Essence of the Bhagavad Gita

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

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In this companion to his best-selling translation of the Bhagavad Gita, Easwaran explores the essential themes of this much-loved Indian scripture. Placing the Gita in a modern context, he shows how it sheds light on the nature of reality, the illusion of separateness, the search for identity, and the meaning of yoga. The key message of the Gita is how to resolve our conflicts and live in harmony with the deep unity of life, through the principles of yoga and the practice of meditation. Easwaran grew up in the Hindu tradition and learned Sanskrit from an early age. A foremost translator and interpreter of the Gita, he taught classes on it for forty years, while living out the principles of the Gita in the midst of a busy family and community life. In the Gita, Sri Krishna, the Lord, doesn't tell the warrior prince Arjuna what to do: he shows Arjuna his choices and then leaves it to Arjuna to decide. Easwaran, too, shows us clearly how these teachings still apply to us - and how, like Arjuna, we must take courage and act wisely if we want our world to more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 129.54 x 208.28 x 25.4mm | 272.15g
  • Nilgiri Press
  • Tomales, United States
  • English
  • 1586380680
  • 9781586380687
  • 52,792

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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)show more

About Eknath Easwaran

Eknath Easwaran (1910 Â 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 more

Table of contents

Preface: The Wisdom of IndiaIntroduction1. The War Within2. The Search for Reality3. The Higher and Lower Mind4. The Causes of Delusion5. Yoga as the Way Forward6. Meditation7. Yoga in Daily Life8. Yoga in Work and Relationships9. Healing the Unconscious10. Death and the Continuity of Life11. Spiritual Evolution12. Faith and Incarnation13. The End of Sorrow: Portraits of the Illumined PersonFurther ReadingGlossaryFavorite Verses from the GitaIndexshow more

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