Bhagavad Gita

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Eknath Easwaran
Shambhala Publications, 2004 - Self-Help - 276 pages
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The Bhagavad Gita ("Song of the Lord") is considered the most influential of all the Hindu scriptures and is one of the greatest spiritual classics of the world. Comprised of eighteen chapters taken from the great Sanskrit epic Mahabharata, the Gita presents a conversation that takes place on a battlefield just as two groups of relatives are about to wage war against one another. Facing the forces of greed, anger, and hatred, the warrior-prince Arjuna loses heart and refuses to fight his own kin. His friend and charioteer, Lord Krishna, who represents the Divine within, tells him: "Your very nature will drive you to fight." In the ensuing dialogue, Krishna teaches Arjuna, and all of us, how we can face bravely the unavoidable challenges and conflicts of life—and win the greatest of all battles, against the tumultuous emotions within our own hearts.

Eknath Easwaran's eloquent translation and Diana Morrison's chapter introductions, which summarize major religious concepts, make this edition especially accessible for modern readers of any religion.
  

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This translation felt very approachable yet not too Westernized. Will revisit continually, many layers to this story. Read full review

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How to Read The Ancient Texts To know how we should approach the great Classical works of antiquity, we can look to Ben Jonson's formulation in "Discoveries": "I know nothing can conduce more to ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The War Within
65
The Illumined
77
Selfless Service
93
Wisdom in Action
109
Renounce and Rejoice
115
6
124
Wisdom from Realization
137
Divine Splendor
169
The Cosmic Vision
180
The Way of Love
193
The Field and the Knower
200
The Forces of Evolution
210
The Supreme Self
217
Two Paths
223
The Power of Faith
230

8
147
The Royal Path
160

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About the author (2004)

Eknath Easwaran (1910 - 1999) is respected around the world as an authentic guide to timeless wisdom, and as the author of Passage Meditation, which brings universal truths into daily life. In 1961 he founded the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, which carries on his work with publications and retreats. More than 1.5 million of Easwaran's books on spiritual living are in print, and his translations of the Indian spiritual classics (The Bhagavad Gita, The Upanishads, and The Dhammapada) are the bestselling editions in English. A gifted teacher who lived for many years in the West, Easwaran lived what he taught, giving him enduring appeal as a teacher and author of deep insight and warmth.

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