Why does one face sorrow and problems in life? What can allay the anxiety and stress inherent in the materialistic modern society? How can one get in touch with higher consciousness and strike a balance between the spiritual and worldly goals?
If you are looking for answers to questions like these and searching for ways to empower your life, begin the quest with this volume, which presents the essence of one of the world’s most sacred texts in a simple and easy-to-understand manner.
The Bhagavad Gita, a treasure trove of divine wisdom, was shared by Lord Krishna with Arjuna, the Pandava prince, at the battlefield of Kurukshetra, right before the Mahabharata or the ‘Great War’ began. It comprises 700 Sanskrit shlokas translated into English, which inspire one to seek and understand the profound truths of life through the ancient principles of Karma Yoga (the art of work), Gyan Yoga (the art of knowledge) and Bhakti Yoga (the art of devotion). These eternal principles help to live life to the fullest, so that one can work better, think better and live better by tapping into higher consciousness, accessing the spiritual dimension and nurturing the pure self.
The Teachings of Bhagavad Gita is a perfect source to discover the art of self-empowerment by exploring the various facets of this most sacred text and imbibing its all-encompassing wisdom to attain unending joy, peace and success.
My Review of The Teachings of Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita needs no introduction. But why should you choose this book over the scores of other books that attempt to demystify the Gita?
Short answer: It is simple, easy to understand, and links the Gita to everyday life.
Many of you will agree when I say that I do want to read our sacred texts but find it discouraging because it is difficult to interpret the equivocal Sanskrit shlokas. Literal translations of the shlokas do not help the reader understand the deep meaning of the advice that Lord Krishna gave to Arjun.
Even more difficult is the prospect of finding applicability of the shlokas to one’s daily life. This is where The Teachings of Bhagavad Gita excels. It’s a cross between a self-help book and a book on spirituality.
The author has steered clear of annotating the Sanskrit shlokas for the reader of English. Instead, she has presented the teachings using a storytelling approach that engages the reader.
Each of the 18 chapters has sections like “Relevance of the teachings to modern life,” “Powerful tools to empower the mind,” and “Benefits of implementing the tools and teachings” that demonstrates how relevant the Gita is to modern life.
If you feel that the struggles of daily life have worn you down or you feel overwhelmed and cannot find your way out of the negativity that surrounds you, I suggest that you pick up this book. Read a few pages every day and you will find yourself developing some mental clarity and peace.
I must make a special mention of the cover style of this book. The choice of colors — gold over a deep maroon–gives it a certain richness and attractiveness. I usually do not read spiritual books because I cannot connect with them, but I’d definitely pick this one for its stunning cover.
Also, I would suggest that you buy a paper version of the book instead of a digital version because you’ll want the added pleasure of flipping through the pages and reading your favorite sections over and over again. The digital version will not give you the same satisfaction.
(This means that I’m going to buy myself a paperback version because I don’t like the Kindle version. :))
This post is part of Blogchatter Half Marathon Aug ’21.