It is dawn, just before the start of an epic war. Two armies comprising nearly four million soldiers fill a vast battlefield. Warrior elephants – their armored tusks glistening in the sunlight – trumpet and stomp the ground. Horses tethered to goldplated chariots pull at their reins, anxious for the attack. Soldiers beat drums, rattle spears, ready bows and arrows. Between the two armies, noble prince Arjuna looks out from his chariot and envisions the destruction to come. This war is a last chance for his family to regain the kingdom stolen from them fourteen years before by ruthless cousins. Yet, in these final moments, he falters. He turns to his friend and mentor Krishna, who serves as Arjuna’s charioteer, and confesses to feelings of horror over the lives that will be lost and shame over his participation. What follows is a twohour dialogue, known as the Bhagavad Gita, or “Song of the Supreme Person,” one of the world’s most renowned testimonies to the transformative power of love. In this highly readable introduction to India’s classic yoga text, scholarpractitioner Joshua M. Greene has created a bridge between the Gita’s millennial wisdom and the world we know. Through crisp renderings of verses and insightful commentary, the author sheds a bright light on profound concepts. In the tradition of theologians writing for uninitiated readers, he has provided a compulsively readable edition of the Gita, one that lures readers into the very human dimension of its sacred teachings. JOSHUA M. GREENE received his Masters Degree from Hofstra University and has been teaching Bhagvad Gita for the past twenty years. He is a popular lecturer, Emmy Awardnominated filmmaker, and author of numerous books on paths to enlightenment. In 1982, after spending thirteen years in Hindu ashrams, he returned to the United States and became a communications consultant specializing in peace initiatives. In 2000, he served as Director of Strategic Planning for the United Nations Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders. Greene teaches at Hofstra University and at Jivamukti School in New York.
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All the literature of the world is puny and insignificant in front of the Bhagwat Gita- once remarked the famous American writer and philosopher, H.D.Thoreau. This book is an outcome of a deep study of the Gita over a long period and broadly covers the main teachings enshrined in the scripture. In fact,Gita is not merely a holy book meant for reverence and ritual worship, but it is a fountain spring of true knowledge and wisdom and can be considered as a manual for righteous living. This small book acquaints the readers with the fundamentals of life, which include the human body and the soul, pleasure and pain, God and nature, good and evil, the different qualities inherent in human beings, yoga, meditation, desires and similar other aspects. The book has been specially designed for the busy man of the present day, who has no time to read voluminous titles! Some Glimpses: *The Goal of Life: The man who remains same in pain and pleasure, and who is wise makes himself fit for eternal life. *The Charity given as a matter of duty and without expectation of return, to the right and deserving person, at the right time and place is Satvik. *Whatsoever makes the unwavering and unsteady mind wander away, let him restrain and bring it back to the control of the self alone. *A true devotee is one who has no ill-will to any being, who is friendly and compassionate, free from egoism and self sense, even-minded in pain and pleasure, and patient.
This book explores key words and concepts that appear in the Bhagavad Gita and provides a brief explanation and definition in Sri Aurobindo's own words. This is an indispensable guide to understanding the Gita and getting the meaning out of it in a very clear and succinct manner.
Each of the 700 verses of the Gita is capable of delivering, of winning, of giving the direct and full answer. Just as a smartphone has tons of apps, all different, all unique yet wholly complete by themselves. Just as a wardrobe has so many clothes and shoes, all different, yet each befitting. Just as you have facebook friends and contacts, each unique yet capable. Just as Guruji answers someone's query in Satsang. It is a specific question. It is a specific answer. Yet it weaves its magic on all. Satisfies many. Each of Sri Sri’s answers "as if" meant for one enlightens one and all. So it is with the Gita. The verses are weaved together by a magician. They are placed by a divine hand. The verses are interspersed and knitted and dyed and woven. Are made up of cottons and silks, nylons and polyester, wool and acrylic, and every yarn under the sun. The weaving is so deft, smooth, and soft, so cozy, nice and comfortable; that one may miss the hues shades nuances emotions events and truths. But one cannot miss the impact! So one may ask; Who is the Gita for? Who benefits? How benefits? The Bhagavad Gita is spoken by the Lord. Who doth the Lord address? The entire creation of course. He addresses every single man woman and child. He addresses every single plant herb and tree. Every piece of matter animate or inanimate. Every ray of energy, no matter whether it is in the visible spectrum or beyond. The Gita is about Life. It is about Dinacharya. About Ritucharya. About what to do when. How to live, how to LOVE. How to be well. How to plan and how to act. What to think and what to speak. About what qualities to nourish. What goals to achieve. About how to meet deadlines and targets. It applies not only to mankind. It also applies to machines and electronics. It applies also to the Natural Laws and to the life-forms we know and do not know. It is a complete textbook. A finely detailed user manual to strengthen one's MIND. Nourish the SOUL. And of course the Gita doth Flex the BODY. The Bhagavad Gita is a FRIEND. सर्वधर्मान् परित्यज्य , माम् एकं शरणं व्रज । अहं त्वा सर्वपापेभ्यः , मोक्षयिष्यामि मा शुचः ॥ १८.६६ sarvadharmān parityajya , mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja । ahaṁ tvā sarvapāpebhyaḥ , mokṣayiṣyāmi mā śucaḥ ॥ 18.66 18.66 Do not dither, be not scattered nor fickle; collect your wits and pull yourself together, and come straight and sure to the divine. To the sacred and pure in your vicinity. To the saint in your village. Pour your heart out; surely help is yours, guidance is yours, support is yours and victory is yours. Original Verses in Sanskrit split at each quarter for chanting aloud. With a Latin Transliteration of each verse in English. And the Gist in English using contemporary aims, desires, language and style.
The Bhagavad Gita, the classic spiritual text more than five thousand years old, has often been called India's greatest contribution to the world. In these pages, Jack Hawley presents the essence of the Gita's teachings in a format accessible to modern readers. The book is organized into chapters that address five important questions spiritual seekers have been grappling with for millennia: Who am I? Why am I here? Who, or what, is the Divinity many call “God”? What is my relationship to that Divinity? Is it even possible to live a spiritual life, and if so, how? Each chapter begins with an introduction by Jack Hawley. The teachings from the Gita follow, arranged under headings relevant to today's seekers, such as “Being the Real You,” “Seeing Divinity in Ordinary Humans,” and “Finding Happiness.” The ancient wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita lives on, helping us today as it has helped countless millions of people through the ages.
Offering a thought for each day of the year, Gita Wisdom Through Quotes is a collection of aphorisms inspired by the Bhagavad-gita.Composed by Chaitanya Charan, a monk who has studied the Gita for over two decades and taught it worldwide, these quotes illumine human concerns ranging from the intra-personal to the inter-personal, from the psychological to the ecological, from self-improvement to self-realization.Each quote is your pathway to a more meaningful and joyful life.
Gitaji is a treasure house of practical and applied wisdom. It is a true friend, philosopher and guide to its reader. I was introduced to Gita Mata by my father Pt. Rameshwar Vyas. He was a yoga teacher and social worker. He used to hold satsang with learned Sanskrit scholars, and I used to listen to their interpretation on Ved, Upnishad, Ramayan, Mahabharat, and of course, Gitaji. Gitaji does not counter or propagate any ‘ism’ or school of thoughts. It reveals universal, psychological, philosophical and scientific facts to its reader. It says that whatever way you tread, i.e., action, knowledge or devotion, it all leads you to your inner peace and freedom. Gitaji is a brief version of Sanskrit verse translated into English. It tries to simplify as well as co-ordinate related topics dealt within the epic sermon by Lord Krishna.
Unlike most books on psychoanalysis and religion, where psychoanalysis is regarded as a superior mode of understanding, this work explains how psychoanalysis could be enhanced if it opened up to transcendence, a move that would make the theory and therapy more relevant to and in sync with the spiritual zeitgeist in America and elsewhere.
The Bhagavad Gita ("Song of the Lord") is considered the most influential of all the Hindu scriptures and is one of the greatest spiritual classics of the world. Comprised of eighteen chapters taken from the great Sanskrit epic Mahabharata, the Gita presents a conversation that takes place on a battlefield just as two groups of relatives are about to wage war against one another. Facing the forces of greed, anger, and hatred, the warrior-prince Arjuna loses heart and refuses to fight his own kin. His friend and charioteer, Lord Krishna, who represents the Divine within, tells him: "Your very nature will drive you to fight." In the ensuing dialogue, Krishna teaches Arjuna, and all of us, how we can face bravely the unavoidable challenges and conflicts of life—and win the greatest of all battles, against the tumultuous emotions within our own hearts. Eknath Easwaran's eloquent translation and Diana Morrison's chapter introductions, which summarize major religious concepts, make this edition especially accessible for modern readers of any religion.