Go and give that revealed truth with your interpretations: a new scripture will be born. He also giving weekly classes in Boston that would consist a half-hour exposition of the Bhagavad Gita , a half-hour exposition of the Gospels , and a half-hour discourse demonstrating their unity. To help him with the editorial work of preparing this in book form, Yogananda relied on Tara Mata Laurie V. Pratt , an advanced disciple who had met him in and worked with him on his books and other writings for a period of more than twenty-five years.
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The entire knowledge of the cosmos is packed into a mere concise verses of the Gita. The Bhagavad Gita is the sum total of the essence of — the ponderous four Vedas, — one hundred and eight Upanishads voluminous commentaries on the Vedas , and — the six systems of Hindu philosophy.
Nature, with her infinite variety and inexorable laws, is an evolute of the Singular Reality through a cosmic delusion: maya , the "Magical Measurer" that makes the One appear as many embracing their own individuality—forms and intelligences existing in apparent separation from their Creator.
Just as a dreamer differentiates his one consciousness into many dream beings in a dream world, so God, the Cosmic Dreamer, has separated His consciousness into all the cosmic manifestations, with souls individualized from His own One Being endowed with the egoity to dream their personalized existences within the Nature-ordained drama of the Universal Dream.
The main theme throughout the Gita is that one should be an adherent of sannyasa, a renouncer of this egoity ingrained through avidya , ignorance, within the physical self of man. By renunciation of all desires springing from the ego and its environments, which cause separateness between ego and Spirit; and by reunion with the Cosmic Dreamer through ecstatic yoga meditation, samadhi , man detaches himself from and ultimately dissolves the compellent forces of Nature that perpetuate the delusive dichotomy of the Self and Spirit.
In samadhi, the cosmic dream delusion terminates and the ecstatic dream being awakens in oneness with the pure cosmic consciousness of the Supreme Being—ever-existing, ever-conscious, ever-new Bliss. Thus does the Gita exhort the seeker to right action— physical, mental, and spiritual—toward this goal. We came from God and our ultimate destiny is to return to Him. The end and the means to the end is yoga, the timeless science of God-union.
God Talks With Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita — Paperback
Youth and discipleship[ edit ] Yogananda at age six Yogananda was born in Gorakhpur , Uttar Pradesh , India , to a devout Hindu family. He began praying for guidance; in , his seeking after various teachers mostly ended when, at the age of 17, he met his guru , Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri. Eloquence flowed in soundless chant from heart of master to disciple. With an antenna of irrefragable insight I sensed that my guru knew God, and would lead me to Him.