plc. in Lagos, Nigeria, he came across an advert in the Daily Times newspaper by the Hare Krishna movement. The advert was about self-realization: karma, yoga and reincarnation. He wrote to them and received a copy of Back to Godhead magazine, which he did not read thinking it to be just an Indian magazine on vegetarianism. The following year the same advert came up; he wrote to them and received another issue of the magazine. He then read the two issues the recent one as well as the previous one cover to cover. Inspired, he made a visit to the ISKCON Temple in Lagos. There, he not only very much enjoyed the prasadam (spiritual food), music, and dance in the company of the devotees, but was also very satisfied with the answers to his questions on reincarnation and karma. That impelled him to go deeper in the understanding and practice of bhakti-yoga.
In 1985, he took formal initiation (diksha) from His Holiness Bhakti Tirtha Swami, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada the founder-acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. With much dedication, he served the movement for over twenty years, when in 2005, he was awarded the renounced order of life and given the name “Bhakti Dhira Damodara Swami.” Later, from 2011, he also started serving in the capacity of an initiating spiritual master. He, thus, became the first African sannyasi and guru in ISKCON.
Over the years, Bhakti Dhira Damodara Swami has become known for his humility, gravity and deep knowledge of the scriptures. He tours and preaches extensively in different countries in Africa, in Brazil, India, Mauritius, the Seychelles and the United States. He also regularly teaches Bhakti-Shastri and Bhakti-Vaibhava courses at the Vrindavan Institute of Higher Education (VIHE) and the Mayapur Institute (MI) and facilitates numerous seminars on the practical aspects of Krishna consciousness philosophy, such as community-building, self-sufficiency, etc. Following the desire of his spiritual master, Bhakti Dhira Damodara Swami is also developing vibrant Krishna conscious self-sustainable farm communities in Ghana and Nigeria, Africa.
We all strive to balance our personal and professional
lives, to be remembered, and to live a life of significance. More often than not, the problems and
struggles we endure are the direct result of an improper focus. It is this
balance and significance one can find while mastering A Leader’s FOCUS.
In Life, Dr. Strack and David Edwards will take the student on a journey to reveal that purity is more than the sum of what we don't do, but instead is an issue of how we live our lives day by day. Students will learn the foundations of living a pure life--mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally--and will be challenged to assess their own lives and discover how they can purposely make alternate choices that will enhance their growth in purity.
Bedtime Bibles and storybooks are evergreen classics that sell through year after year. Seasoned brands and new names alike are seeing surging sales in this felt-need genre as parents are looking for comforting books with Bible stories, verses, and prayers to settle kids down to sleep.
In God Bless You and Good Night, sleepy little ones are reminded of God's blessings and how much they are loved. The delightful rhyming story takes readers through several scenes of snuggly animals who are getting ready for bed. These sweet, sometimes silly rhymes and adorable art are sure to make God Bless You and Good Night a favorite part of the bedtime ritual for parents and children.
God Bless You and Good Night features:Beautiful illustrationsRhyming text
Upbeat and positive, Elizabeth provides biblical truths and suggestions so tweens can thrive. She reaches out to girls where they’re at and addresses daily issues that concern them, including—building real friendshipstalking with parentsputting Jesus firsthandling schoolwork and activitiesdeciding how to dress
Girls are busy developing new skills and increasing their knowledge as they grow into young women. A Girl After God’s Own Heart shows them how to establish healthy guidelines that honor God, promote their well-being, and help them get the most from this wonderful time in their lives.
Perfect for Sunday school, preteen groups, and individuals.
Spend Time with Jesus, the Friend Who Is Always with You
Jesus is the Friend who is always with you. Jesus Today®: Devotions for Kids will pour this powerful truth into your children’s hearts as they learn that He knows everything about them and loves them more than they can imagine.
Each devotion is based on Scripture and is written as though Jesus is speaking, assuring that He is in control, that He is good, and that an amazing future awaits all who put their hope in Him.
Adapted from ECPA Gold Medallion–winner Jesus Today®, this devotional has the same themes as the adult version, as well as written-out scriptures. It is a great choice for families to read and discuss during devotional time together.
Spend time with Jesus today . . .