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

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Publisher: Stephen Knapp, The World Relief Network (1 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZZJR32
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good information from Vaisnava perspective 25 April 2013
By Mary C. Rountree - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is interesting and useful if you are looking for an explanation of Vaisnava cosmology. the largest sections are on the superiority of Krishna, and other deities as secondary, but the book is full or references to Hindu theological works that can simplify understanding their presentations. If you have trouble understanding the translations of Hindu religious and philosophical works on Vaisnava pespective, this is a good choice. For devotees of Krishna or Vishnu, this is also a very satisfying book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gods of Ancient and Today India. 22 Sept. 2013
By laureano gonzalez - Published on Amazon.com
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Stephen Knapp's "Avatars, Gods and Goddesses" book was very helpful to me because, I'm actually searching the ancients roots of the vedic culture of India. I get plenty of information and details about the Gods and Semigods and their nature, worship, etc. The book is ease to read and understand. Thanks Stephen Knapp.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent book! 1 May 2014
By Mr. Ed - Published on Amazon.com
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What you learn from reading this book on Vedic Culture is absolutely amazing! It is well written and I haven't even finished the book, but the information is just so interesting, captivating, engaging. A real great purchase and I am very pleased.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Instructive 8 April 2013
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FOr those interested in Hinduism this is a very informative book. It details the hierarchy of the HIndu Deities and allows the reader to understand the reason for the Gods names etc.
I found this book very didactic and serves as a very good reference book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, very concise-"tops"-especially if you follow a Vaishnava 22 Feb. 2015
By Frank - Published on Amazon.com
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Wonderful,very concise-"tops"-especially if you follow a Vaishnava path
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