The Intentional Clinician: Psychology and Philosophy

A Timeless Guide for Our Time: A New Translation of The Bhagavad Gita with Isaac Bentwich M.D. [Episode 51]

August 14, 2020

Paul Krauss MA LPC and Dr. Isaac Bentwich talk about why this ancient sacred Sanskrit scripture (part of Hindu epic Mahabharata) is relevant and useful today to all people, regardless of spiritual orientation. Dr. Bentwich has completed a modern translation of The Bhagavad Gita, simply titled: "Gita - A Timeless Guide For Our Time." Dr. Bentwich explains the features of his translation of the sacred text and shares multiple passages that apply to the state of our world today--both our inner consciousness and our rapidly changing environment.

- Our daily struggles in life are ‘battlefields’, just like that of Gita’s prince, which provide us an opportunity to grow spiritually.

- Wisdom and happiness are within us and do not depend on any external guru, teacher or religion.

- Gita’s dialogue between master and disciple is really our own dialogue with the inner voice of our soul.

 The Gita is a powerful guide for happiness, meditation, and inner-growth, one that’s written specifically for ordinary people like you and me and you, who are living and working in this crazy, troubled, beautiful world of ours. If you are seeking happiness and fulfillment in your life through inner-growth — you are welcome to the Gita! It is a magical little book that captures the deepest truths of all spiritual paths and all religions and conveys them in a simple, practical way, that we can all understand and relate to. As you read and meditate on its verses, their poetic form lets them pleasantly ‘roll around’ in your mind, ‘doing their thing’. Gradually, they help bring about changes in the way you view and act in the world. Empowering you to do good in the world, and to be transformed in the process; to change the world around you, by first changing the world within.- Dr. Isaac Bentwich, M.D.

Isaac Bentwich M.D. is a longtime practitioner and teacher of Yoga and Meditation. Trained as a physician and a scientist, he has founded three life-science technology companies, leading revolutions in medicine, genomics, and environment conservation. The vision and innovations that underlay these companies, came through periods of silent meditation retreats, at the foothills of the Himalayas and elsewhere. His path is one of reverence to the Wisdom teachings that shine through different traditions and religions. The study and practice of Gita's Wisdom teachings has profoundly touched his life, and he is passionate sharing this with others. His work on this translation of the Gita has spanned twelve years.

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, EMDRIA Consultant in Training (CIT), host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress)  as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433

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Original Music:

”Shades of Currency" [Instrumental] from Archetypes by PAWL (Spotify)

“Aquarius Echo Chamber” from LONGFORM EDITIONS by Yamaneko (Spotify)

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