In the Bhagavad Gita, Krsna exploys various teaching methods to aid Arjuna`s comprehension and to remove his misunderstandings. He often explains a difficult statement with the aid of a simile drawn from everyday human experience and the Bhagavadgita contains some of the most suggestive and beautiful similes in the entire sacred literature of Hinduism. The similes of Krsna add a beautiful visual dimension to words and invite reflection and exploration.
In this text, Prof. Rambachan has chosen twelve similes for reflection. They deal with diverse but interrelated matters such as the nature of the self, death, scriptures, self-control, peace, wisdom and the nature of God. These similes offer an exciting entrance into the Hindu world-view and the author invites us to explore the inexhaustible richness of each image.
About the Author:
Anantanand Rambachan is Professor of Religion at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, USA. He is the author of several books, numerous book-chapters, and referee journal articles.
"...Each of the similes contains inexhaustible richness of meaning to which the author adds significant classification. The similes open up an easy entrance to the basic Hindu thought which other wise could be elusive for easy comprehension. An interesting book, it must not be missed by any one." - The Astrological Magazine
"This is a very good first text for those who want to look at spirituality as expounded in the Gita. The author has chosen his smiles well because the ground covered is so comprehensive." - The Vedanta Kesari