Bhagavad-gita Replaces The Art of War

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Has the Bhagavad Gita replaced The Art of War as the hip new ancient Eastern management text? Check out this article from Businessweek:

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1 sita-pati

I bought that book, “Bhagavad Gita on Effective Leadership.”. It’s not a verse by verse commentary but rather something like a summary. It is impersonal in its philosophy, and reduces all of Krishna’s teachings on transcendence to mundane managerial advice.

Of course Bhagavad-gita does have a lot of wisdom to offer in the area of effective leadership, without a doubt. However, it doesn’t have to be done in such a way that it becomes a) impersonal, and b) obscures the transcendental aspect.

After reading this I became inspired to publish my own commentary on the first chapter of the Gita, written a year before as a personal exercise in applying the contents of the Gita to the area of leadership. You can download it from the free ebooks section on my website at

Another book that has recently come out is “The Yoga of the Bhagavad-gita“, by the Self Realization Fellowship (Paramahamsa Yogananda’s organization).

Even the cover of the book looks like one of ours.

That would have been a good one for one of us to have written. Anyway, we must increase our literary output and flood Amazon with our own Gaudiya Vaisnava literature for the modern age.

Comment posted by sita-pati on November 13th, 2007
2 Suresh das

The “Art of War” is very apropos for understanding business and politics in the material world. For instance it states that if an opposing army actually seeks war it will act very quietly and secretly. If one’s enemy actually desires peace, they will brandish about their weaponry, and make a show of war. This can be seen in practically in current events between President Bush and Iran. President Bush is always speaking of war and threatening war with Iran, but at least according to the principals of the “Art of War”, he actually desires peace. The real premise and purpose of Bhagavad-gita, is to understand the Song of God. It only superficially takes place on a battlefield.

Comment posted by Suresh das on November 16th, 2007

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