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The Bhagavad Gita As It Is is a version of the sacred Hindu literature Bhagavad Gita that includes a translation and commentary by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), often known as the Hare Krishna movement. This version of the Bhagavad Gita was published in the 1970s.
The Bhagavad-gita is the most important source-book on yoga, and it is also a condensed distillation of the Vedic wisdom that is found in India. However, what is perhaps most remarkable about this well-known piece of spiritual literature is that it takes place on a historic battleground in India.
Arjuna, a great warrior, is in his final moments of preparation before going into combat when he starts to contemplate the true significance of his life. Why should he battle against the people he considers to be his friends and family? What purpose does he serve? Where exactly does he go after he dies? Lord Krsna, Arjuna’s close friend and spiritual master, is shown in the Bhagavad-gita as guiding His disciple through the process of achieving spiritual enlightenment. In the process of doing so, Krsna provides an explanation of transcendental knowledge, as well as karma-yoga, jnana-yoga, dhyana-yoga, and bhakti-yoga; knowledge of the Absolute; devotional service; the three modes of material nature; the divine and demoniac natures; and a great deal more. His explanations are succinct yet definitive.
The Bhagavad-gita As It Is is the edition of the Gita that has the most copies sold and is read by the most people all over the world.
About The Author Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa
A significant and beloved character in most Hindu traditions, Krishna Davai pyana Vysa is also known as Vysa or Veda Vysa (Veda Vyasa, the one who categorised the Vedas into four parts). Although he is traditionally credited with writing the entire Mahabharata, there is a school of thought that says he was responsible for only the Bhrata. Later generations added a sizable chunk of the epic, which eventually became known as the Mahabharata. Although its creation date is unknown, the epic was clearly already established as part of the traditions in the Indian subcontinent by the time of Gautam Buddha (about 500 BCE). Between about 300 B.C.E. and 300 C.E., it was mostly recorded in writing.
Vysa, as the name suggests, is credited with dividing up the original Veda into its four distinct canonical volumes. He is also revered as the author of the Puranas, a collection of ancient Hindu books that celebrate the many gods and goddesses of Hinduism, most notably the Trimurti God.
Bhagavad-gita As It Is Book Summary
I’m going to begin with the thing that irritated me the most: 1. The book presents no basis for its ideas and teachings other than the fact that they were communicated by ‘the highest personality of godhead krsna’ himself, hence it must be the absolute truth. I ought to have known that this would be the case given that it is a holy work, and maybe I’m too ingrained in western thought to be able to accept that kind of argument, but I can’t help but feel a little bit put off by it. 2. It irritates me that you insist on the requirement of having a spiritual master take you to transcendence in order to achieve it. Is it not possible to do this by one’s own internal contemplation and reading? Do you really have a need for a master? These are not exactly complaints; rather, I would call them challenges I faced when reading the material.
In terms of the relationship that I have with the text on a more personal level, I had many predispositions towards some of the key ideas, which made it quite simple for me to recognise the value in those beliefs. This particular expression of Hinduism is a particularly alluring set of beliefs. The increasing popularity of minimalism, vegetarianism, the virtues of asceticism, the de-emphasis of the material, the ultimate goal of breaking out of the cycle of life and death, and metapsychosis combined with the idea that one moves “up” or “down” depending on how “transcendent” of a life they lived. My journey through life had already taken me down a good many of these routes, and as I listened to the lectures, I realised that I could relate to a good deal of what was being discussed.
I found it particularly appealing how the teachings preach that there are multiple ways to reach transcendence, whether that be through a direct relationship with Lord Krsna through Krsna consciousness, through the performance of good actions through Karmic yoga, through the pursuit of knowledge through Jnana yoga, or through devotion to the Lord through Bhakta yoga. I found this to be particularly appealing. There is not a single route that leads to transcendence.
The allure of the ideologies is a factor that contributes to my reservations. It concerns me that this might be something that I want to believe more than it is something that I actually think to be true. It is not easy to walk this fine line, and I am not entirely certain how my connection to the text and to Hinduism in general should be understood. There is a good chance that I do not have a clear awareness of who I am on a spiritual level. Aside from the fact that I have a personal connection to the text, this is the most important text for one of the most influential religions in the world, and it is a read that everyone ought to get around to at some point. This is especially important at a time when increasing globalisation is manifesting with ever increasing philosophical and spiritual interplay between peoples who were previously alienated from each other to a significant degree.
The actual writing of the Gita is not very long, and in my copy of it, there is commentary by the author interwoven between the verses to help explain the more difficult parts of the text. When I was doing research on the author of this particular translation, I came across an interesting tidbit as well as a rather bizarre story. This individual was the founder of ISKCON, which is a new age religious movement of Hindus. After this individual passed away, ISKCON morphed into a cult because his mentally unstable successor took control of a faction of the movement. Very intriguing topic to look into; if that tickles your fancy, you might also check out Keith Ham and ISKCON.