An invaluable compilation of Essential Concepts in Bhagavad-Gita (covering Chapters 3 & 4).
This book is a commentary on the essential concepts presented in Srimad Bhagavad Gita, dealing with the concepts in the 3rd and the 4th chapter of the gospel. The subject matter is karma yoga, explaining how a simple karma (action) can be verily transformed into Yoga through Knowledge and understanding. Swamiji points out that, an action by its mere performance will not become Yoga, but the aim and attitude of the mind of the performer makes it a Karma-Yoga. This Yoga attitude is cultivated through a comprehensive understanding of our life and activities as a part of the Universal Wheel of incessant activities going on in NATURE. Any action performed with the attitude free from possessiveness and selfishness will become a contribution to the Universal Karma–yajna of Nature and it will instantly bestow freedom instead of causing bondage to the performer. The message exposed from the heart of a Self Knower will have its unique impact on the readers mind also.
Extracts from the Book:
Devotees are normally given to only time-bound piecemeal worship. The time they devote for the purpose will be extremely short, if not negligible. Can such short worship bring about in the devotee’s mind lasting transformation or purity? For worship to have the effect of really divinizing the worldly mind, it has to grow deeper, continuous and wholesome. In place of physical practices, where out limbs are employed to offer materials like flowers, fruits and the like, the inner mind should remain engrossed in the thought of God. How to achieve this inner constancy?...
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Krishna makes it clear that true sadhana must make the sadhaka a siddha (one who has achieved his goal). And in this case he is very firm that the devotee, through the purificatory process, must become like Krishna himself. Krishna’s body was like any other human body. It did perish like any other, after the allotted span of life on this earth. In that body existed a mind, heart and intelligence, like in all others’. Krishna’s mind had its unusual level of purity and sublimity. Krishna attained this dimension through his own effort and attention. This is sadhana…
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The knower whose attention and awareness are always on the Soul, becomes verily like the Soul itself. In place of a doer, he becomes a non-doer. At the same time he does not resort to idleness or lethargy. Ever sensitive, alert, attentive to the surroundings, his personality aggregate will be acting and interacting at the sensory, mental, intellectual and emotional levels with all concern and alacrity. But all this will be underscored by the Supreme non-actional Truth, lit up by his realization of the Soul within….
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Krishna points out that the true spiritual attainment is not getting something from outside or reaching somewhere away or different from oneself. It is a fruition that takes place within oneself. When the mind becomes pure, intelligence becomes bright and clear and the heart becomes light and contented, the Supreme Knowledge will dawn like the full moon in the clear sky….
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|Number of Pages||178|
|Year of Publication||2014|