The Bhagavad Gita, 5th. Editionby Ramananda Prasad, Ph.D.
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The Bhagavad Gita is a doctrine of universal truth. Its message is uni¬ver¬sal, sublime, and non-sectarian although it is a part of the scrip¬tural trinity of Sanaatana or Universal Dharma or the book of universal spiritual principles, commonly known as Vedic culture of ancient India. The Gita is very easy to understand in any language for a mature mind. A repeated reading with faith will reveal all the sublime ideas con¬tained in it. A few abstruse statements are interspersed here and there, but they have no direct bearing on practical issues or the central theme of Gita. The Gita deals with the most sacred metaphysi¬cal science. It imparts the knowledge of the Self and answers two universal questions: Who am I, and how can I lead a happy and peaceful life in this world of dualities? It is a book of yoga, the moral and spiri¬tual growth for mankind, based on the cardinal principles of Universal Dharma. The Bhagavad-Gita is the essence of Vedas and a part of Mahaabhaarata. It teaches the non-sectarian universal spiritual philosophy on the metaphysical science of the highest Reality. The Gita gives a non-fearbased knowledge of the higher Self. It's a book of wisdom that inspired Thoreau, Emerson, Einstein, Gandhi and many others. A repeated study with faith purifies our psyche and guides us to face the challenges of modern living leading to inner peace and happiness.
It assures spiritual progress for all humans, and how to be one with the supreme. Universal Truth of the Vedas.
Meet the Author
Dr. Prasad is a charter member of several non-profit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. He founded the American/International Gita Society whose aim is to serve the humanity through the teachings of the holy Bhagavad-Gita and other Hindu scriptures, and to establish unity amongst all cultures, races, religions, and faiths of the world through the immortal teachings of all great masters, and major world scriptures.
He is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He obtained his M.S. degree from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois. Dr. Prasad has worked in research, teaching, engineering consulting, as well as State and Federal Governments, including U.S. Navy and Army Corps of Engineers.
At present he is a professor emeritus of Civil Engineering at the San Jose State University, CA and an adjunct professor of Religion and Psychology at the Graduate College of the Union Institute of Cincinnati, Ohio.
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