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The Bhagavad Gita as a living experience
Huchzermeyer, Wilfried.
Uniform Title:
Erlebnis Bhagavad-gita. English.
Publication Information:
New York : Lantern Books, 2002.
Physical Description:
vii, 120 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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BL1138.66 .E7513 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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In both East and West, the Bhagavad Gita--the "Song of the Lord"--is considered the most important work of ancient Sanskrit literature. Part of the great epic poem the Mahabharata, the Bhagavad Gita tells the story of Arjuna, a great warrior and prince, who on the eve of battle experiences doubt and fear at the fighting to come. His charioteer, however, is none other than Lord Krishna, who not only strengthens his heart for battle, but explains to him the many paths of yoga, before revealing himself in all his glory as God incarnate.

The Gita has been translated into numerous languages, and many commentaries have been written, especially in India. In an accessible manner, Wilfried Huchzermeyer and Jutta Zimmermann introduce the timeless wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita, and show how it provides essential insights into the world of yoga.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

While translations of the Bhagavad Gita are widely available, fewer titles offer basic commentary on the text for a general audience. In The Bhagavad Gita as a Living Experience, Indologist Wilfried Huchzermeyer and yoga instructor/illustrator Jutta Zimmermann provide a basic primer on the Gita's meaning. An accessible introduction explaining the Gita's role in the Mahabarata is followed by character studies of Arjuna and Krishna, essays on the Gita as poetry and chapters on bhakti, jnana and karma yoga. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Indologist Huchzermeyer and Zimmermann, an artist and yoga teacher, have written a brief yet delightfully thorough study of an essential text. No Sanskrit work, perhaps, has been more studied, expounded, and translated than the Gita, but the authors offer fresh insight with this new work. Retained here is a keen sense not only of the spiritual meanings of the text but also its setting in the greater narrative of the Mahabharata, its historical context, its poetry, and even the personalities of the two principal characters. The book also includes a transliteration of the Sanskrit text, a mini-anthology of Western responses to it, and an account of its introduction to the West. Highly recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.