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Life Pilgrimage Through the Gita

A Commentary on the Bhagavad Gita by: Swami Muni Narayana Prasad

This edition of Bhagavad Gita elaborates how each of its chapters and even verses leads to the next one, all in line with the overall scheme of thought. Acknowledging Gita as a yoga-sastra (science of dialectics), it explicates how this methodological device strings together all the seemingly contradictory statements; revealing an ineffably uniting experience, befitting a scientifically and practically conceived non-dualism or advaita.

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Year Of Publication: 2005
Edition: 2nd
Pages : x, 580
Bibliographic Details : Glossary; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 1000

Overview

The Bhagavad Gita, in this commentary is realized as a philosophical treatise of universal significance, having a bearing on the personal existence of each of us, as it is inseparably one with the existence of the whole. Taking cognizance of the overall development of the thought in the text, it enunciates the first half as a visualization of the oneness of the total system of existence and life with one Absolute Reality; with the second half insightfully proclaiming the unity of every individual, while maintaining one’s characteristics, with the Cosmic Form, the concrete version of the Absolute or Bhagavan. It elaborates how each of its chapters and even verses leads to the next one, all in line with the overall scheme of thought. Acknowledging Gita as a yoga-shastra (science of dialectics), it explicates how this methodological device strings together all the seemingly contradictory statements; revealing an ineffably uniting experience, befitting a scientifically and practically conceived non-dualism or advaita. Though written as a sort of varttika to Nataraja Guru’s famous commentary on the Gita, this one is appreciable as an independent book, since it delves into the depth of each verse directly in the view of the core philosophical vision, the Gita intends to communicate.

Contents

Preface
Introduction
1. Arjuna-Vishada-Yoga — The Yoga of Arjuna’s Dilemma
2. Samkhya-Yoga — The Yoga of Disclosure
3. Karma-Yoga — The Yoga of Action
4. Jnana-Yoga (The Yoga of Wisdom)
5. Karma-Samnyasa-Yoga (The Yoga of Renouncing Actions)
6. Dhyana-Yoga — The Yoga of Meditation
7. Jnana-Vijnana-Yoga — The Yoga of Wisdom and Experiential Wisdom
8. Akshara-Brahma-Yoga — The Yoga of Imperishable Brahman
9. Rajavidya-Rajaguhya-Yoga — The Yoga of Kingly Wisdom, the Kingly Secret
10. Vibhuti-Yoga — The Yoga of Specific Manifestations
11. Vishvarupa-Darshana-Yoga — The Yoga of Cosmic Form Visualized
12. Bhakti-Yoga — The Yoga of Meditative Adoration
13. Kshetra-Kshetrajna-Vibhaga-Yoga — The Yoga of Discriminating the Field and the Knower of the Field
14. Guna-Traya-Vibhaga-Yoga — The Yoga of Discriminating Three Nature-Modalities
15. Purushottama-Yoga — The Yoga of the Supreme Person
16. Daivasura-Sampad-Vibhaga-Yoga — The Yoga of Discriminating Divine and Demonic Traits
17. Shraddha-Traya-Vibhaga-Yoga — The Yoga of Discriminating Three Kinds of Reverence for Higher Values
18. Samnyasa-Yoga — The Yoga of Renunciation
Glossary
Index

Meet the Author
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Swami Muni Narayana Prasad is the Guru and Head of Narayana Gurukula, a guru-disciple foundation open to all, irrespective of caste, creed, gender, religion or nation, aimed at promoting the Science of the Absolute (Brahma-vidya) as restated by Narayana Guru. A disciple of Nataraja Guru and Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati, he has travelled widely teaching Indian philosophy. He has authored around seventy-five books in the Malayalam language. His English books are: commentaries on the Isha Kena, Katha, Prashna, Mundaka, Mandukya Taittiriya, Aitareya and Chandogya Upanishads, Vedanta Sutras and Darshanamala of Narayana Guru, Three Acaryas and Narayana Guru, Karma and Reincarnation, Basic Lessons on India’s Wisdom, The Philosophy of Narayana Guru, Life’s Pilgrimage Through the Gita, Collected Works of Narayana Guru, Narayanasmritih, and Natural Philosophy for Youth.
Books of Swami Muni Narayana Prasad
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