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  • By Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati.

    This booklet is a guide to learning simple Mother worship in the Hindu tradition.  Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati presents here a simplified ritualistic worship of Goddess Kali that can easily be performed regularly.  Based on ancient Tantric scriptures, the mantras and rituals contained in this puja-book come to us from the tradition of the Dakshineswar Kali temple where Sri Ramakrishna lived and worshipped the Divine Mother with an awe-inspiring intensity for over thirty years.  This book contains an overview of puja and includes the transliterated Sanskrit mantras with English translations as well as instructions for a five-item worship of Mother Kali.  This is the simplest Kali puja that is still authentic and complete for easy learning and memorization and is ideal for daily home practice.  Booklet.  36 pp. with drawings.

  • RETURN TO THE SOURCE Collected Writings on Spiritual Life "Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati, a monk of Shankara's Order and the main priest of Kali Mandir in Laguna Beach, is an austere traditional monk. This inspiring book, Return to the Source, reveals his devotion and passion for God, knowledge of the Hindu Scriptures and ritual, words of wisdom and practical spiritual guidance. This book originated from some of his class talks, articles, and writings, and over and above, from his sadhana and experiences. Readers will find in this book the pure spiritual tradition of Vedanta. It will help them to build their inner lives, to breathe the freshness of the eternal, and to attain peace and bliss.” ~ Swami Chetanananda, Vedanta Society of St. Louis, author of over thirty books on Sri Ramakrishna and Vedanta Chapters include: Sri Ramakrishna and Kali in the West, Kali Puja (the Art of Seeing God), Kirtan (Singing the Divine Name), Japa Yoga, Moment by Moment Worship, Bhagavatam Meditations, Tradition (Gift of the Rishis), Seeds of Desire, and Living at the Source (Excerpts from Letters to Devotees).
  • The new Kali Mandir 2022 calendar is here! This elegant calendar makes a great Christmas gift. Besides beautiful photos of Ma Dakshineswari Kali and Ma Bhavatarini Kali, this calendar features all the 2022 dates for amavasyas, ekadasis, important Hindu dates, birthdays of saints, daylight savings, etc. Dimensions: 11" X 8.5". Kali Mandir developed its 2022 calendar with dates calculated for Southern California.  

    SPECIAL SALE:

    From now until Shyama Kali Puja (November 3rd), we will be selling the Kali Mandir 2022 calendar for only $21.50!
  • By Elizabeth U. Harding 

    An introduction to the worship of the Divine Mother at one of Her most living temples.

    This beautiful book provides a wealth of information about the worship of Goddess Kali by giving an intimate and detailed description of Kolkata’s famous Dakshineswar temple and Ma Bhavatarini, the form of Kali worshipped there.  Learn about the temple’s festivals & daily rituals, and discover inspiring accounts of some of this tradition’s ecstatic saints.  A great introduction to Kali worship.  Paperback, original photographs.

  • Mahishasuramardini Stotram, a famous hymn to Ma Durga, contains the power of the Devi Mahatmyam.  Encoded and embedded in the words of this exquisite hymn are hidden esoteric seed sounds, making its recitation a transformative spiritual practice.  This booklet includes the Devanagari Sanskrit, Roman transliteration and translation in English
  • By Devadatta Kali

    In Praise of the Goddess: The Devimahatmya and its Meaning is a new translation and commentary of this central scripture of the Hindu Goddess tradition.  This is an eloquent, easy-to-read translation that combines sound scholarship with an insider’s perspective based on 37 years of spiritual practice within the Hindu tradition.  Paperback

  • By Devadatta Kali

    Inspired by the Devimahatmya, the Sanskrit classic of Goddess-centered Hinduism, The Veiling Brilliance is an imaginative and eloquent novel that reinterprets the psychological and spiritual wisdom of India’s ancient Vedas and Tantras.  Based on the central Shakta scripture, the Devimahatmya, this compelling story is a book for seekers of direct, simple answers to life’s perennial questions.  Paperback

  • Sri Sarada Devi and Her Divine Play is a massive undertaking by Swami Chetanananda, who spent seven years bringing together careful research based on many biographies in English and Bengali, eye-witness accounts and reminiscences. Lovingly refered to as the "Holy Mother", Sri Sarada Devi took up Sri Ramakrishna's mission after he left his body, initiating thousands of disciples. Until a ripe old age, the Holy Mother navigated a sea of difficult situations without ever forgetting her divine nature. We look to her for wisdom, compassion and affection.  
  • Translated by Swami Nikhilananda

    The living words of a God-intoxicated sage. An English rendering of the Bengali Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita – the  conversations of Sri Ramakrishna with his disciples, devotees, and visitors, recorded by Mahendranath Gupta or “M”, a direct disciple of the Master.  This translation by Swami Nikhilananda, a direct disciple of Holy Mother, is considered a true masterpiece and has become a spiritual classic.  This is a living book, a spiritual companion that answers the questions of the soul.  Hardback. 1064 pp. with photographs.

    Price $35.50.  Please call (949) 494-1906 or email devotees@kalimandir.org.  Let us know your shipping address so that we can let you know the shipping costs.
  • This book contains the teachings of Sri Sarada Devi, the divine consort of Sri Ramakrishna.  Lovingly called Holy Mother, Sri Sarada Devi is here presented in all her rustic simplicity, which breaks barriers and is inspired by a universal love.  She said, “I can’t contain myself when somebody draws near me and calls me ‘Mother’!”  Taken from 38 reminisces of her direct disciples and devotees.  Paperback. 409 pp. 

  • By Richard Schiffman

    The story of Sri Ramakrishna’s life is as moving as are his teachings.  Schiffman, who studied in India for a number of years, intersperses his narrative with detailed explanations of Sri Ramakrishna’s teachings.  He gives essential background information on Hindu spiritual practices and philosophy and on the various forms of yoga.  Schiffman’s sympathetic style brings the reader close to the childlike personality and profound spirituality of Sri Ramakrishna.  Paperback

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    Chai Pilgrimage Written by Patrick Shaw, illustrated by Jenny Kostecki-Shaw, with photography by both. 192 page, 11 x 8 1/4, full-color, hardbound book. Steep yourself in India's rich chai culture in this multimedia travelogue with illustrated recipes and tips on the art of chai-making! If India has always beckoned, but something held you back - or if you have traveled to India and feel a longing in your heart to return - make the Chai Pilgrimage through the pages of this book. Patrick Shaw and Jenny Kostecki-Shaw spent four months in northern India, steeping themselves in chai culture. They kept journals, made paintings and took pictures. Using chai as their compass, they also made friends, worshiped at remote temples, and drank a lot of chai. Firsthand, they learned from the extraordinary hospitality of the Indian people that "Guest is God," being treated as family members in many homes. Inspired by the pungent spice palette, they returned to their northern New Mexico home and created this ecstatic book of art. Every page is a song of praise to the Indian people and the Hindu gods, to the healing chai spices, to the small farmers who grow tea, to every chai wallah in every stand along their journey. Patrick and Jenny captured and translated not just the Hindi language and the sweetness of the people but the spirit of love itself. Every word, painting and recipe is suffused with the pure flavor of devotion. Sit down with a cup of chai and enjoy this pilgrimage to the chai motherland of India!  
  • By Swami Govindananda Saraswati

    Govinda Baba has lived in India for decades and has penned many poems.  The seemingly simple verses echoing the nursery rhymes from childhood become the medium for expressing the mature realizations of a natural mystic and lover of God. Paperback booklet

  • By Swami Chetanananda

    As one moves through the thirty chapters of this book, one gets a sense of what it means to live with God through every aspect of one’s personal and professional life.  In this book, we are in the presence of a god-intoxicated person.  Swami Chetanananda is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order and the minister of the Vedanta Society of St. Louis, Missouri.  Paperback

     
  • Translated and edited by Swami Chetanananda

    Girish Chandra Ghosh – actor, playwright, devotee – was a most interesting personality who became all the more unforgettable in his deep devotion to Sri Ramakrishna.  Ghosh’s fascinating life story enriches our understanding and appreciation of Sri Ramakrishna’s world and the community that gathered around him.  This is an important book for everyone who has been touched by the extraordinary life of Sri Ramakrishna and for anyone who wonders if a sinner truly can become a saint.  Swami Chetanananda is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order and the minister of the Vedanta Society of St. Louis, Missouri.  Hardback

     
  • Translated and edited by Swami Chetanananda

    Mahendranath Gupta – to whom we owe the most reliable accounts of day-to-day life with Sri Ramakrishna – is of paramount importance.  He was not a monk but a married man with children and all the obligations of family.  He was so humble that he did not even include his full name in the Sri Sri Ramakrishna Kathamrita (Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna) and only referred to himself as “M.”   While the Gospel is universally recognized, M and his life story has remained obscure.  Swami Chetanananda explored every available historical source for information on M and included reminiscences of historical source for information on M. – includes reminiscences by historical figures such as poet Dilip Kumar Roy and the world-renowned yogi Paramahansa Yogananda.  Swami Chetanananda is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order and the minister of the Vedanta Society of St. Louis, Missouri.  Paperback

     
  • Translated and edited by Swami Chetanananda

    These extensive, detailed and interesting reminiscences of those who knew Sri Ramakrishna provide the modern reader with a vivid sense of how he lived daily the spiritual message he taught, and how he excelled in opening a path for God into the human heart.  Swami Chetanananda is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order and the minister of the Vedanta Society of St. Louis, Missouri.  Paperback

     
  • Translated and edited by Swami Chetanananda

    This book tells compelling stories of 31 seekers from all walks of life who were drawn to Sri Ramakrishna.  It portrays men and women whose lives were transformed by Sri Ramakrishna, one of the greatest spiritual masters of modern times.  Swami Chetanananda is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order and the minister of the Vedanta Society of St. Louis, Missouri.  Paperback

     
  • Translated and edited by Swami Chetanananda

    The life stories of the 16 monastic disciples of Sri Ramakrishna. This book gives an inner account of a religious community in the early days.  They are founders of a powerful religious movement that affects the world today.  Swami Chetanananda is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order and the minister of the Vedanta Society of St. Louis, Missouri. Paperback

     
  • Translated and edited by Swami Chetanananda

    This is a new translation of Sri Sri Ramakrishna Lilaprasanga, originally written in classical Bengali by Swami Saradananda, a direct monastic disciple of Sri Ramakrishna. It is a meticulously reliable account of Sri Ramakrishna’s life up to his final illness.   Swami Chetanananda is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order and the minister of the Vedanta Society of St. Louis, Missouri.  Hardback beautifully bound, 1008 pages, 108 historic photographs.

     
  • See God with Open Eyes: Meditation on Ramakrishna — this title raises several questions: Does God have a form? Can we see God as we see other objects and beings in this world? Can we hear or touch God? Ramakrishna answered these questions with his words and through his life — and many of those answers are collected in this book. When God takes a human form, we want to see how that avatar lives, acts, talks, walks, laughs, cries, eats, and sleeps like other human beings. This book depicts how lovers of God can establish and deepen their relationship with Ramakrishna through prayer and meditation, and that strong bond makes them feel safe, secure, and saved.  
  • This is beautfully written and illustrated childrens' book.  It's a story about Elliot who lives in America and Kailash who lives in India.  They are pen pals.  By exchanging letters and pictures, they learn that they both love to climb trees, have pets and ride a school bus.  Their worlds may look different, but they are actually similar.  Beautiful and inspiring illustrations by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw.
  • By Swami Chetanananda, with a preface by Huston Smith and an introduction by Christopher Isherwood.

    This book is a pictorial biography of Swami Vivekananda’s life and teachings and his encounter with many distinguished Western savants.  It reveals where eastern and western cultures and religions can find common ground to live in harmony and derive benefit from each other. This is a high-quality hardback book beautifully bound with great photographs of Swamiji in the West and in India.

     

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