- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Nilgiri Press; 2nd edition (May 17, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1586380192
- ISBN-13: 978-1586380199
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
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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)
Hearing Krishna explain the nature of the Self and it's relation to existence throughout the text to Arjuna constantly evokes a sort of primordial epiphany, as if the wisdom contained in the Gita is innate to all man, but don't realize it because of the various sensory distractions and mirages we concern ourselves with that act as veils shielding us from this wisdom. The Gita removes these veils, and to those souls who have an intuitive understanding of the Self they will notice these veils being removed. But to those whose experiences and concerns are limited to temporal affairs, they will see just another "superstitious sky god book".
Even though Krishna is straight-forward and does not speak in symbolism, metaphor or parable as Muhammad or Jesus do, not everyone will understand or make use of the Gita. But if you've always felt that there was something off about the world even since you were a child, and feel lost in this godless and artificial modern world, and are put off from atheistic and corrupt "New Age" spirituality, the Gita is a priority for you.
Eknath Easwaran's translation is supreme, and it's usually less than $8 on Amazon. Unlike most translators, Easwaran truly lived by this doctrine. His translation wasn't a mere scholarly work, but a spiritual duty of his, his gift to the West. There's chapter summaries before each chapter which explain in depth what is about to go down, which is very helpful. The Gita itself is not a lengthy or difficult read, it's actually difficult to put down once it's picked up. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who's serious about a spiritual path.