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Our Most Dear Friend: An Illustrated Bhagavad-Gita for Children Hardcover – Jan 1 1996

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Torchlight Publishing (Jan. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887089047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887089043
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 0.9 x 28.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,043,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ages 5^-8. The Bhagavad-gita, one of the holy writings of the Hindu religion, is presented here as a story that will be accessible to children. It begins in long-ago India when Arjuna Pandava is about to fight a war and asks Lord Krishna for aid and advice. Krishna, the supreme Lord, plays the part of a chariot driver and describes to Pandava the workings of the spiritual world: "When your service to Me never stops and is done only for My pleasure, and when you are friendly to every living being, I will lead you from this world of birth and death." Krishna describes the soul's presence in every living thing, how all living things are part of the Creator, and introduces reincarnation (though not by that name). The eye-catching art is an amalgam of traditional Hindu artwork and modern photography. These montages can be quite dramatic, as in a tableau that traces the ages of man, beginning with a newborn and ending with a pile of bones. Libraries serving an Indian population will want this; others may find that it adds diversity to their collection. Ilene Cooper

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Our Most Dear Friend presents the essence of the Bhagavad-gita, the timeless scripture that forms the basis of India's sublime spiritual culture. Through the simple yet captivating paintings, text and photographic montages, children of every race, nationality and religion will deepen their understanding of God, themselves, their relationship with God and all his children everywhere.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa1171c18) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa118d678) out of 5 stars Great photography, Great message! Dec 29 1999
By Susanne - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Vishaka's Bhagavad-gita for Children has been one of my 11-yr. old's favorite books since we first purchased it 3 years ago. Kids of almost any age can appreciate the brightly-colored, mind-capturing illustrations/photographs, and the spiritual message of the Bhagavad-gita is presented at just the right reading level for elementary-grade readers to understand. All in all, the presentation is very attractive and will appeal to any child, anywhere. This book provides a great yet subtle way to introduce good values and principles of good character into the minds of our children, as well as a healthy respect for the concept of a supreme, loving God.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa118d6cc) out of 5 stars Combines text with beautiful paintings & superb photography Feb. 5 2001
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Our Most Dear Friend is an excellent picturebook introduction for young readers to the Bhagavad-gita, the world's oldest religious scripture. This "Song of God" originated about five thousands years ago and is still read and revered by 850 million Hindus around the world. Highly recommended for school and community multicultural picturebook collections. Our Most Dear Friend combines text with beautiful paintings and superb photography.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa118db04) out of 5 stars My kids love it!!! March 28 2013
By Eternal Bliss - Published on
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I have always wanted my kids to have a good spiritual foundation. So I encourage them to read the scriptures from different relegions and cultures. This book is designed in such a way that it would capture every one's attention with great illustrations. This is not a big book which is hard to carry. Only the essence of Bhagavad Gita is described in this book in an amazing way. I noticed that after reading this book, my kids are showing more love towards the whole creation. I just love this book and I recommend this to every body.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa118daec) out of 5 stars This is the BEST Gita! July 28 2011
By Bruce P. Grether - Published on
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Seriously, sometimes it takes someone who distills a text to its essence to derive the diamond from the carbon deposit. This brief, beautifully illustrated version of the Gita really does reveal the lustrous heart of the great scripture as never before. I love this and read it over and over again.

This little book, for those with eyes to see and ears to hear, contains the essence of all great teachings!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa118deac) out of 5 stars The Book Binding Needs Work Feb. 9 2012
By Jennifer Williams - Published on
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My son and I are embarking on a reading list designed to teach him about the religions of the world by starting off with one of the most ancient religious texts of all times, the Bhagavad-gita. Our family belongs to the United Methodist church, so introducing Hinduism to my six year old might seem a bit odd. But the motto of my church is "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors", and this is something that our household tries to follow. We have enough confidence in our own beliefs to boldly explore onward with our children

There weren't many options for books about the Bhagavad-gita for children, and perhaps there are better choices out there, but I purchased Our Most Dear Friend: An Illustrated Bhagavad-gita for Children because the price was right!

This is not a book about Hinduism for Western children, this seems to be a book by Hindus, for Hindus. That's okay with me. The book binding itself was quite horrible and I needed to reinforce part of it with mailing tape after just one reading. But if you can get past that part, the book is pretty neat. The pictures vary from beautiful, to bizarre, to beautifully bizarre. Major concepts about the sanctity of life and soul are clearly explained in a child appropriate way.