This was the first in a series of inspirational talks on the wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita, wherein Swami Smaranananda Giri introduced the book God Talks With Arjuna, a new, unique interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita by Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda.
Paramahansa Yoganandaji, author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, interprets the Bhagavad Gita with divine insight. In his interpretation, exploring its psychological, spiritual, and metaphysical depths — from the subtle causes of everyday thoughts and actions to the grand design of the cosmic order — Yoganandaji presents a sweeping chronicle of the soul’s journey to enlightenment.
Clearly outlining the Gita’s balanced path of meditation and right activity, Paramahansaji shows how we can create for ourselves a life of spiritual integrity, serenity, simplicity, and joy. Through our awakened intuition, we come to know the right course to take at every crossroad on the path of life, to determine what shortcomings are holding us back and what positive qualities are moving us forward, and to recognize and avoid pitfalls along the way.
Swami Smaranananda Giri, in this talk, elaborated upon Paramahansaji’s commentary, explaining through analogies and anecdotes how the presence of Kauravas (bad tendencies) within us impedes our spiritual progress and how nurturing the Pandavas (good tendencies) within us will eventually bring about the defeat of those Kauravas in the inner battle of Kurukshetra, thus leading to the attainment of the ultimate goal of Self-realization.
This talk was live-streamed in English.