The Bhagavad Gita

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ISBN: 9781586380199
Release Date: 2007
Number of pages: 294
Author: Eknath Easwaran
Publisher: Nilgiri Press

Download and read online The Bhagavad Gita in PDF and EPUB In the Bhagavad Gita, Prince Arjuna asks direct, uncompromising questions of his spiritual guide on the eve of a great battle. In this expanded edition of the most famous —and popular — of Indian criptures, Eknath Easwaran contextualizes the book culturally and historically and explains the key concepts of Hindu religious thought and the technical vocabulary of yoga. Chapter introductions, notes, and a glossary help readers understand the book’s message. Most importantly, this translation uses simple, clear language to impart the poetry, universality, and timelessness of the Gita’s teachings.


The Bhagavad Gita

Filename: the-bhagavad-gita.pdf
ISBN: 9781586380236
Release Date: 2007
Number of pages: 294
Author: Eknath Easwaran
Publisher: Nilgiri Press

Download and read online The Bhagavad Gita in PDF and EPUB The Bhagavad Gita, “The Song of the Lord,” is the best known and most read of all the Indian scriptures, featured on college reading lists, quoted in yoga magazines, found in all good libraries and bookstores, and recognized as part of the wisdom literature of all time. Easwaran held the Gita to be India’s greatest gift to the world, and he found in it his most profound source of inspiration. He started teaching classes on the Gita in Berkeley in the sixties, and continued to bring his unfailing enthusiasm to a wide audience throughout his life. Readers have always appreciated the authenticity of his translation, which regularly tops the bestseller list of its genre and has consistently been the bestselling book for Nilgiri Press. The Gita opens, dramatically, on a battlefield. Prince Arjuna, a great warrior and a man of principle, is about to face the treacherous relatives who have deprived his elder brother of his crown. Just as the battle is about to begin, however, Arjuna collapses in his chariot, his bow falling to his side, unable to face the inevitable slaughter ahead of him. Arjuna’s struggle is profoundly modern. He has lost his way on the battlefield of life, and turns to a higher, spiritual power to find the path once again. About to go into the fight of his life, he asks direct, uncompromising questions of his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna. Acting as Arjuna’s friend and charioteer, Krishna is in reality the Lord himself. In seven hundred verses of sublime instruction, Krishna talks of living and dying, of loving and working, of the nature of the soul and the paths we can take to realize our true Self, our true stature. For, as Easwaran points out, the Gita is not what it seems – it’s not a dialogue between two mythical figures at the dawn of Indian time. “The battlefield is a perfect backdrop, but the Gita’s subject is the war within, the struggle for self-mastery that every human being must wage” to live a life that is meaningful, fulfilling, worthwhile. Arjuna represents each of us, every person of action and principle today. Krishna is not an external deity “but the spark of divinity that lies at the core of the human personality.” And this is no external dialogue, but one that takes place within us as we struggle, like Arjuna, to do what is right. Easwaran’s genius is to show us that the Gita is not just a text that is interesting historically and culturally – it’s a practical manual, a book of choices, that offers guidance for whatever challenges we face. It places human destiny entirely in human hands. The range of paths the Gita describes for spiritual realization – of action, wisdom, devotion, and meditation – is broad enough to appeal to all our different personalities. Great figures like Gandhi turned to the Gita again and again, and so can we.


The Dhammapada

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ISBN: 9781586380205
Release Date: 2007
Number of pages: 275
Author: Eknath Easwaran
Publisher: Nilgiri Press

Download and read online The Dhammapada in PDF and EPUB Dhammapada means "the path of dharma," the path of harmony and righteousness that anyone can follow to reach the highest good. Easwaran's translation of this classic Buddhist text is based on the oldest, best-known version in Pali. Easwaran's introduction to the Dhammapada gives an overview of the Buddha's teachings that is reliable, penetrating, and clear - accessible for readers new to Buddhism, but also with fresh insights and practical applications for readers familiar with this text. Chapter introductions place individual verses into the context of the broader Buddhist canon.


Essence of the Bhagavad Gita

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ISBN: 9781586380687
Release Date: 2011-12-13
Number of pages: 225
Author: Eknath Easwaran
Publisher: Nilgiri Press

Download and read online Essence of the Bhagavad Gita in PDF and EPUB 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.


Essence of the Upanishads

Filename: essence-of-the-upanishads.pdf
ISBN: 9781586380366
Release Date: 2009-08-25
Number of pages: 252
Author: Eknath Easwaran
Publisher: Nilgiri Press

Download and read online Essence of the Upanishads in PDF and EPUB Easwaran takes one of India's classic wisdom texts, the Katha Upanishad, and explains how it embraces all the key ideas of Indian spirituality within the context of a powerful mythic quest - the story of a young hero who ventures into the land of death in search of immortality. Illustrating the insights of the Katha through analogies and everyday examples, Easwaran shows how these ancient teachings help us gain a deeper understanding of our world and ourselves today. (Previously published as: Dialogue With Death)


The Upanishads

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ISBN: 9781586380212
Release Date: 2007-01
Number of pages: 382
Author: Eknath Easwaran
Publisher: Nilgiri Press

Download and read online The Upanishads in PDF and EPUB Among the oldest of India’s spiritual texts, the Upanishads are records of intensive question-and-answer sessions given by illumined sages to their students. Widely featured in philosophy courses, the Upanishads have puzzled and inspired wisdom seekers from Yeats to Schopenhauer. Eknath Easwaran makes this challenging text more accessible by selecting the passages most relevant to readers seeking timeless truths today. His accessible, highly readable translation and lively foreword place the teachings in a contemporary context for students and general readers alike.


Essence of the Bhagavad Gita

Filename: essence-of-the-bhagavad-gita.pdf
ISBN: 9781586380687
Release Date: 2011-12-13
Number of pages: 225
Author: Eknath Easwaran
Publisher: Nilgiri Press

Download and read online Essence of the Bhagavad Gita in PDF and EPUB 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.


Climbing the Blue Mountain

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ISBN: 9780915132706
Release Date: 1964
Number of pages: 175
Author: Eknath Easwaran
Publisher: Nilgiri Press

Download and read online Climbing the Blue Mountain in PDF and EPUB Sixteen lively essays illuminate different aspects of the spiritual journey. The introduction presents the author as a ?travel agent” on a journey to the spiritual world within us. The essays are metaphorical travel brochures, invitations to take the plunge into self-discovery through the adventure of meditation. Edited from his extemporaneous talks, this inspiring collection of essays gives the flavor of hearing this great spiritual teacher and storyteller in person. Easwaran successfully combines his Eastern and Western wisdom, which includes a thorough knowledge of English literature, into an eight-point program usable by followers of all religious traditions.


Gandhi the Man

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ISBN: 9781586380557
Release Date: 2011
Number of pages: 213
Author: Eknath Easwaran
Publisher: Nilgiri Press

Download and read online Gandhi the Man in PDF and EPUB A portrait of the great Indian leader seeks to uncover the personal and spiritual qualities which shaped Gandhi's life and made him the charismatic leader of millions. Original.


The End of Sorrow

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ISBN: 9780915132171
Release Date: 1979-02-01
Number of pages: 430
Author: Eknath Easwaran
Publisher: Nilgiri Press

Download and read online The End of Sorrow in PDF and EPUB "This volume originally appeared in a hardcover edition ... under the title The Bhagavad Gita for daily living, chapters 1 through 6, published by the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation."--T.p. verso.


Mahabharata

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ISBN: 1887089179
Release Date: 1999
Number of pages: 941
Author: Krishna Dharma
Publisher: Torchlight Pub

Download and read online Mahabharata in PDF and EPUB One of the oldest and most cherished of all Indian classics, filled with deep spiritual wisdom, it is the story of five heroic brothers who were destined to rule a vast kingdom.


The Upanishads

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ISBN: 9781458778291
Release Date: 2010-06-01
Number of pages: 412
Author: Eknath Easwaran
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

Download and read online The Upanishads in PDF and EPUB The Upanishads: one of three new editions of the books in Eknath Easwaran's Classics of Indian Spirituality series You are what your deep driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny. - Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (IV.4.5) Over two thousand years ago, the sages of India embarked on an extraordinary experiment. While others were exploring the external world, they turned inward - to explore consciousness itself. In the changing flow of human thought, they asked, is there anything that remains the same? They found that there is indeed a changeless Reality underlying the ebb and flow of life. Their discoveries are an expression of what Aldous Huxley called the Perennial Philosophy, the wellspring of all religious faith that assures us that God-realization is within human reach. The Upanishads are the sages' wisdom, given in intense sessions of spiritual instruction in ashrams, in family gatherings, in a royal court, in the kingdom of Death himself. And Easwaran shows how these teachings are just as relevant to us now as they ever were centuries ago.


Words to Live By

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ISBN: 9781586380496
Release Date: 2010-08
Number of pages: 398
Author: Eknath Easwaran
Publisher: Nilgiri Press

Download and read online Words to Live By in PDF and EPUB This warmly encouraging collection of daily readings offers immediate inspiration for readers seeking a more spiritually grounded lifestyle. Each reading is based on a quotation from one of the world’s great philosophers, poets, saints, and sages. Augustine and Einstein, Emily Dickinson and Jalaladdin Rumi, Biblical verses, Buddhist sutras, Hasidic proverbs, and Hindu Upanishads can all be found here. Each quote is accompanied by a commentary from Easwaran, explaining how the wisdom of the ages can help us here and now. Some days offer gentle reminders to slow down and be mindful. Other days give advice for changing an unwanted habit, mending a relationship, staying strong in hard times, or striving toward the peaks of spirituality described in all religions. This is a book to read in the morning to start the day right, or at night to prepare for peaceful rest. Each day, each year, brings fresh insights and inspiration.


Renewal

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ISBN: 1586380354
Release Date: 2009-10-01
Number of pages: 120
Author: Eknath Easwaran
Publisher: Nilgiri Press

Download and read online Renewal in PDF and EPUB This is a little book of hope wise, warm suggestions to help us change ourselves to change the world. It's a book to read whenever you need some courage, some inspiration, and some peace in your heart - whenever you feel saddened by the news headlines and need an answer to the question, "But what can I do?" In these short readings on themes such as loving relationships, raising children, living simply, and aging wisely, Easwaran shows us how small daily efforts to improve our own lives and the lives of those around us can add up to a powerful force for renewal.


The Bhagavad Gita

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ISBN: 9781608680573
Release Date: 2011-03-10
Number of pages: 224
Author: Jack Hawley
Publisher: New World Library

Download and read online The Bhagavad Gita in PDF and EPUB The Bhagavad Gita has been called India's greatest contribution to the world. For more than five thousand years, this great scripture has shown millions in the East how to fill their lives with serenity and love. In these pages, Jack Hawley brings these ancient secrets to Western seekers in a beautiful prose version that makes the story of the Gita clear and exciting, and makes its truths understandable and easy to apply to our busy lives. The Gita is a universal love song sung by God to His friend man. It can't be confined by any creed. It is a statement of the truths at the core of what we all already believe, only it makes those truths clearer, so they become immediately useful in our daily lives. These truths are for our hearts, not just our heads. The Gita is more than just a book, more than mere words or concepts. There is an accumulated potency in it. To read the Gita is to be inspired in the true sense of the term: to be “inspirited,” to inhale the ancient and ever-new breath of spiritual energy.