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 N
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A "non-technical abridgement [of the Bhagavadgītā] that clusters and paraphrases verses to convey their general sense"--Page xvii.
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 Fle
The marriage of Bhagavad Gita's profound wisdom and India's premier artists culminates in The Gita Deck: Wisdom from the Bhagavad Gita. Sixty-eight jewel-like verses of spiritual understanding adorn beautiful art cards depicting India's rich spiritual heritage. Each card showcases a verse from the Gita under headings including Individuality, True Leaders, Winds of Desire, Maintaining Balance, Determination, Eternal Soul, and Fall from Grace. The cards are a unique and inspirational way to access the timeless teachings of the Gita, in a portable and easily referenced box set.
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.
This Commentary Uncovers The Perennial Philosophy At The Heart Of The Gita. It Transcends Sectarian Dogma To Reveal The Work As A Fully-Developed Scientific Psychology, Whose Insights Can Be Readily Appreciated By Modern Man.
A world Bible for our time from Buddhist, Hindu, Confucian, Taoist, Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and primal religion sources. In this perfect companion to Huston Smith's bestselling The World's Wisdom, Philip Novak distills the most powerful and elegant expressions of the wisdom of humankind. Authentic, poetic translations of key texts are coupled with insightful introductions and "grace notes."
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.
Eminent yoga teachers Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor explore essential lessons from The Bhagavad Gita to reveal a practical guide for living in today's complex world. The Bhagavad Gita is one of the most influential and widely recognized ancient texts in Indian epic literature. Through the telling of the story and its many different philosophical teachings, the text provides deep insight into how to meet life's inevitable challenges while remaining open, clear, and compassionate. It offers modern day wisdom seekers a framework for understanding our core beliefs and who we really are--revealing the fact that healthy relationships to others and the world are essential to living a full, compassionate, balanced life. Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor, both deeply respected yogic teachers, offer a practical, immediately relevant interpretation that emphasizes self-reflection and waking up in our modern world. Following the traditional sequence of teachings in The Bhagavad Gita--from its opening scene in which Arjuna finds himself in the middle of a battlefield, hesitating and trapped between opposing sides, torn by his dharma and confused by the various paths of action he might choose in the process of awakening--Freeman and Taylor interweave insight into how these classic teachings are relevant for modern readers struggling with what it means to live responsibly in the twenty-first century. With quotes, citations, and a full translation of the original text, they look at the overall arc of the The Bhagavad Gita's teachings and how that relates to the turmoil that arises, not only for Arjuna, but for any of us in the face of crises of conscience, spirit, and form. Exploring the essential themes such as love, wisdom, and karma, and by offering embodiment exercises to apply the teachings, When Love Comes to Light guides readers in the step-by-step process of waking up their intelligence and finding a path toward compassionate action.
Dialogue between the warrior, Arjuna, and his charioteer, the god Krishna, discusses the purpose of war, the importance of duty, and the spiritual nature of existence, in a new translation of this ancient Hindu poem that forms one section of the epic Mahabharata. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
First published in 1992 this anthology quickly became the standard for multicultural introductions to philosophy. Composed of a group of culturally diverse readings addressing a selection of seminal philosophical questions in ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics, VOICES OF WISDOM introduces students to the traditional terrain of philosophy as developed in the European tradition, yet in a manner that embraces significant philosophical insights borne out of different cultural legacies.
"Worldly Wisdom" leads readers through some fifty classic works of philosophy, social thought, and literature to elucidate their contents and draw out ideas valuable for understanding human life in this world and for living that life well.