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"This book will appeal to anyone intrested in the time-proven wisdom of the ages - including millions of yoga practictioners who are ready to go beyond physical exercises to experience the spiritual depths and true essence of India's ancient science of inner peace, joy, and divine union." -- Reviewer "New York Yoga"

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Born in India on January 5, 1893, Paramahansa Yogananda - author of the renowned spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi - devoted his life to helping people of all races and creeds to realize and express more fully in their lives the true beauty, nobility, and divinity of the human spirit. After graduating from Calcutta University in 1915, Yogananda took formal vows as a monk of India's venerable monastic Swami Order. Two years later, he began his life's work with the founding of a how-to-live school since grown to twenty-one educational institutions throughout India where traditional academic subjects were offered together with yoga training and instruction in spiritual ideals. In 1920, he was invited to serve as India's delegate to an International Congress of Religious Liberals in Boston. His address to the Congress and subsequent lectures on the East Coast were enthusiastically received, and in 1924 he embarked on a cross-continental speaking tour. Over the next three decades, Paramahansa Yogananda contributed in far-reaching ways to a greater awareness and appreciation in the West of the spiritual wisdom of the East. In Los Angeles, he established an international headquarters for Self-Realization Fellowship, the nonsectarian religious society he had founded in 1920. Through his writings, extensive lecture tours, and the creation of Self-Realization Fellowship temples and meditation centers, he introduced hundreds of thousands of truth-seekers to the ancient science and philosophy of Yoga and its universally applicable methods of meditation. Today, the spiritual and humanitarian work begun by Paramahansa Yogananda continues under the direction of Sri Mrinalini Mata, one of his closest disciples and president of Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India since 2011. In addition to publishing his writings, lectures and informal talks (including a comprehensive series of Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons for home study), the society also oversees temples, retreats, and centers around the world.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Self Realization Fellowship (August 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876120338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876120330
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After Studying numerous English language translations of the Bhagavad Gita for over 50 years, Yoganandas rendition of this inspiring scripture and life guide must be one of the most readable and accurate.

This book also serves as an introduction to the larger work "God Talks With Arjuna," Paramahansa Yogananda's Gita commentary. Published by Self-Realization Fellowship, LA USA in 1994.

It is wonderful to see the publisher come out with this smaller and more portable edition which I now carry with me everywhere when I travel.

This translation of the Bhagavad Gita clarifies and exposes more of the real meanings intended by the Gitas original author. Revealing more of the Gitas spiritual insights on Raja Yoga, True spirituality and psychology.
One of the worlds greatest aids to Self-Realization.

It provides a more enriched read in English language.
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The editors and publishers at SRF have once again put together a masterpiece of spiritual wisdom harvested from the vast teachings - both spoken and written, of that great yogi Paramahansa Yogananda. It is almost like SRF has cloned the very creative and enlightened well of love that was Yogananda - and pulled out his teachings on the Bhagavad Gita from the astral world itself. This is a fresh and new approach to explaining the science of yoga - if that can be said about teachings and ideas that are thousands of years old.

The editors were very careful to keep true to Yogananda's teachings and his words. It has all his energy and thoughts carefully edited and threaded together in a very readable and enlightening format. The book will delight old SRF devotees and inspire new believers. The book delivers at all levels and one will find reading this book a real gift to their spirit.

I highly recommend this book to those who have an open mind and who want to spiritualize their life's journey. For those not familiar with the life of Yogananda I would strongly suggest the reading the spiritual classic "An Autobiography of a Yogi". This is destined to become another spiritual classic as well. It will never go out of date.
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Yogananda is easy to understand and is a great teacher. The Gita is a book which can enhance the spiritual quests of all seekers, regardless of religion. Though the setting is in ancient India, it can be easily translated into the symbology for every day life here in the West in the new millenium. The focus is on winning the battle within, letting the higher parts of ourselves be victorious and conquering those parts which sabotage and create pain for ourselves and others. Best of all, it can assist in deepening a real connection to that Higher Power, however we experience That. This book is definitely a book to take slowly, savoring each part and then applying it to one's daily life.
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The editors and publishers at SRF have once again put together a masterpiece of spiritual wisdom harvested from the vast teachings - both spoken and written, of that great yogi Paramahansa Yogananda. It is almost like SRF has cloned the very creative and enlightened well of love that was Yogananda - and pulled out his teachings on the Bhagavad Gita from the astral world itself. This is a fresh and new approach to explaining the science of yoga - if that can be said about teachings and ideas that are thousands of years old.

The editors were very careful to keep true to Yogananda's teachings and his words. It has all his energy and thoughts carefully edited and threaded together in a very readable and enlightening format. The book will delight old SRF devotees and inspire new believers. The book delivers at all levels and one will find reading this book a real gift to their spirit.
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The Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita by Paramahansa Yogananda joins his other fine books in inspiring the sincere devotee to spend the time necessary to attain self-realization in this very lifetime.

The book is divided into 2 sections. The first part is commentary and explanations of the terms and setting in the Bhagavad Gita. The second section is the full ancient text told by Paramahansa Yogananda.

I feel it is very important to the novice reader, especially, to thoroughly read the first section so that the Bhagavad Gita, which is an allegory, can be most intuitively understood.

Quote from Part 1, page 18:
"The devotee is aware that the most important objective in life is to attain the goal of Self-realization: to know through meditation his true soul nature and its oneness with ever blissful Spirit."

This book is part of a larger 2-volume work called God Talks With Arjuna which is the recommended read for those who wish more in-depth study. If a new spiritual seeker picked up the story and read it through, the meaning might portray the good and bad points in the battle between Lord Krishna and Arjuna, only. But after time in deep meditation and analysis using the information that intuitively flows from your own eternal depths, more of the great meaning becomes clear.

Be it yesteryear or today that message is the same. Clinging to and attachment to the ego in the way of sense enjoyments doesn't leave space for enjoying the infinite freedom of self-realization moment to moment. And there is such a world of difference.

When attached to worldly battles, with all the conquests the ego looks for leaves nothing but sadness as each satisfaction disappears when new wants, new battles, present themselves.
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