Thursday, October 23, 2014

Diwali



Diwali is upon us. India’s Festival of Lights and the traditional new year. There are a number of stories associated with this festival. Several weeks before, Hindus celebrate a holiday from Ramayana commemorating the slaying of the demon king Ravana (who resided in Lanka) along with the defeat of hoards of fierce Rakshasas (man-eating warriors) who pledged their allegiance to him.


After defeating the demons, Rama, Sita and Laksmana, and accompanied by the monkey prince Hanuman, finally returned to Ayodhya after their years-long exile. They made their journey in an air-ship adorned with flowers. The city of Ayodhya spread across the plains of northern India for almost a hundred miles. The citizens, in anticipation of Rama’s return, illuminated the city with lights everywhere. And in the early morning hours, as the ship approached, Rama and Sita marveled at the countless lights which blanketed the earth beneath them. The lights of the candles & torches and the lights of the illuminated souls. 


Gita 5: 24 "One whose happiness is within, who is active within, who rejoices within and is illumined within, is actually the perfect mystic. He is liberated in the Supreme, and ultimately he attains the Supreme."


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Moment of Your Time



It's my goal to have my award-winning book - Mahabharata: The Eternal Quest -  eventually replace William Buck’s ambiguous and impersonal rendition which so many professors are accustomed to using in their college courses. To bring this goal one step closer, I am asking for your help.  Last year, if you googled 'Mahabharata,' my site was on page 20 and it's now hovering between 2 & 3. Buck's book is on page ONE.

My first step was to write a good piece of literature; the second was to have the book's back cover adorned with quotes by professors, and now the third is to get maximum visibility on Google. I humbly request that you use Google to visit my site -   www.Mahabharata-Project.com   - to help  achieve this next step and bring it up to page one next to Buck.

Without being didactic, Maha:TEQ offers an authentic Vaisnava perspective in the understanding of who Krishna is, of dharma, of real leadership qualities, and of the foreboding nature of our age, the Kali-yuga. All this as the story moves steadily forward, and as the tension builds,  and all in under 280 pages (a comfortable read for a college or even high school course). Actually, the book has been hailed by the devotee and academic community alike, and is a great resource for devotees wanting to share the Mahabharata and it’s concepts with people they are cultivating. 

Thanks so much for your help. Below is only a small part of the response from the book:


 “Wonderful! Your storytelling art – which quickly gets to the essence of everything – has opened the world of Mahabharata to me , for it has opened up the world of the feelings and emotions of Mahabharata.” Sacinandana Swami

“Got the books. Already finished the first chapter....really nice. Have a friend who teaches comparative religion classes at the University here, I'll give her a copy.” Trivikrama Swami, FL

“Hare Krishna. Very nice interview!  Much thanks for your ingenious service.”  Malati dd


“It is so beautifully written!” Robin

"Loved the book!" Charlotte Jones

“Thank you Andy for this wonderful book. As I sit here reading I feel whole regions of my mind and heart awaken. Soul food for our times.” Rasika Walkingfeather, MD

““Best storyteller ever! I'm reading Mahabharata book now. May you live for many years and keep producing wonderful stories that lift the spirits of all who hear them."  Vegavati dd

“The book has brought Stephanie and I so much joy, we couldn't put it down and read it to one another so we could both enjoy together. We also love the cover artwork. Our complements to the artist.” Luke Kopyar

“I am almost finished reading the book. Very mesmerizing.” Dheeraj Handa, CA

“I couldn’t put it down.” Vidya DD

“Andy Fraenkel’s Mahabharata is a transcendental experience on every page.” Steve Howard

“The book and website look really good. I'm excited that this important subject is getting attention.” Roi in Israel

“Very well written. You have kept the meaning of Mahabharata and have given life to the major and minor personalities.” Appa Roa Gollamudi, Hyderabad, India

“His book is an incredible rendition of one of the oldest written books on the planet. I highly recommend it if you want to immerse yourself in the most amazing drama and intrigue ever recorded.” Darrell Martin, Blue Boy Herbs,

 “A course with this book will be great!”Ashish

“There have been many renditions of Mahabharata in both the East and the West,but your book is the Mahabharata in its essence. Easy to understand, enlivening, and inspiring. Thanks.” Thakor Topiwala, NC

“Thank you for sharing your amazing gift. Your Mahabharata is brilliant. I loved reading it.” Stephanie, NY

“Thank you for this engaging rendering of Mahabharata. You’ve performed a great service.” Dr Vicky Jenkins, IN

“I could not put it down…. I am going to give it out to others who I think have an interest…. It’s a landmark work….. How difficult it must have been to reduce the volume of the text and not loose the threads of the story, nor the essence of the philosophy! Magnificent!” Josef Lauber

“Really enjoyed it. Amazing! ” Barbara K.

“I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for your unbelievable gift of Mahabharata: The Eternal Quest… I found myself picking it up only minutes after putting it down and reading it all in every spare moment I had…… a great telling of the classic…… When I came to the chapter where you condensed the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, I found tears in my eyes. It was wonderful, concise, and exceptionally powerful.” Emil Sofsky

"Wow, what a wonderful book. We just finished it this morning ... i'm sad it's over...we'll have to read it again!"  Mohanasini Lighfoot


"I just finished reading Mahabharata. Wonderfully done. Except I started to do the math to calculate the years of Kali-yuga remaining and... think I'll just keep playing my flutes. Thank you a great read." Lou Boden

“It's a wonderful read.” Rasikananda Dasa, FL.

“I am loving the Mahabharata - its absolutely wonderful! An intriguing read. Its one of those books you can't put down. The CD Sacred Voices is great as well! Hari Krishna!”  Joseph Baker,  WI.

“I loved reading this book and I've sent my copy on to a friend, who is also loving it, and selling it at her temple store too. If you are ever so inspired, it would be wonderful to host you here in Alachua for some storytelling.”  Mukhya dd

“Reading it the way we are (reading aloud) is taking much longer, of course,  but is such a lovely experience. Thank you for writing such a wonderful and rich rendition of the epic.”  Venkata Das (Vineet Chander – Princeton, NJ) 


Mahabharata: The Eternal Quest – www.Mahabharata-Project.com


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New Storytelling CD: Brahma's Song


My new CD - Brahma's Song – is out, with a stunning cover by Rasikananda Das at DesignBrilliant in Florida.  The CD is my special combination of stories, music and chanting for your listening pleasure.   Cover price is $12. But right now the CD is only $10 and that includes shipping for orders in USA.  Contact me at story108@juno.com


My Award-Winning book Mahabharata: The Eternal Quest at   www.Mahabharata-Project.com