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Bhagavad Gita: A Sublime Hymn of Yoga, Composed by the Ancient Seer Vyasa

by: Nitya Chaitanya Yati

This commentary uncovers the perennial philosophy at the heart of the Gita. It transcends sectarian dogma to reveal the work as a fully-developed scientific psychology, whose insights can be readily appreciated by modern man.

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ISBN: 9788124600108
Year Of Publication: 1993
Edition: 1st
Pages : xv, 472
Bibliographic Details : Glossary; Bibliography; Indices
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 25 cm.
Weight: 950

Overview

Indisputably one of the world’s best-known books, the Bhagavad Gita embodies the quintessence of classical Upanishadic philosophy, presented in the form of a dialogue between Krishna, the archetypal teacher, and Arjuna, the archetypal human being caught in the grip of a monumental crisis. For anyone like Arjuna who has ever paused to ponder the meaning of life, the work is as relevant today as it was when it was written.
By stripping away the manifold biases — both subtle and obvious — that have coloured other commentaries, Guru Nitya has uncovered the perennial philosophy at the heart of this great classic. In an original, easy to understand format, his commentary divides each of the Gitas eighteen chapters into three sections: the first elucidating the basic concepts involved; the second including Sanskrit text in Roman script along with the English meaning of each word or phrase and Nataraja Guru’s lucid and revolutionary English translation; and the third carrying explanatory notes and comments in the form of a dialogue between a teacher and student. The breakthrough of this interpretation of thehy Gita is in its transcendence of sectarian dogma to reveal the work as a fully developed scientific psychology, whose keen insights and vivid reasoning can be readily appreciated by the twenty-first century mind.

Contents

Prologue
Aknowledgement
1. Arjuna-Visada-Yogah the Agony and Dejection
The Despondency of Arjuna
2. Sankhya-Yogah
The Way of Knowledge
3. Karma-Yogah
The Way of Detached Action
4. Jnana-Karma-Samnyasa-Yogah
Way of Renunciation of Action in Knowledge
5. Karma-Samnyasa-Yogah
The Way of Renunciation of Action
6. Dhyana-Yogah
The Way of Meditation
7. Jnana-Vijnana-Yogah
The Way of Material Knowledge and Realized Divine Knowledge
8. Taraka-Brahma-Yogah
Saving Knowledge of Brahman
9. Rajavidya-Rajaguhya-Yogah
The Yoga of Royal Knowledge and Royal Mystery
10. Vibhuti-Yogah
The Yoga of Divine Glory
11. Vishva-Rupa-Darshana-Yogah
The Yoga of the Vision of the Cosmic Form
12. Bhakti-Yogah
The Yoga of Devotion
13. Ksetra-Ksetrajna-Vibhaga-Yogah
The Way of Discrimination of the Field and the Field-Knower
14. Guna-Traya-Vibhaga-Yogah
The Yoga of the Division of the Three Gunas
15. Purushottama Yogah
The Yoga of the Supreme Spirit
16. Daivasura-Sampad-Vibhaga-Yogah
The Mode of Dividing Traits into Divine and Demoniac
17. Shraddhatrayavibhagayogah
The Yoga of Threefold Faith
18. Moksha-Samnyasa-Yogah
The Yoga of Liberation by Renunciation
Original Text and Transliteration
Glossary
Bibliography
Index to the Stanzas
Index

Meet the Author
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1924
After his matriculation, Guru Nitya left home as a wandering mendicant to familiarize himself with the land and people of his country of birth. He met great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and poets of high repute and sat at the feet of several spiritual masters, including Sufi fakirs, Jain munis, and Buddhist monks, and Hindu teachers such as Ramana Maharshi and Nityananda. In 1947 he joined the University College, Alwaye, Kerala to continue his academic studies. After specializing in philosophy and psychology, he taught these subjects in Indian universities. In 1951, he accepted Nataraja Guru - founder and head of the Narayana Gurukula - as his spiritual preceptor. In 1973 he followed him as head and Guru of the Gurukula, a world community of spiritual seekers. Between 1970 and 1980 he taught courses in psychology, philosophy, yoga, and aesthetics at universities in the US and other countries. He also was the chairperson of the East-West University of Unitive Sciences and the Commissioner for World Education. Guru Nitya published over 120 books in Malayalam and 80 books in English, as well as countless articles on philosophy, psychology, social ethics, and aesthetics. His writings combine rare insight and profound wisdom with an ability to communicate in terms readily understood by students everywhere.
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