The heart of the Bhagavad-gita (Gaekwad studies in religion

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All that man's mind can speculate upon and man's spirit can yearn for with regard to the mystery of life is found deep embedded in the apparently simple aphorisms. Surely if the little circumstances of life are not understood, if they have yet power to light the torch of anger or blow up the smoldering fire of lust, no set time or tournament will be offered for you by the Masters of this Lodge. Yet in my opinion this divine discipline called yoga is very diffi- * Madhu; a daitya or demon slain by Krishna, and representing the quality of passion in nature. cult for one who hath not his soul in his own control; yet it may be acquired through proper means and by one who is assiduous and controlleth his heart." "What end, O Krishna, doth that man attain who, although having faith, hath not attained to perfection in his devotion because his unsubdued mind wandered from the discipline?
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50 Self-Help Classics

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Many of the teachings are relevant and many of them seem just literature and unpractical. However with this intelligence also comes diversity. More reasonable is another tradition, placing it in the 15th century, but this is also several centuries too early in the light of our archaeological knowledge. To each hymn of the Rig-Veda, the name of the Seer or Rishi to whom it was revealed is prefixed (HPB). 3, 62, 71, 79, 85, 89-92, 101, 110 Vedaanta: A mystic system of Philosophy which has developed from efforts of generations of sages to interpret the secret meanings of the Upanishads.
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The Wisdom of the Hindus: The Wisdom of the Vedic Hymns, the

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There is nothing like a state of inaction. According to the Indian mythology, two main epics were written one of them being Mahabharata, by Sage Vyasa which contains the Bhagavad Gita. The third of the four social classes or castes into which society was divided in Hind�sth�n, It also referred to one whose occupation was that of trade as well as of agriculture. (B. Christopher (1964). see: Flood (1996). "The Bhagavad-Gita and the life of Lord Krishna". "The Story Begins".
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Bhagavad-gita: "Song of the Lord" (Wisdom of the East)

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Unless you want to know the details of the characters mentioned in the first chapter of the Gita, going through the Mahabharata is not required. He reveals himself as the source of all wonder, with the power of a thousand suns. The man who ponders over objects of sense forms an attachment to them; from that attachment is produced desire; and from desire anger is produced; from anger results want of discrimination; from want of discrimination, confusion of the memory; from confusion of the memory, loss of reason; and in consequence of the loss of reason he is utterly ruined.
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Secrets of Living : Eternal Fountain of Inspiration in

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Many a student of theosophy has in our own sight reached this point―all true students do. Only this world exists, there is no beyond. Smith and many other scholars (including Edward Said) have noted, using Christian assumptions and methods to categorize and study other spiritual traditions — most of which do not place primacy on texts, scriptures, and writings — is a dubious enterprise. Here Krishna subtly points out that our mind is constantly looking for opportunities to feel sorry for ourselves for our unfair life.
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The Bhagavad Gita: A Scripture for the Future

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No other Indian text has attracted more attention from foreigners than the Bhagavad Gita. This passage gives those in lower castes optimism in that if they according to their caste's duty, they have the ability to be reborn in a higher caste. Quintessentially this is the “Avathaara Purusha” dimension brought through this shloka. This oral tradition still exists in India today. And even the man who shall listen to it with faith and not reviling shall, being freed from evil, attain to the regions of happiness provided for those whose deeds are righteous.
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The Song of Myself: A New Verse Translation of the Bhagavad

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But whatever the form of worship, if the devotee have faith, then upon his faith in that worship do I set My own seal. It has been annotated on by many ancient pontiffs of Dvaita Vedanta school like Padmanabha Tirtha, Jayatirtha, and Raghavendra Tirtha. The Hindus view the Gita as a message from the God Vishnu in the form of Krishna; some look to it as a guide to how to live life. It promotes a specific ethical and metaphysical worldview, as it tries to answer the age-old question: how to live?
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The Universal Gita: Western Images of the Bhagavad-gita -

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That which informs and moves all manifestation is the One Spirit. What the poet is trying to say is really this – “The Ramayana is the temporal appearance of the eternal unmanifest sound (sabda-brahman).” Pollock “gives the example of Kalidasa’s composition Raghuvamsha, ‘in itself a notable instance of the aestheticization of the political.’” (p. 215) Raghuvamsa is studied for the sake of values including the theory of beauty and art. Its teacher is Sri Krishna the one who incarnated as the Man-Triumphant; Him whom generations have worshipped as God Himself.
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Essence of Bhagavad Gita

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This Vedic self-understanding may be amazing or even unbelievable to the modern reader, but the different opinions about the origin and history of the Vedic scriptures are due to a fundamental difference in world views between the followers of the Veda and modern mundane scholars. Here, the heart is the cavity below the Anahata Chakra, which is a plexus; and you can find Ishwara, who dwells in it, only when you go within the heart (Hridaya), or withdraw yourself within yourself, so to say, after transcending the senses, mind and intellect; and, when aided by pure devotion, you get illumination, as a result of past virtue and good Karma, you attain a knowledge of things that transcend the ordi- nary limits of time and space, and of visible nature; and acquire the capacity to get a glimpse of the previous lives from the Akashic records.
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The Bhagavad-Gita: Translation and Commentary

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In 1785 Charles Wilkins published an English translation of the Bhagavad Gita, the first time a Sanskrit book had been translated directly into a European language. [66] In 1808 passages from the Gita were part of the first direct translation of Sanskrit into German, appearing in a book through which Friedrich Schlegel became known as the founder of Indian philology in Germany. [67] The Gita has been translated into many other languages. ↑ For classification of Madhva's commentary as within the Vedanta school see: Flood 1996, 124. ↑ For classification of Abhinavagupta's commentary on the Gita as within the Shaiva tradition see: Flood 1996, 124. ↑ For B.
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