Author: Swami Sivananda
Publisher: Divine Life Society
ISBN/UPC (if available): 81-7052-049-5
This book of Gita is a Celestial key for you to gain entry into the domain of Divine Life and Splendor. These Gitas contain living messages from illumined seers. They have the power to transform your life.
The crown and glory of Indian Philosophy is the Advaita Vedanta. The genius of India is specially distinguished for its rare tolerance and universality. Even while asserting emphatically that Truth is One, yet, simultaneously allowance is made for varied expressions of the One Truth. Truth is the Goal and Destination of humanity. But sage-wisdom perceived that neither capacity nor fitness to receive was alike in all beings. Thus it came about that the rich spiritual lore of India has come to contain within its wide range numerous shades and grades of revelatory and expository works. Different works embodied a different style and presentation, so as to be accessible to and assailable by different types of minds. The Infinitude of Truth was never allowed to get stifled by the cramping confinement of a single severe style and a set mode of right expression.
The most difficult and obscure of works are the Upanishads and the Sutras. These tough treatises touch the highest peak-points of the sublime Vedanta Philosophy. But even as the lofty philosophy they deal with, these works themselves are inaccessible to most men. Few indeed can understand them without explanation and elaboration. The ordinary layman, thus, finds it impossible to ascend to the height of super mundane knowledge.
Hence came the Smritis, the Itihasas, the Puranas and such simple and easy texts as these numerous Gitas collected in this present volume. This chains of Gitas served admirably to surmount this barrier and bring to all seekers and aspirants. In these Gitas are found the loftiest flights of grand Advaita-Veda. With their comprehensive range, these Gitas present us with the essence of all philosophy, religion, spiritual Sadhna, Dharma and Psychology. What is more, this they do in a language easily intelligible to the lay man. Further, these are not dry to read, but on the other hand beautiful poetical compositions, so fine and inspiring that unconsciously one finds oneself committing them to memory without much effort.