The Spiritual Import of the Mahabharata and the Bhagavadgita
by Swami Krishnananda


Rare is the opportunity for a spiritual seeker to hear words of wisdom spoken by a great sage. Speakers may be many, but true sages are few. His Holiness Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj is a learned and wise saint of the very highest order of attainment, and he is a person who has the marvelous gift to impart his wisdom to others in a clear and precise way. While his language can at times be highly philosophical in nature, the clarity and essential simplicity of his message nevertheless shines through.

To say that Swami Krishnananda is a lover of the Mahabrahata and the Bhagavadgita would be a tremendous understatement. The Bhagavadgita is a presence that fills his very being and is with him every step of the way. Swamiji spoke many times on its import and messageand gave others the inspiration and understanding to delve into this great gospel of Sri Krishna.

The residents and visitors to the Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh had many opportunities to hear Swami Krishnananda’s enlightening teachings, as he typically spoke every Sunday at the evening Satsang on various topics that were helpful and inspiring to the listeners. The talks that are included in this book come from Satsangs held between 3 June, 1979 and 3 February, 1980. Swami Krishnananda takes the listeners through the Mahabharata and through each of the chapters of the Bhagavadgita in successive talks, elucidating the main points in each chapter and giving insight and guidance for all. Always and in every case his teachings are practical and applicable in daily life. He takes the highest truths given in the Bhagavadgita and makes them relevant to every spiritual seeker. Not only his teachings, but also his very life are both wonderful gifts to all seekers of Truth.