Testimonials

What People Are Saying About The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita

“It is doubtful that there has been a more important spiritual writing in the past 50 years than this soul-stirring, monumental work. Through a mind blessed with special clarity, Swami Kriyananda has brought us his most vivid memories of the explanations by Paramhansa Yogananda of the Bhagavad Gita, allowing us to hear with greater vibrancy than ever before the Melodies of the Divine. At last the “Lord’s Song” is not a mystery to our mind, but music to our ears! What a gift! What a treasure! My personal gratitude to Swami Kriyananda shall be everlasting.”
— Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversations with God

“Swami Kryiyanada’s book is a jewel that is perfect for newcomers to the power and depth of the Bhagavad Gita and for those who draw daily upon its wisdom.  I hold this book in my heart as a blessing to all and recommend it to every individual who intends to use his/her life to create a world of harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life.”
—Gary Zukav, author of The Seat of the Soul and The Dancing Wu Li Masters

“The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita is a brilliant text that will greatly enhance the spiritual life of every reader.”
— Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit
and Sacred Contracts

“This book is filled with deep wisdom and heartfelt counsel. It has the power to change your life.”
—Bernie Siegel, M.D. author of 101 Exercises for the Soul and Love, Medicine and Miracles

“Swami Kriyananda is a man of wisdom and compassion in action, truly one of the leading lights in the spiritual world today. His work and life of selfless service are an inspiration to us all. By cogently sharing with us what his own master, the sage Yogananda, taught about how to integrate this ancient yet timeless wisdom into contemporary life, the light he sheds on the verses of the classic Bhagavad Gita will help illumine the way of awakening for many years to come. I heartily recommend this work to every seeker of God, truth, and sacred living, and have read it will great interest myself. Offered respectfully, with gratitude to the masters’ lineage.”
— Lama Surya Das, Dzogchen Center, author of Awakening The Buddha Within: Eight Steps to Enlightenment, and Letting Go Of The Person You Used To Be

“Swami Kriyananda’s writes with the same spirit of compassion and intelligence displayed by his teacher,  Paramhansa Yogananda.  In this extraordinary book, he honors this lineage, showing with great mastery how this message is more relevant and compelling than ever.”
—Dean Ornish, M.D. author of  Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease and Love & Survival

“This truly appears to be a masterpiece; a monumental work … The very existence of this book will fill the mind of whoever reads it with awe and wonder. It will prove to be a reliable source of insight into some of the greatest questions humans have ever asked about the nature of the world — and of life, death, and consciousness. The Bhagavad Gita, here in a uniquely authoritative version, is truly a scripture for all mankind”.
— Prof. Ervin Laszlo Ph.D., nominee for Nobel Peace Prize, president of the Club of Budapest International, advisor to UNESCO, author of Science and the Reenchantment of the Cosmos

“This profound vision of the great yogi Paramhansa Yogananda opens a new window that lets the wisdom light of the Bhagavad Gita, the words of the Blessed One, shine as a source of sublime peace in the hearts of many.”
— Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, author of: The Healing Power of Mind; Boundless Healing; and Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth

“As seemingly always, Swami Kriyananda has produced another gem of wisdom and compassion in The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita. In his own unique way he has captured the wisdom and the clarity of the Gita in this profoundly moving story within one of the greatest stories ever told. If you haven’t read the Gita before, this will open your heart and mind to its teachings as it was revealed to Kriyananda’s teacher Paramhansa Yogananda and told movingly by the great Yogi’s disciple. I loved reading this.”
— Fred Alan Wolf, Ph. D., physicist, AKA Dr. Quantum, author of Dr. Quantum’s Little Book of Big Ideas, and The Yoga of Time Travel

“Great souls, great minds, and even greater wisdom combine here to open doors to the evolution of consciousness and spirit.  Not in recent times has there been a work in which the very Presence of the illumined teachers have been rendered so present and available. This book is a gift to our time from once and future times. The very reading of it quickens the soul as it enlightens the path that humanity may take.”
Jean Houston, author of Jump time and A Passion for the Possible

“Swami Kriyananda has eloquently made the divine work and teachings (the practical application of Kriya Yoga) of Paramhansa Yogananda available in our daily lives. This book will definitely help the reader to achieve inner bliss and complete the four pillars of life: dharma, artha, kama and moksha. It is a great work that should be a part of one’s daily practice.”
— Vasant Lad, MASc. founder of the Ayurvedic Institute, author of Textbook of Ayurveda

“People are confused about the ultimate destination of human life and existence.  Where did we come from, why are we here, and where does this life lead to?  Swami Kriyananda-ji is the most experienced philosopher that could help us understand how the Bhagavad Gita answers these questions. Through The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, people will be introduced to self-realization and God realization, thus helping them to discover their divine nature and potential.  As a society reaches this understanding, the walls of discrimination, confusion, and hatred will crumble.  As a result, a world with pure knowledge of peace and consciousness will thrive.”
Bikram Choudhury, Founder and President of Bikram’s Yoga College of India and author of Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class

“The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita presents a refreshing new vision of this ancient classic that is particularly relevant to the contemporary mind. The book, reflecting the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, perhaps the greatest Yoga guru ever to reside in the western world in the twentieth century, offers much important insight relative to the challenges of the spiritual life today and how to meet them in a clear and comprehensive manner.”
— David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri), founder of the American Institute Of Vedic Studies, author of Yoga and the Sacred Fire, and Yoga and Ayurveda

“In this inspiring new edition of the Bhagavad Gita, Swami Kriyananda skillfully brings an ancient teaching of eternal truth into the light of modern understanding through his careful recalling of Paramhansa Yogananda’s words as well as his own diligent scholarship.
— Vyaas Houston, founder of the American Sanskrit Institute

“Recasting the message of the Bhagavad Gita, the timeless scripture of India, Swami Kriyananda captures the essence of a yogic tradition that his master, Paramhansa Yogananda, embodies.”
— Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Ph.D. Spiritual Head, Himalayan Institute

“Swami Kriyananda truly captures the depth of the scriptures and the voice of his Guru in The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita. Only a yogi who is the direct descendent of an authentic lineage with in-depth experiences of yoga can truly reveal the hidden secrets and mystical messages of the scriptures that are often missed in the interpretation of philosophers, pundits and psychologists. This commentary provides insightful teachings for true seekers and practitioners of yoga.”
— Yogi Amrit Desai, founder, Amrit Yoga Institute

“On the eve of war, a despairing soldier calls out to God for guidance-and God responds. Paramhansa Yogananda, one of the best loved saints of modern times, helps us understand God’s answer. Yogananda’s insights are stunning, unexpected, and profoundly wise. This is the Bhagavad Gita as we’ve never seen it before. Highly recommended!”
— Linda Johnsen, author, Daughters of the Goddess: The Women Saints of India

“This is one of the most deeply satisfying books I have ever read. Never before have I heard spiritual truths explained so clearly and winningly. The central questions of our existence are answered with extraordinary insight and usefulness. The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita lovingly reveals the secrets essential for uniting our lives with the vastness of Spirit.”
— Joseph Cornell, founder of Sharing Nature Worldwide, author of Sharing Nature with Children, and Listening to Nature

“This book is galvanizing! I’ve taught many patients in my medical practice simple yoga and meditation exercises to reduce their stress and anxiety levels. Frequently, they’ll come back to me wanting to learn the philosophy and spiritual teachings that are behind these incredibly beneficial Yoga techniques. At last, I have the perfect book to recommend as their next step. Beautifully written and – most importantly, for people like my patients – filled with HOPE, these Gita commentaries of Paramhansa Yogananda are spiritually awakening yet eminently understandable for the neophyte. Even those who have studied yoga teachings for a lifetime will undoubtedly find this book deeply insightful and spiritually thrilling.”
Peter Van Houten, M.D. co-author of Yoga Therapy for Overcoming Insomnia and Yoga Therapy for Headache Relief

“Very inspiring! The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita reveals the vision of a yogi. Swami Kriyananda’s words are fresh, lucid and yet very sublime. They flow joyously like the Ganges toward the ocean of God-realization.”
— Swami Nikhilananda, Regional Head, Chinmaya Mission, Delhi, author, The Art of Forgiveness