Bhagavad Gita : Annotated & Explained
Millions of people turn daily to India's most beloved holy book, the Bhagavad Gita ("Song of the Lord"), to instruct their spiritual practice. A Hindu classic, it has universal appeal for people of all faith traditions who turn to its inspirational support in the struggles of life, its consolation in times of grief and its deeply moving promise of God's love and guidance.
Composed in Sanskrit verse thousands of years ago, this timeless text tells the story of a distraught warrior on the verge of battle and the compassionate counsel he receives from Krishna--God in human form. In just seven hundred lines, the Gita presents concise teachings on such topics as the immortality of the soul, meditation and yoga, worship and sacrifice, the ideal of selfless action and the oneness of all life in the Divine.
Now you can read and understand the Gita with no previous knowledge of Hinduism required. This SkyLight Illuminations edition offers insightful yet unobtrusive commentary that explains references and philosophical terms, shares the inspiring interpretations of famous spiritual teachers and addresses questions such as the inner meaning of India's caste system and why this sublime discourse on inner peace is set against the background of a violent civil war.
- Paperback | 208 pages
- 140 x 220 x 14mm | 254.01g
- 11 Apr 2002
- Jewish Lights Publishing
- SkyLight Paths Publishing,US
- Woodstock, United States
- Revised ed.
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Other titles in this series include "Rumi and Islam" "The Gospel of Phillip," "The Hebrew Prophets," "The Bhagavad Gita," you get the idea- The series takes a broad look at religious traditions both east and west, paring down the texts into bite-sized pieces, with commentary by believing scholars. It's a wonderful idea. I'm glad someone has put this into print
Reiss opens the present volume with her personal testimony, a quick look athow she came to belief in the Book of Mormon as sacred scripture and historical record. She offers a helpful recap of how the Book of Mormon hascome into prominence since the 1980's with the strong advocacy of Pres. Ezra Taft Benson. It's an interesting historical perspective on the place of the Book of Mormon in the life of the church over the years.
Her commentary is pointed and clear. She has a two-fold purpose: first she wants to tell the story of the Book of Mormon, although large portions are omitted - the Jaredites, for example, are nowhere to be seen. But second and I think more importantly, she links texts from the Book of Mormon to explain and support current and past Mormon belief and lifestyle. Her comments therefore constitute an introduction to Mormon practice and history, touching on such subjects as early Mormon polygamy the use of water instead of wine in the Sacrament service, etc.
Here's an example commenting on 2 Nephi 9:10-12:
So here, in one book is an induction not just to the Book of Mormon, but toMormon belief and practice, offered in clear, easy to understand language. It addresses the many ways in which Mormonism differs from larger Christianity, including a discussion on the doctrine of the trinity.
At the same time, by its inclusion in the Skylight Illuminations series, it places Mormonism within the larger flow of religious traditions from around the world, dragging Mormonism out of the margins of religious life into the larger stream of spirituality.
I gladly recommend this book not so much for members of the Church, but for those interested in getting a first look at both the body and the book. As with Reiss's previous effort "Mormonism for Dummies," the current work makes simple some very complex ideas. Members should consider using this book in their personal missionary work.--Jeffrey Needle"The Association for Mormon Letters" (08/17/2005)