Around Arunachala Avadhuta Foundation  
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63 min.

The Arunachala Mountain is situated 125 miles southwest of Chennai in the State of Tamil Nadu, South India. It is known as one of the most sacred places in India, and now in the West its fame has grown as the home of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, known also as the "Sage of Arunachala". To perform Giripradakshina (going around the Hill in a clockwise direction), with mind fixed on the Mountain, is perhaps the most spiritually beneficial act that anyone can perform.

This filming of pradakshina is artistically rendered with a selection of music that enhasces one's viewing experience. It give one a first-hand glimpse at the rich and varied environment and holy sites that are found around the base of the mountain.

Included on this DVD is an interview with Sri HWL Poonjaji and photographs and quotes from Srei Ramana.

dvd-0575 [nvs] [Hinduism - Documentary / Meditation]

Art and the Creative Spirit Estella Loretto, Lama Lhanang Rinpoche, Global Spirit TV  
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Art and the Creative Spirit
with Estella Loretto and Lama Lhanang Rinpoche
54 min.

This lively program explores various sacred art forms with artists working with the spiritual aspect of the creative process-Buddhist Lama Lhanang Rinpoche and Pueblo Indian sculptor Estella Loretto. Visually engaging and emotionally uplifting, their conversation imparts new insights and discoveries about sacred art and the creative spirit within spiritual traditions from parts of the world as seemingly disconnected as Tibet and the American Southwest.
dvd-0493 [nvs] Interfaith & Comparative Religion / Art & Architecture / Buddhism -Tibetan/ Shamanism & Primal Religions]

Art of Faith  
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155 min.

ART OF FAITH is a visually sumptuous series revealing outstanding examples of the art and architecture of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The films bring to life many of the greatest and most significant religious buildings through stunning photography and interviews with the people who know and love them.

dvd-0542 [nvs] [Art & Architecture] [Christian] [Islam/Sufism] [Judaism]

Arukihenro: Walking Pilgrims Tommi Mendel  
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a film by Tommi Mendel
72 min.

For a great number of people, the main motive for undertaking a pilgrimage consists in the journey itself - wandering along a path leading away from the familiar place and at the same time leading towards oneself. The road movie and documentary Walking Pilgrims (Arukihenro) focuses on today's Japanese wandering pilgrims, as they undertake the 88 Temples' Pilgrimage that circles the Japanese island of Shikoku.
Over 1000 years old, the Shikoku Henro connects 88 predetermined sacred places along a 1400 km route that circles Japan's fourth largest island, Shikoku. The pilgrimage follows the path of the holy monk Kobo Daishi (774-835), founder of Japanese Shingon Buddhism, who is said to have attained enlightenment on his ascetic wanderings through the prefectures of Tokushima, Kochi, Ehime and Kagawa.
Despite the increasing secularization of Japanese society, the 88 Temples' Pilgrimage retains its popularity. Besides the huge crowds of bus and taxi tours that make up about 99% of the pilgrims, there are still a few walkers who undertake the entire pilgrimage in 40 to 60 days on foot. From youth at loose ends in Japan's changing economy to elderly people for whom walking the pilgrimage has been a lifelong dream, these pilgrims walk for a variety of reasons, but all find a common ground in the soothing rituals of the pilgrimage.
Walking Pilgrims (Arukihenro) was shot over a period of nine months, while the filmmakers themselves hiked along the entire route. Using ethnographic methods, the film investigates the motivations of today's pilgrims, with input from priests, academic experts and Shikoku residents. Using the pilgrimage as its starting point, Walking Pilgrims (Arukihenro) gives insight into the religious and socio-cultural roots of contemporary Japanese society.
"…Walking Pilgrims (Arukihenro) is an absorbing and intriguing journey into the inner lives of Japanese people today, and is an excellent representation of the complex and contradictory soul of modern Japan." — Peter Matanle, Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies

dvd-0462 [nvs] [Buddhism - Documentary / Pilgrimage & Travel]

Asanas & Lectures: Yasodhara Canadian Intensive Dr. Geeta S. Iyengar, Eddy Marks  
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4-discs, 6-hours of Lecture, Q&A, and 9-hours of Asanas.

On April 22-27, 2008, Dr. Geeta S. Iyengar taught a benefit workshop for Ascent magazine at the Yasodhara Ashram in Kootenay Bay, British Columbia, Canada. This series of videos documents this unique learning experience as Dr. Geeta S. Iyengar presents a compressed series of progressive asana and pranayama classes. Questions and answers are also included.

dvd-0733 - dvd-0736 [nvs] [Meditation - Yoga & Body Practices / Hinduism]

Ashtanga Yoga: Introduction Richard Freeman, Oliver Henry  
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with Richard Freeman
75 min.

Foundational techniques that combine breath, movement, and meditation to help you develop strength, flexibility, and self-observation.

dvd-0564 [nvs] [Meditation - Yoga & Body Practices / Hinduism - Yoga]

Ashtanga Yoga: The Intermediate Series Richard Freeman, Oliver Henry  
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with Richard Freeman
94 min.

A dynamic flow of powerful postures that create radiant health and joy, and spark spontaneous moments of meditation.

dvd-0566 [nvs] [Meditation - Yoga & Body Practices / Hinduism - Yoga]

Ashtanga Yoga: The Primary Series Richard Freeman, Oliver Henry  
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with Richard Freeman
75 min.

Nearly 70 postures to ignite your inner fire and awaken your nervous system to its natural, vital state.

dvd-0565 [nvs] [Meditation - Yoga & Body Practices / Hinduism - Yoga]

Awaken to the Eternal: Nisargadatta Maharaj — A Journey of Self-Discovery Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj  
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a film by B.W. Salzman
59 min.

Description Nisargadatta Maharaj's life was a wonderful example of a modern-day sage, one who lived the simple life of a shopkeeper and family man yet taught from the highest perspective of nondual realization. Maharaj's books and teachings are popular among Western seekers because of their great clarity and direct approach to spiritual awakening.
Awaken to the Eternal contains comprehensive film footage footage of Nisargadatta Maharaj. The essence of his teachings is clearly presented, and several people discuss the significant impact of his presence and teachings in their lives. Included are interviews with Jack Kornfield, Jean Dunn, Stephen Wolinsky, and Robert Powell.
Take a privileged seat in Nisargadatta's room in Bombay and join him in the midst of spirited conversation. Maharaj always spoke from direct spiritual experience, hammering away at the concepts that keep us from understanding what Truth and Freedom really are.
Reviews "A sensitive and inspiring portrait of one of the great minds of this or any other century." 
—Lawrence Shainberg, author of Ambivalent Zen: One Man's Adventures on the Dharma Path
"Whether or not you're familiar with Nisargadatta, you'll want to have a look at this video: It's a good introduction to his teaching, and a fine portrayal that fleshes out this common man who had a most uncommon insight." —Yoga Journal
"Awaken to the Eternal is a marvelous look at a true advaita master. This video fully reflects the wisdom and wonder of Nisargadatta Maharaj." 
—Wes "Scoop" Nisker, editor of Inquiring Mind and author of The Essential Crazy Wisdom
"Being with Nisargadatta Maharaj gave me one of the deepest experiences that I have ever had with a human being who was truly free." 
—Jack Kornfield (from the video), author of
Excerpt "What you are, you already are. By knowing what you are not, you are free of it and remain in your own natural state. It all happens quite spontaneously and effortlessly." 
—Nisargadatta Maharaj

dvd-0262 [yvs] [Dec08/Mar97] [Hinduism / Biography]

Awakening Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee  
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with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
Recorded March 3, 2007
at the CIIS event at the Unitarian Church

San Francisco, CA
60 min.

What does it mean to awaken? And what is the relationship between individual spiritual awakening and global awakening? 

"... there is this extraordinary moment when the mist lifts — when the veils part, and suddenly you find yourself in the garden of creation, in the world as it actually is, and it is incredibly beautiful, incredibly radiant... I like to describe it as Creation singing the song of the Creator. It is incredibly beautiful. It is life really alive. It is, in a way, what we have actually come here to experience.... (and) because of this extraordinary relationship between humanity and the world there also comes a time when the world itself wants to wake up, when the world wants to throw off this debris of thousands of years." —from the DVD

dvd-0162 [nvs] [Islam & Sufism]

Awakening in the Now Eckhart Tolle  
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with Eckhart Tolle
110 min.

About the author Eckhart Tolle is emerging as one of the most original and inspiring spiritual teachers of our time. He travels and teaches throughout the world.
Eckhart is not aligned with any particular religion or tradition, but excludes none. His profound yet simple and practical teachings have helped thousands of people find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives. At the core of his teachings lies the transformation of individual and collective human consciousness - a global spiritual awakening.
Eckhart was born in Germany and educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge. At the age of twenty-nine, a profound spiritual transformation virtually dissolved his old identity and radically changed the course of his life. The next few years were devoted to understanding, integrating and deepening that transformation and marked the beginning of an intense inward journey. Later, he began to work with individuals and small groups as a counselor and spiritual teacher.
Eckhart Tolle is the author of The Power of Now, a No 1 New York Times best-seller which has been widely recognized as one of the most influential spiritual books of our time. It has been translated into over 30 languages.

dvd-0623 [yvs-stop 1:13:35] [Unaffiliated & Eclectic Teachings]

Awe & Wonder: It's Darkest Before the Dawn Jeff Foster, Chris Hebard  
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with Jeff Foster
intviewed by Chris Hebart
73 min.

"THIS IS THE POSSIBILITY OF TOTAL FREEDOM. RIGHT IN THE MIDST OF A VERY ORDINARY LIFE". Join Jeff Foster, the well known Non-Dual author of an extraordinary absence and Chris Hebard. In a unique discussion regarding the deeply private journey of self inquiry. This DVD is both an acknowledgment of the deep trials and tribulations on the path but also a hymn of praise regarding the Beauty uncovered in the process. It is a unique dialogue, honoring and discussing issues rarely covered in public. Jeff is both magnetic and wise we promise you have never seen anything quiet like this dialogue!

dvd-0524 [yvs-end 51:52] [Unaffiliated & Eclectic Teachings]

Bab'aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul Nacer Khemir  
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a film by Nacer Khemir
starring Parviz Shahinkhou, Maryan Hamid, Nessim Kahlouf, Mohamed Grayas, Kaveh Khodashenas, Golshifteh Farahani
96 min.

Film three in Nacer Khemir's Desert Trilogy.
Disc includes the 32 minute featurette on the director's view of his three desert films: Wanders of the Desert, The Dove's Lost Necklace, and Bab'azia.

Winner! Best Feature Film
- Kazan Golden Minbar Film Festival

Winner! Golden Dagger
- Muscat Film Festival

Winner! Crystal Simorgh
- Fajr Film Festival

A visual poem of incomparable beauty, this masterpiece from director Nacer Khemir begins with the story of a blind dervish named Bab Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years. With faith as their only guide, the two journey for days through the expansive, barren landscape. To keep Ishtar entertained, Bab Aziz relays the ancient tale of a prince who relinquished his realm in order to remain next to a small pool in the desert, staring into its depths while contemplating his soul.

As the tale of the prince unfolds, the two encounter other travelers with stories of their own including Osman, who longs for the beautiful woman he met at the bottom of a well, and Zaid, who searches for the ravishing young woman who fled from him after being seduced by his songs. Filled with breathtaking images and wonderful music, Nacir Khemir has created a fairytale-like story of longing and belonging, filmed in the enchanting and ever-shifting sandscapes of Tunisia and Iran.

DVD EXTRAS:Nacer Khemir's Desert Trilogy, 32 minutesPhotosTrailersArabic And Farsi With English Subtitles

dvd-0428 [nvs] [Feature Film / Islam & Sufism]

Baraka Ron Fricke, David Aubrey, Mark Magidson  
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a film by Mark Magidson and Ron Fricke
photographed in 70mm in 24 countries.
104 min.

Baraka, an ancient Sufi word with forms in many languages, translates as a blessing, or as the breath or essence of life from which the evolutionary process unfolds. A transcendently poetic tour of the globe, Baraka was shot in breathtaking 70mm in 24 countries on six continents. Set to the life affirming rhythms of varied religious rituals and nature's own raw beat, Baraka is a visualization of the interconnectedness humans share with the earth. Spanning such diverse locales as China, Brazil, Kuwait and major U.S and European sites, among others, Baraka captures not only the harmony, but also the calamity that humans and nature have visited upon the earth. However, mere words do not do the film justice - Baraka must be seen, felt and experienced to be understood. A World Beyond Words Without words, cameras show us the world, with an emphasis not on "where," but on "what's there." It begins with morning, natural landscapes and people at prayer: volcanoes, water falls, veldts, and forests; several hundred monks do a monkey chant. Indigenous peoples apply body paint; whole villages dance. The film moves to destruction of nature via logging, blasting, and strip mining. Images of poverty, rapid urban life, and factories give way to war, concentration camps, and mass graves. Ancient ruins come into view, and then a sacred river where pilgrims bathe and funeral pyres burn. Prayer and nature return. A monk rings a huge bell; stars wheel across the sky.

dvd-0246 [nvs] [Feature Film / Art & Architecture]