“All there is is Krishna.”
Upon hearing this famous and enigmatic line from the Gita’s seventh chapter when he was a boy, Ravi Ravindra embarked on a journey to understand its deep meaning. The search led him far beyond the tradition from which the text originally arose to an exploration of world mystical wisdom, including Zen, Christianity, Yoga, and particularly the teachings of J. Krishnamurti and G. I. Gurdjieff. Dr. Ravindra’s fresh prose translation with wide-ranging commentary is the fruit of that lifelong process. It stands out from the many other versions with its assertion that the Bhagavad Gita is at heart a universal guide to navigating the battle of life required of each and every one of us. It is through that navigation, he shows, that we can discover and connect with the Krishna deep within ourselves: the Eternal Witness who is above the battle, and who is, ultimately and joyfully, all there is.
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"Ravindra’s book speaks so splendidly (yes, with a radiant splendor) to the heart-mind of the student: he has surely listened so well to Krishna that the words fairly sing (after all, it is a “song”) in one’s being, touching both heart and mind! I particularly appreciated too the several footnotes that opened up the fullness of meaning of so many of the Sanskrit words in the original text. It is a work to be lived with, to be turned to again and again, as it speaks to the core of one’s being." —Joy Mills, Former President of the Theosophical Society in America and Australia
"This engaging new rendition of one of the world’s most venerated works opens up many of its dimensions that have usually been hidden. Ravindra’s version brought me closer to the actual experience behind the meaning of the text than any other translation that I’ve read." —Richard Smoley, author of The Dice Game of Shiva: How Consciousness Creates the Universe