About the Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita has been revered by truth-seekers of both the East and West, yet its deepest meaning, cloaked in allegory, has remained obscure. In God Talks With Arjuna, Paramahansa Yogananda offers a translation and commentary of unparalleled scope and vision.
Exploring the Gita’s psychological, spiritual, and metaphysical depths, he reveals the innermost essence of this majestic scripture while presenting an enlightening and deeply encouraging guide to who we are, why we were created, and our place and purpose in the vast cosmic scheme of things.
“The words of Lord Krishna to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita,” writes Paramahansa Yogananda, “are at once a profound scripture on the science of yoga, union with God, and a textbook for everyday living.”
The Great Battle of Life
Elucidating on the Gita’s primary metaphor of inner battle, Sri Yogananda writes, “From the moment of conception to the surrender of the last breath, man has to fight in each incarnation innumerable battles: biological, hereditary, bacteriological, physiological, climatic, social, ethical, political, sociological, psychological, metaphysical — so many varieties of inner and outer conflicts. Competing for victory in every encounter are the forces of good and evil. The whole intent of the Gita is to align man’s efforts on the side of dharma, or righteousness. The ultimate aim is Self-realization, the realization of man’s true Self, the soul, as made in the image of God, one with the ever-existing, ever-conscious, ever-new bliss of Spirit.”
This Edition Includes:
• Genealogy chart of the Kurus and Pandus
• Lahiri Mahasaya’s diagram of the chakras
• Sanskrit transliteration of each verse
• 20 original color paintings from the hardcover edition
Paramahansa Yogananda (1893–1952) is widely regarded as one of the preeminent spiritual figures of our time. Born in northern India, he came to the United States in 1920, where for more than thirty years he taught India’s ancient philosophy and science of yoga meditation and the art of balanced spiritual living. The first great master of Yoga to live and teach in the West for an extended period of time, he traveled and lectured extensively throughout North America and abroad, speaking to capacity audiences in major cities and revealing the underlying unity of the world’s great religions. He has inspired millions through his acclaimed life story, Autobiography of a Yogi, his groundbreaking commentaries on the scriptures of East and West, and his numerous other books. Paramahansa Yogananda’s spiritual and humanitarian work continues to be carried on today by Self-Realization Fellowship, the international society he founded in 1920 to disseminate his teachings worldwide.
“Appealing to scholar and general reader alike, there is no other Gita on the market as attractive, and comprehensive.” —Amazon.com
“A great story of the inner struggle for spiritual growth, mankind’s most important but most difficult and daring quest...This is a book that one can study and cherish for a lifetime.” —Yoga International
"A monumental work...a masterpiece of spiritual, literary, and philosophical work.” — India Post
“Yogananda’s commentary penetrates to the heart of the Bhagavad Gita to reveal deep spiritual and psychological truths...Classic on how to live a spiritual life.” —Publisher’s Weekly