Friday, April 22, 2016

News - Jayadvaita Swami Book Wins Benjamin Franklin Award

Jayadvaita Swami Book Wins Benjamin Franklin Award Vanity Karma, a new book by ISKCON guru Jayadvaita Swami, has been presented with the 2016 Benjamin Franklin gold award by the Independent Book Publishers Association. Published by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, it won best book of the year in the category of “religion.” The award was presented on April 8th at the 28th Annual IBPA Publishing University in Salt Lake City, Utah. The book, subtitled “Ecclesiastes, the Bhagavad-gita, and the Search for the Meaning of Life,” explores two profound wisdom texts – one a book from the Old Testament of the Bible, the other Lord Krishna’s words to Arjuna. Both mean a lot personally to Jayadvaita Swami -- Ecclesiastes set him on his spiritual path, which led him to the Bhagavad-gita. And he hopes his exploration of them in Vanity Karma helps others on their own spiritual journeys. Vanity Karma is now available on as a 384-page paperback, and is getting rave reviews from academics and layreaders alike. “Vanity Karma raises the most profound question asked by human beings over the ages, namely, ‘Why are we here on earth; what is the meaning of our existence?’” says Helen Rose Ebaugh, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Houston. “The swami exposes this question as the theme of Ecclesiastes and then answers the question with themes from the Bhagavad-gita.” Purchase Vanity Karma here: #laxmi

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