Realization of the Supreme Self: The Bhagavad Gita Yoga-s

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Item Code: IDF996
Author: Trevor Leggett
Publisher: New Age Books
Language: English
Edition: 2002
ISBN: 9788178220710
Pages: 243
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5" X 5.5"
Weight 320 gm
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From the Back of the Book

A practical training method, and not merely a text of revelation and worship-such is the true status of the ancient Sanskrit text Bhagavad Gita.

The special contribution of the Gita is yoga, practical methods for expanding individual consciousness to realize the Kingdom as the supreme Self. This book present the Gita yoga in the light of explanations by Sankara.

The Gita can be misread, as Sankara says. It is not a gradual ascent to the final devotion of the soul to a Lord high above. On the contrary, the first two teaching chapters hardly mention any such lord: they teach the undivided supreme Self. This is a special method of teaching in the Gita, which the present author calls Teaching Down. It is explained here, with other examples from the Gita.

The Gita is directed at the vigorously active, with responsibilities in the world. The actual practices of yoga are given for meeting the shock of the world-energies. The whole basis of Gita yoga is confirmation through experiment, not mere exhortation. This highly significant book presents the Gita as a training manual for spiritual practice.

About the Author

Trevor Leggett a Vedanta scholar has published translations and transcriptions from Japanese and from Sanskrit. Among these is The Complete Commentary by Sankara on the Yoga Sutras. He was awarded a high grade of the Japanese Order of the Sacred Treasure for services to Japanese and Eastern Culture and honoured with a Literary Award for translations. He served for twenty years as heard of the BBC Japanese Service.


  Preface: Experimental Religion ix
  Part I Introductory 1
  Bhagavad Gita 3
  The Two Traditions 5
  The Translation 9
  The Setting 14
  The Smile 15
  Teaching Down 18
  Part II Yoga-s of the Gita 21
Chapter II Supreme Self 23
Chapter III Yoga-s of the Self 34
  Arjuna's Disbelief 38
Chapter IV Action 44
Chapter V Knowledge 47
  The Thinker, East and West 54
Chapter VI Meditation 58
Chapter VII The Lord 62
Chapter VIII Yoga-Power 65
Chapter IX & X Glories 69
Chapter XI Face to Face 72
Chapter XII Devotion 75
Chapter XIII The Field 79
Chapter XIV The Guna-s 85
Chapter XV One and Many 92
Chapter XVI Passion Struggle 98
  Faith 102
Chapter XVII Worship, Gift; Austerity 106
Chapter XVIII Conclusion 111
  Part III Sankara on Gita Practice 119
  The Two Paths 121
  Sankara's Presentation of the Gita Paths 123
  Illusion 126
  Interpretation 131
  Independence 137
  Worship for Sceptics 141
  Line of Light 145
  Karma-Yoga Action 149
  Samadhi 153
  Purity of Being 159
  Knowledge 163
  Samnyasa-Throwing Off Action 167
  Knowledge-stance: Jnana-Nistha 170
  Freedom 176
  Free-in-Life 178
  Part IV Pointers for Practice 181
  The Experimental Basis 183
  Mistakes 187
  The Four Vocations 189
  Uprush 194
  Human Nature 201
  The Spiritual Teacher 204
  Rebirth 212
  Play 214
  Part V Technical Appendices 217
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