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.
Ralph Waldo Emerson via Goodreads | The Bhagavad Gita – A Book Referred to by the Greatest Minds (showing 1-2 of 2).
Tip o’ the hat to Cora Wen for posting this to her Facebook status.
Indeed, Stefanie Syman, author of The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America (2009), argues that while not strictly a yogi, Emerson’s engaging with Hindu scripture, particularly the Gita, did much to pave the way for yoga on these shores. Need I add that he is a “patron saint” of Unitarian Universalism?