Paperback, 187 pages, ISBN: 978-8189430-26-9, Ananda Sangha Publications.
Paramhansa Yogananda's revelation of India's best-loved scripture brought an
entirely fresh perspective. This pocket edition—a Gita junior—highlights
the verses themselves, being limited to them almost entirely. They appear
in fluent, correct, and contemporary English, making this book a "must-have"
for the modern spiritual aspirant.
This is the first opportunity to have Swami Kriyananda's complete Bhagavad Gita, itself.
Most of the verses (slokas) in this edition of the Bhagavad Gita have already
appeared in Swamiji's much larger book The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda. However, some of the Gita verses were
intentionally left out of the earlier publication. Swamiji's omitted slokas include
most of Chapter One, which he merely summarized, and the first ten verses of
Chapter Two. The reason he left out these slokas was, as he describes in the
preface to this pocket Gita, that the omitted verses "form, in themselves, an
almost complete dissertation".
Swamiji explains that although the Gita is
historical, it is not literal. Rather it is a deep spiritual allegory, woven upon a
framework of history. The characters symbolize various psychological traits and latent states of consciousness
that serve as essential reference points to develop the story. Each
trait or aspect of consciousness plays an important role in the devotee's struggle
to rise above worldly delusion and reclaim his true state of union with God.
One of Swamiji's most important elaborations regards Arjuna, whose role in the Gita
may seem confusing due to the contrast between his depiction in Chapter One as but a spiritual beginner and his true spiritual stature to which Krishna points later.
Though small in size, this edition of the Gita is pierced through with shafts
of light from a towering spiritual figure—Yogananda.
With this volume, India's sacred scripture is at your fingertips for inspiration on your own daily battleground of life.
What Others Are Saying:
At last the "Lord's Song" is not a mystery to our mind, but music to our ears! What a gift! What a treasure! —Neale Donald Walsch, author, Conversations with God, Home with God, and What God Wants
The inspiration one draws from Swamiji’s soul-stirring insight of the Gita can make every one of us perform better in our daily lives. —Adesh Jain, President, International Project Management Association (IPMA), Switzerland
A revolutionary Gita. . . . For the first time the deep truths in the Gita are revealed with extreme simplicity in words that are clear and understandable. —Satish Koshal, Principal Consultant, TATA Consultancy Services
In this inspiring new edition of the Bhagavad Gita, Swami Kriyananda skillfully brings an ancient teaching of eternal truth into the light of modern understanding through his careful recalling of Paramhansa Yogananda's words as well as his own diligent scholarship. —Vyaas Houston, founder, the American Sanskrit Institute, author, The Language of the Gods and The Yoga Sutra Workbook
Swami Kriyananda truly captures the depth of the scriptures and the voice of his Guru. . . . —Yogi Amrit Desai, founder, Amrit Yoga Institute, author, The Awakening of Love, Amrit Yoga & the Yoga Sutras, and Working Miracles of Love