Bhagavad Gita: Annotated & Explained

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Swami Purohit, Kendra Crossen Burroughs
SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2001 - Religion - 165 pages
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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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Contents

Samkhya Yoga
10
Karma Yoga
24
Jnana Yoga
32
The Renunciation of Action
42
Dhyana Yoga
48
Knowledge and Experience
61
The Supreme Spirit
63
The Sovereign Secret
71
Bhakti Yoga
98
Matter and Spirit
107
The Three Qualities
112
The Lord God
121
The Divine and Demoniac Civilizations
127
The Threefold Faith
133
The Spirit of Renunciation
139
Notes
152

The Divine Manifestations
81
The Cosmic Vision
89
Credits
165
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About the author (2001)

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.

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