It from the Yajur Veda (Vajasaneyi) truly;
It teaches of God, world essential unity,
And of being and becoming very clearly;
It not so interested in Absolute in self be,
As in the Absolute in relation to world be;
It teaches that the life in this world but be,
Not incompatible to life in Divine Spirit truly;
Who beholds all beings in Self, Self in all be,
Never turns away from the Self - its part be.
Munindra Misra has the rare unique distinction of authoring numerous books/ebooks on Sanatan Dharma / Hinduism in English rhyme, providing the reader with the pleasure of easily comprehending the elusive wisdom of the ancient Hindu renowned classical writings. He was honoured with a badge and awarded ‘Top Viewed Author Award’ by Knol – A unit of knowledge of Google in 2011.
Totally powerless by themselves certainly;
They require power to function in actuality,
That source of power Brahman or Self be;
It Supreme Reality on which all rests surely,
It the hub of wheel - causing rolling to be;
Our wisdom lies in realizing that Power truly,
This sense world is not real - but a dream be;
It has 64 verses (mantras) which are not used in rituals but are teachings of spiritual knowledge.They define higher and lower knowledge, describing Brahman, self, the relationship between world and Brahman and path to Brahman.
The Mundaka Upanishad finally states that knowing Brahman is freedom, fearlessness, liberation and bliss.
Arjuna’s struggle in the Bhagavad Gita is acutely modern. He has lost his way on the battlefield of life and turns to find the path again by asking direct, uncompromising questions of his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna, the Lord himself. Krishna replies in 700 verses of sublime instruction on living and dying, loving and working, and the nature of the soul.
Easwaran shows the Gita’s relevance to us today as we strive, like Arjuna, to do what is right.
“No one in modern times is more qualified – no, make that ‘as qualified’ – to translate the epochal Classics of Indian Spirituality than Eknath Easwaran. And the reason is clear. It is impossible to get to the heart of those classics unless you live them, and he did live them. My admiration of the man and his works is boundless.” – Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions.