Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Bhagavad Gita

There are two main strands of thought in the Gita which divide and sometimes interweave but which are nonetheless easy to distinguish and follow. First is an exposition of the nature of reality and of the Godhead and its self-unfolding, and second is a description, practically a manual, of the means of communion with the deity. --Kenneth Rexroth, The Bhagavad-Gita, More Classics Revisted (1989)

The Greatness of the Gita: From Mahatma Gandhi to a school teacher in Utah, the Gita offers guidance, by Arthur J. Pais, BeliefNet

It is the central text of Hindu devotion as well as the classic statement of Hindu social ethics. --A Guide to Oriental Classics


Blogger bhattathiri said...

Bhagavad Gita.
There is no theory to be internalized and applied in this psychology. Ancient practices spontaneously induce what each person needs as the individual and the universal coincide. The work proceeds through intellectual knowledge of the playing field (jnana yoga), emotional devotion to the ideal (bhakti yoga) and right action that includes both feeling and knowledge(karma yoga). With ongoing purification we approach wisdom. The Bhagavad Gita is a message addressed to each and every human individual to help him or her to solve the vexing problem of overcoming the present and progressing towards a bright future. Within its eighteen chapters is revealed a human drama. This is the experience of everyone in this world, the drama of the ascent of man from a state of utter dejection, sorrow and total breakdown and hopelessness to a state of perfect understanding, clarity, renewed strength and triumph.

Mind is very restless, forceful and strong, O Krishna, it is more difficult to control the mind than to control the wind ~ Arjuna to Sri Krishna

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