Song of the Lord, Gītā in Yoga-Vāsiṣṭha by Swami Veda Bharati has just been received.
Arjuna’s predicament of fighting and killing his own kinsmen and gurus in the Mahābhārata war and Lord Kṛṣṇa’s advice and thus the former’s enlightenment are well known. Moving away from the traditional Mahābhārata narration, Yoga-Vāsiṣṭha presents a different narrative approach by the Vedic seer Vāsiṣṭha – about the Kṛṣṇa-Arjuna dialogue – to his pupil Rama as if it would happen eventually in the remote future.
While the Bhagavad-Gītā accounts for Kṛṣṇa’s teaching of eighteen forms of yoga in 700 verses, Vāsiṣṭha narrates sixty stories in more than 28,000 verses, making Yoga-Vāsiṣṭha as one of the lengthier and most lyrical philosophical discourses in the world. In the course of the narrative, Vāsiṣṭha summarizes how to attain liberation, the essence of the Bhagavad-Gītā, in seven chapters.
This lucid translation of Mokṣopāya, a section of the Yoga-Vāsiṣṭha, encapsulates the message of Kṛṣṇa, through the poetic narration of Vāsiṣṭha. Arjuna experiences the dissipation of his ignorance, overcomes his attachments and arrives at a point of freedom. The author, by choosing to highlight the story of Arjuna from two sources, has melded together the wisdom of two great epics - Bhagavad-Gītā and Yoga-Vāsiṣṭha – providing the reader with unparalleled access to the great truths and insights of yoga and liberation.
Mahamandaleshwar Swami Veda Bharati (D.Litt), Chancellor, HIHT University, Dehra Dun, is a world visionary, having been known to recite and teach the systems of Indian philosophy, language, literature, and scriptures from the age of nine. A graduate from the London University, Swamiji is a D.Litt from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. In one of his sojourns in the US, as professor of Sanskrit at the University of Minnesota, Swamiji met Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas, his Gurudeva. Swami Rama, recognizing the potential of Swamiji, initiated him to the highest path of dhyāna-yoga.
For the last sixty-eight years, Swamiji has been lecturing on meditation and yoga worldwide and establishing meditation centers across the globe. He has taken a 5 year vow of silence on 10th March 2013 and is currently in residence at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama in Rishikesh, India.
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Hardcover and Paperback: 183 pages
Publisher: D.K. Printworld (July 18, 2013)
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