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The Bhagavad Gita
     

The Bhagavad Gita

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by Eknath Easwaran (Translator), Eknath Easwaran (Translator), Barbara S. Miller
 

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Vivid literature, lofty philosophy -- the Bhagavad Gita distills the finest in India's vast and varied culture On the morning of battle, facing Armageddon, prince Arjuna loses his nerve and refuses to fight. Krishna knows better: "Your very nature will drive you to fight. Your only choice is what to fight against." His advice gives an inspiring model of the man or

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Vivid literature, lofty philosophy -- the Bhagavad Gita distills the finest in India's vast and varied culture On the morning of battle, facing Armageddon, prince Arjuna loses his nerve and refuses to fight. Krishna knows better: "Your very nature will drive you to fight. Your only choice is what to fight against." His advice gives an inspiring model of the man or woman of action -- the person who aims at goodness in a world of conflict and change. In this translation, the Gita stands out as a book of choices -- direct, practical, universal. The introduction sketches the background of the poem and gives clear, contemporary explanations of the basic ideas of Indian philosophy: karma, reincarnation, yoga, freedom. Separate chapter introductions outline the drama as it unfolds.

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

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ISBN-13:
9780375705557
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
415,563
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Eknath Easwaran was director of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, which he founded in 1961 in Berkeley, California, after coming to the United States on the Fulbright exchange program as a professor of English literature in 1959. He is the author of many books on the practice of the spiritual life, including Meditation (1978), Gandhi the Man (1972), and Take Your Time: Finding Balance in a Hurried World (1994). Easwaran died in 1999.

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The Bhagavad Gita 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Ilse More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Oneira More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Nurcan More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't know what to expect going in. I'm very much enjoying this version.
nathalie85 More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! It was recommended at my Yoga teacher training :-)
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John-GaltMN More than 1 year ago
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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