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Pancha Tantra - Five Wise Lessons: A Vivid Retelling of India's Most Famous Collection of Fables (Great Classics of India) Paperback – March 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: Great Classics of India
  • Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Torchlight Publishing (March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887089454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887089456
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,959,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in 1955 in London in a Christian family, I have been undergoing training in the monotheistic Vaishnava tradition of Hinduism since 1979. Although I am sometimes referred to as a Hindu priest, there is in fact no defined hierarchical priesthood within Hinduism, or, as I prefer to call it, the Vedic tradition, based as it is upon the scriptures known as the Vedas. There is a class known as the brahmins, whose business is to provide priestly services to society, such as rites of passage and spiritual instruction, and I would put myself in this category. If not a fully qualified brahmin, I am certainly aspiring to become one, in the line of my eternally liberated teacher Srila A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

I do not see my acceptance of the Vaishnava tradition as a departure from Christianity, but rather as a natural continuance of Christ's teachings. For me the instructions of all the great teachers, such as Prabhupada, Christ, Buddha, Mohammed, and many others, contain the same essential thread of spirituality, which culminates in surrender to the Personality of Godhead, who I know as Lord Krishna, but who may also be known by many other names such as Jehovah, Allah, Jahweh and Buddha.

My goal is to bring the wisdom of the East to Western audiences in an easily understandable style that can be accessed by anyone. For me spiritual life, in whatever tradition or faith we choose, should be an enjoyable experience that enables us to transcend the trials and tribulations of present-day materialism, and eventually realise our loving relationship with God.







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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John J. Wright on June 3, 2009
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I did not dislike this book but was wishing for a more complete translation. The basics of the tale are here but it is more a book for children or young adults. This I think was who the author intended the book for but this really is not stated when buying. If you have a younger child or teen then YES this book does offer some good moral tales. If your a adult and you are trying to study the classic Hindu text then I would look elsewhere. As for the author I have read some other of Dharma's works and they are very westernized versions. They keep your interest and you get the basics but he tends to either condense to much or pine to western style of thought. These are recommended for those just beginning there insights.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 23, 2009
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I read this book as a young teen, and got this for my daughter. There are quite a lot of lessons of wisdom in this book. I'm not sure how much I like this particular translation/version of the panchatantra, but I do recommend these stories. My daughter is still a little young for them (she is 4), but I "edit" the parts I don't think she needs to hear (such as changing "ass" to "donkey") but she seems to like these stories already...
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Fernandes on November 15, 2007
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I was looking for a series of Amar Chitra classics that I remember reading when I was younger. And not being to find them anymore, I thought I'd try this book out.

The stories are similar to what I remember reading when I was young. But it is written in an irritating manner. You'll find one story encapsulating another story which encapsulates another story and then it folds backwards to finish the first story - many, many pages after it first began. And they do that again and again. So much so that it became burdensome to read this after a while.

What a pity, because the stories are nice. I just never remember it being told like this before. And with so many interjections of other stories inside stories. Still, given that it's hard to find nice stories of folklore from India, you might be hard pressed to find better books. But be warned about the irritating style in this book.
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