Krishna and Arjuna: Battlefield conversation
The Bhagavad Gita (the "Song of the Lord") is considered the most important work of ancient Sanskrit literature. It is also, with the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, one of the greatest works on yoga. Part of the enormous epic poem the Mahabharata, the Gita tells the story of Arjuna, a warrior prince, who on the eve of battle experiences doubt and fear at the fighting to come. His charioteer, however, is none other than Lord Krishna, who strengthens his heart to face his destiny.
The Bhagavad Gita as a Living Experience
offers the unique combination of an expert Indologist, Wilfried Huchzermeyer, who examines the literary and mythic meaning of the text, and a yoga instructor, Jutta Zimmermann, who reveals the Gita's deep wisdom about yoga in all its four major forms (karma [action], jnana [knowledge], bhakti [devotion], dyana [meditation]) and shows how its wisdom can provide universal guidance for all humanity.
Yoga in recent years has been both demystified and increasingly guru-driven. Yet, the Truth that Yoga espouses is not something that is absent and far away, requiring great effort to find. Truth is present within you as the Life that is you. In Yoga of Heart
, Mark Whitwell explores the tantric dimension of hatha yoga and how we can forge a union of polarities within our body: above and below, front and back, left and right, male and female. Yoga of Heart
focuses especially on clearing the energy centers and meridians allowing practitioners to create a deeper intimacy with their partners and the vitalizing life forces in the universe.
Ruth Lauer-Manenti, a popular and highly regarded yoga teacher at the Jivamukti Yoga School in New York City, and herself a student of the Gita and Sanskrit, has been offering "dharma talks" that she gives to her students at the beginning of each yoga class. Lantern has collected some of these "dharma talks" in two books: An Offering of Leaves
and Sweeping the Dust
. These charmingly honest and open mini-essays (each prefaced by a yogic Sanskrit text, its phonetic transliteration, and English translation) offer reflections on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the commitments the genuine yogi makes to ahimsa
(nonviolence), compassion, and service.