God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita: Royal Science of God-Realization

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Self-Realization Fellowship Publishers, Sep 1, 2001 - Religion - 1224 pages
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God Talks With Arjuna, Paramahansa Yogananda's illuminating translation of and commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, is one of the most comprehensive books available today on the science and philosophy of Yoga. This monumental work breaks new ground as a revelation of the Gita's profoundest spiritual, psychological, and metaphysical truths, long obscured by metaphor and allegory. Yogananda clearly outlines the Gita's balanced path of meditation and right activity, and shows how we can create for ourselves a life of spiritual integrity, serenity, simplicity and joy. Includes in-depth discussions on Kriya Yoga -- what it is, and how it hastens our spiritual evolution. Of all the Eastern scriptures, the Bhagavad Gita is the most widely known and best loved in the West. In this eye-opening translation and commentary, Yogananda unveils for the first time the deeper meaning hidden within its symbology. Also available in a slipcase quality paperback edition.

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Swami Yogananda, a young Hindu monk, delivered his first address, "The Science of Religion," to the International Congress of Religious Liberals meeting in Boston on October 6, 1920. He remained in America and began to attract thousands to his public lectures. In 1925, Yogananda established the headquarters of his organization, the Self-Realization Fellowship, on Mount Washington in Los Angeles. (One of his most distinguished disciples was the horticulturist Luther Burbank.) His Autobiography of a Yogi Autobiography of a Yogi was published in 1946 and has been translated into 18 languages. Yogananda and the Self-Realization Fellowship have been the means by which many Americans have been introduced to and have adopted Hindu modes of thought and religious practice. Yogananda taught that Hindu mysticism was compatible with and similar to Western and Christian mysticism. In 1935 his guru gave Yogananda the title Paramahansa, which means "supreme swan" and is a title indicating the highest spiritual attainment. His disciples regard the manner of Yogananda's death---he expired immediately after addressing a banquet in honor of the ambassador from India---as a demonstration of his supreme yogic bodily control. The Self-Realization Fellowship continues to be an important alternative religion in America, and it has a strong institutional presence in and around the Los Angeles area.

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