This essential, in-depth book on Tonic Herbs is aligned with the purpose of accelerating one’s spiritual evolutionary development. Based on Ganga and Tara’s dedicated practice of the teachings from the wisdom lineage of their teachers on tonic herbalism, its sacred offerings are as applicable in our postmodern times as they were 5000 years ago. I highly recommend this healing and nourishing book."
Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith
Author of Spiritual Liberation and Life Visioning
Herbs for Spiritual Development is a gentle and eloquent narrative about the power of Tonic Herbs for healing, radiant health, and spiritual evolution. It is wonderful that Ganga and Tara have established the deepest goal of using Tonic Herbs to enhance spiritual attainment.This is, as they stated, the point of longevity. These Tonic Herbs also help us harmonize back to the natural and cosmic laws that our world society has abandoned. Another major teaching they share is that one cannot “herbalize” their way to enlightenment and we also need to do energizing movement, breath, and meditation as part of a full holistic liberation approach. The use of these Tonic Herbs with live-foods (perhaps what the Taoist masters lived on before going to only Tonic Herbs) is my suggested optimal diet for spiritual nutrition and the way I’ve been living for years. The journey shared in this book is their living of the Three Treasures in a gentle and joyous way. I highly recommend this book, not only for beginners in Tonic Herbalism, but also as a reminder to all about the larger meaning of the use of Tonic Herbs."
Gabriel Cousens, M.D.,
Yogi in the Siddha Lineage
Herbs for Spiritual Development by Ganga and Tara is a delightful guide, full of important information for those of us who want to enjoy Tonic Herbs and spiritual growth. Ron Teeguarden is a teacher and a dear friend of mine who I like to call the “American Lao Tzu.” He has the energy of a very old ginseng root to help people live a healthy and happy life through natural herbs and Taoist teaching. I became a monk at the Shaolin Temple in China when I was eight years old and underwent intensive training in martial arts there for eleven years. The Chinese Tonic Herbs have been used at the Shaolin Temple for centuries to improve health, enhance athletic performance and promote spiritual development."
Shaolin 34th Generation Warrior Monk and Founder of Hungrymonk Yoga
Ganga is a Tonic Herbalist. Who studied and worked with Master Herbalist, Ron Teeguarden. Ron is known as the father of Chinese Tonic Herbalism in America. Ganga lived with Ron as an apprentice. He worked diligently with Ron as a Tea Master and sincere promoter of Tonic Herbalism. Ganga is also a yogi who has studied Advaita, Vedanta, Zen, Daoism, Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism, Gnostic Christianity and Native American spiritual traditions. Ganga has been fortunate to study with many great teachers and has devoted his life to being of service by teaching spiritual development in the West for over forty years. He has taught thousands of people to meditate, started retreat centers and founded Dharma centers in America, Europe and Asia. His sincere wish is that all people discover the infinite joy that is their true nature. Ganga is dedicated to assisting in raising the consciousness of humanity.
May all beings swiftly attain full enlightenment.
Tara has studied herbs and natural medicine since she was a teenager. A student of Herbal Master Ron Teeguarden. She became inspired by tonic herbalism after meeting Ganga and Ron and has added it to her knowledge-base. A visionary, artist and mystic, who has studied the great spiritual philosophies of the world, both in India and at home in America. Throughout her life, Tara has worked closely with many great spiritual teachers serving and assisting them in their spiritual missions. She has taught yoga, healing, spirituality and meditation since the late 70s at the request of those teachers. As a result of her sincere dedication, Tara has started numerous dharma centers and spiritual communities in America and taught internationally. She was acknowledged for her environmental work in preserving endangered forests. Tara’s deep love of nature led her to a profound understanding of one’s Inner Nature. She has devoted her life to bringing the knowledge of how to develop their spiritual consciousness to those who desire to grow and awaken to their infinite nature with love and compassion.
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