Essays on The Bhagavadgita

Essays on the Bhagavadgita

Book Details

ISBN/SKU: 1935760092
ISBN Complete: 978-1935760092
Book Type: B&W 6.0x 9.0 Paperback
Page Count: 276
Edition: First
Yr. of Pub.: 2011
Printed in: USA
Max Retail Price: $24.75
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Essays on the Bhagavadgita, contains a unique presentation of selected essays, all written by Jayaram V for the knowledge and benefit of those who want to increase their knowledge and understanding of the Bhagavadgita. All the essays are carefully written by the author with an intent to present the core philosophy of the Bhagavadgita and its relevance to human life and present day world. From the essays, you will understand the hidden secrets of the Bhagavadgita and the teachings of Lord Krishna with greater clarity. The essays are well written so that even if you have never read the main scripture you will still be able to grasp its essential doctrine. As the back coverpage of the book states, "This book will increase your understanding of the Bhagavadgita immensely and help you in the practice of its teachings. You will understand the meaning and importance of the various concepts, such as bhakti, karma and dharma as never before and their relevance to your life. These essays will enhance your knowledge and understanding of the essential practices and principles of Hinduism." It also contains a compete chapterwise summary of the Bhagavadgita.

Why you need to read this particular book

This is a scholarly analysis and presentation of the core philosophy of the scripture. In the essays, you will find a critical analysis of the Bhagavadgita philosophy, core teachings, ethics, practical wisdom, interpretation of yoga philosophy, and how to make use of suffering as the foundation of spiritual life. The writings are not preachy but explain to you a way to relate to God, carry forward your goals and resposibilities and how may know use the knowledge and wisdom contained in the scripture for your physical and spiritual wellbeing. The author also explains the relevance of the teachings of the scripture to modern life and how may apply them to your life and situations to experience peace, balance and stability. You will also realize the true significance of important concepts contained in the scrupture such as karma, maya, prakriti, gunas, symbolism, renunciation, bhakti, liberation and so on. The book not only present the philosophy of the Bhagavadgita, but also provides valuable suggestions to apply them to real situations in your life. For example the author suggests that you can bring the idea of renunciation into your daily life by practising the following.

1. Performing obligatory duties
2. Knowing your essential nature
3. Identifying yourself with your inner Self
4. Acquiring knowledge and wisdom
5. Cultivating sattva
6. Practicing self-restraint and detachment
7. Offering your actions to God
8. Practicing devotion
9. Acknowledging God as the source of all
10. Cultivating intelligence

A few quotes from the book

The scripture is not difficult to understand; but it has some complexity, which can be overcome with effort. It has an infinite capacity to reveal itself to the extent you probe into its depths.

Hidden within the secret knowledge of the scripture are further secrets, discernible only to a few whose minds are pure and who are devoted to the knowledge of liberation. Among them, three are worth mentioning. They also constitute its core teachings.

The Bhagavadgita is essentially a scripture on yoga (yoga sastram). It presents various types of yoga practices and their significance in attaining liberation. It is therefore rightly referred to as a yoga Upanishad.

The Bhagavadgita is an outstanding example of how faith and devotion can open the communication channels between God and man and bring transcendental knowledge from the highest heaven into the mortal world, without suppressing the human thought or ignoring our spiritual and material needs or our limitations in comprehending the transcendental truths.

The Bhagavadgita states that all knowledge emanates from God and He is the original teacher. Those who know the truths about Him become absorbed in steadfast yoga. Since He is the source of everything, we must look to Him only for our liberation.

Karmayoga is thus a way of sanctifying our lives and actions and consecrating them to God as the means to self-purification and inner transformation. It is bringing God into the center of our lives and making Him the owner and doer of our lives and actions. It is transferring our responsibilities to Him and making Him the caretaker of our destinies.

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Book Contents

Introduction - The Status of the Bhagavadgita in the Sacred Literature - A Summary of the Bhagavadgita - The Meaning of Yoga in the Context of the Bhagavadgita - Five Lessons from the Bhagavadgita - Karma Yoga – the Path of Action - References to Karmayoga in the Bhagavadgita - Jnanayoga – The Path of Knowledge - Knowledge as the Means and the Goal - Buddhiyoga – The State of Wisdom and Discernment - Bhaktiyoga – The Yoga of Devotion - Maya – The Illusion of things - The True Meaning of Bhakti - Lessons from the Bhagavadgita for the Modern People - The Endearing Qualities of a Devotee - Atmayoga, Realizing the Self by the Self - Transforming the Physical Self - Stable Mind and Self-Realization - Purusha and Prakriti - Conquering the Ego, the False Self - The Divine Qualities of a Sattvic Person - Demonic Qualities of the Wicked - The Body as a Vehicle of Self-realization - Making Sense of the Senses - Descriptions of the Self - The Wisdom of the Bhagavadgita - The Triple Gunas - The Yoga of Sorrow - The Causes of Suffering - The Purpose of Sorrow - The Resolution of Sorrow - The Symbolism of Arjuna’s Sorrow - The True Meaning of Renunciation - Symbolism in the Bhagavadgita - The Bhagavadgita in Daily Life - Bibliography.

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