Essence of the Bhagavad Gita: A Contemporary Guide to Yoga, Meditation, and Indian Philosophy

Essence of the Bhagavad Gita: A Contemporary Guide to Yoga, Meditation, and Indian Philosophy

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The Bhagavad Gita opens with a crisis — Prince Arjuna despairs on the battlefield, unsure if he should fight his kinsmen in a dreadful war. For Easwaran, the Gita’s epic battle represents the war in our own hearts and Arjuna’s anguish reflects the human condition: torn between opposing forces, confused about how to live. Sri Krishna’s timeless guidance, Easwaran argues, can shed light on our dilemmas today.

Placing the Gita’s teachings in a modern context, Easwaran explores the nature of reality, the illusion of separateness, the search for identity, the meaning of yoga, and how to heal the unconscious. The key message of the Gita is how to resolve our conflicts and live in harmony with the deep unity of life, through the practice of meditation and spiritual disciplines.

Sri Krishna doesn’t tell Arjuna what to do. He points out the prince’s choices, and then leaves it to Arjuna to decide. Easwaran shows us clearly how these teachings still apply — and how, like Arjuna, we must take courage and act wisely if we want our world to thrive.

Title:Essence of the Bhagavad Gita: A Contemporary Guide to Yoga, Meditation, and Indian Philosophy
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781586380687
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    Essence of the Bhagavad Gita: A Contemporary Guide to Yoga, Meditation, and Indian Philosophy Reviews

  • S.Ach

    Bhagavad Gita is by no means a simple book that can be simply summarized and provided on a platter for you to appreciate and consume. It encompasses various tenets of Hindu Philosophy - metaphysics, e...

  • Esther Marie

    Wow. This was a really, really good read. It took me a while to get through this book, which I was surprised by, but I would say that this is because it was such a rich text. Each chapter was like a l...

  • Shelja Kataria

    Gita, has always been seen as a strenuous book , so do it happened with me as well . i was always frightened of reading it. But the author made it so easy and delightful for me that i could not stop m...

  • Justin Chiu

    A series of reflections on the bhagavad gita, the author begins with the question: what is the self(Atman)? Who is this 'I', behind my body, behind my thoughts even behind my will. He then extrapolate...

  • Parker Rush

    I just can’t recommend this book enough to any contemporary student of the Bhagavad Gita. Easwaran beautifully elucidates Sankhya philosophy as an adjunct and indispensable component to the path of ...

  • Michael Baranowski

    I loved Easwaran's translation of the Bhagavad Gita - easily the best I came across after comparing multiple versions - as well as the illuminating commentary, so I assumed that this would be more of ...

  • Rajaji

    The book is completely about meditation and you'll be explained everything about it. It doesn't touches the q&a between sri krishna and arjuna . It also didn't cover the positive philosophy or better ...

  • Megh

    Great read. The author does a great job of explaining the deep and complex ideas in Indian philosophy through analogies and anecdotes, making it an enjoyable reading experience. Recommended for people...

  • Kanishk Dutt

    I know now why leaders from india gift this book to other leaders. There is no superior knowledge set in such a compact form written I have read before. Prompted me to read other religious texts....

  • Cherie

    An interpretation of the Gita by spirtual teacher Easwaran; his typical meandering meditations. Nice book. Calming in times like these....