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Essence of the Bhagavad Gita: A Contemporary Guide to Yoga, Meditation, and Indian Philosophy

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The Bhagavad Gita is India’s best-known scripture, magnificent poetry couched as a dialogue between a warrior-prince named Arjuna and his charioteer and spiritual guide, Sri Krishna. It opens with a crisis — Prince Arjuna despairs on the battlefield, unsure if he should fight his kinsmen in a dreadful war. For Easwaran, the Gita’s epic battle represents the war in our own ...more
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Published November 2011 by Nilgiri Press (first published October 11th 2011)
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Bhagavad Gita is by no means a simple book that can be simply summarized and provided on a platter for you to appreciate and consume. It encompasses various tenets of Hindu Philosophy - metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, socio-political life, etc. More you read, more aspects of it you will discover slowly. Various spiritual gurus, philosophers and scholars have given many interpretations to it.

"Essence of Bhagavad Gita" features some talks/notes of spiritual guru Eknath Easwaran on the teachings
Esther Marie
Wow. This was a really, really good read. It took me a while to get through this book, which I was surprised by, but I would say that this is because it was such a rich text. Each chapter was like a lesson for the reader, and it couldn't be read too quickly. I have read "The Bhagavad Gita" before, but this text illuminated the original document incredibly well. The insights and theories offered by Easwaran were very well articulated and sound, and I appreciated the author's use of simple languag ...more
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The Bhagavad Gita is one of my favorite texts, and surely it is one that needs no introduction, yet it is one that many often find difficult to understand, making this book, Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, A Contemporary Guide to Yoga, Meditation, and Indian Philosophy an indispensable resource for anyone attempting to achieve a deeper understanding of just what The Gita has to reveal.

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For a couple years I've been digesting Easwaran's excellent translation of the Bhagavad Gita. This new "companion" serves as an excellent guide to that scripture. It's not a verse by verse commentary; instead, Easwaran approaches the Gita thematically and elucidates some of the hard-to-understand concepts with graceful analogies and practical applications. Truthfully, his Gita translation already provides excellent commentary--as chapter previews--which somewhat obviates the need for this guide. ...more
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More an introduction to the philosophy of the Gita than a commentary. Highly suggested for anyone who is interested in reading the Gita for the first time and is unfamiliar with Hindu religious thought.
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