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52 review for The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living: A Verse-by-Verse Commentary: Vols 1–3 (The End of Sorrow, Like a Thousand Suns, To Love Is to Know Me)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    The best book with commentary to understand the Bhagavad Gita. The author uses common language, experiences to which the reader can relate and humor to convey the points being made in this epic tale of man vs himself. The fact that Easwaran is a well educated English professor helps. And as one of my book club friends shared, it does not matter your religious denomination, this book and the commentary will support the reader. Easwaran was blessed to have a Grandmother who served as his spiritual The best book with commentary to understand the Bhagavad Gita. The author uses common language, experiences to which the reader can relate and humor to convey the points being made in this epic tale of man vs himself. The fact that Easwaran is a well educated English professor helps. And as one of my book club friends shared, it does not matter your religious denomination, this book and the commentary will support the reader. Easwaran was blessed to have a Grandmother who served as his spiritual teacher, I can only hope to be such a Grandmother. Some of my take aways from this reading are as follows: Chapter One, life is a battlefield, but we are not alone. Chapter Two, our goal is to exhibit equanimity, to be unflappable, a word I have claimed for this year. Chapter Three, my life is my messsage, I should stay in my lane, be myself and accept myself. Chapter Four, all religions emphasize the truth of God's grace, all paths lead to God (this is the chapter I wrote my Level 4 YogaFit essay about, I reread the essay, and decided I was further along on my journey then than I realized) Chapter Five, the supreme goal of life is to become aware of God, from whom we come, in whom we subsist, and to whom we return Chapter Six, as if it has not been reiterated already, meditation is the key to reaching the supreme goal of life The reader is reminded that while we may have teachers along the way we must do the work, whatever that work requires to become selfless and of service to others. The humor in comparing us to an automobile in chapter two (page 130) and whether or not we should be given a driver's license or have our car recalled is spot on in describing our senses, the mind and our intellect and how they work together or not. Then again in chapter three when discussing unifying the senses, mind and intellect the writer suggests "we'd better wait for another incarnation to get these guys together." The work is hard but not impossible. The author talks about reincarnation and I found this most comforting. We are not done but will have another opportunity to get it right. We do the best we can here in order to not have to replay it all over, only begin where we left off and fix what we got wrong. Not that it is that clear. According to the Tibetan tradition we may spend years or centuries in Bardo, the holding space, before returning to the earth. The authors comparisons to being readmitted to college after dropping out or waiting in a bus terminal for our number to be called bring this home. When we return, we have no memory of before, but some lessons may come quicker and easier based on our prior journey. Somehow I found all of this very reassuring. The author uses so many examples of Jesus (as well as other great teachers and mystics) and the Bible I also found myself growing closer to my Christian faith again. The most troublesome passages for me had to do with the statement: in order to be free, I have to help others to be free (page 265). There are toxic people with whom we have to set boundaries. I was reminded of Patanjili and the Yoga Sutras 1:33: four attitudes for relating to people: friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and disregard toward the wicked. One of the most inspirational passages is 6:33: it is completely within our power to reshape our mind, our conduct and our destiny. Eknath Easwaran provides an eight point path to operationalize a plan to help the reader do the work in order to win the battle of man vs himself and reveal his Atman. OUTSTANDING book!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ed Barton

    A Western Guide To The Gita This lengthy set of commentaries on the Gita bring a bridge from East to West. Eswaran’s teaching and writing style interweave Indian and Western interpretations and shows parallels between the Gita and Western religions and philosophy. A long read but one that really makes the Gita accessible to the Christian Western reader.

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