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The Bhagavad Gita

Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
October, 2018
ISBN:
9781611806397
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$14.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

“All there is is Krishna.”

Upon hearing this famous and enigmatic line from the Gita’s seventh chapter when he was a boy, Ravi Ravindra embarked on a journey to understand its deep meaning. The search led him far beyond the tradition from which the text originally arose to an exploration of world mystical wisdom, including Zen, Christianity, Yoga, and particularly the teachings of J. Krishnamurti and G. I. Gurdjieff.

Dr. Ravindra’s fresh prose translation is the fruit of that lifelong process. It stands out from the many other versions with its assertion that the Bhagavad Gita is at heart a universal guide to navigating the battle of life required of each and every one of us. It is through that navigation, he shows, that we can discover and connect with the Krishna deep within ourselves: the Eternal Witness who is above the battle, and who is, ultimately and joyfully, all there is.

Holding the body, neck, and head erect and motionless, with gaze fixed on the tip of the nose, not looking in any direction, steadfast in the view of dwelling in the Vastness, with a calm spirit from which fear has been driven out, with a mind under control and a heart absorbed in Me, a yoga should sit steadily devoted to Me. Thus practicing yoga, with the mind controlled, the yogi finds the supreme peace of Nirvana which abides in Me. —Bhagavad Gita

This Shambhala Pocket Edition includes only the translated text of the Gita, not the extensive commentaries that are included in the larger edition.

Publisher’s Description: 

A new translation of the great spiritual classic.

The Bhagavad Gita is undeniably one of the world's greatest spiritual and literary classics. A small section of the much larger epic Mahabharata, it takes the form of a dialogue between the warrior Arjuna and his charioteer, Krishna, an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu, on the meaning of life. It has often been understood as a key to understanding life by anyone, regardless of religious persuasion. This new translation emphasizes the universality of the text by drawing on mulitcutlural and multireligious sources for understanding it. Hindu, Christian, and Buddhist perspectives are included, as well as literary and mythological sources, and the Work of G. I. Gurdjieff. For this Shambhala Pocket Library edition, only the translated text is included; the commentary from the original edition is not included.

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