Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita
With penetrating insight, Paramahansa Yogananda sheds a clarifying light on the deeper meaning of the Bhagavad Gita’s symbology, and the true intent of India’s timeless and universal scripture. He shows how the warriors doing battle on the field of Kurukshetra represent the negative tendencies of the human ego pitted against the divine qualities of the soul, and how the science of Yoga can help us achieve the joy of material and spiritual victory on the battlefield of daily life.
An inspiring and concise introduction to the spiritual truths of India’s most beloved scripture, these selections from Yogananda’s critically acclaimed two-volume translation of and commentary on the Bhagavad Gita (God Talks With Arjuna) explain the step-by-step methods of yoga meditation and right action to achieve union with Spirit and ultimate liberation. Features Paramahansa Yogananda’s original translation of the Bhagavad Gita for the first time in sequential form. Topics include:
– Using self-analysis and introspection for continuous personal growth
– Yoga methods for creating a life of peace and inner harmony
– Understanding the psychological forces that help – and those that hinder – spiritual progress
– Creating an ideal balance of material and spiritual goals
– How to experience the deeper states of meditation and divine illumination.
“This book will appeal to anyone interested in the time-proven wisdom of the ages – including millions of yoga practitioners who are ready to go beyond physical exercises to experience the spiritual depths and true essence of India’s ancient science of inner peace, joy, and divine union.” –Reviewer “New York Yoga”
About the Author
Born in India on January 5, 1893, Paramahansa Yogananda – author of the renowned spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi
– devoted his life to helping people of all races and creeds to realize and express more fully in their lives the true beauty, nobility, and divinity of the human spirit. After graduating from Calcutta University in 1915, Yogananda took formal vows as a monk of India’s venerable monastic Swami Order. Two years later, he began his life’s work with the founding of a how-to-live school since grown to twenty-one educational institutions throughout India where traditional academic subjects were offered together with yoga training and instruction in spiritual ideals. In 1920, he was invited to serve as India’s delegate to an International Congress of Religious Liberals in Boston. His address to the Congress and subsequent lectures on the East Coast were enthusiastically received, and in 1924 he embarked on a cross-continental speaking tour. Over the next three decades, Paramahansa Yogananda contributed in far-reaching ways to greater awareness and appreciation in the West of the spiritual wisdom of the East. In Los Angeles, he established an international headquarters for Self-Realization Fellowship,
the nonsectarian religious society he had founded in 1920. Through his writings, extensive lecture tours, and the creation of Self-Realization Fellowship temples and meditation centers, he introduced hundreds of thousands of truth-seekers to the ancient science and philosophy of Yoga and its universally applicable methods of meditation. Today, the spiritual and humanitarian work begun by Paramahansa Yogananda continues under the direction of Sri Mrinalini Mata, one of his closest disciples and president of Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India since 2011. In addition to publishing his writings, lectures and informal talks (including a comprehensive series of Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons for home study), the society also oversees temples, retreats, and centers around the world.