Books

Mahakailasa Ashram books are donated to prisons and communities in need throughout the United States. They are published by CHINTAMANI BOOKS

BhagavadGitaCoverPromo2WBhagavad Gita
Swamini Sri Lalitambika Devi
978-0-9960236-6-5
Chintamani Books, 2015

A spiritual treasure house of wisdom, the Bhagavad Gita is said to contain the essence of every Upanishad. Its pages enshrine the sacred lore of ancient India. The teaching opens with Arjuna’s indecision on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. He slumps in his chariot, confused over duty, and refuses to fight. The sincere disciple’s despair moves the Lord to reveal wisdom that is as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago; like Arjuna, we each face the battlefield of life and mind. Stand up and fight! the Lord tells us. Surrender only to me. READ MORE…

ComfortOfTheAfflictedCoverWebsiteComfort of the Afflicted
Lalitamba Mandiram
ISBN 978-0-9960236-9-6
Chintamani Books, 2015

Comfort of the Afflicted includes the Blessed Mother’s direct words and guidance, a new meditation on the Rosary, traditional Catholic prayers in English and Latin, and contemporary devotions. The book was compiled during the 2015 Lenten season as an offering for prison inmates. It is a call to each of us for repentance, forgiveness, and renewal of heart. READ MORE…

MGCoverMantra and the Goddess
Swamini Sri Lalitambika Devi
ISBN 978-1-84694-313-3
Mantra Books, 2010

Mantra and the Goddess is a guide to a life of inner beauty. It includes sacred teachings to heal the mind, as well as an interpretation of India’s classic devotional poem, the Sri Lalita Sahasranama. Chanted around the world, the thousand names of the Goddess reveal the power and the brilliance of who we are. READ MORE…

Mantra and the Goddess is an exceptional expression of humanity’s quest for spiritualism that emancipates the body and soul in achieving higher goals of life. The writing is beautiful and inspired. It is poignantly honest and genuinely moving in exploring the human yearning. These insights and revelations have the potential to liberate anyone who seeks truth.

–Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Former Under-Secretary General of the United Nations

Atma Bodha
Swamini Sri Lalitambika Devi
ISBN 978-1-78099-398-0
Mantra Books, 2012

Who we are is not who we think we are. Truth is simpler than mind and deeper than thought. It cannot be learned but only experienced. When at once we awaken, our doubts are alleviated. All is one, beyond time, space, and causation. Such is the direct realization expressed through Advaita Vedanta. READ MORE…

The Atma Bodha is a beautiful Sanskrit Poem composed by the great Sad Guru Adi Shankara to lead sincere aspirants to Self Realisation. Because it was composed in Sanskrit, most translators have only been able to convey its meaning in prose, but here Swamini Sri Lalitambika Devi has inspiringly captured its full meaning in the most delightful modern free verse, yet remaining faithful to the text. I strongly recommend this book for those aspirants who require the necessary guidance, only obtained from the great Shankara, but here conveyed beautifully by the Swamini. This well presented book also contains a collection of inspiring devotional hymns and a transliteration of the Atma Bodha in the original Sanskrit. This book will prove to be a faithful companion for all those walking on the path of freedom, away from the dread cycle of birth and re-birth.

–Alan Jacobs, President of the Ramana Maharshi Foundation UK

These are excellent translations of popular devotional hymns and give a flavour of the devotional path within Hinduism.

–International Spirit Guide (Wendy Stokes’ Column, quoting Dr. Lorenzo da Costa)

The Lotus Within
Swamini Sri Lalitambika Devi
ISBN 978-0-9778633-8-9
Chintamani Books, 2012

The Lotus Within is a companion guide to inner peace. A tapestry of folklore, poetry, wisdom, and prayer, it includes teachings that have been collected from Swamini Sri Lalitambika Devi’s early outreach work in New York City. These thoughts have been shared in psychiatric wards, recovery units, prisons, and shelters, with people whose courage continues to inspire. READ MORE…
 
Grief: A Path of Loss and Light
Swamini Sri Lalitambika Devi
ISBN 978-0-9778633-6-5
Chintamani Books, 2013  
 
A testament to the strength of love, Grief is a compassionate guide during difficult times. Swamini Sri Lalitambika Devi shares an intimate portrait of life and mind, as she cared for a loved one who was dying. The journal she kept during this time explores the natural feelings of sorrow that arise, as well as ways to find meaning and stay centered in faith, when someone we love is at the end of life. These teachings are profound, moving, and courageous.  READ MORE…

Mandukya Upanishad
Varuna
with Swamini Sri Lalitambika Devi (Translation, Commentary)
ISBN 978-0-9778633-5-8
Chintamani Books, 2013

Mandukya Upanishad is about leaping into enlightenment. The scripture tells of the relationship between life and dreams, and awakening through the depths of sleep. It is about a sound so mystical that it cannot be heard. Ultimately, it is about liberation. READ MORE…

 
TheFreeSpiritCoverPromo1.5InchThe Free Spirit: Simple Joys for Wise Living
Swamini Sri Lalitambika Devi
with Zen Master Wu Kwang (Foreword)
ISBN 978-0-9778633-5-4-1
Chintamani Books, 2014
 
The Free Spirit: Simple Joys for Wise Living is a handbook for self-discovery.
Playful yet profound, the book touches on simple ways to be happy, including self-care, transformational thinking, emotional healing, relationship success, empowered communication, and spiritual awakening. Like any true teacher, the book doesn’t answer all of life’s questions. It encourages the seeker to look within, to that most trustworthy guide-the free spirit. READ MORE…

Inspiring and practical, “The Free Spirit” is a helpful offering to people in pain and their healers. In workbook style, this wise manual could be used by oneself, between a practitioner and a patient, or within a group, either led or peer supported. May “The Free Spirit” find its way to those in need, and may they be healed by its guidance.

-Kathryn Fraser, MD, Medical Director of the Recovery Resiliency Program at the University of New Mexico Psychiatric Center

Nine Life Tales
Frederick Barnabas Bell
ISBN 978-0-9960236-0-3
Chintamani Books, 2014
 
Children and adults alike will delight in this collection of nine charming vignettes told by a street-smart cat. Frederick Barnabas Bell is the mascot of a New York City homeless shelter. He  gives the witty inside scoop as he tells of escapades with soup kitchen scraps, a morning salute, a precocious infant, a holiday jingle bell, and more. READ MORE…
Ten Divine Messages
Swamini Sri Lalitambika Devi
Swami Parameshananda, Foreword
ISBN 978-09960236-5-8
Chintamani Books, 2016
Swami Pranavananda vowed at a young age to awaken. In a jungle swamp opposite the cremation grounds of his Bengali village, he placed his asana. When he arose illumined, he returned to the village and offered the Ten Divine Messages. These first teachings are unique in that the Acharyadeva both posed the questions and answered them. With the blessings of Swami Parameshananda, Swamini Sri Lalitambika Devi offers a contemporary interpretation of these seminal teachings, revealing the true purpose of life and how to succeed on the spiritual journey. READ MORE…