These Main Chapters and their Sub-headings give a general view of the contents.

CHAPTER 1. Significance of Human Conflict
• Bhagavad-gita - A Literary Marvel • The Qualitative Trend of Human Evolution • Freedom of Choice • Science of Human Evolution • Far Away from War • The Signboard to Bypass All Wars

CHAPTER 2. Beyond Conflicts
• The Question of Reincarnation • Mind - AChance Product of Matter? • Vaasanas and Genetics •The Dilemma ofthe Western Scientists • A Clue for the Scientist - ' the Sugar-cane Bow' • The Total Experience • The Phases of Greater Expression • Individuality • Personality and the Jeevaathman • Greater Vistas of Freedom • The Jeevanmuktha • The Physical World • In the Background of the Atom • Scientist Stops at SATH • Hawking's Zero and the Vedantic Vision • A New Perspective of Science • Timeless and Changeless • The Cosmic Dancer • The Timeless Baby

(A special note: The copies of the first edition of 'A Biological Introduction to the Bhagavad-gita' (Part 1) is now out of stock. A revised edition of the book, which will be brought out in the near future, will contain a study of the first six chapters of the Bhagavad-gita , instead of the two chapters contained in the present edition. We are planning to bring out all the eighteen chapters of the sacred text with this perspective in three volumes.)

When one makes a deep study of the concepts of India's spiritual heritage, one realizes that they are not based on blind faith but on deep inquiry and intuition. That is why India's traditional sciences and philosophy reveal a remarkable scientific temper. One can find that basically many fields of knowledge are so much highly interlinked that a study of some of the aspects inspired even a well-known scholar in dialectical materialism and a corresponding member of the erstwhile USSR Academy of Sciences, Professor Alexander Spirkin to write the following lines in his book 'Dialectical Materialism': "The sages of India discovered astonishingly subtle and profound psycho-biophysical connections between the human organism and cosmic and subterranian processes. They knew much that even today is beyond the ken of European scientific thought, or that it ignores, often trying to conceal its helplessness by asserting that oriental wisdom is mere mysticism, and thus showing its inability to distinguish the rational but not fully understandable essence from various figments of imagination....Does this not go to show an astonishingly high level of culture that should arouse our admiration, gratitude and desire to study! This knowledge could not have retained its vitality if it had not again and again been confirmed by practice."
("Dialectical Materialism" by Alexander Spirkin Pp 339-340 ,Progress Publishers, Moscow)
If explored into with an impartial outlook, these treasures of knowledge would provide clues for modern science to evolve a greater vision of life and universe.

The Sugarcane Bow and the
Five Sense Arrows held by Divine Mother Sri Lalithaambika

Modern science finds it difficult to explain how the electrical impulses in the brain are converted into mental experiences. The pages 35, 36, 37 and 38 of the book contains an illuminating discussion on how the symbolisation of the sugarcane bow and the five arrows of sense-energy Thanmaathra-s (Thanmaathra means 'own content' which signifies sense - information - energy packets) held by the Divine Mother indicates the profound knowledge of the Rishi-s about the nature of sense experience.

The Sign Board to Bypass All Wars

from Page 32

Bhagavad-gita, the practical science of human evolution, was related to Arjuna by Lord Krishna just before the great Mahabharata war broke out. The unique Epic the Mahabharatha, which includes the Bhagavad-gita, is really an anti-war classic and its basic purpose is to show man the great avenue within him that would take him to a super civilization of harmony and life's greater fulfilment.
But, is war the only means to protect and to maintain Dharma?
As mentioned above, in fact, the Mahabharatha is an anti-war classic. There is no other work in the world of literature that depicts so touchingly and graphically the horrors, pains and suffering brought about by a war. Then, does it suggest some way for a war free world? Yes, certainly the Mahabharatha has a sign board in it that points the way to a smoother evolutionary expansion of human life, and that is the supreme message of this great Epic. The Bhagavad-gita is that Sign Board.

There is a bifurcation point in the realm of human thought. One trend of thought process confines man in the commonplace realm of material actions and reactions and keeps him conditioned by their limitations. As long as these conditioning remains, violence and war will continue to have a role in human affairs. The other, the expansive direction of thought, if it becomes dominant in society, would lead to further intensification of human consciousness. It will bring forth a new civilization in which violence and war become irrelevant.

The Timeless Child

During the final dissolution of the universe when all the phenomena of the universe dissolve into the ocean of cosmic energy, there remains the self-contained, ever-fresh Supreme Intelligence, child Krishna alone, the causeless cause of the ocean of Energy, of the cyclic birth, dissolution and rebirth of the universe. Such profound spiritual symbolisms relating to cosmic manifestation are explained in the book.