Monday, July 21, 2014

Mahabharata Receives Two Awards

Just received two Finalist Medals for my book Mahabharata: The Eternal Quest  from the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.  They had notified me last month about an award.  When two medals recently showed up in the mail I thought they had made a mistake. Looking at their letter again I realized I received the Finalist Award in two different categories – Spiritual & Religious Non-Fiction.

Also, I recently posted the first part of a talk I gave at the Wheeling library back in February about the book.  See my site  The other two parts are on YouTube.

My intent in writing the book was three fold: 1) to deliver the story as good literature 2) to give it a cinematic slant, as potentially the basis for a film 3) to keep it at a length that could easily be studied in high school and  college classrooms.” Beside the Finalist Awards, the book has received acclaim from scholars across the country and is being used in a couple of courses.

Now the goal is to surpass William Buck's impersonal Mahabharata as the go to book in the academic community. You can help by simply using Google to access my Mahabharata site above.  That will boost the book's visibility. Thanks so very much. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Mahabharata Talk on YouTube

Earlier this year I gave a talk  about my book Mahabharata: The Eternal Quest,  a ‘fast-paced, cinematic’  rendition of India’s ancient epic. You can watch the first part at: 

Andy Fraenkel's talk at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling, WV about his book Mahabharata: The Eternal Quest. The book received a Finalist Award from...

It’s in three parts - on Youtube search for Andy Fraenkel to access the other two.

The book just received two Finalist Medals from the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.  The term ‘Indie” refers to Independent artists. The book awards are mainly selected from small presses, independent publishers, books published by universities  and self published authors. It’s said, “If its cool, creative and different, it’s Indie.”

My hope is that MahaTEQ will eventually replace William Buck’s ambiguous rendition of Mahabharata that so many professors are accustomed to using. To bring this goal one step closer, I am asking for your help.

If you googled Mahabharata, my site comes up on pg 3. Buck’s book is on page ONE.  Please help MahaTEQ  get more visibility.  I humbly request that  you visit my site - -  to help bring it up to page one next to Buck's. You might also do a search on Google for it.

A big - THANKS!
Ys, Sankirtana Das 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The First 50th

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Prabhupada’s arrival  in the West.  This is the time for devotees to develop  projects as an offering for Srila Prabhupada in 2015. Think about some project that you would like to offer to honor Srila Prabhupada for his selfless and untiring efforts to help humankind. There should be hundreds and even thousands of events and projects manifested in 2015.

 IMHO, as ISKCON makes plans for 2016, equal attention should be paid to 2015 commemorating  Prabhupada’s historic journey to the West.  For 2015 I am planning to develop a power point presentation  to take to colleges, churches and various events to share Prabhupada’s story so that people may know of his remarkable contribution to humankind.

In the public eye, the story of individual effort always trumps the story of an organization.  People can certainly make a more visceral connection with Srila Prabhupada since they would be natural inspired by  his struggle against great odds.  (Look at how the world responded to the story of Nelson Mandela) And now especially as baby boomers head into their senior years (myself included), Prabhupada’s accomplishments will seem even greater.

We have to understand the potency of  STORY as way  of winning the hearts of people. STORY is a valuable tool.  This has been my personal experience as a professional storyteller and workshop leader for over 25 years.

And Prabhupada’s is a remarkable story.  He came with practically nothing save for the three volumes of first canto of Srimad Bhagavatam that he had prepared for the West.  He hitched a ride on a freighter, braved a month long voyage and struggled through a New York winter to present an ancient and venerable teaching to the West. And sociologically speaking, he came at a remarkable time when young people in the West were dissatisfied with materialistic culture and rejected the unprecedented wealth and education available to them.  

For 2015, we can each make some special offering. Imagine the impact of thousands, or tens of thousands of devotees all over the world,  sharing  Prabhupada’s story with the general public. 2015

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