The Bhagavad Gita / Edition 2
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The Bhagavad Gita / Edition 2

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by Eknath Easwaran
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1586380192

ISBN-13: 9781586380199

Pub. Date: 05/17/2007

Publisher: Nilgiri Press

The Bhagavad Gita, “The Song of the Lord,” is probably the best known of all the Indian scriptures, and Easwaran’s clear, accessible translation is the best-selling edition. The Gita opens dramatically, with prince Arjuna collapsing in anguish on the brink of a war that he doesn’t want to fight. Arjuna has lost his way on the battlefield of

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The Bhagavad Gita, “The Song of the Lord,” is probably the best known of all the Indian scriptures, and Easwaran’s clear, accessible translation is the best-selling edition. The Gita opens dramatically, with prince Arjuna collapsing in anguish on the brink of a war that he doesn’t want to fight. Arjuna has lost his way on the battlefield of life, and turns to his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna, the Lord himself. Krishna replies in 700 verses of sublime instruction on living and dying, loving and working, and the nature of the soul.

This book includes an extensive and very readable introduction, which places the Gita in its historical setting, explains the key concepts, and brings out the universality of its teachings. Individual chapter introductions prepare the reader for the main themes, and notes, a Sanskrit glossary, and an index are included.

Although the battlefield is a perfect backdrop, for Easwaran the Gita’s subject is the war within, the struggle for self-mastery that every human being must wage. Arjuna’s dilemma is acutely modern, and the Gita’s message remains as relevant for us now as it was for ancient India.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586380199
Publisher:
Nilgiri Press
Publication date:
05/17/2007
Series:
Classic of Indian Spirituality Series
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
44,647
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction7
1.The War Within47
2.The Illumined Man57
3.Selfless Service71
4.Wisdom in Action81
5.Renounce & Rejoice91
6.The Practice of Meditation99
7.Wisdom from Realization111
8.The Eternal Godhead119
9.The Royal Path129
10.Divine Splendor137
11.The Cosmic Vision147
12.The Way of Love159
13.The Field & the Knower165
14.The Forces of Evolution175
15.The Supreme Self181
16.Two Paths187
17.The Power of Faith193
18.Freedom & Renunciation201
Notes7
Glossary225
Index239

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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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