This paperback presentation of the Bhagavad Gita is one of the most comprehensive books available today on the science and philosophy of Yoga.
This monumental work breaks new ground as a revelation of the Gita's profoundest spiritual, psychological, and metaphysical truths, long obscured by metaphor and allegory. Yogananda clearly outlines the Gita's balanced path of meditation and right activity, and shows how we can create for ourselves a life of spiritual integrity, serenity, simplicity and joy. Includes in-depth discussions on Kriya Yoga -- what it is, and how it hastens our spiritual evolution.
Among the world's sacred writings, there is perhaps none more universal in its appeal than the Bhagavad Gita. Through the centuries, its sublime and ennobling counsel has endeared it to truth-seekers of East and West alike. Yet its deeper meaning, cloaked in allegory, has remained obscure.
Exploring the Gita's psychological, spiritual, and metaphysical depths, Yogananda reveals the innermost essence of this majestic scripture and presents an enlightening and deeply encouraging guide to who we are, why we were created, and our place and purpose in the vast cosmic scheme of things.
- 20 full-color original paintings by contemporary Indian artists
- 37-page index
- Helpful subject guides and annotations
- Sanskrit text of each verse (in transliteration)
- Paramahansa Yogananda's English translation and complete, unabridged commentary
- Printed on high quality, acid-free paper
Two-Volume Slipcased Edition
Dimensions: 6.44" x 8.66"
Details: Paperback, 876120311
Author: Paramahansa Yogananda
About Paramahansa Yogananda
Paramhansa Yogananda (sometimes spelled 'Paramahansa' Yogananda) was born on January 5, 1893 in Gorakhpur, India. He was the first yoga master of India to permanently live and teach in the West. Yogananda arrived in America in 1920, and traveled throughout the United States on what he called his 'spiritual campaigns'. His enthusiastic audiences filled the largest halls in America. Hundreds of thousands came to see the yogi from India. At some packed venues thousands were turned away nightly. A national sensation, Yogananda's lectures and books were extensively written about by the major media of the era, including Time Magazine, Newsweek, and Life. He was even invited to the White House by President Calvin Coolidge. Yogananda continued to lecture and write up to his passing in 1952.
Yogananda's initial impact was truly impressive. But his lasting impact has been even greater. Yogananda's "Autobiography of a Yogi", first published in 1946, helped launch a spiritual revolution throughout the world. His message was nonsectarian and universal. Yogananda's Guru, Swami Sri Yukteswar, sent him to the West with the admonition, "The West is high in material attainments, but lacking in spiritual understanding. It is God's will that you play a role in teaching mankind the value of balancing the material with an inner, spiritual life."
Yogananda brought clarity to hundreds of thousands of people regarding the ancient teachings of India - previously shrouded in the cultural assumptions and terminology of an era long past. These teachings include the path of Kriya Yoga, which Yogananda called the 'jet-airplane' route to God, consisting of ancient yoga techniques to hasten the spiritual evolution of the student.
"The true basis of religion is not belief, but intuitive experience. Intuition is the soul's power of knowing God. To know what religion is really all about, one must know God," said Paramhansa Yogananda in the book "The Essence of Self-Realization". He further wrote that "Self- Realization is the knowing in all parts of body, mind, and soul that you are now in possession of the kingdom of God; that you do not have to pray that it come to you; that God's omnip
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