Sigh…Love this beautiful piece of literature. Definitely required reading! Probably the best-known of all Indian scriptures, The Gita, as it’s lovingly referred to, literally means ‘the song of God’. Taken from the great epic of theMahabharata, The Gita dramatically takes place on a battlefield where the young warrior Arjuna turns in despair to God for answers to this war that’s about to be waged. Taking the form of Krishna, God takes the reigns of Arjuna’s battle chariot and proceeds to counsel and advise him in regards to the tough questions of life and the war ahead. This is a timeless classic – as relevant today as it was when it was written (somewhere between the 2nd and 5thcentury BC). I’ve read that Gandhi didn’t make a move without consulting The Gita for wisdom, inspiration, and guidance. I have several wonderful translations; my two current faves are “The Living Gita” by Swami Satchidananda and “The Bhagavad Gita” by Eknath Easwaran.
The famous yogi Dharma Mittra (NYC) was quoted once as saying something to the effect of ‘practicing yoga without also studying these three essential texts, is like eating spaghetti without the sauce’.
Lisa Bracken teaches yoga at The Canebrake as well as at NSU in Tahlequah. As a child, she used to enjoy her spaghetti plain; just butter and cheese. These days as an adult and yogini, she savors the sauce and enjoys a bite of sustenance everyday.