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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly wonderful commentary, 29 Mar 2008
As Autobiography of a Yogi sparked a flame inside of me,this commentary on the Bhagavad Gita is without doubt,the best I have ever read.It is full of rich information about creation and our existence.Wonderfully written,I shall treasure this forever.A reference book for living from one of the most enlightened beings in history.
As a Yoga teacher myself,I would highly recommend!
James Currie
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best I've Read, 9 Jun 1999
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Anyone who is looking for answers to the true reason for their existence will find the answers here. The true nature of the Spirit and the Soul is expounded throughout its eighteen chapters. I believe Paramahansa Yoganada had a direct link to God by his precise use of words, and explaining unambiguously his translation of the Gita.
It's a must read because you owe it to your soul to find its way back to its true home immersed in Spirit.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb. A masterpiece., 2 April 1998
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Essential reading for anyone interested in yoga, whether as a practictioner or as a scholar, this book also offers a lot to those interested in other paths of transformation. This is a brilliantly executed work: verse by verse, the book provides the sanskrit text, the English translation and Yogananda's comprehensive commentary mining the Gita's many levels of meaning. For example, Yogananda explores the Gita's depiction of events (the armies of Arjuna and his brothers arrayed against their foes) as an allegory for every aspirant's internal struggle between the forces leading towards spiritual realization and the forces (e.g. sense-slavery, sloth, lack of discrimination)that thwart it. Within this context, he also examines the dialogue between Arjuna and Krishna as a reflection of the inner dialogue between Spirit and soul (hence the "God Talks" title). On other fronts, Yogananda makes connections between the Gita and Pantanjali's Yoga Sutras and the Sankhya philosophical traditions. In ways I am not yet able to articulate, this book helped me bridge the gap between what I categorize--imprecisely I'm sure--as yogic and non-yogic traditions. (By yogic I mean any meditative tradition that predicated on the existence of Spirit, the realization of which serves as the final goal, vs. non-yogic by which I mean meditative traditions that assert Emptiness as the final goal.) Ultimately, what makes this book so powerful is that Yogananda clearly knows whereof he speaks. The result is a book that speaks in direct and practical terms to the aspirant, while also able to satisfy the pedant.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TRULY- A MASTERWORK OF MODERN LIVING SCRIPTURE., 29 Mar 1998
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I have enjoyed many noteable works of great inspiration, but reading "God Talks With Arjuna", was literally a breathtaking experience. Not just another Gita commentary - this work contains many original spiritual insights and practical, balanced, religious approaches to life that are desparately needed in to-days world. But most of all, PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA was a Living Example of that ideal Christlike perfection as taught in the Gita and has inspired millions with his "Autobiography of a Yogi". A rewarding in depth revelation awaits any serious, sincere seeker of truth. Especially recommended for the serious religious scholar and devotee. If you have not yet found a satisfying answers to lifes most profound questions, this would be a good place to find clear, simple, practical, spiritual direction and understanding. A complete reference book for living the Spiritual Life and guiding your journey to Self-Realization.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hardcore of the Hardcore!, 8 May 2012
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The rising sun reveals many roads, which one do we follow? This is what the Bhagavad Gita is all about. However, without the commentary, the Bhagavad Gita is analogous to an interference pattern found on a hologram plate. Only when you shine a laser bean onto the surface of the plate, the image emerges.

This is why all the patterns are vastly difference and Yogananda's image, or commentary, is of the deeper and more hardcore versions of the Gita. All the pundits admit that the Gita was sung and that you must be an ancient Vedic citizen to really know what is going on. A straight telling will only make the Gita seem like a childish story about armies and Divas.

A correct translation is also a problem. You see, the way English has the concept of the pun, well in Sanskrit, there are words that that have many more layers and meanings than the English pun and so a translation is probably impossible.

I like Yogananda's commentary; however, unless you too reckon that the man was in communion with Jesus, well you might be put off. Yogananda peppers his commentary with many Bible references. I suppose this is more authentic than todays generation who pepper their books with quantum physics references.
Also, this commentary is a whopping 1200 pages and so unless you really want to dig deep, then it you will probably be better off with a shorter and cheaper version, then you can work you way up to this one.

Also, if you are interested in higher states of consciousness and how to get there, then this book is an absolute must have!

If you are not put off by the fatiguing climb, you will reach the luminous summits.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MASTER GUIDEBOOK TO SELF-REALIZATION!, 22 May 1998
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These two volumes of wisdom must contain dozens original, unique and practical spiritual insights for daily living. This does not include the many other regular instructions and explanantions about yoga and religion. In many books one does a lot of tedious reading just to find one gem. This is a vitual diamond mine. It seems to never stop giving up more and more living treasures. PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA gives us the Sanskrit, then the verse in English, followed by a profound by very clear and meaningful lesson from most of the Gita's 700 verses.
It was the Holy Bhagavad Gita through which I found out the real meaning of Christ's teachings, which is only logical since India is where he spent such a long time. It was not uncommon back then, (even as now)for serious spiritual seekers to venture to INDIA to learn from the great Yogis and saints. My experience in this regard is not so unusual, as I have met a number of good people who had the same revelation when studying the Gita. Many great souls of the East an West give high honor to the Gita, which has given Hinduism it's enduring spiritual vitality since long before the time of Jesus.
Yogananda's precise use of the English language brings out the flawless living insights of this timeless scripture in a way one sees only in the greatest literature. No redundant flowery phrases, or pointless wanderings of vague oratory. The powerful truths literally vibrate with the author's living spiritual presence. This could be the most outstanding religious commentary of the 20th century.Read it and see what you experience. If you want to feel the presence of a soul through which God clearly speaks, read "GOD TALKS WITH ARJUNA". It is possible to open this scripture on any page and find your way to new depths, inspirations, and revelations.
"Wherever one is on the way back to God, the Gita will shed its light on that segment of the journey" by Paramahansa Yogananda,from the introduction.
It is wonderful that so many people in Am! erica were able to witness Yogananda's living expression of all that Jesus and Krishna teach in the holy books. He was as one of those Prophets, walking amongst us even still.
Also - be sure to read the "AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI" by the same author, and you will learn about the modern living Christ-like Masters of Kriya Yoga, and others. Yogananda's life and writ, clearly puts to rest the claims of those who say that the wonderful occurances of Divine love and healing are a thing of the past!
Yogananda established the SELF-REALIZATION FELLOWSHIP as the only path for the publication and disemination of his teachings of Kriya yoga,and his writings, as directed by Babaji. Lets all work together through His Great Path.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book that's a Guide and a Master for one's true journey, 22 Dec 1998
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The one person who always listens, obeys to orders, supports and stays with till the end, never questions back, who has patience all along is oneself. This book opens the door to oneself, gives the necessary encouragement and creates the commitment for what is to be done in one's lifetime. Each and every introspection opens a new view upon looking into oneself more clearly. This one book is more than enough for a lifetime. Please do have the courage to look into oneself, because one day or other one has to face. Like the saying goes "To conquer others is to have power, To conquer oneself is to KNOW THE WAY".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative interpretation of one of the most important scriptures, 12 Aug 2009
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The two most remarkable people of the 20th century, Gandhi and Einstein, both had extremely high regard for the Bhagavad-Gita. Gandhi, though profoundly influenced by the Sermon on the Mount, valued the Gita more highly.

My views on religion would be regarded as heretical by many Christians. I still regard myself as a Christian, though I disagree profoundly with much orthodoxy which is the church's creation (and especially Paul's and the Nicene Councils') not that of Jesus. I have shown fellow Christians passages from Hindu scriptures, including the Gita, with wonderful psalms and prayers which very few Christian or Jewish writings can match. I have emphasized that Hindus have always had a realization of the true time-scale of the universe, something still completely lacking in orthodox Christianity. I therefore looked forward very much to reading this very detailed study of the Gita by so highly respected a Hindu as Paramahansa Yogananda.

The author's interpretation is creative, particularly in developing the allegorical meaning of the Gita, and the book makes fascinating reading. There are very many references to Jesus, and he and Krishna are regarded on the same basis.

Very thoughtful and sensible praise for the book abounds in other reviews on this Amazon site.

The prospective seeker after a religion on which to base one's life must however be told that the Gita and this book focus almost entirely on a person's relationship to God and on how to enrich that relationship. There is little direct emphasis on how one should behave towards other people. I guess that Hindus would answer that if one attains a state of deep union with God, then love of one's neighbour is an inevitable consequence.

But I very much miss the lessons in warmth, compassion, forgiveness, sacrifice, love, brought out so magnificently in the Sermon on the Mount and in Jesus' actions.

Even so, this book is one which I shall continue to read and re-read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes Real Sublime truths in Bhagavad Gita, 26 Jan 1998
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This commentary on the Bhagavad Gita by Sri Paramahansa Yogananda is truly unique.
Well-bound, and in two volumes the author lays out in great detail the practical philosophy of the Gita. The commentary on chapter one of the Gita alone introduces one to the whole psychological battle in man and the relationships of different characters in the Mahabharata, of which the Gita is a part, to the metaphysical battle which Everyman has to engage in to gain freedom for himself and salvation. Subsequent chapters details the steps to be taken for this sublime task. All men will find where they are in their metaphysical evolution described in these pages and more importantly the next steps to be taken in the path to freedom. The commentary ends with the sublime promise in Chapter eighteen given by Krishna(God) to Arjuna(the devotee) to redeem and restore those loyal to Him.
There have been many commentaries on the Gita but this one stands out for its all-sidedness. Not merely intellectual though it might satisfy those of such a persuasion, it lays out in exactness various practical methods of yoga never before brought to the public eye. Those of a devotional temperament will find enough to feed their needs too.To summarise the special appeal of this book is that repeatedly, in almost every verse, it descends to the level of everyday life and the application of the Gita to the conundrums faced by mankind in mundane life. The best I can say for this book is that even an atheist will find something useful here, a book which is entitled "God Talks to Arjuna".
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Gita coming from the mouth of Krishna Himself., 10 Jun 1998
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I have just begun to read this book and it has given me a whole new and completely different meaning of Bhagwat Gita.It explains the real meaning of the famos battle of Kurukshetra which signifies the psychological battle going on inside every aspiring Yogi.So it shows that Mahabharta(of which Gita is a part) is just not a historical fact but has a much greater meaning which every sincere God seeker must know.Without saying much,it is Gita as Lord Krishna told it to Arjuna and it is coming from His mouth directly.
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