A New Revelation of The Bhagavad Gita for the Modern World – Paramahansa Yogananda

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“To reveal the complete harmony and basic oneness of original Christianity as taught by Jesus Christ and original Yoga as taught by Bhagavan Krishna, and to show that these principles of truth are the common scientific foundation of all true religions.”

from the “Aims and Ideals’ as set forth by Paramahansa Yogananda

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God Talks With Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita, SRF

God Talks With Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita, YSS

MY GURU AND PARAMGURUS—Swami Sri Yukteswar, Lahiri Mahasaya, and Mahavatar Babaji—are rishis of this present age, masters who themselves are God-realized living scriptures.  They have bequeathed to the world— along with the long-lost scientific technique of Kriya Yoga—a new revelation of the holy Bhagavad Gita, relevant primarily to the science of yoga and to Kriya Yoga in particular.*

Mahavatar Babaji, at one with Krishna in Spirit, through his grace intuitively transferred the true knowledge of the Bhagavad Gita to his disciple Lahiri Mahasaya—a Yogavatar, “Incarnation of Yoga”- through whom he revived for mankind the Kriya Yoga science as the technique of salvation for this age.

Lahiri Mahasaya himself never wrote any books, but his divine expositions of the scriptures were expressed through the writings of various of his advanced disciples. Among his greatest disciples, Swami Sri Yukteswar, Swami Pranabananda, and Panchanon Bhattacharya recorded his Gita explanations. The earliest small edition of the Bhagavad Gita with Lahiri Mahasaya’s interpretation was brought out by Panchanon Bhattacharya, founder of the Arya Mission Institution, Calcutta. Later, my guru Sri Yukteswarji—a Jnanavatar, “Incarnation of Wisdom”—in his elaborate unrivaled way, explained the most significant first nine chapters of the Gita according to Lahiri Mahasaya’s interpretation.

After that, the great Swami Pranabananda, “the saint with two bodies” (about whom I have written in my Autobiography of a Yogi), brought forth an amazing interpretation of Lahiri Mahasaya’s interpretation of the entire Gita. The eminent yogi, Bhupendra Nath Sanyal, whom I personally highly regard, also brought out a remarkable edition of Lahiri Mahasaya’s interpretation of the Gita. I have had the blessing to be inspired in the greatest way about Lahiri Mahasaya’s divine insight and perceptive method of explaining the Gita, which I learned first from my Master…

See also~~ Revival of Kriya Yoga Through the Lineage of SRF/YSS Gurus

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The authorship of the Mahabharata, including the Gita portion, is traditionally assigned to the illumined sage Vyasa, whose date is not definitely known.  It is said that the Vedic rishis manifested their immortality by appearing before mankind in different ages to play some role for man’s spiritual upliftment.  Thus they appeared and reappeared at various times throughout the extensive period of time encompassed by the revelation of the scriptures of India…

Through the help of a God-realized guru, one learns how to use the nutcracker of intuitive perception to crack open the hard shell of language and ambiguity to get at the kernels of truth in scriptural sayings.  My guru, Swami Sri Yukteswar…told me to put myself in rapport with God as manifested in Krishna, Arjuna, and Vyasa when the message of the Gita was revealed through them

In this way, during those precious years in the blessed company of Master, he gave to me the key to unlock the mystery of scripture.   (It was from him I also learned how to put myself in tune with Christ to interpret his sayings as he wanted them to be understood.)   … Master’s example was his guru, Lahiri Mahasaya.   When disciples and students sought instruction from the Yogavatar, he used to close his eyes and read aloud from the book of his soul-realization.   Sri Yukteswar did the same; and that method is what he taught to me.  I am grateful to Master for this, for within the soul is a source of infinite realization, which 1 could not have gleaned in all my life from intellectual study.  Now when I touch my pen, or look within and speak, it comes in boundless waves…

See also~~ Paramahansaji, Seer of Sacred Scripture ~ Writing and Editing Described by Mrinalini Mata

This Bhagavad Gita that I offer to the world, God Talks With Arjuna, is a spiritual  commentary of the communion that takes place between the omnipresent Spirit (symbolized by Krishna) and the soul of the ideal devotee (represented by Arjuna).  I arrived at the spiritual understanding expressed in these pages by attunement with Vyasa, and by perceiving the Spirit as God of creation relating wisdom to the awakened Arjuna within myself.  I became Arjuna’s soul and communed with Spirit; let the result speak for itself. I am not giving an interpretation, but am chronicling what I perceived as the Spirit pours Its wisdom into an attuned soul’s devotional intuition in the various states of ecstasy.

Many truths buried in the Gita for generations are being expressed in English for the first time through me.  And I again acknowledge that I owe much to my paramgurus, Mahavatar Babaji and Lahiri Mahasaya, and to my Gurudeva, for their revelations, which have inspired the birth of a new presentation of the Gita; and above all, to their grace in blessing my endeavor.  This work is not mine; it belongs to them, and to God, Krishna, Arjuna, and Vyasa.

excerpts from God Talks With Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita by Paramahansa Yogananda

 

See also~

Revival of Kriya Yoga Through the Lineage of SRF/YSS Gurus

Paramahansaji, Seer of Sacred Scripture ~ Writing and Editing Described by Mrinalini Mata

Paramahansaji’s 1948 Great Samadhi, Completing His Writings ~~ Daya Mataji

Bro. Anandamoy on ‘God Talks With Arjuna-The Bhagavad Gita

Stories of LAHIRI MAHASAYA from Sri Sanyal, his great disciple ~ Daya Mata

 

 

 

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