Being Vegetarian is not a cookbook; it's about why and how to be vegetarian or vegan in a mainly meat-eating world. Written in a lively and engaging style, it looks at two main issues. One is the 'why' of being vegetarian; on the positive side the ethical, social, environmental, health and spiritual reasons for being vegetarian, and on the negative side the proven damage caused by animal-based food production to human health and our planet, as well as the suffering and death inflicted on vast numbers of living creatures every day. The other is the 'how' of being vegetarian; myths and helpful facts about a vegetarian diet, eating healthily, understanding 'hidden' non-vegetarian ingredients in foods, travelling as a vegetarian, and dealing with lack of understanding or even opposition from family, friends, school, or the workplace. The book is packed with useful and up-to-date facts and figures, with links to the scientific research on which the book is based for those who want to delve more deeply. It offers many clear and convincing answers to the often-heard question: 'why are you vegetarian?'
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Understanding why we should live an honest, moral life is an important step on the spiritual path to God-realization. This thought-provoking book presents the universal law of cause and effect from human and spiritual perspectives.
It describes the invisible prison in which we all live and how we can transcend this condition by changing our orientation from material to spiritual goals.
A Spiritual Primer
This book provides an introduction to the subject of spirituality, the common teachings of all mystics. It starts by addressing our current situation as human beings and covers such topics as the consequences of our actions, death, reincarnation, our true spiritual nature, the boundless infinite, the need for a spiritual teacher, vegetarianism, leading an honest life, meditation, and the true path to God-realization.
Empower Women: An Awakening
Empower Women is a response to a grave situation developing in Indian society today: the increasing practice of sex-selection by killing female infants in the womb. The book takes a look at the cultural norms that underpin a deep-rooted tradition of son preference, draws our attention to the scale of the crisis, and highlights the far-reaching effects of having a society where men outnumber women at an ever-increasing rate. The book calls out to our conscience to consider the profound consequences of our actions.
The central thrust of the book is a powerful concept: that our morality is not separate from our spirituality. If we consider ourselves good human beings, then our actions towards the women in our lives must reflect this. Empower Women suggests that far from being a burden, women are among the creation's most precious treasures. The book outlines the simple ways by which women can be empowered.
Equilibrium of Love
A large-size photographic album, Equilibrium of Love tells the story of the Dera through pictures and text. The Dera is built on a foundation of love and service. How this translates into the physical reality of life at the Dera is explored in this book, which is both informative and inspirational. How does the Dera function? How does it manage to provide food, shelter and basic infrastructure needs for a floating population of hundreds of thousands of people?
The book portrays the Dera as a largely self-sufficient community that caters equally to large crowds as well as to its permanent residents. On reading the book it becomes clear that without the love and guidance of the Master, and the hard work, love, and dedication of the sevadars, a place like the Dera could not exist.
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Labour of Love: The Maharaj Sawan Singh Charitable Hospital
"A hospital that treats the human being, not just the disease." This was the underlying rationale for the 250-bed primary care hospital in Beas designed and built by sevadars under the inspiration and leadership of Hazur Maharaj Charan Singh.
Labour of Love documents the planning and construction of the hospital, and illustrates the functioning of its various departments. Photographs illustrate all aspects of the construction and operation of the hospital, while the text provides the philosophical foundation as well as the relevant technical data.
The book ends with a short overview of the seva and love embodied in the smaller Sikanderpur (Haryana) and Bhota (Himachal Pradesh) hospitals.
Love in Action: The Dera Eye Camp
A black-and-white photographic book, Love in Action documents every aspect of the 22nd Eye Camp held at Dera Beas in 1989. More than 6,000 patients were treated for cataract and other eye diseases during the camp without regard for religion, caste, colour or other social distinctions.
All medical treatment, board, lodging and after-care were provided to every patient, free of charge. The book covers the concern and compassion of the Master for the patients and the love and devotion and high standard of organization and discipline of the doctors and more than 7,000 sevadars.
The book also provides information about the medical, technical and humanitarian significance of the camps. It is truly a story of dedication, selfless service and self-sacrifice.
The Journey of the Soul
This colourfully illustrated picture book for young children graphically tells the story of the soul's separation from its divine source at the time of the creation. The souls, illustrated as individual drops, The souls, illustrated as individual drops, are sent out from the divine ocean of love into the creation, take on bodies, and become part of the cycle of life.
The book illustrates how we are all children of the same Father and that we should love one another and all of God's creation. It ends by explaining how God sends his own Great Power, mercy and Love into the world in the form of a Master to awaken us to our true home and guide us back into the Ocean of Light, where the drops merge back and live in happiness, peace and bliss forever and ever.
One Light Many Lamps
In this full-color illustrated storybook for children of all ages, the Lord takes a soul, about to be born, on a wondrous spiritual journey. The Lord lovingly gives the soul five precious gifts to share with the people of the world, that reveal the divine principle of oneness behind the myriad divisions of all creation.
Creative Vegetarian Cooking
This book contains a wide range of simple international lacto vegetarian recipes blending the traditions of Indian cooking with influences from China, Japan and the West. It includes almost 250 recipes from beverages, salads, soups and snacks, to main course dishes and desserts all made without the use of eggs, lard or gelatin.
These simple to follow recipes are written for vegetarians in today's increasingly multicultural world.
The Green Way to Healthy Living
This cookbook is a compendium of international recipes, submitted by vegetarian cooks from around the world. It demonstrates that there is an extraordinary variety of fruits and vegetables, grains and legumes, as well as nuts, seeds and dairy products from which to choose in preparing balanced and tasty meals.
This book not only provides the how to for each recipe in clear concise language, it organizes the recipes into creative menus according to country of origin. In researching and writing this book, all the recipes were carefully tested.
Vegetarian Cooking – British Taste
As culture within Britain has diversified, so too has its food. This book, therefore, includes both traditional British recipes as well as recipes that reflect the modern British population. These have been flavoured to embrace what we now consider to be British taste.
It includes a wide range of vegetarian recipes from beverages, salads, soups and snacks, to main course dishes and desserts. This book has been designed to be user friendly and practical. Recipes in this book can be made gluten-free, lactose-free and vegan by substituting certain ingredients.