Widely acknowledged as a masterpiece of prose, philosophy and translation, Aesthetic Vedanta beautifully illuminates the timeless Sanskrit poem Rasa-lila, the sacred love affair of Radha and Krishna. Since its release in 1998, Aesthetic Vedanta has continually been one of the best-selling and most respected books on classic Hindu spiritual eroticism . Interspersed with original poetry and renderings of medieval verse of several Hindu mystics, this book reveals the means to access the spiritual reality of Rasa-lila.
Aesthetic Vedanta speaks to us of a tradition that is practical and profoundly beautiful, replete with visualization, ritual, song, and dance, both affirming and spiritualizing the erotic principle that lies within our souls.
"I'm so glad to have Aesthetic Vedanta to spell out the theology of rasa-lila. We've waited a long time for someone this accomplished in Sanskrit -this schooled in yoga - to set forth its tender philosophy."
- Andrew Schelling. Naropa Institute, Author of For Love of the Dark One: Songs of Miraba
"Aesthetic Vedanta recounts India's most important treatise on romantic love. More practical and interesting than the Kama Sutra, it involves the classic adventure of the fabulous Krishna. Swami Tripurari's treatment is a masterpiece."
- Louis Meldman, Ph.D., Author of Mystical Sex: Love, Ecstasy, and the Mystical Experience
"This book truly deserves, and undoubtedly will receive, a place among serious and scholarly works of global spirituality."
- George Fowler, Author of Learning to Dance Inside: Getting to the Heart of Meditation
This book is guaranteed to deeply affect all who read it. It is a book about the greatest love story ever told. Over the centuries poets have written about it, story tellers have captivated untold numbers with it, painters have filled their canvasses with beautiful images of it, and now we all have access to it through this wonderful book written by Tripurari Swami who brings this story to life like no other can, having immersed himself in the life of love that the book is all about. The book is divided into three distint sections. The first section sets the stage and gives the reader the necessary philosophical background in order to fully appreciate the story. The second section is dedicated to the Rasa-lila itself, the dance of love depicted in the Bhagavata Purana. It is so wonderfully written that you will find yourself literally becoming part of the story as you read it. The final section of the book explains how the Rasa-lila story relates to a life of devotion and spiritual practice that culminates in the development of divine love within the sincere praticioner.