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Sai Baba Gita
The Way to Self-Realization and Liberation in this Age
«Gita means song. But the Gita is no ordinary song. It is the divine song of emancipation. It is given by God to free us of the illusions that have kept us bound. The Gita celebrates our highest truth, the atma. Atma means self. But atma also means God. Atma is our god-self, our true self. And since God is always one, atma is the one true self of everyone and everything. Illusion makes it appear as the many. Our destiny is to dispel the clouds of illusion so that our truth is revealed and the atma is realized. That is self-knowledge.»
In August and September 1984 Sai Baba spoke in daily discourses to the students on the Gita in Telugu, his native language. With the intention of making these teachings widely available, this book was prepared by Al Drucker in the present edition. The original discourses of Sai Baba have been freely edited to clarify difficult passages and to convert the spoken words into easily readable text. The primary focus was on clarity in conveying Baba's teachings to the Western reader, rather than on literal translation.
Synopsis: Sai Baba; An Introduction to the Gita; The Essence of the Gita; Love and Duty; Transformation of Man into God; The Path of Wisdom; Find God in your own Heart; The three Stages on the Spiritual Path; Love and Sacrifice - the Cure for Desire and Anger; Know your Real Self; Master your Senses; Jealousy and Hatred; Truth and good Character; Seeing the one Self in Everyone; Surrender your mind to God; Do your Duty without concern for the Results; The Yoga of Action; Developing the inner Vision; Remove Body-Consciousness and Realize God.
Al Drucker came to America as a young boy fleeing from Nazi Germany. In his professional career, he was part of the team managing the country's ballistic missile programs. He served with NASA, the National Academy of Science and various governmental bodies. After becoming disillusioned with his lifestyle, he went to stay at Esalen Institute, a humanistic growth center in California. There, he became a rolfer, an acupuncturist and a holistic health teacher. One day, while piloting an airplane over the mountains, he was caught in a violent blizzard. He became lost and ran out of fuel. Inexplicably, just when all hope had faded, a mysterious voice came on the radio and guided him to safety. Seeking the source of that voice he was led to Sai Baba in India.
Subsequently, he made 25 trips to Sai Baba and finally stayed in India for eight years, to immerse himself in spiritual studies. During that time, he taught at Sai Baba's university, gave lectures on spiritual topics to overseas visitors and published Sai Baba Gita. Returning to America he cofounded Atma Institute, a nonprofit school based on spiritual principles. Now he lives in the mountains of Colorado, where he writes and contemplates the truth.
Last Updated Saturday, December 26, 1998
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