The Promise of Immortality
Destined to become a classic, The Promise of Immortality is the most complete commentary available on parallel passages from the Bible and India’s ancient scripture, The Bhagavad Gita. This groundbreaking book highlights the similarities between scriptures of two of the world's greatest religions, bringing each vibrantly to life.
Kriyananda sheds light on many of the famous passages from both texts, showing their practical relevance for the modern day and their potential to bring about lasting spiritual transformation. His elucidation of the ancient texts inspires us with enlightening answers to vital spiritual questions, such as:
- Is everyone destined to become “Christlike”?
- Is it enough to do "good works"?
- What is the most powerful force in the universe?
- What is the true meaning of the “Golden Rule”?
- Are material desires spiritually harmful?
- What is the best way to read the scriptures?
- How do I find a true teacher?
Through answers to such questions, The Promise of Immortality will renew your faith and recharge your soul. It clarifies apparent differences in religious teachings to reveal timeless, unifying truths. Through this book Kriyananda makes a convincing case for the underlying unity of all religious faiths, and provides the possibility of an unprecedented era of cooperation among the world’s religions.
A ForeWord Book of the Year finalist.
What Others Are Saying
"The Promise of Immortality takes us on a meticulously researched and lucidly explicated journey through two of humanity’s precious scriptures, the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita. Swami Kriyananda shows us how the deep and profound truths within each wisdom tradition align beautifully with each other, and with our inborn creative gifts."
—Mary Manin Morrissey, author of Building Your Field of Dreams
"This insightful book plumbs the universal realms of spirituality through the common ground of two great traditions, Hindu and Christian, showing us how to achieve spiritual transformation. My own understanding of both Christ and Krishna has been greatly enhanced by reading it. [This book] helps us understand how to find our place in the universe, and how to live our lives."
—Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening to the Sacred
"Those who dip their consciousness into these pages will experience a spiritually renewing baptism and perceive the single message of the Gospel and the Bhagavad Gita: the purpose of life is the realization of God. The Promise of Immortality delivers on its promises!"
—Abbot George Burke, Light of Christ Monastery, author of An Eagle’s Flight
"A rare look at both Hindu and Christian traditions from one who has inner knowledge and experience in both. Great reading for an age in which institutionalized religion must give way to the individual’s inner spiritual search."
—Dr. David Frawley, author of Yoga and Ayurveda
"Kriyananda is a modern sage and a master storyteller who writes with exceptional charm and intelligence. In reading his works, you feel like you are listening to a wise, good friend.
"Paramhansa Yogananda wanted to bring East and West together by demonstrating the connection between the Holy Bible and The Bhagavad Gita, and Kriyananda's book sets out to complete Yogananda’s unfinished ideal. During his lifetime, Yogananda wrote separate commentaries on each of these texts, but made it known that he hoped for a side-by-side comparison.
"Unfortunately, many people tend to believe in the superiority of their religion over any other . . . . The Promise of Immortality transcends the apparent differences in these two texts to reveal the timeless, universal truth inherent in both.
"While Kriyananda's study speaks to an urgent need for understanding and compassion, his book also brings both the Bible and The Bhagavad Gita vibrantly to life. The Promise of Immortality is the most complete commentary available on the parallel passages in these two texts."
—Bodhi Tree Book Review
"Kriyananda is a modern sage. The Promise of Immortality is a masterpiece of wisdom that both enlightens and inspires."
—Justin Epstein, Minister, The Unity Center of New York, and host of the television show, Practical Spirituality
"With penetrating insight into both the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita, Swami Kriyananda brilliantly illuminates the soul's path to union with God through the full realization of Jesus' words, 'The Kingdom of Heaven is within you!'"
—The Rev. Canon Charles B. Atcheson, Episcopal Priest
"In this new book Swami Kriyananda cogently explains why the yogic teachings of India have become so popular lately, and how those teachings are impacting our Western religions and culture. In the process, Kriyananda sheds new light on the true meaning of many famous Bible passages, offering a fresh and compelling argument for the continued relevance of true Christian teaching. He emphasizes the need to live wisely by one's own experience of life and not by abstract theories or dogmas. He addresses such important and timely issues as how to understand the deeper teachings of the Bible; whether these teachings are compatible with yoga and Eastern religion; the impact the yogic teachings can have on our Western religions and culture; and how we can bridge the teachings of East and West."