Lord Siva’s Song: The Isvara Gita
Lord Siva’s Song: The Isvara Gita is translated by Andrew J. Nicholson, who also provides the notes and introduction. Lord Siva’s Song is a philosophical poem that is as valid today, with the popularity of yoga in 21st century, as it was when it was created centuries ago. Nicholson provides readers with a fascinating look at the teachings of the Pashupatas, who worshipped Shiva. The Pashupatas would have a lasting influence on the development of Hinduism, Nicholson writes when introducing the importance of this text. The introduction, which is 23 pages with an additional five pages of notes, is a solid, academic explanation of the importance of Lord Siva’s Song for today and in the past. Lord Siva’s Song defines spiritual exercises that will lead one to self-transcendence and absolute freedom.
Although it is less well-known than the Bhagavad Gita (which is the Song of Lord Krishna), Lord Siva’s Song is an important work as Shiva is considered one the primary Hindu gods. The 11 parts of Nicholson’s translation of the Isvara Gita are followed by extensive notes, the Sanskrit text, and a useful glossary. This is an academic text sure to be accessible to many interested yogis today.
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