Through artistic dioramas of intricate sculptures, you will be treated with an aural-visual delight, enlightening all in a 45-minute journey of the topmost of transcendental knowledge of Bhakti Yoga.
The museum consists of eleven stunning dioramas of clay-work dolls which are in display since 1977. Reopened in June 2016 after renovation, the Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita combines India’s ancient yogic wisdom and sculpture artistry with America’s state-of-the-art multimedia technology… and you get an unforgettable experience.
Los Angeles Times: To sonorous narration and ethereal music, about 200 luxuriantly costumed, nearly life-size painted clay figures enact cosmic dramas such as reincarnation, wherein twinkly diode “souls” light up in sequence between figures of an old man, a spooky corpse and a pulsating pink fetus.
LA Weekly: Through eleven dioramas, Krishna flutters about in disguise, at the reins of the senses, on the back of a Garuda — stunningly rendered and ornamented with lightning flashes, dramatic sound effects and a booming-voiced narrator who sounds eerily familiar.
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George Harrison: “I thought it was great — better than Disneyland, really. I mean, it’s as valuable as that or the Smithsonian Institute in Washington. The sculpted dioramas look great, and the music is nice. It gives people a real feel for what the kingdom of God must be like, and much more basic than that, it shows in a way that’s easy for even a child to understand exactly how the body is different from the soul, and how the soul’s the important thing.”
What is the Bhagavad-gita?
The Bhagavad-gita is universally renowned as the jewel of India’s yogic wisdom. Indeed, no work even compares in its revelations of man’s essential nature, his environment, and his relationship with God. The Bhagavad-gita is considered the principle scriptures on the philosophy of yoga and meditation.
Mahatma Gandhi: “When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and I see not one ray of hope on the horizon, I turn to Bhagavad-gita and find a verse to comfort me; and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow. Those who meditate on the Gita will derive fresh joy and new meanings from it every day.”
Albert Einstein: “When I read the Bhagavad-gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous.”
Henry David Thoreau: “In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad-gita, in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial.”
Herman Hesse: “The marvel of the Bhagavad-gita is its truly beautiful revelation of life’s wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson: “I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavad-gita. It was the first of books; it was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence which in another age and climate had pondered and thus disposed of the same questions which exercise us.”
Aldous Huxley: “The Bhagavad-Gita is the most systematic statement of spiritual evolution of endowing value to mankind. It is one of the most clear and comprehensive summaries of perennial philosophy ever revealed; hence its enduring value is subject not only to India but to all of humanity.”