Yoga Podcast Ep. 53: Mary Taylor + Richard Freeman

When Love Comes to Light: Bringing Wisdom from the Bhagavad Gita into Modern Life

In today’s episode, we sit down with Mary Taylor and Richard Freeman to talk about their new book, When Love Comes to Light: Bringing Wisdom from the Bhagavad Gita into Modern Life.

Never before has a book felt more timely or applicable. Because who among us doesn’t feel like Arjuna right now – standing in the middle of a battlefield, unsure of our own purpose and uncertain of what actions to take?

Mary and Richard write their commentary as if WE are Arjuna and Krishna is actually talking to US.

Which is unsurprising as Mary and Richard are one of the most loving, insightful, and down-to-earth teachers we know. And so having the opportunity to sit down and chat with the two of them is always such a delight and comfort. Because whether it’s in teaching, writing, or simply having a conversation, the two of them truly do bring the yoga to life and love to light.

The Ashtanga Dispatch Yoga Podcast is hosted, edited, and produced by Peg Mulqueen and Meghan Powell. Music by Marc Pilley, whose newest album can be downloaded at . Thanks for listening!

RICHARD FREEMAN began studying yoga in 1968, focusing on hatha, contemplative Buddhism, and the Ashtanga and Iyengar methods. He teaches throughout the world, and his video series, Yoga with Richard Freeman, set the gold standard for modern Ashtanga Yoga. He is the author of The Mirror of Yoga and co-author of The Art of Vinyasa.

MARY TAYLOR has studied and practiced yoga since 1972 and teaches throughout the world. She co-founded the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado in 1988 with Richard and has co-authored What Are You Hungry For?: Women, Food, and Spirituality and The Art of Vinyasa.

Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor offer a practical, immediately relevant interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita, one of the most influential and widely recognized ancient texts of Indian literature, that emphasizes self-reflection and waking up in our modern world.

From its opening scene in which Arjuna finds himself in the middle of a battlefield, hesitating and trapped between opposing sides, torn by his dharma and confused by the various paths of action he might choose in the process of awakening—Richard and Mary interweave insight into how these classic teachings are relevant for modern readers struggling with what it means to live responsibly in the twenty-first century.

With quotes, citations, and a full translation of the original text, they look at the overall arc of the Gita’s teachings and how that relates to the turmoil that arises, not only for Arjuna, but for any of us in the face of crises of conscience, spirit, and form.

When Love Comes to Light is the most accessible, applicable, and enjoyable commentary and translation of the Bhagavad Gita we’ve ever read. While reading, we felt like Arjuna! And why for anyone trying to live a balanced and compassionate life in today’s troubled world, we highly recommend this book. After all, we are ALL Arjuna.