Essence of the Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran
A Contemporary Guide to Yoga, Meditation, and Indian Philosophy (Wisdom of India)

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The Bhagavad Gita opens with a crisis — Prince Arjuna despairs on the battlefield, unsure if he should fight his kinsmen in a dreadful war. For Easwaran, the Gita’s epic battle represents the war in our own hearts and Arjuna’s anguish reflects the human condition: torn between opposing forces, confused about how to live. Sri Krishna’s timeless guidance, Easwaran argues, can shed light on our dilemmas today.

Placing the Gita’s teachings in a modern context, Easwaran explores the nature of reality, the illusion of separateness, the search for identity, the meaning of yoga, and how to heal the unconscious. The key message of the Gita is how to resolve our conflicts and live in harmony with the deep unity of life, through the practice of meditation and spiritual disciplines.

Sri Krishna doesn’t tell Arjuna what to do. He points out the prince’s choices, and then leaves it to Arjuna to decide. Easwaran shows us clearly how these teachings still apply — and how, like Arjuna, we must take courage and act wisely if we want our world to thrive.

About Eknath Easwaran

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Eknath Easwaran (1910 - 1999) is respected around the world as an authentic guide to timeless wisdom, and as the author of passage meditation, an eight-point program of universal spiritual practices that includes slowing down and one-pointed attention. In 1961 he founded the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, which carries on his work with publications and retreats. Easwaran's books on spiritual living have been published in 26 languages. His translations of the Indian spiritual classics are bestsellers in English, and more than 1.5 million of his books are in print. A gifted teacher who lived for many years in the West, Easwaran lived what he taught, giving him enduring appeal as a teacher and author of deep insight and warmth.
Published November 8, 2011 by Nilgiri Press. 225 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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His three-volume set The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living (Volume 1 — The End of Sorrow, Volume 2 — Like a Thousand Suns, and Volume 3 — To Love Is to Know Me) is a watershed work of great depth and meaning.

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