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The Living Gita: The Complete Bhagavad Gita - A Commentary for Modern Readers

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The Bhagavad Gita tells the story of how Arjuna, the great warrior, is seated in his chariot about to engage in battle, when he sees his own kinsmen and his revered teacher arrayed in battle against him, and feels that he cannot fight. It is then that Krishna, the Cosmic Lord, comes to counsel him. Arjuna represents the human soul seated in the chariot of the body and Kris ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 326 pages
Published January 15th 1997 by Integral Yoga Publications (first published January 15th 1988)
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Kalli
Mar 27, 2012 Kalli rated it it was amazing
This is not a book you read in once. Everyday I red a few pages and thought about it, wrote about it and talked about it. It was part of my yoga teacher training and I got a questionnaire with it that made me think even more and deeper about it. This book changed my way of living in a very positive way. I also often use it as a reference for my philosophical theme.
Ines
Oct 03, 2014 Ines rated it it was amazing
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I had been meaning to read the Bhagavad Gita for a while, and chose this particular version because it was required for my yoga teacher training. I'm glad I started with this one, because the translation and commentary was extremely approachable. Swami Satchidananda does a great job passing down this ancient wisdom while putting it in terms of life in today's society. It doesn't feel distant or irrelevant to our current world. Swami Satchidananda tells us how to apply this to our lives, and brin ...more
Jennifer
Sep 04, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it
In a language where the word for "yesterday" - "kal" - is the same as the word for "tomorrow," reading the Gita is certainly a window into the Hindu world view.
Lily
Dec 28, 2008 Lily rated it really liked it
Arjuna, you ask so many questions!
Eve
Jul 12, 2007 Eve added it
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the war is in your mind.
Shreyas Saxena
Jan 10, 2016 Shreyas Saxena rated it it was amazing
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I have been meaning to read Bhagavad Gita from my high-school. It is the holy book of Hindu religion. People generally confuse it with something highly mystic, and something involving blind faith in god. However, this one is different from the rest.

In Gita, there is conversation between Krishna and Arjuna. Arjuna is in a battle-field but having second thoughts about fighting a war against his brothers. In this dilemma he approaches Krishna, who then gives him the distilled knowledge about life a
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Reed
Aug 10, 2013 Reed rated it liked it
The Gita is perhaps my all-time favorite book, but I am not a fan of Satchidananda's commentary. His style reminds me somewhat of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, in that his insight comes across as vague and "airy fairy." I prefer academic translations, as I've noticed western college professors remain keenly neutral when translating the original texts while also providing little to no subjective commentary. After all, it seems to me, when reading such an epic text as the Gita, the "true meaning" within ...more
Tamara
Jul 21, 2014 Tamara rated it it was amazing
"The one who knows what is to be known, doesn't need scriptures. That's the essence of the 46th sloka. But that doesn't mean scriptures are unnecessary. They are something like a ladder. The one who has gone up doesn't need a ladder anymore. But what about the others still on the ground? They have to go up, too. So at least for their sake, keep the ladder."
Sri Swami Satchidananda

.....I'm still on the ground.
Keegan
Dec 05, 2014 Keegan rated it it was amazing
Great interpretation of an ancient text. Loved the stories and personal details to make it relevant to modern times.
Emmanuel
Jun 16, 2014 Emmanuel rated it liked it
is it sacrilegious to give this only three stars? i'm sorry, krishna, but you need an editor.
Melody
Mar 11, 2014 Melody rated it it was amazing
This is a good translation for group discussion.
Jay
Oct 01, 2007 Jay rated it really liked it
(the person who originally posted this book on good reads misspelled Bhagavad Gita)

Though a bit verbose and overly poetic in his explanations of the verses of the epic poem, Satchidananda is very good at making a very eastern philosophy accessible to the western mind. I would recommend this book to anyone who is unfamaliar with the BhagavadGita and would like a gentle, easy introduction to the philosophies and spiritual beliefs presented in this ancient and beautiful text.
Gabriela
Dec 24, 2012 Gabriela rated it it was amazing
So clear and well explain , love the analogies in it ... Satchidananda was an amazing writter that captures your attention and stimulate your thinking in the most simple way .. LOVE IT !!!!!
Elynor
Apr 26, 2009 Elynor rated it really liked it
Another required book for my yoga teacher training. Classic foundational text for yogis. The commentary from Satchidananda is very good as well, deepening the meaning of the slokas.
Pooja The Mango
Jul 18, 2015 Pooja The Mango rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely the best translation out there IMHO. The only thing better than this is reading it in Sanskrit and getting it straight from the horse's mouth.
Ruby Gj
Apr 06, 2014 Ruby Gj rated it really liked it
Great life lessons learned through each and every chapter. I must read for someone that has a hard time doing good and being good.
Leslie
Jun 28, 2008 Leslie added it
If you have not read these teachings, it is worth the time. Beautifully translated and a book where you should take your time to read.
Shawn
Jan 01, 2013 Shawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a beginner in this literature I'm finding it very helpful. The author makes it easy to understand with his commentary.
Steve
May 22, 2012 Steve rated it it was amazing
One man's interpretation of one of the holy books of Hinduism. Very positive and enriching.
Annemarie
hoping a session this weekend will provide a little more insight!
Zazie
Apr 01, 2013 Zazie rated it it was amazing
excellent commentary according to the modern reader understanding
Vikram Shah
May 05, 2012 Vikram Shah rated it it was amazing
Amazing…Will change your life for the better… :-)
Laura Warner
Dec 23, 2012 Laura Warner rated it really liked it
Challenging, but so worthwhile.
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H. H. Sri Swami Satchidananda (Sri Gurudev) born C. K. Ramaswamy Gounderis respected worldwide as one of the major pioneers of the interfaith movement and as one of the most respected Yoga Masters of our time. Sri Gurudev's teachings and spirit guide us toward a life of peace and to religious harmony among all people. Invited to come to the West in 1966, Sri Gurudev was quickly embraced by young A ...more
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“When your intelligence is shaken by the conflicting opinions of others don’t get upset over it, because you know the truth. Just accept their opinions as mere words. You simply feel, “Yes, that’s what they feel. Let them feel that way.” It may appear to be conflicting, but you give the freedom to others to think the way they want and say what they want. The enlightened person is not affected by that.” 3 likes
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