The Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita: An Introduction to India's Universal Science of God Realization

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"We came from God and our ultimate destiny is to return to Him. The end and the means to the end is yoga, the timeless science of God-union." An inspiring and concise introduction to the spiritual truths of India's most beloved scripture, these selections from Paramahansa Yogananda's critically acclaimed two-volume translation of and commentary on the Bhagavad Gita (God Talks With Arjuna) explain the step-by-step methods of yoga meditation and right action to achieve union with Spirit and ultimate liberation.

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Overview

"We came from God and our ultimate destiny is to return to Him. The end and the means to the end is yoga, the timeless science of God-union." An inspiring and concise introduction to the spiritual truths of India's most beloved scripture, these selections from Paramahansa Yogananda's critically acclaimed two-volume translation of and commentary on the Bhagavad Gita (God Talks With Arjuna) explain the step-by-step methods of yoga meditation and right action to achieve union with Spirit and ultimate liberation.

Revealing the deeper meaning of the Gita's hidden symbology, this book shows how the warriors doing battle on the field of Kurukshetra represent the negative tendencies of the human ego pitted against the divine qualities of the soul, and how the science of Yoga can help us achieve the joy of material and spiritual victory on the battlefield of daily life. Features Paramahansa Yogananda's original translation of the Bhagavad Gita for the first time in sequential form. Includes: Using self-analysis and introspection for continuous personal growth, Yoga methods for creating a life of peace and inner harmony, Understanding the psychological forces that help - and those that hinder - spiritual progress, Creating an ideal balance of material and spiritual goals, How to experience the deeper states of meditation and divine illumination.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876120330
  • Publisher: Self-Realization Fellowship
  • Publication date: 9/20/2007
  • Pages: 155
  • Sales rank: 525,587
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Keys to the Gita's Wisdom
Introduction to "The Song of the Spirit"     3
Wisdom From an Ancient Higher Age of Civilization
Cracking the Code of the Gita's Yogic Symbolism
Bhagavan Krishna, Lord of Yoga: Divine Teacher of the Gita
The Spiritual Battle of Everyday Life     14
Using the Power of Introspection for a Victorious Life
The Spiritual Battlefield of Man's Body and Mind
Material Consciousness Versus Spiritual Consciousness
Taking Sides in the War of Good Against Evil
Soul Versus Ego
Yoga: The Method of Victory     25
Activating the Soul's Powers Through Meditation
Spiritual Effects of the Practice of Yoga
Awakening the Eightfold Essence of Yoga Within Yourself
The Psychological Forces That Oppose the Soul     40
Egoism (Symbolized by Bhishma)
Kama (Lust)-Symbolized by Duryodhana (Material Desire)
The Good and Bad Power of Habit (Symbolized by Drona)
The Triumph of the Soul Through Practice of Yoga     48
Raja Yoga: The Highest Path
Outer Renunciation, Scriptural Study, and Serviceful Action Are Bypaths
Raja Yoga Is the True Culmination of All Religious Practices
Kriya Yoga: The Essential Technique of Raja Yoga
The Reign of King Soul in the Spiritualized Bodily Kingdom
The Bhagavad Gita   Paramahansa Yogananda
The Despondency of Arjuna     59
Sankhya and Yoga: Cosmic Wisdom and the Method of Its Attainment     65
Karma Yoga: The Path of Spiritual Action     75
The Supreme Science of Knowing God     82
Freedom Through Inner Renunciation     88
Permanent Shelter in Spirit Through Yoga Meditation     93
The Nature of Spirit and the Spirit of Nature     99
The Imperishable Absolute: Beyond the Cycles of Creation and Dissolution     103
The Royal Knowledge, The Royal Mystery     107
The Infinite Manifestations of the Unmanifest Spirit     111
Vision of Visions: The Lord Reveals His Cosmic Form     116
Bhakti Yoga: Union Through Devotion     126
The Field and the Knower of the Field     129
Transcending the Gunas     134
Purushottama: The Uttermost Being     137
Embracing the Divine and Shunning the Demonic     140
Three Kinds of Faith     143
"In Truth Do I Promise Thee: Thou Shalt Attain Me"     147
Conclusion: "Arise! Before you is the royal path!"     156
About the Author     161
Index     173
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    This is a significantly abridged version of Paramahansa Yoganand

    This is a significantly abridged version of Paramahansa Yogananda's complete Gita commentary "God Talks to Arjuna". To that extent, it provides an more accessible introduction to the Gita for the curious. If you're not sure, start with this read. Sri Yogananda's massive commentary, however, is highly recommended to those already familiar with Vedantic theology. That it was written from a higher level of consciousness than what the vast majority of mankind will ever experience is self-evident. Although, many of it's explanations are not new (as other qualified commentators have brought forth similar interpretations), the subtlety and sheer depth of this revelation is, at times, overwhelming! Nearly every sentence opens a new door that lets more of the light of Spirit shine through.

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