Old Wine In A New Bottle

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Bhagavad Gita means “Song of the Spirit,” the divine communion of truth-realisation between man and his Creator, the teachings of Spirit through the soul, that should be sung unceasingly. The underlying essential truths of all great world scriptures can find common amity in the infinite wisdom of the Gita‘s mere 700 concise verses. The entire knowledge of the cosmos is packed into the Gita. Supremely profound, yet couched in revelatory language of solacing beauty and simplicity, the Gita has been understood and applied on all levels of human endeavor and spiritual striving—sheltering a vast spectrum of human beings with their disparate natures and needs. Wherever one is on the way back to God, the Gita will shed its light on that segment of the journey.

This is exactly what I had been expecting when I received Gita – The Battle of the Worlds for review. Written by Sonal Sachdev Patel and Jemma Waynne –Khattan, this 90-pager book has a very different approach to the traditional set-up.

Late 80s and 90s, aired BR Chopra’s Mahabharata – my favourite mythology so far. Gita opens with the story of a boy called Dev who recently lost his father and just had a fight with his elder brother.  He is sad to see his mother looking so sad and colourless with empty forehead.  He is lost and needs help. This is when Sanjay aka talks to him.  

Yes, the same thought ran through my head. Is this Gita? After two pages, I yawned and kept is aside. I picked up the book again over weekend. This time it made all sense. Sanjay, a tiny butterfly-human then enters the body of Dev. He starts from his bowels, fixing things as they go. Slowly he moves up and finally to the brain. Basically, this is nothing but the path of chakras of the body and finally enlightenment.  In every chakra or level, the conflicts are identified and resolved. 

It is a perfect read for 9-13 year olds to understand the Gita

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