Essence of the Bhagavad Gita: A Contemporary Guide to Yoga, Meditation, and Indian Philosophy

Essence of the Bhagavad Gita: A Contemporary Guide to Yoga, Meditation, and Indian Philosophy

Paperback Wisdom of India

By (author) Eknath Easwaran

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  • Publisher: Nilgiri Press
  • Format: Paperback | 225 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 208mm x 25mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 13 December 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Tomales
  • ISBN 10: 1586380680
  • ISBN 13: 9781586380687
  • Sales rank: 129,342

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The Bhagavad Gita opens with a crisis - Prince Arjuna despairs on the battlefield, unsure if he should fight his kinsmen in a dreadful war. For Easwaran, the Gita's epic battle represents the war in our own hearts and Arjuna's anguish reflects the human condition: torn between opposing forces, confused about how to live. Sri Krishna's timeless guidance, Easwaran argues, can shed light on our dilemmas today. Placing the Gita's teachings in a modern context, Easwaran explores the nature of reality, the illusion of separateness, the search for identity, the meaning of yoga, and how to heal the unconscious. The key message of the Gita is how to resolve our conflicts and live in harmony with the deep unity of life, through the practice of meditation and spiritual disciplines. Sri Krishna doesn't tell Arjuna what to do. He points out the prince's choices, and then leaves it to Arjuna to decide. Easwaran shows us clearly how these teachings still apply - and how, like Arjuna, we must take courage and act wisely if we want our world to thrive.

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Eknath Easwaran (1910 -- 1999) was brought up in the Hindu tradition and learned Sanskrit from a young age. He was chairman of the English department at a major Indian university when he came to the United States on a Fulbright fellowship in 1959. A gifted teacher and writer who settled in the West, Easwaran lived out the principles of the Gita in the midst of a busy family and community life. His translations of the Indian classics, The Bhagavad Gita, The Upanishads, and The Dhammapada, are all best-sellers in their field, and more than 1.5 million copies of his books are in print.

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"It is impossible to get to the heart of those classics unless you live them, and [Easwaran] did live them. My admiration of the man and his works is boundless." - H U S T O N S M I T H, author of The World's Religions (Reviewing Easwaran's translation, The Bhagavad Gita)

Table of contents

Preface: The Wisdom of India Introduction 1. The War Within 2. The Search for Reality 3. The Higher and Lower Mind 4. The Causes of Delusion 5. Yoga as the Way Forward 6. Meditation 7. Yoga in Daily Life 8. Yoga in Work and Relationships 9. Healing the Unconscious 10. Death and the Continuity of Life 11. Spiritual Evolution 12. Faith and Incarnation 13. The End of Sorrow: Portraits of the Illumined Person Further Reading Glossary Favorite Verses from the Gita Index