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The Bhagavad Gita

Second Edition
Paperback Book
June, 2007
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$16.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Distilling the finest in
’s vast and varied culture, The Bhagavad Gita (in Sanskrit, “Song of the Lord”) is the most famous poem in all of Hindu literature and part of the Mahabharata, the great Indian epic.

 On the morning of battle, facing Armageddon, prince Arjuna loses his nerve and refuses to fight.
Krishna knows better: “Your very nature will drive you to fight. Your only choice is what to fight against.” His advice gives an inspiring model of the man or woman of action—the person who aims at goodness in a world of conflict and change. The introduction sketches background and gives clear, contemporary explanations of the basic ideas of Indian philosophy: karma, reincarnation, yoga, freedom. Separate chapter introductions outline the drama as it unfolds.

They live in freedom who have gone beyond the dualities of life. Competing with no one, they are alike in success and failure and content with whatever comes to them. They are free, without selfish attachments; their minds are fixed in knowledge. They perform all work in the spirit of service, and their karma is dissolved.

This most influential scripture of ancient
is embraced by Hindus as practical guidance for the conduct of everyday life. Eknath Easwaran translates this timeless text with universal and practical appeal for modern people of all religions. Krishna teaches how people of action, living in the world, can bravely face the unavoidable challenges and conflicts of life—and win the greatest of all battles, against all that is selfish and violent within themselves.

As the heat of a fire reduces wood to ashes, the fire of knowledge burns to ashes all karma. Nothing in this world purifies like spiritual wisdom. It is the perfection achieved in time through the path of yoga, the path which leads to the Self within.

Of course the larger canvas painted in the poetry is that of the moral universe of Hinduism.  As Easwaran, a fine teacher of meditation and spirituality, notes:

The Gita does not present a system of philosophy.  It offers something to every seeker after God, of whatever temperament, by whatever path.  The reason for this universal appeal is that it is basically practical: it is a handbook for self-realization and a guide to action.

Also available by Easwaran are translations of The Dhammapada and The Upanishads.

Publisher’s Description: 

BHAGAVAD GITA (2nd edition) by Eknath Easwaran, at $10.95 from Nilgiri Press, ISBN 1586380192 / 9781586380199. In the Bhagavad Gita, Prince Arjuna asks direct, uncompromising questions of his spiritual guide on the eve of a great battle. This expanded edition of the most renowned of Indian scriptures places it in cultural and historical context and explains the key concepts of Hindu religious thought and the technical vocabulary of yoga. Chapter introductions, notes, and a glossary help readers understand the books message. Most importantly, Easwarans translation uses simple, clear language to impart the poetry, universality, and timelessness of the Gitas teachings. 296 pp. June.

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