Yoga of Perfection (Srimad Bhagavad Gita) - An Old Book

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Author: Swami Jyotirmayananda
Publisher: International Yoga Society
Language: English
Edition: 2012
ISBN: 8185883599
Pages: 248 (21 B/W Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch
Weight 310 gm
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Yoga of Perfection brings the Gita to us in a way as never before. Choice Sanskrit verses are translated word for-word, and them elaborated upon with the clarity and lucidness only an enlightened personality could offer. In “The Essence of the Gita. “we get an accurate account of a hero’struggle, his conflicts and Krishna’s liberating teachings, what’s more since the Gita is the original scripture promoting an Integral path of Yoga. All in all, Yoga of Perfection holds out a fortune of wisdom, uniqucly presented. Exquisitely detailed and matchless in practical value.



There is no scripture in the world as profound, practical and lucid as the Bhagavad Gila. It is one of the most sacred religious works of the Hindus. And yet, it is not confined to the realm of the Hindu Faith alone. It is universal in its exposition of man's religious movement towards God. Great men all over the world have derived immense inspiration from this great teaching.

The Gita is a portion from the great epic work "Mahabharata" composed by Sage Vyasa many centuries before Christ. The term Gita means "Song". The teachings of the Gita are presented in most elegant Sanskrit verses which are recited and sung in melodious notes. Apart from its unique literary beauty, the Gita turns the confusion of the mind into a song of spiritual devotion; therefore, it is befittingly called "The Song". The Hindus add reverential terms to glorify the Gita, calling the great scripture 'Srimad Bhagavad Gila' implying "The Song of Supreme Divinity".

As a text of Yoga philosophy, the Gita is one of the three main pillars of Yogic Wisdom. These three pillars are: The Upanishads (The end of the Vedas), The Brahma Sutras (The Aphorisms of Vedanta Philosophy), and The Srimad Bhagavad Gila. All great teachers of India commence their teachings by presenting their commentaries on these three great texts, of which the Gita is the crest-jewel. Over centuries there are numerous traditional commentaries written on the Gita by great Acharyas and Sages of India. The Gita has thus acquired a vast literature rich with spiritual insight and wisdom.

The Gita presents a dynamic picture of spiritual life. It does not advocate a passive withdrawal from the world in search of spiritual peace and perfection; rather, it beckons the soul of man to fight the battle of life heroically and attain victory in the form of Self- realization. A great warrior of antiquity, Arjuna was confounded and confused in the midst of two contending armies. Divine Krishna who was acting as his charioteer gave his sublime teachings to grief-strickenArjuna. However, these teachings became universal in their implications. The very setting of the Gita presents a symbolic picture of life's incessant battle. The soul must face the contending forces of darkness and light in the battlefield of life. Being guided by the intuitive vision represented by the Divine Krishna, the soul is led to join with the forces of light in order to destroy the forces of darkness or evil.

Whoever discovers the real value of the Gita will dive deep into the ocean offullness and bliss. The great Mahatma Gandhi once said to the members of his Ashrama, "I run to my Mother Gita whenever I find myself in difficulties, and up to now she has never failed to comfort me." Yogic aspirants reverence the Gita as the very embodiment of Divine Mother. It is important for an aspirant to gain an insight into the teachings of the Gita, in order to live a life that flows on to the Ideal of Yogic Perfection. Our beloved Guru, Sage Swami Jyotir Maya Nanda has given the essence of the teachings of the Gita in a style that is simple and yet profound. Endowed with the intuitive knowledge of the Self, he has an exceptional ability to reach out to the hearts of his readers and to awaken in them a profound understanding of the sublime teachings of the Gita and their subtle implications.

The present classical work entitled "Yoga of Perfection (Srimad Bhagavad Gita)" presents the profound teachings of Lord Krishna in four sections. The first section is composed of the three most important parts of the Gita, where Lord Krishna describes the nature of a Yogi of Perfection. These sublime verses in Sanscrit along with their literal translation have been given for those who wish to enjoy the beauty of the Gita texts, as well as for those who wish to remember these verses as a basis for their internal progress on the path of spiritual meditation. The second section presents a brief of all the eighteen chapters of the Gita, Any aspirant can gain a deep practical insight into the philosophy of the Gita by studying these chapters rendered in brief. The third section presents the selected verses of the Gita from each of the eighteen chapters. This will prove to be an unusual guidance to sincere aspirants who need to study the Gita again and again in order to discover the endless treasure of spiritual values. The fourth chapter presents a brief resume of lntegral Yoga which is the theme of the Gita-scripture,

In the light of this present work by the Author, Sage Swami Jyotir Maya Nanda, a perfected personality must be a blend of selfless action, supreme devotion, profound meditation, and illuminating wisdom. He must have a reason that shines with the light of transcendental wisdom, a will that is indominable in controlling the movements of the mind, a devotion that loves the Self behind the illusion of all names and forms, and a practical life that is devoted to the welfare of all.

A perfected Yogi is called a Sthita Prajna because his intellect is ever established in the vision of the transcendental Self. The brilliance of his intellect cannot be marred by the transient developments of the day to day world, may it be pleasant or painful, bitter or sweet. He is also called a Bhaktiman=true devotee of God, because, he attains the fulfillment of his sentiments by discovering God as the basis of all that is loved. He is further called a Trigunateeta, a Yogi who has transcended the three Gunas- the three modes of nature. Though living in a world of changes, he continues to hold his vision in the immutable domain of the Non- dual Self.



The Gita is a profound scripture containing the essence of life and its mysteries, its hidden potentialities, the manner of unfolding them, and the luminous path that leads to the highest Goal whence there is no return to the world of duality and repeated births and deaths. It reads like music, not merely the music that fills our ears with sweet sounds, but the music of the soul which fills our heart with the sense of eternity and immortality, which floods our inner beings with light and bliss.

The Gita opens with a conflicting situation in life, a situation in which one is confused regarding one's duty, a confusion in which the best of talents and heroism seems to be drowned in grief, the best of intelligence seems to be blunted. This is inevitable in the life that tends to attain the blessedness of Nirvana, the experience of Liberation. It is under such conditions that all human efforts fail to calm the agitations of the heart, and all human intelligence and skill remain stupefied, with a sense of surrender to a higher being, to a higher voice, that the greatest teaching is revealed to the soul from the Lord of all souls, the Supreme Being, the Divine Krishna.

The first chapter presents this situation in the life of the hero, Arjuna. Esoteric significance can be very easily understood by the reflective aspirants. This confusion of Arjuna is symbolic of such confusion in the battle of life. It is true to one and all. None can emerge victorious in the battle of life, unless he has tasted such conditions that shake his egoistic vision from its very foundations.

Whatever may be the external shape of one's duty, the vision that should sustain our efforts is the same. Whatever may be the role that we may have to play in this world, the knowledge of the roots of our beings is the same. Lord Krishna calls Arjuna to duty by awakening in him the knowledge of the Self. Even so, humanity is called to duty through the message of the knowledge of Self. Knowledge of Self is the fountain of all culture, civilization, sublime works, and all that is abiding, all that is truly auspicious and beautiful, in this world of names and forms.

Arjuna is led step by step, on the ladder of Yoga, to the blessed revelation of the purpose of life, to the final attainment of Liberation. The eighteen chapters of the Gita reveal the spiritual journey of the soul with its mysterious manifestations, thrilling revelations, wondrous experiences, and awe-inspiring visions.

The various sights and scenes, the various colors of the mystic path are beautifully described, and there is no traveller on the path of life, who will not find deep wells of wisdom through the Gita to quench his insatiable thirst after the illusory joys of the world. There is no pilgrim on the path who will not breathe a sigh of relief under the cool bowers of the teachings of the Lord. There is none in the world for whom Gita has no message, for whom Gita is not a fountain of inspiration and strength.




Part I The Yoga of Perfection of Shrimad Bhagavadgita  
  The Characteristics of An Illumined Sage 7
  The Characteristics of An Ideal devotee 45
  The Characteristics of A Sage Who Has Transcended The Three Gunas 63
Part II The Essence of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita  
Chapter I Arjuna Vishad Yogah (The Depondency of Arjuna) 85
Chapter 2 Samkhya Yogah (Yoga of Integral Knowledge) 88
Chapter 3 Karma Yogah (The Yoga of Action) 94
Chapter 4 Jnana Yogah (The Yoga of Wisdom) 102
Chapter 5 Karma Sanyasa Yogah (Yoga of Renunciation of action) 107
Chapter 6 Adhyatma Yogah (Yoga of Meditation) 110
Chatper 7 Jnana Vijnana Yogah (The Yoga of Knowledge and Realization) 117
Chapter 8 Akshara Brahma Yogah (Yoga of Imperishable Brahman) 119
Chapter 9 Raja Vidya Raja Guhya Yogah (The Yoga of Royal Science and Royal Secret) 124
Chapter 10 Vibhuti Yogah (Yoga of Divine Glories) 126
Chapter 11 Vishwa Rupa Darshan Yogah(Cosmic Form of the Lord) 128
Chapter 12 Bhakti Yogah (Yoga of Devotion) 131
Chapter 13 Kshetra Kshetrajna Vibhaga Yogah (Distinction between the Field And the Knower of the Field) 133
Chapter 14 Guna Traya Vibhaga Yogah (Division of the three Gunas) 136
Chapter 15 Purushottama Yogah (The Yoga of the Supreme Spirit) 139
Chapter 16 Daiva Asura Sampad Vibhaga Yogah (The Division of Divine And Demoniacal Qualities) 142
Chapter 17 Shraddha Traya Vibhaga Yogah (Three Fold Faith) 144
Chapter 18 Moksha Sanyasa Yogah (Yoga of Liberation by Renunciation) 146
Part III The Select Verses of Srimad BhagaVad Gita  
Chapter I "The Despondency of Arjuna" 153
Chapter 2 "Yoga of Integral Knowledge" 153
Chapter 3 "Yoga of Action" 158
Chapter 4 "Yoga of Wisdom 157
Chapter 5 "Yoga of Renunciation of Action 160
Chapter 6 "Yoga of Meditation" 161
Chatper 7 "Yoga of Knowledge and Realization" 164
Chapter 8 "Yoga of Imperishable Brahman" 164
Chapter 9 "Yoga of Royal Science and Royal Secret" 165
Chapter 10 "Yoga of Divine Glories" 166
Chapter 11 "Cosmic Form of the Lord" 167
Chapter 12 "Yoga of Devotion" 169
Chapter 13 "Distinction between the Field And the Knower of the Field" 171
Chapter 14 "Division of the Three Gunas" 172
Chapter 15 "The Yoga of the Supreme Spirit" 173
Chapter 16 "The Division of Divine And Demoniacal Qualities" 175
Chapter 17 "Three Fold Faith" 176
Chapter 18 "The Yoga of Liberation by Renunciation" 177
Part IV The Integral Yoga of Srimad BhagaVad Gita  
  "In the Light of the Gita" 181
  Preparation-1 184
  Preparation-2 184
  Sadhana Or Spiritual Discipline 188
  Experiences on The Path 189
  Self-Realization 191
  Glossary 204


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