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  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468150235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468150230
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,931,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Too often, on any yoga path, we either have the total beginners guides, á-la Feng Shui for Dummies, or the classic sacred texts, which have stood the test of time, yet may be hard to penetrate (try reading any classic commentary on the Yoga-sutra orUpanishads to see what I mean). Karnamrita’s book falls in between these extremes. Despite the fact that the book has plenty of quotes from the classic bhakti texts, it is not heavy reading. Karnamrita never uses the quotes to place himself on a pedestal, nor to hit the reader on the head with the Truth. Throughout the book he is with the reader, explaining his personal realizations about the particular ideals he has found relevant on his journey. And quite often, he speaks to us not as a teacher, but rather as a friend, who wishes to share something wonderful he has found. We may even recognize: “Oh, I have experienced something similar. How wonderful to hear how he has gone through the same tribulations that I am currently struggling with!” And after all his struggles, Karnamrita is still there, continuing on his path, making further progress and full of optimism. I found the book to be a diamond—and not an uncut one—and the fact that it could be further polished does not in any way diminish its value. I hope that sincere spiritual seekers will find this book. I do believe that despite speaking from the perspective of an insider in a particular spiritual tradition—bhakti-yoga as presented by Iskcon—Karnamrita’s writing will have much to offer to seekers on other paths as well. And if I am right on this, then Karnamrita is after all also partly right when he states that he intends to write to those new to bhakti. But I do think one needs to have some experience on some spiritual path in order to be able to appreciate the depth of Karnamrita’s ideas." Excerpts from a review by Janne Kontala on the Harmonist website.

About the Author

Karnamrita Das was born on June 22, 1950 in Los Angeles California, U.S.A with the name Christopher John Cox. His life as a child, though certainly a mixed experience, was often painful, confusing, and ultimately unsatisfying. All in all, it proved a catalyst for him to search out other alternatives to the materialistic status quo of the time and continue the unfinished spirituality of his previous lives. Although not a spiritual family, it turned out to be favorable for a spiritual quest when mixed with the youth movement of the late 1960’s. After a year of college, an existential crisis prompted him to begin a full-time search for the meaning of life. Becoming a vegetarian, he spent much time in the redwood forest in Muir Woods in Marin County, California studying the cycles of Nature and books from various spiritual traditions. He concluded that he needed to be a monk in some tradition to immerse himself in spirituality. Upon coming in contact with the books and disciples of Shrila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, he began visiting a Krishna temple in Berkeley, California. Soon he experienced that this tradition spoke deeply to his soul. It felt like home, and he became a brahmachari, receiving diksha in 1970. He was given the name, Karnamrita Das (a servant of the sound nectar of immortality, or Krishna lila) to symbolize a “second birth” into spirituality. For his first three years he primarily studied and distributed his guru's books. Gradually he became involved in temple services or puja (Deity worship), becoming a head cook and pujari (temple priest), which he continued for the next eleven years at various centers in America, Asia, and Australia. The service, realizations and feelings he derived from worshipping Krishna in his many Deity forms has provided him a deep foundation for his continued spirituality, enabling him to function in many different cultural and social arenas. Trained in many energy-healing and alternative health modalities such as Reiki, hypnotherapy, Emotional Release Therapy, and healing prayer, he incorporates healing into his life, work, and service. He often works with his wife, Archana-siddhi devi dasi—a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), in couples therapy and in facilitating spiritual themed workshops. They both write and teach extensively, and are working on several books.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L.A. Sullivan on August 21, 2012
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"Give To Live" by Karnamrita Das is quite a unique gem! The body of the book contains blogs which were written at various times in a casual, friendly tone. It is a "spoken" tone in which the author is welcoming and appears to be speaking with the reader one-on-one. It takes a potentially complex subject and makes it accessible to all, those completely unfamiliar with the topic and those well-versed in it as well. This book is a wealth of information, and it's format is such that one can either skip around to different blogs or read it cover to cover. It is also easy to put down, in today's busy world, and pick up again due its content of stories. Some blogs are informative; some are touching---so much so that I actually cried; and some are highly personal. It is the author's journey in Krishna Consciousness, his successes and his failures, and he bares his soul with grace and with humor. His humility and loving-kindness shine through the pages, and any reader will be touched by the forthrightness of these tales.
I enjoyed "Give to Live" immensely. It has helped me in my spiritual journey and in daily life in the material world. I have no doubt that others will take great pleasure in, and learn much from, reading this book. There is so much substantial 'food for thought' within its covers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ken on January 10, 2013
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This book, like its author, is introspective yet light-hearted, thoughtful but over-archingly joyful. Easy to read in digestible bites, Karnamrita allows his readers a personal glimpse of the reflections borne of his considerable spiritual journey through Gaudiya Vaisnavism. His heartfelt realizations about life 'in service to God' are made relevant for a broad audience -- from hard-nosed skeptic to devoted spiritual seeker. Anyone who has experienced life's travails will be able to relate to his subject matter, if not his perspective. This is not a book about "the Hare Krishna movement." It is a book, however, about living a compassionate life through 'the Krishna lens' as means for developing love of the highest order.

Those in search of a dense philosophical treatise or analysis on the hidden secrets of the Universe will likely not find this offering very edifying. However, those of us leading regular lives and looking to extend to others so we may live more richly will not be disappointed with Give To Live. Treat yourself to a copy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carissa on November 15, 2012
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I was not expecting the wonderful journey that this book took me on. It is truly something that I have been looking for all my life. The "how to's" along the spiritual path by a TRUE believer and someone who has experienced deeper realms of spiritual consciousness through dedication and constant commitment. I am so encouraged that I also am able to go deeper into my meditation and spiritual practices from the sound first hand advice from this remarkable writer. I look forward to reading more books by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sergio Loi on February 15, 2013
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A very beautiful book, very practical, realized, deep and easy to read, one of the best if not the best I red about Krishna consciousness.
It even emanates love and very positive feelings.
A very nice present also, Give it to Live ( :
I really look forward for the next books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Creative Diva on August 16, 2012
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A beautiful book with practical information that can be utilized by people of all walks of life on their spiritual journey.
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