The Bhagavad Gita

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The eighteen chapters of The Bhagavad Gita (c. 500 b.c.), the glory of Sanskrit literature, encompass the whole spiritual struggle of a human soul. Its three central themes—love, light, and life—arise from the symphonic vision of God in all things and of all things in God.

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Overview

The eighteen chapters of The Bhagavad Gita (c. 500 b.c.), the glory of Sanskrit literature, encompass the whole spiritual struggle of a human soul. Its three central themes—love, light, and life—arise from the symphonic vision of God in all things and of all things in God.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140449181
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/25/2003
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 247,047
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.77 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Juan Mascaró taught at Oxford University, Parameshvara College at Jaffna, the University of Barcelona, and Cambridge University. He also translated The Dhammapada and The Upanishads for Penguin Classics. He died in 1987.

Simon Brodbeck studied at the Universities of Cambridge and London and completed a Ph.D. thesis on The Bhagavad Gita at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

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Table of Contents

The Bhagavad Gita Acknowledgements
Chronology
Introduction by Simon Brodbeck
Further Reading
Translator's Introduction to 1962 Edition
A Note of the Translation

The Bhagavad Gita

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    Clear, concise, yet lyrical

    I have half a dozen translations of the Bhagavad Gita, but this is the finest, in my opinion. The language is at once clear and lyrical. What I especially appreciate is that Mascaro did not try to "dumb down" such terms as atman and karma by rendering them in English "equivalents" ("over-soul" or "wheel of life") that are not equivalent at all.

    The organization of the work is also beneficial since I have frequent occasion to quote from the scripture. In short, Mascaro treats the Gita as a work of scripture and spiritual education rather than an abstract piece of poetry that Western minds are not expected to understand.

    I only wish it were available in Nook format. I've worn out two paperbacks already.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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