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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: HIMALAYAN INSTITUTE PRESS (21 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0893890901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0893890902
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 402,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Insightful translation and commentary from yogi Swami Rama.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita 15 Feb 2011
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Reviewing: 'The Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita'-by the Late Swami Rama. Here is a truly wonderful book by Swami Rama of the Himalayan Institute. This Book is superbly written by one who knows his subject both intellect- ually and from raw, first-hand experience of 'treading the Path' of Truth that he teaches. Swami's knowledge of both Eastern and Western psychology and psycho-therapies seems to be immense! He brings this great knowledge to each verse of the Gita, explaining it in minute detail in Layman's terms; each verse is presented in its original Sanskrit script, then delt with in good plain and simple English. The Moral, as well as the Profound Trancendental Essense of the Gita is brought out and shown to be of profound practical use in a modern-day context. I would highly recommend this book for those who are contemplating going into psychology, psychaitry and social council- ing;it would give them that 'something more and special,'that Swami Rama says is still sadly lacking in those areas today.Swami Rama has written many other book of a similar nature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The bhagavad gita explaine by a great master 10 Nov 2012
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I have read a few bhagavad gita but none as concise and universal as the one by swami rama! A great master with true and experimental experiences!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Psychology dealt by Bhagavadgitha 9 Nov 2003
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Bhagavadgitha deals with the the constant stuggle we face in everyday life. all the teachings make psychological sense and definitely gives peace of mind to anyone who understand it and try to adapt its sayings in their life. It is without any dogma and does not profess any rigid way to reach the god
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5.0 out of 5 stars Profound with valuable insight 13 Oct 2000
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This book provides a wonderful insight into the universality of the Bhagavad Gita, which transcends all space and time and applies to the entire human race. Swami Rama was a very accomplished Yogi who has had the experience of the absolute truth, and the words used in the book are more than sufficient to confirm this. Along with explaining the verses from the Gita, he also gives an insight into the Himalayan Yoga tradition every now and then, and how it relates to the Gita.
I have come across many interpretations of the Gita by many 'masters', but Swami Rama's version is one of the most profound versions I've come across. One of the verses in the Gita clearly states that for a self-realized soul, the Vedic knowledge is only as important as a pot of water, when there's a huge reservoir of infinite knowledge available all around. And Swami Rama can certainly be considered to be one such soul, and the quality of his writings speaks for itself.
I would also recommend "The Path of Fire and Light" for actual Yogic techniques that result in spiritual transformation. Also, another book I'd recommend is "Choosing a Path", that gives a very objective and non-judgemental assessment on the different ways of approaching the Infinite Spirit, just like different rivers merging into one vast open ocean.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 11 Aug 2000
By Lesley C. Kennedy - Published on
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The Bhagavad Gita is one of the greatest spritual texts in the world, one which for thousands of years has been used to illuminate the hearts and minds of seekers everywhere. In this outstanding translation and commentary, Swami Rama makes accessible to the modern western mind the fundamental truths of the original scripture by placing them into a psychological context. Whether familiar with Vedic philosophy or not, anyone can benefit from the clarity and insight provided by this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Practical Guide to Life 10 Dec 2010
By A. Meierding - Published on
I have wanted to read the Bhagavad Gita for at least a decade, but always put it off because I had heard it was esoteric and needed further explanation from a teacher. I had picked up a much thinner volume of the Bhagavad Gita a few times and been unsure what was going on in the story.

This much thicker volume of the book gives plenty of context for the story of the Bhagavad Gita and Swami Rama seems as if he is personally teaching you the lessons within. Best of all, the story turns out to be a guide for living a joyful life -- that still holds true today. Swami Rama delivers the meaning of each short line in the Bhagavad Gita, expanding the meaning so that you can apply the lessons to your own life in a practical manner.

I have taken to reading a couple pages in the evening before bed and reflecting on them before going to sleep. This book is a joy to read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A version of the Gita with a perspective suited for the East and West. 4 Jan 2014
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My 26 year old grandson recently became interested in Vedanta / Hinduism, and at this stage he finds this version more comprehensible than others. I also gave one to my nephew who has been a student of Vedanta for over 30 years. I just added this to my library of the Bhagavad-Gita which now stands at 16 versions. I recommend this version especially for students of Comparative Religion, Psychology and Philosophy. This version is in English and Sanskrit but does not have the English transliteration. Poets and musicians may also be interested in The Bhagavad-Gita. It is a scripture, a rhythmic musical poem, chanted or sung in Sanskrit, 700 verses, eight syllables per line. 'Gita' means song, therefore, 'The Celestial Song' or 'The Song of God'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very complete commentary on the Gita 7 May 2009
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Swami Rama is one of the foremost writers on Yoga Philosophy. His commentary on the Gita has the same clarity and depth of his other books. In this life we are all Arjuna with our own duties and struggles to understand the relationship between our mind, our spirit and the life we are leading. Swami Rama helps us unravel those relationships with clear and frank explanations.
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