This fall and spring, the mind-body-spirit bookshelves will include ancient texts and renowned—even controversial—modern teachers and writers.
Mandala Publishing is releasing a unique English translation of 3,000-year-old wisdom text and fundamental sources of yoga teachings, The Bhagavad Gita (Sept.), portraying a conversation between the soul and a divine being. Translator Ranchor Prime, author of books on Indian philosophy, has taken what the publisher calls “a nonsectarian approach” to the Gita’s lessons on “the mysteries of life: the nature of the self, the universe/higher power, and the world.”
Mango Publishing will release Go Slowly and Breathe: The Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh in December. It features meditation teachings by the Vietnamese monk and author of 130 books, whose following considers him a spiritual luminary. Go Slowly and Breathe’s life lessons can “strengthen Buddhist beliefs and develop practices essential to building mindfulness,” according to the publisher.
St. Martin’s Essentials is launching a five-book yogic philosophy series collecting works by occultist and new thought movement founder Ramacharaka as part of its Library of Spiritual Wisdom; first book in the new series is The Science of Breath: The Essential Works of Yogi Ramacharaka (Apr. 2022). The publisher is also offering a new title from Ervin Lazlo, founder-president of the Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research and the author of more than 100 books. The Wisdom Principles: A Handbook of Timeless Truths and Timely Wisdom (Sept.) bridges new science, consciousness, and spirituality, and includes comments from new age authors Deepak Chopra and Gregg Braden, and Conversations with God author Neale Donald Walsch.
Watkins Publishing revives a collection of titles by a controversial early 20th-century occultist who is perhaps best known for his guiding principle, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.” Aleister Crowley’s Four Books of Magick (Oct.) includes an introduction by Stephen Skinner, an expert in Western esoteric traditions, who details Crowley’s influence in yoga, ceremonial magic, and philosophy.