- Paperback; 48 pages; 10.2 x 17.8 (centimeters); 4 x 7 (inches)
- no index
- Publisher: The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust; First issue: 1968; Reissue: 2003
- Suggested Audience: Advanced
- Original Language: Sanskrit; Date: 3,000 B.C.E.
This is the Introduction from the front matter of Bhagavad-gita As It Is.
In 1968, Srila Prabhupada didn't have the funds to print his full Bhagavad-gita As It Is. Therefore he printed the Introduction as a pamphlet. This is the reprint of the original pamphlet.
Bhagavad-gita is knowledge of five basic truths and the relationship of each truth to the other: These five truths are Krishna, or God, the individual soul, the material world, action in this world, and time. The Gita lucidly explains the nature of consciousness, the self, and the universe. It is the essence of India’s spiritual wisdom, the answers to questions posed by philosophers for centuries.
The Bhagavad-gita is the greatest of India's ancient spiritual classics. Srila Prabhupada, the Founder–Acharya of the Intennational Society for Krishna Consciousness, originally translated the Bhagavad-gita in 1967, proving each verse with an illuminating commentary. Having only recently come to the West, he was unable to print the book at that time. Therefore, the introduction which he had written for the Bhagavad-gita was printed first as a separate pamphlet. This booklet is a reprint of that introduction. The reader will find in in a thorough exposition of the philosophy of the Bhagavad-gita in a clear and straightforward manner. This introduction is imortant for those who are approaching the Bhagavad-gita for the first time. Unlike other presentations and translations, Srila Prabhupada presents the Bhagavad-gita as it is, free from personal speculations and interpretations. He focuses our attention on what Krishna is actually teaching in the Gita. For all these reasons we are sure you will find this introduction to the Bhagavad-gita to be enlightening and conducive to personal transformation.
Bhagavad-gita was originally spoken to liberate one from the bodily conception of life, and Arjuna put himself in this position in order to receive this information from the Lord. One must become free from the bodily conception of life; that is the preliminary activity for the transcendentalist. One who wants to become free, who wants to become liberated, must first of all learn that he is not this material body. Mukti, or liberation, means freedom from material consciousness.
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