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The Bhagavad Gita A Walkthrough for Westerners,9781608680146

The Bhagavad Gita A Walkthrough for Westerners



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The Bhagavad Gita has been called India’s greatest contribution to the world. For more than five thousand years, this great scripture has shown millions in the East how to fill their lives with serenity and love. In these pages, Jack Hawley brings these ancient secrets to Western seekers in a beautiful prose version that makes the story of the Gita clear and exciting, and makes its truths understandable and easy to apply to our busy lives.

The Gita is a universal love song sung by God to His friend man. It can’t be confined by any creed. It is a statement of the truths at the core of what we all already believe, only it makes those truths clearer, so they become immediately useful in our daily lives. These truths are for our hearts, not just our heads.

The Gita is more than just a book, more than mere words or concepts. There is an accumulated potency in it. To read the Gita is to be inspired in the true sense of the term: to be “in-spirited,” to inhale the ancient and ever-new breath of spiritual energy.

Table of Contents

Publisher's Prefacep. ix
Preface to the Paperback Editionp. xi
Introductionp. xvii
Knowing the True Self Within, and Selfless Action
Arjuna's Anguish (Arjuna Vishada Yoga)p. 3
The Path of Knowledge (Sankhya Yoga)p. 11
The Path of Action (Karma Yoga)p. 27
Integrating Knowledge, Action, and Renunciation (Jnana-Karma-Sanyasa Yoga)p. 39
Contemplating the Goal (Sanyasa Yoga)p. 49
Taming the Mind and Senses (Dhyana Yoga)p. 57
The Very Nature of God
Both Knowing and Experiencing Divinity (Jnana-Vijnana Yoga)p. 67
The Imperishable Godhead (Akshara Brahma Yoga)p. 75
Royal Knowledge and the King of Secrets (Rajavidya Rajaguhya Yoga)p. 83
The Divine Glories (Vibhuti Yoga)p. 91
The Cosmic Vision (Visvarupa Darsana Yoga)p. 99
The Path of Love (Bhakti Yoga)p. 109
Attaining Liberation Now
The Field and Its Knower: Distinguishing between Matter and Spirit (Kshetra Kshetrajna Vibhaga Yoga)p. 115
Going Beyond the Three Forces of Nature (Gunatraya Vibhaga Yoga)p. 125
Devotion to the Supreme Self (Purushottama Yoga)p. 131
The Two Destinies: Divine or Degenerate (Daiva-Asura Sampad Vibhaga Yoga)p. 137
The Path of Threefold Faith (Sraddha Traya Vibhaga Yoga)p. 143
Liberation through Knowing, Acting, and Loving (Moksha Sanyasa Yoga)p. 151
Epiloguep. 169
Afterwordp. 171
Acknowledgmentsp. 177
Bibliographyp. 181
Indexp. 185
About the Authorp. 197
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