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The Bhagavad Gita in Daily Life: Introduction

In this series of short articles, Swami Asokananda shares his insights from years of study of and contemplation on the great Indian scripture the Bhagavad Gita.  I would like to start with a little background. The Bhagavad Gita is 700 verses of the longest poem ever...

The Living Gita Now on Audible

Integral Yoga Publications is pleased to announce the release of The Living Gita by Swami Satchidananda on Audible (read by Sri Piyush Agarwal). Listening to the Gita come alive is a whole new experience! The Bhagavad Gita tells the story of how Arjuna, the great...

The Heart of the Gita

In Episode 14 of the "Two Old Fogey Yogis" podcast, our two yogis discuss the study of foundational texts in the Yoga tradition and how to work with these in a way that engages them as “literary incarnations” filled with living wisdom. They also explore what the...

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Teachings from the Gita: The Real and the Unreal

Teachings from the Gita: The Real and the Unreal

The entire Bhagavad Gita is a series of questions and answers between Sri Krishna and his disciple, Arjuna. In chapter 13, Arjuna asks for knowledge about prakriti and Purusha. Arjuna asks: “What is knowledge and what is it that is to be known?” In those days, none of...

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Escapism is Not Spirituality

Escapism is Not Spirituality

Is it possible to live without war? We can’t really live without fighting. What do you do when you eat? Are you not at war with your food? You chew everything and then when it goes down in your digestive system and gets churned up and digested there is another kind of...

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Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita

Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita

The ancient Indian scriptures are known collectively as the Vedas. The Bhagavad Gita comes from the Vedas. But what are the Vedas? The root vid means knowledge. According to the Hindus, the Vedas are holy scriptures. Any scripture that talks about the truth is a Veda....

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The Story Behind the Bhagavad Gita

The Story Behind the Bhagavad Gita

In this article, Sri Swami Satchidananda gives us an overview of the "backstory" that sets the stage for one of Yoga's great, foundational texts—the Bhagavad Gita. My Master, Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, said this about the greatness of the Gita: "The Gita expounds...

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Inside the Bhagavad Gita

Inside the Bhagavad Gita

Dr. Edwin Bryant offers us a tour of the historical and religious landscape of the Bhagavad Gita in this interview, including a view of its influence on Thoreau, Emerson, Mahatma Gandhi and its relevance for Yoga students and teachers. Integral Yoga Magazine: Can you...

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What Does the Bhagavad Gita Really Have to Offer?

What Does the Bhagavad Gita Really Have to Offer?

The Bhagavad-gita is not just another religious text; nor is it merely a Hindu scripture. Rather, it provides “applied spiritual technologies,” or systematic procedures by which anyone, of any religious faith, can advance toward the ultimate goal of life. In other...

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Bhagavad Gita: The Beloved Lord’s Secret Love Song

Bhagavad Gita: The Beloved Lord’s Secret Love Song

Dr. Schweig’s brand new book, Bhagavad Gita: The Beloved Lord’s Secret Love Song is described by Huston Smith (the internationally recognized authority on world religion) as a “beautiful and accessible translation of the Gita.” In this interview, Dr. Schweig explains...

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The Bhagavad Gita: An “Integral” Yoga

The Bhagavad Gita: An “Integral” Yoga

Dr. David Frawley is regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts on Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedic Studies. In this article, he offers an overview of the relationship between the teachings of Yoga and the Bhagavad Gita. He also discusses the Gita’s teaching of Yoga as...

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Lessons from the Gita: Don’t Eat the Fruit

Lessons from the Gita: Don’t Eat the Fruit

There is a great joy in giving—in sharing and caring—and not expecting anything in return. That’s what we learn from the Bhagavad Gita. You are born to serve, but not to look for the fruits of that service. Offer the fruit to everybody. That is what is meant by the...

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The Yoga of Devotion

The Yoga of Devotion

Sri Swami Satchidananda recommended that his students memorize these twenty slokas in Chapter 12 of the Bhagavad Gita. These slokas explain the essence of Bhakti Yoga, one of the main branches of Integral Yoga. He said, “This twelfth chapter is really important. It...

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