Lilith is a mystical trip through dreamscapes and the streets of South Philadelphia.
We follow a feisty heroine as she engages in conversations with her guardian nature spirits, has flashbacks about her
family and realizations about relationships and love.
Ambika's winding tale, teaches you the great mystery teachings of the Vedas that give our lives purpose!
About the underlying concepts of the story
Lilith is based on three myths and inspired by Ambika’s fascination with mysticism. The original leap of faith took place when she was challenged while receiving a degree in Astrology to write a book about astrology that would not end up on the divination shelf of the bookstore.
She had no idea at the time that this indeed would be the seed of this novel.
The threads and imagery held within the pages of, Lilith, are all inspired by true happenings from her life. The fantasy is inspired by her vivid dream world and love of the world of imagination.
Lilith time-trips between parallel realities and lucid dreaming with a humorous look at what is going on inside the minds of men.
In the story, we follow our feisty heroine through a single day as she engages in conversations with her guardian nature spirits and has realizations about relationships, love and her childhood.
The path of Lilith’s story takes us on a transcendent trip through flashbacks, memories and dreams. These unfold in conversations as the result of a chance meeting that Lilith has with a man in a cheese shop located in the Italian Market. We follow the pair on a Sunday stroll through the streets of South Philadelphia and listen in on their conversation.
Time skews as parallel universes collide, creating a tight folding in upon itself like the creases of a well-crafted burrito. Stories within stories are woven with reckless abandon until every moment converges as a single point in space. All existence magically becomes the present moment, proving that there is no such thing as time.
Lilith shares unique ideas about the origin of existence, what women want, and a candid view of what I believe is really going on inside the minds of men. I did my best to make it fun to read and to tell the story with a great deal of humor and insight.
Lilith's awards include The International Book Award in Spiritual Fiction for 2015, and two times winner of 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading by the Author's Show in 2017 and 2018.
"As I read, I found myself laughing with delight as I imagined one of my favorite authors Tom Robbins ticklingly whispering in Ambika Devi's receptive ear. Shades of "Jitterbug Perfume" meets "Still Life With Woodpecker" in its sacredly profane/profanely sacred verbiage scattered throughout. Although in parts, it may feel like a hallucinogenic trip into psychedelia, it arrives by way of more natural means."
Edie Weinstein a.k.a. Bliss Mistress
Unfolding Happiness is a beautiful introduction to Ayurveda. In it, Ambika and Vijay share their heartfelt stories and guidance that lead you to a state of happiness and understanding what healthy truly is. This knowledge blossoms forth through the wisdom of Ayurveda and her sister sciences of Yoga and Meditation and our cosmic connection to nature.
Things you can try at home and a concise Sanskrit glossary make this a must read!
The philosophy of the authors is that happiness becomes our true nature once we learn to let go of anything that gets in the way of sharing love. We are spiritual beings having human experiences, and the primary purpose of our mission is to share love. The Dali Lama teaches that we feel happy when we are happy for another’s happiness. This understanding reveals the possibility of living life as a vibrant and joyous celebration.
If you are seeking a solid introduction and foundation to Ayurveda, this is the book for you!
“Our natural state of bliss is obscured by our thoughts, feelings, emotions, judgment, criticism, likes, dislikes, and trauma. That’s why people are suffering. This book brings a practical approach to unfolding inner happiness and joy through a clinical approach to Ayurveda. It is a helpful guide to every Ayurvedic individual who seeks happiness.”
Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc, Ayurvedic Physician Author of Ayurveda: Science of Self-Healing: A Practical Guide and Textbook of Ayurveda
“Happiness resides within us, but we have forgotten how to access it and instead run after all the new gadgets and glitter of information technology. Dr. Vijay Jain and Ambika Devi unfold the yogic secrets of uncompromised and unshakeable peace and happiness so that we can move beyond all dependencies and additions. This book makes for fascinating reading, providing many practical tools and transformative insights as how to discover the Ananda, or bliss, that is our true immortal nature.”
Dr. David Frawley, Director, American Institute of Vedic Studies
Teacher of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Jyotish Padma Bhushan Awardee
Author of Shiva, the Lord of Yoga and over thirty other books
“Happiness is our true nature, but the ego-mind hides this with attachments, aversions, and emotions, which create illness and depression. Ambika and Vijay reveal the insightful ancient teachings of yogic and Ayurvedic lifestyle that removes the obstacles to inner happiness, performing miracles in healing. Through their knowledge and inspiring personal stories you will learn how to provide the right conditions to naturally unfold into the state of happiness. This book will touch your heart and transform your life.” Yogi Amrit Desai, International Yoga Grand Master Founder of Kripalu Yoga and Spiritual Leader of the Amrit Yoga Institute
“Enjoyable and interactive, Unfolding Happiness illustrates and reveals the possibility of living life as a joyous celebration through communicating with readers. The Sanskrit glossary, with simple translations, enhances the usability of the book for Ayurveda and Yoga readers seeking health as the foundation of happiness.”
Dr. B.V.K. Sastry, Yoga-Samskrutham University
The Wizard and The Wrench is a collection of poetry, sure to ignite your senses!
What people are saying about The Wizard and The Wrench
“The bold and brazen poetic genius of Dominic Albanese rattles in your head and cuts clear to the bone. Bukowski ain’t got nothing on this former New Yorker. Ambika Devi summons the natural rhythms of our world to the surface so that we can peer down onto the still pond of human nature.”
Ted Fauster speculative fiction author of The World of Faerel series and poet. www.tedfauster.com
“Some visionary doomed Italian Catholic lost Coney Island Americana liturgy of angels, stripped down V-8's, tarot readings—and goils.”
Kris Saknussemm is an award-winning poet and short-story writer, novelist, painter, and head of the multimedia arts collective CLAMON . www.krissaknussemm.com
"What are the chances that hardware and head-wear would go hand in hand? Can you imagine the merging of magic and mechanics? Astrologer, yoga scholar/teacher, healer and author, Ambika Devi and Vietnam war vet, mechanic, biker dude Dominic Albanese have joined forces to co-write The Wizard and the Wrench. This book of poetry provides a juxtaposition between the etheric and the earthy. An image of a wizard hat and a wrench denotes the words of each. They volley back and forth, tempting the reader to laugh and shake their heads in knowing delight and sometimes amazement as the two share childhood memories about crayons and the aroma of a grandmother's cooking. Let your fancy be tickled by their words."
Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW is a colorfully creative journalist, inspiring speaker, licensed social worker, interfaith minister, editor, and author of The Bliss Mistress Guide To Transforming The Ordinary Into The Extraordinary. She calls herself an Opti-mystic who sees the world through the eyes of possibility. www.opti-mystical.com
"Cutting the syllabic molecules through and through with a wizened clarity, with the air of twisting prose delicately and sublimely into metaphysically regulated, exquisite poetry. These two writers perpetuate positive, syncopated ear candy—simultaneously packed with language nutrition—aixo era y no era—and provide us with a singularly exotic pleasure. A word-fest fit for the finest gourmands of linguistic delicacies. I hope you enjoy these treasured sounds as both a feast for the soul, and as a massage for the ears, mind and chakras." Dr. Patagonia, Poet
As a child, Ambika Devi filled the margins of her notebooks with original stories, drawings and poetry. This mystified her teachers but thankfully that did not stop her.
She went on to write her first novel, Lilith, which was a finalist in the 2015 International Book Awards in the category of Spiritual Fiction. This was followed by her second book, Unfolding Happiness, a treatise of happiness, health, meditation, and Ayurveda which was named one of the Top Hundred Indie published books of 2016 under her newly hatched house, Mythologem Press.
Ambika's backpack is stuffed with colored pens, a journal, a Kindle, a passport, and a deck of Tarot Cards. Her lifelong romance with the written word and belief that storytime is the sweet medicine of existence keep her connected with academia. Ambika spends a lot of time floating in the cosmic ocean. Her loving humor, mystical wisdom and colorful cosmic insight fly off the pages of her books and into the hearts of her readers.
Dominic Albanese was born in Hell's Kitchen three months after the Atomic bomb dropped. His half-Italian half-Irish roots have been a source of confusion, bemusement and amusement, sustaining him through his family’s move to Coney Island at age six and, later when he dropped out of school in the seventh grade to work in a gas station on Neptune Avenue. There he got involved with some chop-shop guys and was caught. The family’s priest and his dad along with the cop who popped him, forged his birth records to make him two years older. Five minutes later, he was enlisted in the army.
He went to work for Nick Torelli in 1967, on cars that belonged to all of the San Francisco rock stars, dope-dealers, lawyers, doctors, and assorted wannabes. Later he was sent to Italy for training twice by Ferrari and once to England by Jaguar. Dominic twisted wrenches on some of the best cars in the world for more than forty years. In 2009 he retired to swim, walk, go fishing, and write poetry. Now a septuagenarian having turned seventy-two in November 2017, he says that for the first time in his life, he feels he has very few worries other than a yearly depression that creeps into his writing between Christmas and Easter, which proves his native roots are strong. Once he gets a handle on it, he remembers that he lives close to the ocean, where he can fish and kayak and get back to acting like he is twenty-two again.
Vijay Jain, MD practiced general surgery for more than 40 years and has been practicing and teaching Ayurvedic medicine for the last 20 years. He lectures on how to create optimum health using the principles
of Ayurveda. Here he shares his own personal story of healing from an autoimmune disease and the path to happiness. His integrative medical practice is in Palm Coast, Florida.
Vijay gives classes and hosts Ayurveda wellness programs for detoxification at Mind Body Wellness in Florida.