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Gifts from the Goddess
Gifts from the Goddess

Gifts from the Goddess

Selected Works of Sri Amritananda Natha Saraswati


The Goddess and the Guru


629 Pages, 8.25 x 8.25

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

Trade Paper, $39.95 (US $39.95) (CA $49.95)

Publication Date: December 2019

ISBN 9781944934767

Rights: US & CA

45th Parallel Press (Dec 2019)


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Gifts from the Goddess presents the essential teachings of Sri Amritananda Natha Saraswati, colloquially known as Guruji. Previously named Dr. N. Prahlada Sastry, Guruji left a prestigious position in India's missile defense complex to become a spiritual teacher in Hinduism's millennia-old school of Sri Vidya Tantra. Along the way, he discovered and revived a long-forgotten Goddess temple in a remote Indian jungle, traveled the globe teaching the powerful techniques of Sri Vidya, and attracted tens of thousands of followers worldwide. At the center of Gifts from the Goddess lie Guruji's two largest works: his 1994 opus, Understanding Sri Chakra Puja, and his stunning 1979 debut, Dasa Mahavidyas ("The Ten Great Wisdom Goddesses"). Both pieces have been revisited and updated by Guruji, and are presented here for the first time in their entirety. Gifts from the Goddess also includes other pieces of writing and lectures from throughout Guruji's career. Each reveals his inimitable voice and personality – lively, insightful, inspiring, and often humorous. His writing offers beautiful teachings on building and deepening one's spiritual practice. Discover his lessons on nurturing a relationship with the Divine (and the Universe), understanding the secrets of Tantra and Sri Vidya, incorporating a spiritual attitude into everyday life, and much more.

Author Biography

Michael Bowden is an attorney and former New York Times Company reporter with three decades of publishing experience, having written for newspapers and magazines ranging from the ABA Journal to India Today. A longtime features editor for Lawyers Weekly Publications in Boston, Bowden is currently director of communications for Roger Williams University School of Law, Rhode Island's only law school. His freelance magazine features have appeared in both national and international publications, and he was awarded the American Bar Association's prestigious Ross Award for his legal journalism. A magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Bowden earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maine and actively practiced law for several years before returning to journalism. In 1999, he cofounded the Shakti Sadhana group, which collected, published and hosted discussions of Hindu Shakta scriptures online. He and Amritananda met in 2003 and collaborated on a number of projects together. Bowden is also an accomplished artist, whose paintings have been featured in both group and solo gallery shows. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife Anna and their two sons.