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The Living Gita

The Complete Bhagavad Gita
Paperback Book
Integral Yoga
January, 1997
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$25.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Swami Satchidananda (literally “truth-consciousness-bliss”), a direct disciple of Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, has been teaching yoga and spiritual practice in the West since the late 1960s. Here, he unfolds the wisdom of this seminal scripture, verse by verse, through extensive commentaries that speak easily to Western sensibilities.

Still it’s always better to know the principle than just to do the formal practice. Even if you don’t practice, at least have knowledge of the principles behind it. And better than that knowledge is meditation. Sometimes you know what you are doing, but your mind is not applied to that doing. Mere knowing and doing are not enough. He’s saying, put your entire mind on it: meditate on it. Do all that you do as a meditation....

And better than meditation is renouncing the fruits of your meditation, your action and your knowledge. Renunciation is the highest place, because peace immediately follows such renunciation.

“There have been many commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita, and there is room for many more. The Gita forms part of the epic poem of the Mahabharata and belongs to the culture of ancient India, but it has a message for all time and all places. Today, especially, the message of the Gita is coming with renewed meaning and value to Western Europe and America. Swami Satchidananda is one of the pioneers who have been able to interpret the Gita to the West with a power which has changed people’s lives. This new commentary is therefore to be welcomed by all who treasure the wisdom of India and want to see it brought to bear on the problems of the West.” —Father Bede Griffiths

Publisher’s Description: 

The Bhagavad Gita tells the story of how Arjuna, the great warrior, is seated in his chariot about to engage in battle, when he sees his own kinsmen and his revered teacher arrayed in battle against him, and feels that he cannot fight. It is then that Krishna, the Cosmic Lord, comes to counsel him. Arjuna represents the human soul seated in the chariot of the body and Krishna is the inner Spirit, the God within, who is there to consel him. Today we see humanity divided against itself and threatened with nuclear war and mutual destruction. No political means are adequate to deal with this problem, and many are driven to despair. It is then that the message of the Gita comes to teach us that it is only when we rise above human schemes and calculations and awake to the presence of the indwelling Spirit that we can hope to find the answer to our need.

A finalist for the Publishers’ Marketing Association Spiritual Book of the Year Award, this modern translation and commentary makes the deep spiritual truths of India’ s timeless classic available to the Western mind in a way never before thought possible. As it is said, The wisest man makes the difficult seem simple.The book includes every verse of the Bhagavad Gita and can also serve well as a lively, enjoyable textbook.

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