Thomas Ashley-Farrand is one of the West's foremost authorities on Vedic and Buddhist Sanskrit mantras. He has been recognized for his mastery of this Eastern practice by swamis, pundits, and shastris across India and has gathered more than 8,000 transliterated mantras — the most comprehensive body of these sacred sound syllables in the English language. He is the author of Healing Mantras and has done a series of tapes for Sounds True.

On this integrated book-and-CD set, Ashley-Farrand presents some of the most popular and effective mantras to enhance the four aims of life: prosperity, the fulfillment of the desires that are most important to us, the yearning to live in accordance with the divine order, and the desire for liberation or complete spiritual freedom. These Sanskrit spiritual formulas have been used by people in India for centuries.

The author is convinced that mantras will enable you to achieve deeper concentration, mental clarity, and a quieter inner world while also helping you better deal with your karmic barriers, obstacles, and conditions. He suggests that those who take up a mantra meditation practice — and the usual length is a 40-day period — keep a spiritual diary to record how entrenched bad habits and propensities are softened and positive ones replace them. On the CD, there are over sixty-minutes of mantras gathered and presented by Ashley-Farrand for nurturing relationships, removing obstacles, and much more.