BHAGAVAD-GITA AS IT IS
By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
The Bhagavad-gita is the compact essence of all spiritual philosophy; at the onset of a world war, the warrior Arjuna asks his friend Krishna about the purpose of life, the difference between the self and the material body, and how to understand the ultimate cause of all causes. In just over seven hundred verses, Krishna comprehensively answers all of Arjuna's questions and then reveals His identity as the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself, appearing on earth to usher in a new era of spiritual understanding.
Krishna teaches that the essence of the yoga system—and the ultimate goal of all pious works, meditation, and austerity—is to develop an attitude of loving service to the Supreme Person. His ultimate instruction, "surrender to Me," challenges us all to transcend "religion" or "belief" and enter the realm of bhakti—devotional service—which alone can fully satisfy the self.
Bhagavad-gita As It Is is unique among Gita commentaries. Its translations and purports are the work of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who represents a line of teachers in disciplic succession from Krishna Himself. Prabhupada's faithfulness to Krishna's teachings—and expertise in presenting them to western readers—make Bhagavad-gita As It Is true to its title.
Since its publication in 1970, Bhagavad-gita As It Is has become the standard reference edition of the Gita worldwide.
Translation and commentary by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
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SWAMI IN A STRANGE LAND: HOW KRISHNA CAME TO THE WEST
THE BIOGRAPHY OF A.C. BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA
By Joshua Greene
“Swami in a Strange Land is a timely volume, auspiciously marking the fiftieth anniversary of Swami Prabhupada’s arrival in the West. It offers an attractive narrative of this most interesting and surprising pilgrim and pioneer, the devotee and teacher who brought Krishna to the West.”
- Francis X. Clooney, S.J. (Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School)
Praised as “masterfully written and thoughtfully executed,” and now available in paperback, Swami in a Strange Land shows how one man with a dream can change the world — a relevant story at a time when the principles of justice, compassion, and peace are being challenged throughout the world.
Fifty years ago, a 69-year-old holy man sailed from India with 40 rupees and the determination to re-spiritualize humanity. He arrived in New York at the peak of the Sixties counterculture and inspired a movement that has grown to more than 600 Bhakti Yoga centers and millions of practitioners worldwide.
In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of his arrival, bestselling biographer Joshua M. Greene (Here Comes the Sun) delivers a candid, immensely readable account of a spiritual pioneer who demystified India’s ancient yogic culture and showed its relevance to current events. Carefully researched and skillfully crafted, Swami in a Strange Land follows Swami Prabhupada as he rises from anonymous monk to world-renowned spiritual leader.
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