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A classical interpretation for the modern mind. For centuries the Bhagavad Gita has remained the single most influential philosophical text shaping Indian thought and life. It addresses itself foursquare to the universal limitations each human being is confronted with : ignorance, sorrow and death.
The teaching of the Bhagavad Gita opens with the audacious statement that all these are illegitimate problems caused by ignorance about the real nature of the self. Drawing upon the essence of all Upanishads, Gita explains how the self, the atman, is limitless, indestructible, unborn. This knowledge, Brahmavidya, frees one from all sense of limitation. This is the principal teaching of the Bhagavad Gita.

THE GITA INVOKED AS MOTHERA mother is a symbol of love, affection, and spontaneous care, is someone who always prays for your welfare, who never lets you down when you are in trouble. This is also true of the Vedas because, with great compassion, the Veda takes into account...
MOKSA: FREEDOM FROM WHAT?Even though it comes last, moksa is a very important purusartha, as we shall see. Moksa is recognised as a pursuit only by a very few people in any given generation. Because a certain appreciation, a certain maturity or insight, about life and its...
THE FIGHT BETWEEN DHARMA AND ADHARMA Confusion is born out of ignorance. No one, however, can say, ‘I am ignorant of what is right and wrong.’ Whatever one expects from others in terms of behaviour, attitudes, and so on, is right if the same behaviour and attitudes are expected of...
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THE PURPOSE OF KARMA-YOGA There is no doubt that karma binds, with its limited results. But, if you do karma for antah-karana-siddhi, for neutralizing your raga-dvesas, for gaining the grace of Ìsvara—...
KNOWLEDGE AND THE RENUNCIATION OF ACTION THE ORIGINS OF KARMA-YOGA In the first three verses of the fourth chapter, Krishna sums up the subject matter of karma-yoga by indicating to Arjuna that it is not something new. Krishna ,...