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The Bhagavad Gita (Easwaran's Classics of Indian Spirituality) Paperback – May 17, 2007
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"No one in modern times is more qualified - no, make that 'as qualified' - to translate the epochal Classics of Indian Spirituality than Eknath Easwaran."
--Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions
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~ Krishna from The Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita is incredible.
A principal book of Hinduism, inspiration to Gandhi and overall “must-read” for any big thinking seeker, if you haven’t read it yet, I *highly* recommend you add it to your list.
The Bhagavad Gita is believed to have been written between the 5th and 2nd centuries BCE and its 700 verses are part of the longer Mahabharata.
The content of the Gita consists of a conversation between Krishna, the supreme manifestation of the Lord Himself, and the warrior prince Arjuna before the start of the Kurukshetra war. Krishna is advising Arjuna as he hesitates in moral confusion over the challenge of going to war with his own family.
Viewed allegorically, the war represents the perennial struggle between good and evil within each of us and Krishna’s wisdom points the way to following the yogic path of living in harmony with universal laws as we strive to live our highest truths.
Here are some of the Big Ideas:
1. Live Your Dharma - How about now?
2. Fire & Smoke - It’s part of the process.
3. Seeing Truly - God is everywhere!
4. The Power of Our Will - Re-shape your life.
5. Two Paths - Choose wisely.
So, I ask you: How can you work with the welfare of others always in mind while you fully give your greatest gifts in the greatest service to the world?
(More goodness--including PhilosophersNotes on 250+ books at http://www.brianjohnson.me)
"Bhagavad Gita", informs us early on of his opinion that the epic he
has translated, and apparently made it his life's work to comment
upon and to propagate, is India's main gift to the world.
This brilliant, disciplined, and witty academic scholar of literature,
might be characterized as the Guru of Anti-hippiedom. His modern
hero is M.K. Gandhi, "the Mahatma", who late in life was inspired by
the Gita to transform himself into the saint who freed India of British
colonial rule, and did so without violence.
It seems to be Easwaran's mission to create a quiet and peaceful
altruistic army of Gandhis who will save the world. The writing is
supremely clear and compelling. I am amazed that Eknath Easwaran,
who died very old in 1999, is not widely known. He writes from the
vantage point of a thoughtful Indian mystic, but brings together and
unifies the finest in the views of the main religions of the world today:
Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, atheistic/agnostic
The ultimate injunction Easwaran offers is that meditation, rightly
understood and practiced, can connect humans with the Self, which
is the unifying deity at the heart of all creation, and in this way it can
transform its practitioners into effective saviors of our planet and the
sacred life which inhabits it. Easwaran is eloquently colloquial, witty,
and convincing. He has inspired me to read other works of his, further
elaborating on his message in this one.
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