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The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners [Paperback]

Jack Hawley
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; Reprint edition (2 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608680142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608680146
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 12.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The "Gita" is a "Divine Song" - sung by God to his friend, man. It is a statement of the truths at the core of what we all already believe, claims the author, to read it is to experience the profound truth it brings. Its central message is that spirituality is the only winning solution. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, concise, and moving 10 Sep 2005
By A Customer
As the title suggests, this book is a good introduction to the Bhagavad Gita if you have never read any other translations of it, some of which can be a bit heavy to start off with. I especially like the end where Jack Hawley talks of his personal experiences whilst writing the book and living with his wife in India. I wont give it away but was good to read about what the philosophy meant to the author in real life. The Gita is always thought-provoking, and is a good book for conscious living.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bhagavad Gita 12 Sep 2011
By Tami Brady TOP 500 REVIEWER
I first time I read The Bhagavad Gita was in university. Although interesting, my interpretation was very academic, somewhat clinical like an anthropological exercise. Not surprising, being as I was an archaeology major looking for a humanities credit. Needless to say, I got very little personally out of the readings.

It's been a few years and my outlook has changed. Although the material is the same, this time when I read through The Bhagavad Gita, I became very interested in the concept of the path of action. Several things clicked into place for me. Like many, I tended to associate isolation and spiritual commitment as part of the same equation. Yet, in my own life, I have found that I feel most like my true self (closest to being part of that big picture) when I am going about my day to day activities fully engaged.

It's truly amazing that works created so very long ago can have such a profound meaning even now. I guess, certain concepts and lines of questioning never really go out of style. And I've only just now broken the surface of my explorations of this work.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great influence 23 Dec 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
After going through some hard hitting facts of life, I found this book a very soothing, calming influence. Would recommend it to anyone who is going through tough decisions or asking tough life questions. These texts are what has inspired great scholars like Ghandhi and has been brilliantly translated by Jack Hawley.
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5.0 out of 5 stars godscience!!!!! 12 Aug 2014
Steven Weinberg captured our weltanschauung beautifully when he said: "All the explanatory arrows point downward, from societies to people, to organs, to cells, to biochemistry, to chemistry, and ultimately to physics." He thus concluded, "The more we know of the cosmos, the more meaningless it appears".

The explanatory arrows Weinberg speaks of led to our technology, so we are not criticising the modern world, on the contrary, the modern world is the pinnacle of human genius. But this isn't salvation. Science slams the gates on salvation, and a slammed gate hides the inner essence of things. Many believe there is no inner essence, but, as we said, science slammed the gate and hidden it away.

Very smart people confuse technology (slamming the gates) with salvation, and some have even built a belief that they can manufacture a false essence, a false inner soul. Take the singularitarians as an example, those well meaning people have built a movement to reach salvation by technology. But as Steven Weinberg put it, it is all meaningless. Technology will one day reach the stars, but you will still be dead.

The chemical experience of ripping the hinges off the material world is also a false path to the inner essence of things. The main explorers in this realm either resorted to materialism as an antidote to death or admit of knowing zilch about death. Take Houston Smith for example, this experienced psychonaut reverts to Einstein as his escape from death, rather than his years of heavy high exploration. Houston Smith says that matter turns to energy and so, in a way, he will not die. But this is a swapping of the pieces (energy to matter and matter to energy), rather than a dive into the inner essence of things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great intro 12 Aug 2006
By HobNob
This is one of the best translations and explanations of the Bhagavad Gita I have ever read. Simple and concise, great for the western taste and not full of complicated and irrelevant verbage like other translations I could mention. Explains exactly what the Gita is about. Well done Jack!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gita for all. 21 Nov 2011
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This is a wonderful starting point for people who want to read the Gita.
It was obviously a labour of love for Jack Hawley and it shows.
I use this book before any other version i have of the religious text.
I wish Mr Hawley had the time to tackle other great sanatana texts.
Absolutely wonderful.Truly the most treasured book i possess.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightened 7 Jun 2011
By Vijay B
This book is great, growing up in India I have dots of spirutual knowledge, this knowledge was scatterred everywhere as I am staying in the UK and overseas for many years, this book just puts all these dots together.

It gives great examples and comparasions of difference between Atma and the body, need to seperate desires from action. Reading this book I can co-relate that I am living a life driven by desires, desire for a weekend, desire for a holiday, desire for a car,desire for a meal in a great restaurant, once the desire is fulfilled it is replaced by a new one. As the book explains clearly how this is an "endless pit" and the need to for us to detatch from the desires and avoid falling into this "endless pit".

It also focusses on desire to eat food just for taste, this is cause of world obesity and millions of people eating more than they should and at the same time cause of children and families dying due to the fact they do not have enough food. God says food is given to us as a sacrifice i.e food comes from vegetation, vegetation comes from rain, rain is a sacrifice by they skies (it comes free not generated by humans). So we should eat keeping this sacrifice in mind eat modestly not greedily, think about people who do not have meal on the table, and do not waste food.

Many other concepts are explained with great examples.

Very nice to read this book but very difficult to implement in real life. even if you implement 5% of it, it is great.

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I first bought the hardback version of this book in India about ten years ago. I had read the ISKCON, Edwin Arnold and a couple of other versions. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent explanation of the Gita
Bhagavad Gita is tuely something to be understood, studied and it's message to be realised AND with this book everyone has an easier way of understanding what it is all about. Read more
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I would recommend this book to everyone. It has completely changed the way I think. It is a fantastic story and is now my bible, I will be taking it with me wherever I travel.
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