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The Bhagavad Gita is India's most sacred text: the Hindu "Bible". Yogananda's translation and commentary brings a unique and deeply penetrating insight into this great scripture, which is widely regarded as one of the most comprehensive books available on the science and philosophy of Yoga. God Talks With Arjuna explains the Bhagavad Gita's profoundest spiritual, psycholog The Bhagavad Gita is India's most sacred text: the Hindu "Bible". Yogananda's translation and commentary brings a unique and deeply penetrating insight into this great scripture, which is widely regarded as one of the most comprehensive books available on the science and philosophy of Yoga. God Talks With Arjuna explains the Bhagavad Gita's profoundest spiritual, psychological, and metaphysical truths, long obscured by metaphor and allegory. Yogananda takes Lord Krishna's counsel to the warrior Arjuna and applies it to our everyday struggles with the human ego. Our greatest battle he explains, like Arjuna's, takes place within our own minds as we fight our doubts, fears, negative habits, self-defeating thoughts, and erroneous thinking. Appealing to scholar and general reader alike, there is no other Gita on the market as attractive, and comprehensive. Yogananda said, "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: �� two volumes with slipcase �� Genealogy chart of the Kurus and Pandus �� Lahiri Mahasaya's diagram of the chakras �� Sanskrit transliteration of each verse �� 36 page comprehensive index


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The Bhagavad Gita is India's most sacred text: the Hindu "Bible". Yogananda's translation and commentary brings a unique and deeply penetrating insight into this great scripture, which is widely regarded as one of the most comprehensive books available on the science and philosophy of Yoga. God Talks With Arjuna explains the Bhagavad Gita's profoundest spiritual, psycholog The Bhagavad Gita is India's most sacred text: the Hindu "Bible". Yogananda's translation and commentary brings a unique and deeply penetrating insight into this great scripture, which is widely regarded as one of the most comprehensive books available on the science and philosophy of Yoga. God Talks With Arjuna explains the Bhagavad Gita's profoundest spiritual, psychological, and metaphysical truths, long obscured by metaphor and allegory. Yogananda takes Lord Krishna's counsel to the warrior Arjuna and applies it to our everyday struggles with the human ego. Our greatest battle he explains, like Arjuna's, takes place within our own minds as we fight our doubts, fears, negative habits, self-defeating thoughts, and erroneous thinking. Appealing to scholar and general reader alike, there is no other Gita on the market as attractive, and comprehensive. Yogananda said, "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: �� two volumes with slipcase �� Genealogy chart of the Kurus and Pandus �� Lahiri Mahasaya's diagram of the chakras �� Sanskrit transliteration of each verse �� 36 page comprehensive index

30 review for God Talks With Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita (Self-Realization Fellowship) 2 Volume Set (ENGLISH LANGUAGE)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    These books (2 volumes) are the most sacred in my book collection. I also own the 8 disc series of the Mahabharat, which is a; must watch in conjunction to the Gita. Reading the Gita and watching the Mahabharat should be on everyones to read/watch list, if everyone read and watched this, the world would be a better place.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chandan Priyadarshi

    The book is a master piece. It explains Krishna's teachings with as much conviction as some one who has heard it directly from His Lips. It helps view the whole Kurukshthra battle in a totally different angle. The first chapter which is the biggest in the book, sets the context about each important character in the Mahabharatha and how it Metaphysically relates to our own body and life. Needs to be read with great concentration to get the best out of it and for the techings to sink in. It also h The book is a master piece. It explains Krishna's teachings with as much conviction as some one who has heard it directly from His Lips. It helps view the whole Kurukshthra battle in a totally different angle. The first chapter which is the biggest in the book, sets the context about each important character in the Mahabharatha and how it Metaphysically relates to our own body and life. Needs to be read with great concentration to get the best out of it and for the techings to sink in. It also highlights at multiple places the commonality between the teachings of Yoga as taught by Krishna and the teachings of Christ. Please note, this book is for those who are serious about understanding the truths mentioned in Gita and NOT for a casual curious reader.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rathan Kinhal

    न मन्त्रदिकृतस्तत न च नैसर्न्गिको मम , प्रभाव एष सामान्यो , यस्य यस्यचुतः ओ हृदि . Neither by the repetition of mantras Nor by inherited tendencies, Did I gain perfection, But only through unwavering concentration of the mind on god. This book is for life. every time you read it, you learn something of great virtue.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    There is nothing that brings immediate peace and calmness to my being then reading the Gita, Yogananda's commentary brings that great writing alive by his explanations of Indian Culture and the Yoga Sutras. There is a great deal of metaphoric language that needs commentary for us in the West. It is a magical experience to engage in reading the Gita, I have often wondered if there is perhaps some primordial sound irrespective of the translated language when studying these sacred scriptures. There is nothing that brings immediate peace and calmness to my being then reading the Gita, Yogananda's commentary brings that great writing alive by his explanations of Indian Culture and the Yoga Sutras. There is a great deal of metaphoric language that needs commentary for us in the West. It is a magical experience to engage in reading the Gita, I have often wondered if there is perhaps some primordial sound irrespective of the translated language when studying these sacred scriptures.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mr.

    One of the most direct paths on spirituality......if there was ever a book which changes lives, its this one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Samuel A.

    Currently reading- "God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita" translated and explained by Paramahansa Yogananda. This book presents the interpretation by Paramahansa Yogananda of an ageless Hindu teaching much like the Christian Bible. However it is more specifically an allegory with characters representing the various parts of mind and emotion. Its purpose is to instruct the reader with a way to conquer negative tendencies in order to reach final perfection in God. It is not a book to read for Currently reading- "God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita" translated and explained by Paramahansa Yogananda. This book presents the interpretation by Paramahansa Yogananda of an ageless Hindu teaching much like the Christian Bible. However it is more specifically an allegory with characters representing the various parts of mind and emotion. Its purpose is to instruct the reader with a way to conquer negative tendencies in order to reach final perfection in God. It is not a book to read for entertainment as it has deep, moral lessons that require a great deal of thought and internal processing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rajat Bhatia

    A masterpiece of spiritual wisdom from the highest realm of consciousness of a greatest yogi himself... never has anything of this stature has ever been written before in the history of entire canon of world spiritual literature * Aum *

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ralph Davis

    This is a beautiful edition of the Bhagavad Gita, and Yogananda's explication is very insightful. This is a beautiful edition of the Bhagavad Gita, and Yogananda's explication is very insightful.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rama

    Science of Kriya-yoga and pranayama meditation as taught in Bhagavad-Gita Swami Yogananda is the founder of Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), and a leading observer of the kriya-yoga as taught in Bhagavad-Gita. His interpretation of Gita differs from other interpreters, but follows the beliefs in yoga philosophy of his progenitors, Yogi Mahavatar Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, and Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri (guru of Yogananda). The author finds that the teaching of Lord Krishna has many commonalities wi Science of Kriya-yoga and pranayama meditation as taught in Bhagavad-Gita Swami Yogananda is the founder of Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), and a leading observer of the kriya-yoga as taught in Bhagavad-Gita. His interpretation of Gita differs from other interpreters, but follows the beliefs in yoga philosophy of his progenitors, Yogi Mahavatar Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, and Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri (guru of Yogananda). The author finds that the teaching of Lord Krishna has many commonalities with the message of Jesus Christ, and he describes this in great detail throughout the book. In this volume we find the translation of each verse of Gita and its interpretation and how that is related to the overall message of Krishna. References to New Testament may also be found in many chapters. The summary of the book is as follows: Bhagavadgita, the song of God is a profound scripture of yoga for seeking Eternal Bliss. The instructions are provided in a stepwise fashion in a dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna. The Gita teaches us the rightful duty in life and how to discharge with dispassion that avoids pain and nurtures wisdom and success in spiritual life. The enigmas of creation, life, suffering, the perpetual cycle of life and death could be avoided if man follows the message of Krishna. The mysteries that veil the Infinite Spirit will be revealed to all sincere devotees of the Lord. The right action, non-attachment to the material things in life and its sense pleasures, one can find union with the Supreme Cosmic Being by the highest yoga of pranayama meditation learned by an enlightened guru. The kriya-yoga taught by Krishna in the verses 4.29 and 5.27-28 is the supreme spiritual science of yoga meditation that leads to the victory of self-realization. Interpreting verses 8.9-10;, and verses 8.17-19, the author states that the man has a choice to seek kriya-yoga in which consciousness and life energy (prana) are circulated up and down the spine equaling the effect of sun's passage through the signs of zodiac . The adept of kriya-yoga is a deep state of meditation and Samadhi which increasingly multiply the effect of each kriya. By quieting the heart through practice of kriya-yoga pranayama, the yogi disconnects his mind from his senses and breath. With this new freedom from bondage which ties consciousness to the body the yogi dissolves his ego in the blessed soul. Having attained soul perception, the yogi realizes the Cosmic Spirit behind all individual souls and all manifestation in the universe (Gita 9.6-8). The triple qualities of nature (three gunas) produces man's three bodies; physical, astral, and spiritual; the physical body consist of 16 gross elements, carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, etc. The astral; body is made of 19 elements; ego, mind, intelligence, feeling, etc. The causal body consists of 35 divine thoughts corresponding to 35 elements of physical and astral bodies. Death does not liberate the soul and unites with Cosmic Spirit, but the astral bodies and causal body within it travel together with soul all encased from the coverings of the three bodies in the after death state. The process of liberation from the three bodies takes time. Even the avatar of Jesus Christ took three days or three periods of spiritual effort to emerge from physical, astral and causal bodies before he rose again. Jesus asks Mary not to touch his body because his resurrection was not complete (John 20.17). By practice of yoga, a devotee can free the coverings of all three bodies before his soul commingles with the Supreme Spirit (Gita 13.1). The true kriya-yoga way (life-force control) of divine realization is to ascend by leading the ego, mind and life force through the same spinal channel that was used by the soul originally descended into the body (Gita 6.46). In verse 6.47, the author states that there are several paths available to master the yoga. Karma yoga, the path of good actions; bhakti yoga, that path of unfailing deep devotion; Jnana yoga, the path of knowledge and wisdom; and raja yoga, especially the kriya-yoga is the quintessence of all yogas favored by royal sages and great yogis in ancient India. It is through this form of yoga, a yogi can withdraw his life force and mind from the body unites his soul free from ego with the Cosmic Spirit. In verse 13.22; it is stated that a dreamer is the creator and experience of his own dreams. Similarly, the soul, the reflection of God is the great creator, supporter, enjoyer and transcendental observer of its own dream physical body and all its activities. The soul is the witness and it does not engage itself in the operation human intelligence, mind, and senses. It is an observer of the Cosmic Nature that is instigated by Parkriti and man's individual karma. Swami Yogananda expresses his beliefs in the three philosophical system in interpreting verses 18.13, and 2.39 and 3.3: The advent of Self knowledge through renunciation of all actions as outlined in the Sankhya philosophy and the consummation of all actions after attaining this realization as described in Vedanta, both have to do with complex nature of action. Yoga philosophy teaches the technique to free ourselves from the threefold human affliction. Without the renunciation enjoyed in Sankhya, and without the technique of yoga, the devotee can not escape the misery producing entanglements of physical consciousness and realize the infinite. Vedanta describes this infinite Spirit, Oneness with the Absolute, beyond the domain of all activities, dissolving all illusions of Maya to enjoy the Eternal Bliss, the Brahman.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nitin Goyal

    Sometimes you will pick up a book having a set belief in your mind on how it will treat a subject and when you open the pages the book simply blows away your mind. This is one such book. This is not a normal Gita discourse which explains the holy text the way it is generally done. This bring you a totally different perspective on the story of Mahabharata and also sets the scene for the discourse of Gita by Lord Krishna in a refreshing perspective. It personifies the characters of the battle of M Sometimes you will pick up a book having a set belief in your mind on how it will treat a subject and when you open the pages the book simply blows away your mind. This is one such book. This is not a normal Gita discourse which explains the holy text the way it is generally done. This bring you a totally different perspective on the story of Mahabharata and also sets the scene for the discourse of Gita by Lord Krishna in a refreshing perspective. It personifies the characters of the battle of Mahabharata into our vices and follies. It also in a subtle way answers the eternal quest for a soul to find inner peace and enlightenment. I thought that this book would have been more meaningful for me if it had more details on the science and techniques of yoga. I must also mention that there are a few drawings in this book, and they are simply the most beautiful and mind blowing colourful drawings I have ever come across of the battle of Mahabharata depicting Lord Krishna and Arjuna. Reading this book will open up your mind.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rajagopal Chondath

    One of most profound and concise interpretation of the Gita ever written. A must read for all no matter where he/she is in their spiritual journey. Yogananda has in great detail, explained the journey back to god realization. I ask everyone who reads this book, to reflect on the interpretation to truly imbibe it and apply it in your life. A marvelous work.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nancy McQueen

    I have a two volume hardbound version of this... It sits within easy reach and I refer to it quite often. I love this translation. 🙏🙏🙏💗💗💗

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tandava Graham

    [In case this gets combined with other editions of the Bhagavad Gita on Goodreads, I'm specifically referring to "The Bhagavad Gita According to Paramhansa Yogananda."] This is a very readable, understandable edition of the Bhagavad Gita, designed to make the spiritual meaning as accessible as possible, short of actual commentary. Occasional parenthetical additions to the text are unobtrusively explanatory and very helpful. The best choice for anyone looking to get the true meaning out of the Git [In case this gets combined with other editions of the Bhagavad Gita on Goodreads, I'm specifically referring to "The Bhagavad Gita According to Paramhansa Yogananda."] This is a very readable, understandable edition of the Bhagavad Gita, designed to make the spiritual meaning as accessible as possible, short of actual commentary. Occasional parenthetical additions to the text are unobtrusively explanatory and very helpful. The best choice for anyone looking to get the true meaning out of the Gita itself. (Though best with the associated book of commentary: The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita: Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda, As Remembered by His Disciple, Swami Kriyananda.)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brogan

    Paramahansa Yogananda has always been one of my favorite authors, but these books are the best by far. Interpreting the Gita is a feat of great scholarship. These volumes are the most clear and concise explanation of the Bhagavad Gita from the standpoint of the true yoga practitioner. Yogananda compares the battlefield of the body, mind, and spirit to that of the classic battlefield we find Arjuna in. It is critical to read these books front to back to gain deeper understanding of our own war ag Paramahansa Yogananda has always been one of my favorite authors, but these books are the best by far. Interpreting the Gita is a feat of great scholarship. These volumes are the most clear and concise explanation of the Bhagavad Gita from the standpoint of the true yoga practitioner. Yogananda compares the battlefield of the body, mind, and spirit to that of the classic battlefield we find Arjuna in. It is critical to read these books front to back to gain deeper understanding of our own war against the self. And when one does, they will be all the more aware of the mechanisms which cause suffering and the tools we all have to free ourselves from them. An enlightening read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas

    Of course the Gita kindles the Spirit and Soul within us all, but Yogananda's commentary raises the Divine flame of service to all even higher. He also, being in the Kriya yoga tradition, gives many a unique interpretation. The names of the warriors in the first chapter for example; they are not mere historical figures, but have other profound meanings. Of course the Gita kindles the Spirit and Soul within us all, but Yogananda's commentary raises the Divine flame of service to all even higher. He also, being in the Kriya yoga tradition, gives many a unique interpretation. The names of the warriors in the first chapter for example; they are not mere historical figures, but have other profound meanings.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn Romero

    Dense, comprehensive, phenomenal. It's going to take me a while to wade through this one. Dense, comprehensive, phenomenal. It's going to take me a while to wade through this one.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Aashish

    This is best ever commentry of Bhagwad Geeta..

  18. 4 out of 5

    NeAnna Roane

    The Best version that I have ever read!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vikram Shah

    This books goes into so much detail about the teachings from Krishna that it'll take you months if not longer to fully understand. A must read This books goes into so much detail about the teachings from Krishna that it'll take you months if not longer to fully understand. A must read

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gggg Ggggg

    The best translation into English I've found yet! The best translation into English I've found yet!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hemanth

    I have read many versions of the Bhagvad Gita. Found this to be the most logical translation. Also, the depth of experience with which Yogananada writes is unparalleled. After reading this, I felt other translations are superficial.

  22. 5 out of 5

    John

    I hate to be a bit condescending--but this book is quite a bit too long and repetitive. It starte off fascinating--the first time around. It appears pretty exhaustive, but ultimatley becomes a bit too "Woo Woo" (particularly the Chakra and Yoga parts) for an agnostic/atheist who considers themself fairly openminded. Footnotes about new scientific finding making it possible for the literal golden age of humanity to have occured 10,000 years ago throw up a few cringeworthy aspects--especially when I hate to be a bit condescending--but this book is quite a bit too long and repetitive. It starte off fascinating--the first time around. It appears pretty exhaustive, but ultimatley becomes a bit too "Woo Woo" (particularly the Chakra and Yoga parts) for an agnostic/atheist who considers themself fairly openminded. Footnotes about new scientific finding making it possible for the literal golden age of humanity to have occured 10,000 years ago throw up a few cringeworthy aspects--especially when I was compelled as the battle of Kurkushthra being a metaphor as the daily battle that occurs and most be reflected upon each night. It's a bit too obtuse for someone who's more of casual interest and wanted to read about some cosmic epic battles.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Upamanyu Bhattacharya

    Any review of this interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita will be inadequate, simply because of how deep and layered this is, and yet it feels like it is describing me, my life. That is the magic of this book. The first time I read the Gita (not this version) it went all over me. Once I started reading this I was instantly hooked because it opened up hitherto unopened vistas. This needs multiple reads, perhaps lifelong reads. As you progress along the spiritual path, this interpretation helps you no Any review of this interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita will be inadequate, simply because of how deep and layered this is, and yet it feels like it is describing me, my life. That is the magic of this book. The first time I read the Gita (not this version) it went all over me. Once I started reading this I was instantly hooked because it opened up hitherto unopened vistas. This needs multiple reads, perhaps lifelong reads. As you progress along the spiritual path, this interpretation helps you not just understand the verses, but actually integrate and imbibe them in your life, every read opens up newer layers, and a deeper understanding. A life changing experience.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bryan

    a great two book commentary on the gita. This has helped shed a lot of light on living in the world while still looking beyond it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chander Verma

    Altogether different and pragmatic approach to Bhagawad Gita

  26. 4 out of 5

    Philippe

    Warning: this is not a book, this is THE book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gerald Brewster

    A must-read for any "Christian" who would like to know what Jesus was REALLY teaching. A must-read for any "Christian" who would like to know what Jesus was REALLY teaching.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Manu

    A real Master piece with a clear purport on each verse filled with spiritual wisdom

  29. 4 out of 5

    Pradip Pillai

    The ultimate Guide to gita who understands chakra and energy system

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lokesh

    Not just the Bhagavad Gita, whole of Indian philosophy. Hardcore stuff, suitable for advanced spiritual seekers. Deals a lot with psychology.

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