Bhavagad Gita text comes in between flow of Mahabharata Katha. The scene here... Arjuna being in dilemma and in deep sorrow after seeing all his dear ones in the battle field. The question in his mind can I be able to fight this war, which warrants fighting with his own relatives and friends standing opposite side. To be happy is ultimate goal of humankind, rather to all the beings in this universe. Man has faculties of discrimination and choice. Every action man takes have choice whether do OR not to get desired results. Animal does not have this choice so there is no dilemma and it does what it instinct drives them. Man always does action with an expectation of desired result(s). If results are as he expected he feels happy else sorrow. Arjuna was on same state of mind ... Should I fight or should I take Sannayasa? Gita is a beautiful teaching poetically evolves chapter by chapter in 18 chapters giving .....What is the right way to be happy forever? In this book.. The author Swami Dayananda starts with various open questions and explains all essence in the Gita with analogy from the world around you. He uses very straight forward and simple language makes the reader to understand the concept easily. --obula Nov 28, 2011
This book holds an incalculable value. The essence of the Gita is told by the Swami in a lucid manner that appeals to the inquiring mind. The flow of text develops in a logical scientific manner that appeals to not only Indian but also a western audience who may not have any idea of who krishna and Arjuna are. In a nutshell a great book for the spiritual and practical seeker. thank you --Krishnan Jun 22, 2012
The Bhagavad Gita [Song of God], is one of the very greatest books in all of world religions and spiritual writings. Here the excellent teacher and Vedanta Master, Swami Dayananda, has published this companion, or book of commentary, to help anyone get the most out of their Gita reading and study. Even if you've never read the Bhagavad Gita itself, this book will still serve as a very good introduction to the Gita's awesome and universal spiritual teachings. That is to say this book stands on its own as a source of learning and instruction and inspiration for the spiritual seeker. Although familiarity with the Gita would no doubt enhance your reading experience. i would heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in 'the ancient Eastern wisdom',or Advaita Vedanta, or Monistic Idealism, or Non-duality, or if simply interested in furthering one's own innermost search for Truth and learning of one's own absolute participation in the One Self. There are quite a number of fine Gita translations available. My own favorite of the half dozen or more i have read, would be the Prabhavananda-Isherwood edition; This one is forever and always on my very short list of absolute must-have books. --By Orva Schrock on October 30, 2012
A classical interpretation for the modern mind. For centuries the Bhagavad Gita has remained the single most influential philosophical text shaping Indian thought and life. It addresses itself foursquare to the universal limitations each human being is confronted with: ignorance, sorrow and death. The teaching of the Bhagavad Gita opens with the audacious statement that all these are illegitimate problems caused by ignorance about the real nature of the self. Drawing upon the essence of all Upanishads, Gita explains how the self, the atman , is limitless, indestructible, unborn. This knowledge, Brahmavidya , frees one from all sense of limitation. This is the principal teaching of the Bhagavad Gita.
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