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Whether you’ve never read the Bhagavad Gita, are a student of eastern religious teachings, or just someone interested in spirituality in general, Lord Sri Krishna's Commandments: Timeless Secrets Extracted from Priceless Scriptures by Vinayak Raghuvamshi is a useful read. Although the Gita is an ancient religious text, the author’s stated approach is a simple and modern one: “Totally spiritual and scientific. Nothing religious about it.” His emphasis is on specific commandments found in the Gita. “Timeless secrets extracted from priceless scriptures for success, happiness, peace, prosperity and liberation.” In addition to discussing these commandments, Raghuvamshi provides summaries on topics such as food, devotion, and speech. He also provides a list of references and links for those readers who may wish to investigate or study the Bhagavad Gita further.
In Lord Sri Krishna's Commandments, Raghuvamshi distills the Gita to eighteen simple statements. The object is a positive life transformation as the reader receives divine love and grace in studying and applying these statements or commandments to one’s life. They are universal in spirit and applicable to followers of any faith since they touch on core concepts of spirituality found in all major religions. Except for the specific mention of God, most of these commandments are also applicable to people who follow a humanistic philosophy as well. For example: “2. A calm mind is essential for achieving liberation. Learn to handle both pain and pleasure calmly.” Or, “15. Be fearless. Be gentle. Be strong. These are essential for Goodness to thrive.” In today’s world, anything that encourages people to be peaceful and happy in themselves and to work towards the peace and happiness of others is a praiseworthy thing and well worth reading.