- Paperback: 548 pages
- Publisher: Michael Beloved (9 December 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0979391652
- ISBN-13: 978-0979391651
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.1 x 25.4 cm
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Brahma Yoga Bhagavad Gita Paperback – Import, 9 Dec 2008
About the Author
Michael Beloved (Yogi Madhvacharya) took his current body in 1951 in Guyana. In 1965, while living in Trinidad, he instinctively began doing yoga postures and tried to make sense of the supernatural side of life. Later on, in 1970, in the Philippines, he approached a Martial Arts Master named Mr. Arthur Beverford, explaining to the teacher that he was seeking a yoga instructor. Mr. Beverford identified himself as an advanced disciple of Rishi Singh Gherwal, an astanga yoga master. Mr. Beverford taught the traditional Ashtanga Yoga with stress on postures, attentive breathing and brow chakra centering meditation. In 1972, Madhvacharya entered the Denver Colorado Ashram of Kundalini Yoga Master Sri Harbhajan Singh. There he took instruction in Bhastrika Pranayama and its application to yoga postures. He was supervised mostly by Yogi Bhajan's disciple named Prem Kaur. In 1979 Madhvacharya formally entered the disciplic succession of the Brahma-Madhava-Gaudiya Sampradaya through Swami Kirtanananda, who was a prominent sannyasi disciple of the Great Vaishnava Authority Sri Swami Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada, the exponent of devotion to Sri Krishna. After carefully studying and practicing the devotional process introduced by Swami Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada, Madhvacharya was inspired to do a translation of the Bhagavad Gita, which is published with commentary, under the title of Bhagavad Gita Explained. The same translation without commentary is published as Bhagavad Gita English. And the same with Sanskrit text and word-for-word meanings, is published as Bhagavad Gita Revealed. He published a second commentary for Kriya yogins, under the title of Kriya Yoga Bhagavad Gita. This publication, his third commentary is for brahma yogins. It was dictated to him by Mahasiddha Swami Nityananda, who no longer uses a gross body and whose contact he experienced through clairvoyance and clairaudience.
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The reader is taken through the Bhagavid Gita, step by step, with each verse interpreted with Brahama Yoga style transcription. The author explains in detail the meaning of Brahma yoga and how it relates to energy of the psyche.
What I like most about this book is the way the author translates the passages. Each and every passage of the Gita has the original Sanskrit writing followed by the pronunciation and the literal tanslation, word-for-word. This is an amazing feat in itself but the author goes on to add the English interpretation to that literal translation. Not only that but he also includes a commentary guided through him by his guru Siddha Swami Nityananda. Although Nityananda died in 1961 Yogi Madhvacarya (Michael Beloved) received the psychic direction to write the commentary.
As far as I'm concerned, this is a very powerful book lending itself as a masterpiece in the world of yoga. As I read the verses I compared them to the The Bhagavad-Gita as translated by Barbara Stoler Miller. Michael Beloved's and Miller's translation of the Gita, although somewhat different in composition, are refreshingly similar in intrpretation. I also compared this book, Brahma Yoga Bhagavad Gita to Michael Beloved's other book, Kriya Yoga Bhagavad Gita, and found that although the interpretations are the same the commentaries are quite different. This might seem contradictory on the surface but the differences compound the understanding of the conflict that was going on inside the warrior Arjuna.
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