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The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita: Explained By Paramhansa Yogananda, As Remembered By His Disciple, Swami Kriyananda [Kindle Edition]

Paramhansa Yogananda
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Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters), a lifelong disciple of the influential guru Yogananda, affirms his claim as an authoritative student of his master with this work. Because Kriyananda parted ways with Yogananda's organization, this book also rivals Yogananda's own commentary on this classic Indian scripture, which is published by his organization. Western students can certainly use all the help they can get in understanding the cultural specifics of the Bhagavad Gita in order to appreciate this story of universal questions asked of God on the eve of a battle. Kriyananda offers an interpretation that amounts to an explication of kriya yoga, a yoga system that is a philosophy and way of life. This comprehensive view will aid his or Yogananda's students, though anyone coming to this book seeking more general interpretation may find the text very hard to follow. The Gita's verses are completely broken up by commentary, making them impossible to read continuously, and most of the first chapter of the Gita isn't even included. The exposition itself rambles, requiring slow, methodical reading and patience with Sanskrit terms. Neophytes who want to open the Bhagavad Gita need another key; this book doesn't speak to beginners.
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Rarely in a lifetime does a new spiritual classic appear that has the power to change people's lives and transform future generations. This is such a book. The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda shares the profound insights of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi, as remembered by one of his few remaining direct disciples, Swami Kriyananda. This revelation of India's best-loved scripture approaches it from an entirely fresh perspective, showing its deep allegorical meaning and also its down-to-earth practicality. The themes presented are universal: how to achieve victory in life in union with the divine; how to prepare for life's "final exam," death, and what happens afterward; how to triumph over all pain and suffering. This book is itself a triumph. Swami Kriyananda worked with Paramhansa Yogananda in 1950 while the Master completed his commentary. At that time Yogananda commissioned him to disseminate his teachings world-wide. Kriyananda has in his lifetime lectured, taught, and written eighty-five books based on Yogananda's teachings. The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Kriyananda's eighty-sixth book, is the crowning achievement of his highly productive life. In this, his masterpiece, he declares, "Yogananda's insights into the Gita are the most amazing, thrilling, and helpful of any I have ever read."


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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 484 Seiten
  • Verlag: Crystal Clarity Publishers; Auflage: 2nd Edition (4. Februar 2008)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Vorsicht !! Careful 23. März 2007
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Dieses Buch wird nicht von Yogananda geschrieben. Es ist eine schlechte Kopie

This is not a book by Yogananda..It is a bad copy.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Modern Recast of Age Old Wisdom 8. Februar 2007
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The first version of the Gita that I read through completely, was a small book written by Christopher Isherwood. A disciple of Swami Prabhavananda (see 'My Guru and his Disciple' by Christopher Isherwood), it was given out by the Ramakrishna Math and Mission in California. In vers libre format, it burnished my budding apetite for genuine spirituality at the time (early 1980's) with new wings. I soared with the loftiness of the message deeply resonating with the glorious descriptions of the magnificience of the Self during those early and halcyon days of my quest.

26 years later, I find a new version of the same holy book. Also by a Westerner, but probably one who understands the Hindu religion and what it stands for, better than most practising Hindus do. Reading this book, got the same lofty feelings to well forth, but this time I sense deep undercurrents of feeling attached to the concepts of this age old treatise, yielding a new dimension and richness to the presentation of these holy truths. Having been born and bred an American, Kriyananda has been able to convey the holy message of this text in a way that is tailored to the demands of a fast paced modern society, going increasingly global every day.

In the early chapters of this book, the allegorical link between the five Pandava brothers and the chakra system is explained. This is relatively esoteric material that has never appeared before, at least to my knowledge. Later on, the Gita is analyzed, stanza by stanza, beginning with a Sanskrit paragraph and its literal English translation, followed by an extensive commentary in each case. In these commentaries, Kriyananda puts down in writing his own memories of his Guru's comments on the various passages of the Bhagavad Gita. For the benefit of those interested in reincarnation, Yogananda had said that he himself had been an incarnation of Arjuna, the Pandava prince, who received the information from Krishna firsthand. That fact could probably be one of the factors that account for the interpretational depth of these writings. Wherever possible, connections to other major religions are cited and the explanations are forthright and lucid. In particular, there is a section on the physical aspects of Kriya Yoga which is the science of breath as taught by Paramahamsa Yogananda and which has only been recently released to the general public. The physiological consequences of a regular practice of this process are explored. This is also material that has never appeared before.

One of the greatest strengths of this book is that it is a fast read and holds one's attention, even as these eternal truths unfold one by one. This work is unquestionably a labour of love, being Kriyananda's magnum opus after eighty plus books.

In closing, I would like to mention, that like all Scripture, the Bhagavad Gita is only a book. It is a miniscule version of the ecstasy that ISNESS emanates, although one may and does feel whiffs of the same from the reading. The real task of experiencing the ISNESS is, of course, a different story, but this book could be a useful tool along the way.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Even Krishna couldn't have said it better! 22. Juni 2006
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I have been a yogi for over 25 years, and have loved the Bhagavad Gita for almost as long. As a result I have read many translations, and quite a few commentaries, earnestly seeking to understand the depth of Krishna's message. Being a devotee of Yogananda's and having read all of SRF and Ananda's books over the years, I really didn't think I would learn anything new in reading this Gita. How very wrong I was! Swamiji explains at great depth, but with disarming (and charming) simplicity, what Krishna means "in essence," and how to apply these lessons in our thoughts, our actions, and in every aspect of our daily lives. He explains thoughtfully, clearly, how to think about our lives on this planet, what our goals ought to be, the pitfalls of limited choices. Best of all, he assures the reader why the only eventual result for all of us MUST be success, liberation, and returning to the Self and the Home we long for.

As someone who has hundreds of books, many of which have been my cherished teachers and friends, I can state with absolute certainty that if I could have only one book to read for the rest of my life, THIS would be it. If I knew everything Swamiji states in this book, as Krishna says in the Gita, "there would be nothing more to know."

Buy it, keep an open mind, and persist in reading it, even if an idea challenges the way you "used" to think about things. This book will change your life.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Finally - an "American" Gita 17. Juli 2006
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The Gita contains the distilled essence of religious practice. Too bad that all of the interpretations, so far, have been hemmed-in by the culture of India. Or, they've been so poetically terse or scholarly dry as to obscure their practical application.

I think of this book as an "American Gita" because it's just incredibly readable, continually interesting, and wonderfully plainspoken. It never talks down or becomes hazy or heavy, but speaks to the reader as a friend. I'm familiar with Yogananda, how he said of these Gita interpretations that millions would "find God through this book -- not thousands. Millions! I know, I have seen it!" This book has that kind of power. Reading it, one feels in touch with a sacred dispensation. It is a blessing to hold it in one's hands. Doubly amazing, then, that it is so open-hearted, joyous, and humanly compassionate. This is religion freed from old forms of doctrinal rigidity and sectarian hate; it's religion that speaks to the individual seeker directly - thatt calls to the human heart to form a direct, personal relationship with God. Best of all, it reveals the practical steps to that inner communion. I say thank heaven for Kriyananda and his Guru, Paramhansa Yogananda. They have left us a gift of great value.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Magnificent Spiritual Handbook for the Millennium 14. Juni 2006
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Once again, this reviewer feels the restriction of a Five Star maximum vote. This book deserves more than that--much more.

I have read other versions and interpretations of the Bhagavad Gita. All of them raised some confusion in my mind. None of them had the clarity and transforming power of this one.

Swami Kriyananda has done a magnificent job, not only of recalling and setting down for posterity the matchless insights of his guru, but of presenting a spiritual handbook for the coming millennium.

This is a Gita that, through its embodiment of universal truth, transcends the boundaries of religious sectarianism. It is a true Song of the Lord, with each note of the divine melody clearly marked. The world owes a debt of gratitude to Paramhansa Yogananda and his disciple, Swami Kriyananda, for this priceless offering.

To anyone of any spiritual inclination whatsoever, I say, buy this book. THIS IS IT. THIS IS THE ONE. It will do more than answer your questions; it will bring you bliss.

Richard Salva--author of Soul Journey from Lincoln to Lindbergh [UNABRIDGED]
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Clear, powerful, and a true spiritual classic 16. Januar 2007
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Paramhansa Yogananda told Swami Kriyananda (the author) that millions would find God through Yogananda's insights on the Gita, and this book truly contains the essence of those insights without over-burdening the reader with metaphysical intricacies.

It very clearly and directly goes into the prime aspect of spirituality: the movement of energy in the spine and how our choices and decisions (the inward battle of Kurukshetra) affect that movement. This is why this book is a spiritual classic, not a religious treatise. For while the Bhagavad Gita is a scripture revered by Hindus, the Gita is not about Hinduism: it's about the true goal of every religion, inner communion with God. It's applicable to people of all faiths.

Rich with gems of wisdom, and applicable to people in all stages and walks of life, it is worthy of repeated reading and study and most importantly, putting into active practice. Chapter 30 "The Three Levels of Spiritual Practice," for example, is simply loaded with clear counsel living according to the highest values and truths. It's a book that belongs not on the shelf, but in the open hands of every spiritual seeker.
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