Song of the Lord

The Bhagavad Gita

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
196 Pages
Reviewed on 06/15/2013
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Author Biography

Thomas Paul Emerson is a retired meditation instructor, clinical hypnotherapist, and award-winning author. Born in Southern California and a devote Christian since childhood, in the 70's he found himself fascinated by the teachings of Krishnamurti, Nisargadatta, and Muktananda. He used to go to Ojai California to see Krishnamurti, whom he considered his guru. His first book "The Yoga Sutras for a 21st Century," he wrote as a guidebook for a weekly meditation group that he started in 1997. Emerson wrote four more books, the latest of which "Song of the Lord," won a Gold Medal from the Independent Publishers Association in 2012. This great epic begins on a battlefield in India, on a predawn morning just before a terrible war, Krishna explains to a young prince in anguish, the purpose of our life here on earth, the true nature of the soul, and what happens to us after we die. No other literary work so beautifully and clearly describes this human quest for truth, and reveals the hidden mysteries of the universe-- that Krishna says lay hidden deep within our own soul. This classic is sure to elevate your mind and expand your understanding. If you are at all interested in enlightenment, this book is a must read!
Emerson is currently a member of the International Association of Clinical Hypnotherapy, for which he has served as vice president, and he was also a member of the International Medical & Dental Hypnotherapy Association, and the National Society of Hypnotherapy.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

“Song of the Lord: The Bhagavad Gita” is author Thomas Paul Emerson’s interpretation or retelling of the Bhagavad Gita. The Gita is a Hindu poem and scripture similar to how Christians see poems in Psalms as scripture. The Bhagavad Gita tells the story of two cousins at war: Pandava and Arjuna. The focus is on Arjuna during the early morning hours on the battlefield. Arjuna was in great distress; he had no desire to fight a war against his family, so the young prince turned to his charioteer, Krishna, for counsel. Krishna instructed the young man in the significance of life as we know it, the real nature of the soul and what ensues after death; he explains Arjuna’s destiny. Krishna is considered God personified by the Eastern religion, believed to have been born over one thousand years before Christ.

Thomas Emerson’s interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita (which means Song of the Lord) is well done. He has taken something difficult for Westerner’s to understand and simplified it, allowing readers to gain a greater understanding of the Eastern religion, Hinduism. The author thoroughly researched this topic. While he is a Christian he is also fascinated by the teachings of Krishna. This book has been compared to the Message, a version of the Christian Bible that simplifies the scriptures by using contemporary language. Readers will find this translation of the Bhagavad Gita easy to read and understand. Both scholars and laymen will find “The Song of the Lord” an incomparable addition to their library.