Book review "Bhagavad-Gita As It Is"
"If truth is what works, as Pierce and the pragmatists insist, there must be a kind of truth in the "Bhagavad-Gita As It Is", since those who follow its teachings display a joyous serenity usually missing in the bleak and strident lives of contemporary people." Dr. Elwin H. Powell, Professor of Sociology, State University of New York
- "The Bhagavad-Gita As It Is" by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
- A short summery of the basic principles might illustrate this seemingly practical philosophy:
- My own experience:
"The Bhagavad-Gita As It Is" by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
The "Kitchen-Religion" Srila Prabhupada called the ancient Indian philosophy he brought to the West. He translated and distributed the old scriptures and 1966 founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness which to this day is the central focus of the Krsna Devotees.
For the first time in 1965 the Hare Krishna chant could be heard in the West and healthy, tasty new, vegetarian dishes were served free to everyone.
Enveloped in the story of Krishna speaking to the young warrior Arjuna on the battlefield of Kuruksetra, Krishna explains his wishes to him and shows him the power of God upon which Arjuna folds his hands in prayer and becomes his eternal devotee and servant.
The "Bhgavad-Gita As It Is" describes the principles of how human beings should conduct their lives to be able to live happily and without suffering even in this life-time.
A short summery of the basic principles might illustrate this seemingly practical philosophy:
1. Simple living and high thinking
2. Cultivate humanity's inherent spiritual qualities of compassion, truthfulness, cleanliness and austerity
3. Use time, energy, talents, and resources in devotional service to God, and not hanker for selfish ambitions or pleasures which result in frustration and anxiety
Only four regulative principles assist in developing those qualities and also help control the insatiable urges of mind and senses:
1. No eating of meat, fish or eggs
2. No gambling
3. No sex other than for procreation within marriage
4. No intoxication, including all recreational drugs, alcohol, tobacco, tea, coffee, chocolate
No complicated rituals or austerities to perform, just chanting or reciting the Hare Krishna Mantra
Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare
and working for one's basic needs and eating very tasty and healthy, yet spiritually cleansing food seems to be a practical alternative to spiritual advancement in this materialistic orientated western society.
"In this age of quarrel and hypocrisy the only means of deliverance is chanting the holy name of the Lord. There is no other way. There is no other way. There is no other way." Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, 6.12.
My own experience:
After studying the "Bhagavad-Gita As it is", I must say I haven't come across a more interesting book ever. I just "tried" a little bit to understand and chant and walk on the outlined path, finding almost instant peace from fear, depression and worry. What other surprises might await me on this way?
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