Often during my early years in New York, while just walking down the streets at any given time, you could be witness to the uninhibited display of ecstatic devotion courtesy of Hara Krishna devotees. Adorned with saffron robes they seemed to create a vortex of bliss through their singing and dancing. New York was well known even then for being a town where nothing of a personal fashionable statement was considered eccentric, yet for many, myself included at the time, these individuals seemed pretty removed from ‘the normal’.
There were many temples and centres in New York inviting the curious to come and discover a new approach to living a life of dedicated search for meaning in an ever increasing consumer society.
There were many leaders such as Sri Chimnoy, Sri Swami Satchidananda, Swami Muktananda and more whose centres offered lessons for higher learning in the Yogic lifestyle. I was always intrigued and felt a pull towards this knowledge. It would be many years later however before I made a deep commitment to pursue its path.
It was around that time that I came across a book by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada entitled ‘Easy Journey to Other Planets’. I was fascinated with its topic but still not conscious enough to be able to understand its implications of the power of the Mind and Spirit to experience such a reality. This however did not deter me from purchasing other books of his such as ‘ The Science of Self Realization’, Coming Back’ and this months recommendation ‘Bhagavad Gita As Is‘.
The latter is such an in depth pursuit of revealing the essence of the Bhagavad Gita from his perspective, which was indeed elaborate and determined to unravel the layers of the dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna. It possesses the Roman lettering of the Sanskrit words as well as an English interpretation of its meanings. Additionally, there are colourful images of the events, but most importantly AC Swami’s explanation of the psychic, spiritual and emotional recipe for living a higher frequency of life.
Needless to say there are many books deciphering the Bhagavad Gita. I believe this one is worthy of being in your library to turn to for an in-depth study.