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The Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita - Book Review
The Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita by Paramahansa Yogananda joins his other fine books in inspiring the sincere devotee to spend the time necessary to attain self-realization in this very lifetime.
The book is divided into 2 sections. The first part is commentary and explanations of the terms and setting in the Bhagavad Gita. The second section is the full ancient text told by Paramahansa Yogananda.
I feel it is very important to the novice reader, especially, to thoroughly read the first section so that the Bhagavad Gita, which is an allegory, can be most intuitively understood.
Quote from Part 1, page 18:
"The devotee is aware that the most important objective in life is to attain the goal of Self-realization: to know through meditation his true soul nature and its oneness with ever blissful Spirit."
This book is part of a larger 2-volume work called God Talks With Arjuna which is the recommended read for those who wish more in-depth study. If a new spiritual seeker picked up the story and read it through, the meaning might portray the good and bad points in the battle between Lord Krishna and Arjuna, only. But after time in deep meditation and analysis using the information that intuitively flows from your own eternal depths, more of the great meaning becomes clear.
Be it yesteryear or today that message is the same. Clinging to and attachment to the ego in the way of sense enjoyments doesn't leave space for enjoying the infinite freedom of self-realization moment to moment. And there is such a world of difference.
When attached to worldly battles, with all the conquests the ego looks for leaves nothing but sadness as each satisfaction disappears when new wants, new battles, present themselves.
Rather by keeping on an even keel, remaining in charge of the reigns of the chariot the path through life's ups and downs is stable, harmonious and secure in letting the driver of the chariot remain in control, above it all.
This is a best choice in classic spiritual literature and if you really want to explore the deeper side of life it is a book worth devoting time to by studying and reflecting on in your meditation.
Recommended for the sincere seeker. Paramahansa Yogananda's commentary throughout is insightful, uplifting.
Details: 192pp.; Published by Self-Realization Fellowship 2007; 9 by 6 inches paperback; ISBN-10: 0876120338 ISBN-13: 978-0876120330
Review by Susan Helene Kramer, BellaOnline Meditation Editor
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