Dharma: “The Great Work Of Your Life”

Cope-CoverSmallThis book could be the What Color is Your Parachute? for a new generation. It’s inspirational for anyone of any age going through a period of transition–maybe you’re finding out your parachute has a few holes in it?  But, what does a book on finding one’s true calling have to do with yoga?

Stephen Cope’s The Great Work of Your Life looks to the 2000 year-old yoga text, The Bhagavad Gita, an allegory about the path to dharma (true calling in simple terms), told through a dialogue between the Warrior Arjuna and his divine mentor, Krishna.  Arjuna is riding  “shotgun” (ok, “archer?”)  in the  chariot, piloted by the diving Krishna who is extolling advice over the course of an epic battle.  Cope shows us how Arjuna’s military career and moral dilemmas aren’t so different from our own or from luminaries like Walt Whitman, Susan B Anthony and even Beethoven.  We learn that Krishna’s advice is timeless and relevant to all of us looking for fulfillment in the modern world.  BTW, the “The Gita” is probably one of the most accessible yogic texts and has influenced people like Ghandi and Martin Luther King.

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