Bhagavad Gita: Annotated & Explained

Bhagavad Gita: Annotated & Explained

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by Shri Purohit Swami
     
 

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An ancient classic that can become a companion for your own spiritual journey.

Millions of people turn daily to India's most beloved holy book, the Bhagavad Gita ("Song of the Lord"), to instruct their spiritual practice. A Hindu classic, it has universal appeal for people of all faith traditions who turn to its inspirational support in the

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An ancient classic that can become a companion for your own spiritual journey.

Millions of people turn daily to India's most beloved holy book, the Bhagavad Gita ("Song of the Lord"), to instruct their spiritual practice. A Hindu classic, it has universal appeal for people of all faith traditions who turn to its inspirational support in the struggles of life, its consolation in times of grief and its deeply moving promise of God's love and guidance.

Composed in Sanskrit verse thousands of years ago, this timeless text tells the story of a distraught warrior on the verge of battle and the compassionate counsel he receives from Krishna—God in human form. In just seven hundred lines, the Gita presents concise teachings on such topics as the immortality of the soul, meditation and yoga, worship and sacrifice, the ideal of selfless action and the oneness of all life in the Divine.

Now you can read and understand the Gita with no previous knowledge of Hinduism required. This SkyLight Illuminations edition offers insightful yet unobtrusive commentary that explains references and philosophical terms, shares the inspiring interpretations of famous spiritual teachers and addresses questions such as the inner meaning of India's caste system and why this sublime discourse on inner peace is set against the background of a violent civil war.

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Editorial Reviews

The Association for Mormon Letters - Jeffrey Needle

This is my first encounter with SkyLight Paths. One is struck immediately by the breadth of their publishing, concentrating on various spiritual paths from around the world. The present volume is part of a series titled 'SkyLight Illuminations.' The idea is simple: take a sacred text, present excerpts from the text along with commentary by a writer familiar with the text. The sacred text itself is presented on right-facing pages; commentary appears on the left. A very attractive format, indeed.

Other titles in this series include "Rumi and Islam" "The Gospel of Phillip," "The Hebrew Prophets," "The Bhagavad Gita," you get the idea- The series takes a broad look at religious traditions both east and west, paring down the texts into bite-sized pieces, with commentary by believing scholars. It's a wonderful idea. I'm glad someone has put this into print

Reiss opens the present volume with her personal testimony, a quick look athow she came to belief in the Book of Mormon as sacred scripture and historical record. She offers a helpful recap of how the Book of Mormon hascome into prominence since the 1980's with the strong advocacy of Pres. Ezra Taft Benson. It's an interesting historical perspective on the place of the Book of Mormon in the life of the church over the years.

Her commentary is pointed and clear. She has a two-fold purpose: first she wants to tell the story of the Book of Mormon, although large portions are omitted - the Jaredites, for example, are nowhere to be seen. But second and I think more importantly, she links texts from the Book of Mormon to explain and support current and past Mormon belief and lifestyle. Her comments therefore constitute an introduction to Mormon practice and history, touching on such subjects as early Mormon polygamy the use of water instead of wine in the Sacrament service, etc.

Here's an example commenting on 2 Nephi 9:10-12:

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So here, in one book is an induction not just to the Book of Mormon, but toMormon belief and practice, offered in clear, easy to understand language. It addresses the many ways in which Mormonism differs from larger Christianity, including a discussion on the doctrine of the trinity.

At the same time, by its inclusion in the Skylight Illuminations series, it places Mormonism within the larger flow of religious traditions from around the world, dragging Mormonism out of the margins of religious life into the larger stream of spirituality.

I gladly recommend this book not so much for members of the Church, but for those interested in getting a first look at both the body and the book. As with Reiss's previous effort "Mormonism for Dummies," the current work makes simple some very complex ideas. Members should consider using this book in their personal missionary work.

Library Journal
Unity is often trumpeted as the resolution to all kinds of conflict. We are told that we must live together; in the interests of peace and cooperation, we are told to emphasize what we have in common and dismiss our differences. There are benefits to this way of thinking, but we go too far if we assert that all religions are fundamentally the same. Walters does just that in his argument on unity and sameness in this latest of his more than 80 books on spirituality. Moreover, the unity and sameness he argues for is founded on a Hindu model. A disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, Walters has adapted Hindu thinking and practice to Western lifestyles. Here, he recasts foundational Christian thinking using a foundational Hindu mold. But Christianity is not merely Hinduism in different clothes. Christianity and Hinduism make incompatible truth claims, understanding God, humankind, the universe, the afterlife, and holiness differently. They can be compared and contrasted but cannot be made equivalent. Written in a straightforward style without academic pretension, The Promise of Immortality will appeal to casual readers rather than scholars and is recommended with reservations for public libraries with large religion collections. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781893361287
Publisher:
Skylight Paths Publishing
Publication date:
05/01/2001
Series:
SkyLight Illuminations Series
Edition description:
ANNOTATED
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
770,373
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)

Meet the Author

Shri Purohit Swami (1882–1941) was an Indian monk who traveled to the West in 1930 to teach the wisdom of Hinduism. In addition to the Bhagavad Gita, he translated The Ten Principal Upanishads (in collaboration with the poet William Butler Yeats).

Kendra Crossen Burroughs is a book editor whose specialty is religions of the East and West. She compiled The Essential Ken Wilber and Entering the Tao: Master Ni's Guidance for Self-Cultivation. A long-time student of the Bhagavad Gita, she lives in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Andrew Harvey is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including Son of Man. His memoir A Journey in Ladakh was praised as "one of the best books available on the Western experience of Tibetan spiritual life." His just-published memoir Sun at Midnight was praised by Deepak Chopra, who said, "for those who have gone through the dark night of the soul and for those seeking a genuine understanding of spirituality, this is a very inspiring story." Harvey is also the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Born in India, he was the youngest person ever awarded a fellowship to All Souls College, Oxford. He has devoted the past thirty years of his life to study and experiencing the world's spiritual traditions and is widely recognized as one of our greatest communicators of mysticism and contemplative living today.

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