The Bhagavad Gita

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"The most important, the most influential, and the most luminous of all Hindu scriptures." —R.C. Zaehner

The Bhagavad Gita (in Sanskrit, "Song of the Lord") is the most famous poem in all of Hindu literature and part of the Mahabharata, the Indian epic masterpeice.  The Gita consists of a dialogue between Lord Krishna and Prince Arjuna on the morning of a climactic battle.  Krishna provides Prince Arjuna with the spiritual means to understand his own nature ...

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Overview

"The most important, the most influential, and the most luminous of all Hindu scriptures." —R.C. Zaehner

The Bhagavad Gita (in Sanskrit, "Song of the Lord") is the most famous poem in all of Hindu literature and part of the Mahabharata, the Indian epic masterpeice.  The Gita consists of a dialogue between Lord Krishna and Prince Arjuna on the morning of a climactic battle.  Krishna provides Prince Arjuna with the spiritual means to understand his own nature so that he can take action and prevail.

Of course the larger canvas painted in the poetry is that of the moral universe of Hinduism.  As Eknath Easwaran, one of the world's premier teachers of meditation and spirituality, notes "The Gita does not present a system of philosophy.  It offers something to every seeker after God, of whatever temperament, by whatever path.  The reason for this universal appeal is that it is basically practical: it is a handbook for self-realization and a guide to action."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375705557
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Series: Vintage Spiritual Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 153,059
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Eknath Easwaran is the founder of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation in northern California and the author of such notable books on meditation as Your Life is Your Message and Take Your Time.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
1. The War Within 47
2. The Illumined Man 57
3. Selfless Service 71
4. Wisdom in Action 81
5. Renounce & Rejoice 91
6. The Practice of Meditation 99
7. Wisdom from Realization 111
8. The Eternal Godhead 119
9. The Royal Path 129
10. Divine Splendor 137
11. The Cosmic Vision 147
12. The Way of Love 159
13. The Field & the Knower 165
14. The Forces of Evolution 175
15. The Supreme Self 181
16. Two Paths 187
17. The Power of Faith 193
18. Freedom & Renunciation 201
Notes 7
Glossary 225
Index 239
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2005

    Best Translation

    Easwaran presents the Gita with some of the Sanskrit words intact in the text. He gives the multiple meanings of the words in the intro to each chapter. This metaphorical book is a wonderful meditation on the battles we face within, as well as a thought-provoking description of our relationship to God as we define the Creator.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2000

    Inspiring and symbolic

    In studying Eastern philosophy, this book is an interesting departure from the teachings of Lao-Tzu and Siddhartha Guatama. I'm an atheist and even I found the Gita very inspiring and a fascinating philosophical study. It's short and precise in its message so one doesn't get bored. I strongly reccomend this book to anyone interested in religion. It's a safe bet to say that even a staunch Christian might get some useful thought out of the Gita.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    Excellent read

    This book is certainly one of the best I have ever read. It is easy to follow because at the begining if each chapter, the author, offers a brief summary of what each respected chapter is about as well as background in Hindu terminology and history. There is no need to have any background on Hinduism in order to read this version of the Gita but I would recommend reading Huston Smith's ' The World's Religions' (in case one may want some background not only in Hinduism but as well as in tne other main religions) although it is not necessary. I know, after reading the Gita, that I will comr back to it not only because it offers valuable information as a religious text but also because of its poetic nature. Compared to other religious' texts, the Gita is approachable and valiaable as a great piece of literature. I am confident that no readder will be disappointed. Enjoy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

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    Amazing text

    One great fallacy of people studying Hinduism is that this is the main source of scripture. So not true. It's part of the Mahabharata epic, only a small part of it. Nevertheless it seems to be the most well-known and accesible in the US. Which is fine, because it is a great read! The source of the great fallacy mentioned above is because a lot of Hindu philosophy is talked about, from Krishna to Arjuna. On the battle field Krishna explains what a warrior and a prince are, then goes on with more general philosophies. Anyway, any student of religion should read this, though I'd advise that one read a book on Hinduism before diving into this work.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2007

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    For those who have only a very basic knowledge of Hinduism, this book was an amazing start. The introduction was amazingly helpful: the explanations of difficult religious ideas were superb. This introduction was particularly helpful to me because it related Hindu beliefs to those of Christianity. The mini-introductions at the beginning of each chapter also helped so that I knew the basic plot before facing the scripture head-on. I found this to be an easy read, and it also most likely would be equally enthralling for those who are curious and inspired to read this fine work. [One of my best friends is Hindu, so reading this gave me a lot more perspective as to how she perceives the world]. Truly worth it. I loved this edition!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2001

    the gita simplified and personalized

    this book is very relevant to everyday life. i highly recommend it especially to avid hindus seeking to learn more of their culture. we use this book for our sunday school discussions and it helps us understand our religion as well simplifies the religion. it is not exclusively hindu either, anyone can understand it; the names and terms are all defined in th glossary at the back.

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  • Posted June 1, 2014

    A truly timeless masterpiece of spiritual literature.

    The Bhagavad Gita was Mahatma Gandhi's guidebook to life, as it has been. and continues to be, for countless others. On its own, without commentary and understandable translation, it can be very difficult to read. Eknath Easwaran was a wonderful translator and commentator on several of the most important treasures of spiritual literature. He lived his life from the wisdom in this book and his translation shows the true depth of his real understanding of the Gita. If you are curious to see what the Bhagavad Gita is all about, read this version before any others. Eknath Easwaran brings the Gita to life like no other author/translator. This book just might change your life… enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    Very engaging translation!

    I didn't know what to expect going in. I'm very much enjoying this version.

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  • Posted August 1, 2012

    Excellent book! It was recommended at my Yoga teacher training :

    Excellent book! It was recommended at my Yoga teacher training :-)

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  • Posted March 15, 2012

    Great translation - required reading!

    This is an excellent translation and each chapter has an introduction explaining and/or introducing the text, such that it becomes much more meaningul for someone unfamiliar with the historical and cultural background of the Gita. This should be required reading - I also recommend Man's Search for Meaning. This book is so important to me I have the hardcopy and I got it for my Nook so I can always have it with me. I also got it for my sister and she felt the same way about it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2004

    The Classic Translation & Commentary on the Gita

    The classic translation of this timeless work of mysticism! Essential. 6 Stars ******

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2003

    Best Book -

    Religion, the only relgion that teaches love not hate, not conversion (Why some religions get pleaure in converting for people in third world for $5 and feel happy?).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2002

    Now I Know Why Hitler chose the Swastika

    I must confess to my Comp. Lit. professor that I didn't do all of my assigned reading, right away that is. When I did get around to reading the Gita, I began to understand my own culture, as well as the motivation behind the Nazi Party's use of the Swastika as their Party symbol. The Gita gives a complicated yet complete explanation of reincarnation, and how eating certain animals before conception can lead to the reincarnation of the sole trapped in said dinner. The Gita also helps with anger management, by teaching that one should reflect seriously on the issue before expressing one's anger. I don't know what the Hades all you hippies are talking about.

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