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Avatars, Gods and Goddesses of Vedic Culture: Understanding the Characteristics, Powers, Positions, and Legends of the Hindu Divinities by [Stephen Knapp]

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Stephen Knapp grew up in a Christian family, during which time he seriously studied the Bible to understand its teachings. In his late teenage years, however, he sought answers to questions not easily explained in Christian theology. So he began to search through other religions and philosophies from around the world and started to find the answers for which he was looking. He also studied a variety of occult sciences, ancient mythology, mysticism, yoga, and the spiritual teachings of the East. After his first reading of the Bhagavad-gita, he felt he had found the last piece of the puzzle he had been putting together through all of his research. Therefore, he continued to study all of the major Vedic texts of India to gain a better understanding of the Vedic science. It is known amongst all Eastern mystics that anyone, regardless of qualifications, academic or otherwise, who does not engage in the spiritual practices described in the Vedic texts cannot actually enter into understanding the depths of the Vedic spiritual science, nor acquire the realizations that should accompany it. So, rather than pursuing his research in an academic atmosphere at a university, Stephen directly engaged in the spiritual disciplines that have been recommended for hundreds of years. He continued his study of Vedic knowledge and spiritual practice under the guidance of a spiritual master. Through this process, and with the sanction of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, he became initiated into the genuine and authorized spiritual line of the Brahma-Madhava-Gaudiya sampradaya, which is a disciplic succession that descends back through Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Vyasadeva, the compiler of Vedic literature, and further back to Sri Krishna. Through this initiation he has taken the spiritual name of Sri Nandanandana dasa. Besides being brahminically initiated, Stephen has also been to India numerous times and traveled extensively throughout the country, visiting all but three small states, and most of the major holy places, thus gaining a wide variety of spiritual experiences that only such places can give. Stephen has put the culmination of over forty years of continuous research and travel experience into his books in an effort to share it with those who are also looking for spiritual understanding. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B004ZZJR32
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Stephen Knapp, The World Relief Network (1 September 2010)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1186 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 232 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1453613765
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ABOUT STEPHEN KNAPP

Stephen Knapp grew up in a Christian family, during which time he seriously studied the Bible to understand its teachings. In his late teenage years, however, he sought answers to questions not easily explained in Christian theology. So, he began to search through other religions and philosophies from around the world and started to find the answers for which he was looking. He also studied a variety of occult sciences, ancient mythology, mysticism, yoga, and the spiritual teachings of the East. Finally, after his first reading of the Bhagavad-gita, the classic summary of Vedic philosophy, he felt he had found the last piece of the puzzle he had been putting together through all of his research. This increased his understanding of everything else he had been studying. Therefore, he continued to research all of the major Vedic texts of India to gain a better understanding of the Vedic science, until he became a full-fledged follower and practitioner of Sanatana-dharma.  Under the authority of Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Stephen and was given the spiritual name of Sri Nandanandana dasa and became initiated into the spiritual line of the Brahma-Madhava-Gaudiya sampradaya.

He has also been to India numerous times, and works with many organizations on lecture tours, and has visited almost every state of the country, and most of the main and many minor holy places of India.

Stephen has so far written 27 books on various aspects of Vedic culture, available through Amazon.com as both paperbacks and Kindle Ebooks, as well as 12 additional Ebooks that answer many questions about Hinduism/Vedic culture that you can find on his website at www.stephen-knapp.com or simply http://stephenknapp.info .

Stephen is also the founder of the World Relief Network which helps to spread genuine spiritual knowledge throughout the world, and is also one of the founders and president of the Vedic Friends Association (VFA), a non-profit organization for networking with other serious writers, researchers and teachers who help protect, preserve and expand the knowledge and benefits of Vedic culture, and with students who join to learn more about the Dharmic traditions. More about the VFA can be found at its website at: www.vedicfriends.org. 

An introduction to Stephen’s many books, articles, research, photography of India, and other projects can be found at his website: www.stephen-knapp.com or http://stephenknapp.info.

Stephen’s numerous books on various aspects of the spiritual tradition of India, include:

1. "The Secret Teachings of the Vedas,"

2. "The Universal Path to Enlightenment,"

3. "The Vedic Prophecies: A New Look into the Future," and

4. "How the Universe was Created and Our Purpose In It,"

5. "Toward World Peace: Seeing the Unity Between Us All," 

6. "The Key to Real Happiness,"

7. "Proof of Vedic Culture's Global Existence,"

8. "Facing Death: Welcoming the Afterlife,"

9. "Reincarnation and Karma: How They Really Affect Us",

10. "The Heart of Hinduism: The Eastern Path to Freedom, Empowerment and Illumination,"

11. "The Power of the Dharma: An Introduction to Hinduism and Vedic Culture,"

12. "The Eleventh Commandment: the Next Step for Social Spiritual Development,"

13. "Seeing Spiritual India" A Guide to Temples, Holy Sites, Festivals and Traditions,"

14. "Crimes Against India: And the Need to Protect its Ancient Vedic Traditions,"

15. "Destined for Infinity," a spiritual adventure into the heart of the vision of the sages,

16. "Yoga and Meditation: Their Real Purpose and How to Get Started,"

17. "Avatars, Gods and Goddesses of Vedic Culture: Understanding the Characteristics, Powers and Positions of the Hindu Divinities,"

18. "The Soul: Understanding Our Real Identity,"

19. "Vedic Culture: The Difference it can Make in Your Life," Editor with many notable authors,

20. "Prayers, Mantras and Gayatris: A Collection for Insights, Protection, Spiritual Growth, and Many Other Blessings,"

21. "Krishna Deities and Their Miracles: How the Images of Lord Krishna Interact with Their Devotees,"

22. "Defending Vedic Dharma: Tackling the Issues to Make a Difference,"

23. "Advancements of Ancient India's Vedic Culture,"

24. "Spreading Vedic Traditions Through Temples,"

25. "The Bhakti-yoga Handbook," along with additional booklets on his website. 

26. “Lord Krishna and His Essential Teachings”

27. “Mysteries of the Ancient Vedic Empire.”

And a dozen other Ebooks described on his website.

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