Within the Bhagavad Gita, Prince Arjuna asks direct, uncompromising questions of his non secular advisor at the eve of an excellent conflict.
In this best-selling and elevated variation of the main well-known --and renowned -- of Indian scriptures, Eknath Easwaran contextualizes the ebook culturally and traditionally and explains the foremost techniques of Hindu non secular concept and the technical vocabulary of yoga.
Chapter introductions, notes, and a thesaurus aid readers comprehend the book's message. most significantly, this translation makes use of basic, transparent language to impart the poetry, universality, and timelessness of the Gita's teachings.
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The same individual will have times when he is bursting with energy and times when inertia descends and paralyzes his will, times when he is thoughtful and other times when he is moving so fast that he never notices those around him. The person is the same; he is simply experiencing the play of the gunas. As long as he identifies with his body and mind, he is at the mercy of this play. But the Self is not involved in the gunas’ interaction; it is witness rather than participant: Without senses itself, it shines through the functioning of the senses.
As long as a debt of karma remains, however, a person has to keep coming ╭ 34 The Bhagavad Gita ╯ back for further education. That is the basis of samsara, the cycle of birth and death. A good many wrong and misleading words have been written on this subject, largely because of the fascination it seems to hold in the West. Rightly understood, however, reincarnation is not exotic but quite natural. If personality consists of several sheaths, the body being only the outermost, there is no reason why personality should die when the body is shed.
As they say in the “new physics,” it is not just an observable universe but a participatory universe. Let me illustrate. This morning I had a fresh mango for breakfast: a large, beautiful, fragrant one which had been allowed to ripen until just the right moment, when the skin was luminous with reds and oranges. You can see from that kind of description that I like mangoes. I must have eaten thousands of them when I was growing up, and I probably know most varieties intimately by their color, shape, flavor, fragrance, and feel.