- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Nilgiri Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (30 Jun. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1586380192
- ISBN-13: 978-1586380199
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Bhagavad Gita (Classic of Indian Spirituality) Paperback – 30 Jun 2007
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SRI KRISHNA CONSOLES and instructs Prince Arjuna as he is about to go into battle against family and friends to defend his older brother's claim to the ancient throne of the Kurus. Read the first page
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
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Arjuna asks questions that I think a lot of us do end up asking. The responses and Arjuna's followup questions are quite inspirational. Having Arjuna as a soldier makes things even more interesting. The soldier must deal with the moral questions of a job which involves killing.
I don't know whether I found this easier to read because I'd already learned a lot about the philosophy of yoga before I read it. A lot of yoga texts refer back to this, and for a yogi I think it is great to go back to the beginning and the original meanings of why we're doing all this. Eknath's text does introduce the concepts incredibly well, so the book should be able to stand out on its own without previous knowledge.
It also puts the different paths into perspective. Eknath's discussion covers other philosophies including Christianity in relation to this and allows you to see how much they all have in common.
I am looking to buy other versions now to understand this great work.
By far the best 'holy' text I have read. Not one single hint at aggression or intolerance, just sound advice for anyone trying to understand 'the distinctly other' and incorporate it into their lives.
Easwaran shows that the differing paths to self-realization and liberation that the Gita presents are a comprehensive whole. "The thread through Krishna's teaching, the essence of the Gita, can be given in one word: renunciation. This is the common factor in the four yogas" (p. xxxviii). Easwaran goes on to explain that what is being renounced is not material, although on first blush it seems that way. What is renounced are the fruits of action. Renunciation is not only the essence of karma yoga, but the essence of the bhakti, jnana and raja yogas that Krishna presents as well. The key is an amazing spiritual and psychological insight into human nature: we are miserable when we are concerned with the results of what we do, but we are freed when we devote the fruits of our work to God. What is renounced is also the delusion of a material self that acts, the famous slayer and the slain. Unlike some other, rather foolish, translations that try to find some artificial substitute for the word "yoga," an endeavor entirely alien to the Gita, Easwaran embraces the understanding. He writes, "the Gita is Brahmavidyayam yogashastra, a textbook on the supreme science of yoga" (p. xxxvi)
It is also clear from what Easwaran writes in the Preface that he understands meditation and the path of moksha gained when one is beyond the pair of opposites that dominate our material existence.Read more ›
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Insightful, thought provoking and inspirational. This book is very easy to read and follow. I would recommend this book for the spiritual minded.Published 2 months ago by MR R LADVA
Very well explained indeed, especially the sections on Sankhya and Karma.Published 3 months ago by Hemant Rangan