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Ganesh: Removing the Obstacles (Minibook) Hardcover – September 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: Minibook
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Mandala Publishing (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886069662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886069664
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 3.5 x 4.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,873,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James H. Bae is a practitioner of both Hindu and Buddhist yoga systems. For the past three years he has lived in India training as a monk. His primary areas of study include Oriental medicine, Hindu and Buddhist art, and Eastern philosophy and culture.

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James H. Bae is an Acupuncturist, herbalist and nutritional counselor. As an author and researcher in the fields of East Asian philosophy and medicine, he has published a number of books, journal articles and developed Ayurveda and yoga curriculum. James maintains a private practice in Brooklyn, NY is the director and primary clinician at his outreach clinic.

James' practice draws from extensive study of the medical traditions of India, China and Japan - including classical literature and modern clinical research. His work is infused by academic rigor, as well as hands-on expertise. While drawing from an extensive background in manual therapy, James considers his work as an exploration in myofascial and energetic medicine.

​James completed formal training in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and post-graduate herbal studies, fellowships and secondary degrees in integrative health services, focusing on Ayurveda and Chinese medicine for women's health and psychology. His former academic endeavors focused in visual art, medical anthropology and history of religions. James engages a discourse between traditional medicine and current developments in psychosomatic medicine and neurobiology in his clinical approach to psycho-emotional and mood disorders.

Through international travel and culinary pursuits, James has extensively explored traditional cuisines. Over the years, his keen interest in dietary therapeutics has nurtured a wisdom around the role of food as medicine​. He believes the art and soul of healing can be found in the Dao of the Hearth. You'll find him in the kitchen, when not in the office or on the cushion.

James' faith in the therapeutic value of herbal medicine was instilled while living abroad. The daily use of folk remedies and prepared medicinals kept him healthy through lengthy sojourns in India and elsewhere. He continues to research and practice the herbal traditions of Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, Kampo and Tibetan Medicine. James completed a post-graduate degree program in Kampo medicine under Nigel Dawes.

For over twenty years, James has studied the contemplative traditions of India, China and Tibet and maintains a particular interest in traditional Hatha Yoga. In 2002, he served as a curriculum developer and research intern at Yoga Research and Education Center, under Georg Feuerstein. An avid textual researcher and practitioner, James has offered his unique approaches to yoga education since 2003.

James currently teaches on the interface between Ayurveda and yoga focusing on therapeutic applications and functional physiology in East Asian Medicine. As Director of Samaya Education, he continues to build offerings and curriculum towards an upcoming therapeutics and traditional medicine training for health practitioners and yoga teachers. Samaya Education supports local and international teachers as well as promotes his personal work in traditional medicine, known as the MEDICINE TREE INITIATIVE.

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That Ganesha Guy
The illustrations are very beautiful The book is small enough to be carried in a bag and convenient to be used for meditation on Lord Ganesh.
Del
I really recommend this book, especially to someone who is new to Ganesh and hinduism.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By That Ganesha Guy on July 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
First of all, yes the price is right.
But, you should know that this book is 4 inches wide by 3 inches tall and 91 pages long. Right, the reciept is bigger than the book.
The writing, about an hours worth of reading, is pretty well done if you are newly into learning the attributes of Ganesha. If you have been studying His Corpulentness for any period of time, it will, of course, only scratch the surface. Bae is not a great poet or anything, but does indeed understand the significant archetypal points of this beloved entity.
On the positive side, the artwork in this book is definately outstanding. With a decent magnifying glass and a love for the artistic renderings of Ganesh, this is a delight. The cover is beautiful (you can't tell from the above pic), the color printing and choices of artwork are outstanding. It's a beaut.
Ultimately, I'm glad I bought it. Not a scholarly work, it is beautiful and I will carry it with me, (in my shirt pocket) on hikes into the woods where I wish to sit and contemplate the gorgeous artwork and the short-and-to-the-point writing.
I'd suggest that you buy it. It's pretty, very pretty. I may buy a few more for gifts because it's soooo pretty, affordable and not too deep (for friends who are interested but not as fanatical as I am).
Good things do come in small packages. This is a very good example. Just left me wanting more. Om Gam Ganapatiye Namaha.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Saty Satya-Murti on December 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
GANESH. Removing the Obstacles.

Several years ago my son-in-law, not a Hindu by birth, gave my daughter and me each, a copy of this "diminutive" book. Its small size, beautiful illustrations and easy format caught my eye right away. From time to time I would read, at random, a paragraph or two. Aided by my wishful and open interpretations the short discourses gave me much solace.

Symbolism and iconography are vital aspects of Hinduism. James Bae, the author, presents in this book a concise repository of Ganesh centered stories. He provides due mention of the best known of Ganesh mythologies: how Ganesha came to acquire an elephant's head, why he is wearing a serpentine belt and how he handled the friendly sibling contest between him and his brother Skanda. He refers to Ganesh's multiple monikers (Ekadanta - the single tusked, Vighneshwara - remover of obstacles), and differing representations in South and North India. Exquisitely sharp and blissful illustrations, mostly color and a few black and white or sepia, stud the pages. If the text falls just short of impressing you, the pictures will fill in readily.

Generalizations and shared common wisdom of many faiths pepper this book. It is hard to argue with statements like these: "Just as there are many ways to interpret mythology, there are infinite ways to perceive any given situation." "We each arrive at fulfillment by different means and under vastly different conditions." "Each of us has a unique purpose in this life time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sanford750 on January 8, 2013
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This is a small, perfect, little pocket book with compressed information of what Ganesh resembles and purpose. I LOVE IT!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By laura morris on December 17, 2012
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This is the first book I've purchased regarding Ganesh and I love it! The art work is simply BEAUTIFUL and the literature is basic but that's what I was looking for. Just something to get me started. The book is small but not so small that you need a magnifying glass. It's perfect for carrying around in your bag and would make a great gift!
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By Luz on July 7, 2014
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I love it!
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By behnam vadi on March 3, 2014
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Compact but yet powerful in delivering the content. Gaining many perspectives on lord Ganesha's life is truly necessary for one to interpret his own
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By Del on August 21, 2013
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The illustrations are very beautiful The book is small enough to be carried in a bag and convenient to be used for meditation on Lord Ganesh.
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