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Bhagavad Gita As It Is (1968) Collier-Macmillan Abridged Edition

1968 Bhagavad Gita As It Is
1968 Bhagavad Gita As It Is
Bhagavad Gita As It Is - 1968 Collier Books Abridged Edition


Preface: Setting the Scene

Swami Bhaktivedanta Chanting God's Song in America, BY ALLEN GINSBERG

A Note of Appreciation for This Volume, FROM DENISE LEVERTOV

The Significance of The Bhagavad Gita, BY THOMAS MERTON


I   Observing the Armies on the Battlefield of Kurukshetra
II   Contents of the Gita Summarized
III   Karmayoga
IV   Transcendental Knowledge
V   Karmayoga—Action in Krishna Consciousness
VI   Samkhyayoga
VII   Knowledge of the Absolute
VIII   Attaining the Supreme
IX   The Most Confidential Knowledge
X   The Opulence of the Absolute
XI   The Universal Form
XII   Devotional Service
XIII   Nature, the Enjoyer, and Consciousness
XIV   The Three Modes of Material Nature
XV   The Yoga of the Supreme Person
XVI   The Divine and Demoniac Natures
XVII   The Divisions of Faith
XVIII   Conclusion—The Perfection of Renunciation

1968 Bhagavad Gita As It Is
Bhagavad Gita As It Is - 1968 Collier Books Abridged Edition
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Allen Ginsberg

The Bhagavad Gita As It Is:

"The Text is awesome. The vision of the Universal Form is equal to any Sublime poesy of the West, superior in detailed image to Dante's final Cantos' Paradise vision....The explanations of Swami Bhaktivedanta are transparent and exquisitely detailed—expositions presented here for the first time to common public Western mind—a storehouse of old age, experience, devotion, learning, scholarship, Hindu granny-wisdom, sincerity, gaiety & sweet transcendental insight."

Denise Levertov

The Bhagavad Gita As It Is:

"The Bhagavad Gita....one of the great spiritual texts....is not as yet, I think one can agree, a common part of our cultural milieu....this is probably less because it is alien per se than because we have lacked just the kind of close interpretive commentary upon it that Swami Bhaktivedanta has here provided, a commentary written from not only a scholar's but a practitioner's, a dedicated lifelong devotee's, point of view.

Swami A. C. Bhaktivedanta, one of the most distinguished teachers of Vedic religion and thought, is the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, which now has center is every major city in the United States and Canada.

Records (33 rpm) of devotional chants are available from The International Society for Krishna Consciousness, 26 Second Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10003