Fraught with feelings of self-doubt and hopelessness, a great warrior collapses in self-defeat, posing questions for his charioteer, just before the immense battle begins on the plain of Kuruksetra. It is as if there was an interruption of the epic story of the Mahabharata, which pauses dramatically for the dialogue between teacher, Sri Krsna, and his disciple, Arjuna, which is known as the Bhagavadgita. This dialogue has been handed down as part of the oral Vedic tradition in an unbroken line of knowledge for more than 5000 years. And despite such antiquity, Arjunaês questions remain just as relevant today, because the human sense of insufficiency and desire for fulfillment are timeless. Fortunately for Arjuna ãand for all of us ãthe solution is also timeless. Sri Krsna teaches him the knowledge about the ultimate truth of the Self, the essential nature of the human being, covering the topics of dharma (appropriate action to fulfill what must be done) and yoga (to do so unmoved by the results of such action), while keeping a vision of Isvara (the Cause and the Order that is the Universe) in order to attain moksa, final liberation from the human sense of limitation. With an unwavering dedication to the original Sanskrit and to the tradition of Advaita Ved‘nta, Gloria Arieira unfolds the beauty and clarity of the message that is the Bhagavadgita the very knowledge of the Self that removed Arjunaês confusion, allowing him to rise to his feet once again.
About the Author(s)
GLORIA ARIEIRA studied Vedanta, Sanskrit, Vedic chanting, and meditation in India between 1974 and 1978, under the guidance of Swami Dayananda Saraswati, at the Sandipani Sadhanalaya ashram in Mumbai, and in two other ashrams in Rishikesh and Uttarkashi. Her pilgrimage has led her throughout the years to several temples and holy sites around India, including Gomukh, Gangotri, Badrinath ãthe cavern where Vyasa wrote the Mahabharata ãand Jyoshimath, the center for study founded by none other than Sri Sankara himself. For more than 30 years, she has taught Vedanta and Sanskrit regularly at her center for Vedic studies, Vidya Mandir, in Rio de Janeiro, as well as at other institutes throughout her native Brazil and in Portugal. She has translated and published many books on Ved‘nta into Portuguese.