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An Introduction to Bhagavat Vedanta

by Sravaniya DiPecoraro

$19.99 Paperback
$14.99 E-book
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Pages 258
Barefoot Philosopher Press
2nd edition (August 3, 2017)
Size 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
ISBN-10: 9889911116
ISBN-13: 978-9889911119

Book Details

This comprehensive guide to the Bhagavad-Gita (“Song of God”) provides an accessible and readable introduction to yoga philosophy. Sravaniya DiPecoraro, an experienced yoga teacher, astrologer and occult specialist, explains the basic principles of Vedanta, debunks popular myths and shows how an understanding of the five main subjects of the text helps the reader to penetrate the often mysterious workings of karma and fate, and understand the relationship between the self and the Higher Self. This book deals with complex ideas clearly, provocatively and authoritatively. It succinctly illustrates some of the similarities and differences among major philosophical schools East and West. It grasps the common thread running through them and provides the reader with keys for understanding the essential spiritual teachings of yoga.

News and Reviews

“Basic Bhagavad-gita gives one an authorized interpretation in disciplic succession, based on the 'Bhagavad-gita As It Is' by His Divine A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. With clarity and devotional potency, Srimati Sravaniya will help bring people from all walks of life to their own natural spiritual nature.”
- Bhakti Brhat Bhagavata Swami; Tridandi Sannyasi, ISKCON; 
Director, Bhaktivedanta College of Education and Culture; 
Senior Facilitator, Mayapur Institute of Higher Education


“Intellectually stimulating to read. Granted that Bhagavad Gita is a complex subject rich with philosophy, expositions, arguments, counter arguments and sastric injunctions conveyed by Lord Krishna to the Pandava prince, Arjuna at the battlefield of Kurushetra, Sravaniya is sympathetic to the novice reader bound to be overwhelmed by this sheer complexity. She invites the reader to explore the Bhagavad Gita in a mood conducive for its successful study. An interesting interplay of topics, inclusion of anecdotes, personal and professional observations, in text citations from His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami’s writings, as well as from other sacred Vedic treatises. Insights of sages and great thinkers not only from India but from other Eastern and Western cultures keep readers engaged, enable them to reflect on their own thoughts and practices, and arouse their interest to read Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada’s BhagavadGita As it Is.”
- Dr. Sridevi Sriniwass (Sridevi Gaurangi devi dasi);
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, 
University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur


“I send my congratulations and admiration to my spiritual sister Sravaniya DiPecoraro on the publishing of the second edition of her Basic Bhagavad-Gita. She fills her writing with the deep wisdom and easy natural style that come from a lifetime of devoted spiritual study and practice. There is much benefit and much happiness to be gained from her book and I congratulate her on this literary achievement.”
- Hridayananda dasa Goswami Acharyadeva
(Howard J. Resnick, Ph.D.),
Vedic translator, founder of Krishna West


“I am glad to see the new edition of Sravaniya’s Basic Bhagavad Gita and it is certainly our good fortune that it is now available as an e-book. She has been teaching the message of Bhagavad Gita for close to 50 years now and is most qualified to reveal the secrets ofVedic wisdom. Her presentation of the five subject matters of the Gita is clear and instructive. Her language portrays the love which she feels for the Gita and her insights are worthy of hearing even for the enlightened. I feel benefitted from studying her text and I have no doubt in recommending it to others.” Om tat sat,
- Swami B. V. V. Narasimha;
ISKCON Far East Regional Secretary


“In Basic Bhagavad-Gītā we find a rare blend of masterfully crafted commentary together with a bounty of helpful background in yoga philosophy. Clear, precise and complete, Sravaniya DiPecoraro untangles the complexities and nuances of the Bhagavad Gītā for yogis and scholars alike. Thorough and engaging.”
- David Life, Co-founder Jiva Mukti Yoga Center, NYC


“Goodness! What a book you have created: an absorbing read, layer after layer of insights, anecdotes, explanations, and quotes from Confucius to Le Carre to Betty Freidan. Bravo! I hope this does very well — although, as anyone knows who has labored on a work of devotion as much as you have here, the reward is in the offering.”
- Joshua M. Greene, Professor, filmmaker, 
Author of Swami in a Strange Land

Reader Reviews
“As I had practiced yoga for more than four years, I started to have an interest in the history and philosophy behind the yoga system. Sravaniya's book about Bhagavad-Gita is clear, easy to understand and perfect for people who want to have a basic understanding of Vedic knowledge.
Beyond my expectation, I got way more than I expected from this book. I am really glad that I found it and got a chance to meet Sravaniya in person.”
- Saron Z., Hong Kong