THE BHAGAVAD GITA

THE SIVANANDA TRANSLATION WITH COMMENTARY BY SWAMI VENKATESANANDA

The Bhagavad Gita (Song of God)

THE MONTH OF JUNE

Yoga is both philosophy and religion - not in their sectarian connotation, but in their true sense. It is love of the highest wisdom; and it is a practical way to realize that self is God.

"Life is short; time is fleeting," repeatedly warned our Master. He said: "It is difficult to get a human birth, therefore, try your best to realize the self in this birth." We know that we shall become perfect sooner or later; but, having attained this human birth, why not realize the self in this very birth?

What happens when one leaves this world? Where does he go and what kind of birth does he take? What can I do to avoid a rebirth in this world of pain and death? What is the extent of this universe and the length of its life? All these and many other questions are discussed and answered by the Lord in this holy scripture, Bhagavad Gita.

In the sixth chapter, we noticed how very practical his approach to meditation was. Now, he gives us more practical instructions which enable us, on the one hand to remember him constantly, and on the other to withdraw the soul from the body, (when the time arrives for us to leave this world) in a special way so that we deliberately take an immense stride towards liberation.

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