The Bhagavad-Gita

- through Fabrice Groult

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Some texts are infinite. The more we dive into them, the more meaning unfolds. There Bhagavad Gita is of these. This great spiritual poem, called "The Song of the Blessed", is the pure essence of yoga. It is situated beyond tradition, drawing its origin from a time so distant that it escapes us. No one knows when it was written. Some date it to the XNUMXth century BC; for others, it comes from the XNUMXst century AD. This poem was integrated into the great epic of the Mahabarrata, but it is itself a gem in the rough. Arjuna about to fight, refuses to enter the battle, desperate to kill brave warriors who are both his family and his friends. Krishna, the sacred coachman, then gives him a fundamental lesson: do not reject action, but reject the fruit of action. Act according to your duty without seeking your own good. By renouncing the fruits of action, one reaps a thousand fruits since one merges into the Self. This essential text shows the way that leads to fulfillment, because by abandoning results, honors and selfish desires, our whole life becomes an offering. This is how spirituality can govern our most earthly activities: “The equanimity of yoga / It is to be open both to failure / To success is to control oneself / It is to act without anything to wait for ".

The Bhagavad-Gita exposes the most fundamental truths of human existence in clear, poetic, moving language. This new edition, which transcribes Stephen Mitchell's translation, brings out the meaning thanks to the verses that reveal the song. Very beautiful images of mandalas respond with color and symbol to these powerful words. A text by Gandhi completes this book, showing how this philosophical poem can carry and illuminate a life.

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Fabrice Groult

Fabrice Groult is an adventurer, photographer and Buddhist who has traveled the world since a young age. After studying Buddhism in India, he embarked on an eighteen-month journey through Asia that took him to the Himalayas, where he discovered his passion for photography. Since then, he has traveled the world capturing images of Buddhist beauty and wisdom. He was a guide for ten years, and is now a journalist with Buddhist News.

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