The Bhagavad-Gita: A New Translation

The Bhagavad-Gita: A New Translation

by Georg Feuerstein
     
 

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The Bhagavad-Gita, the "Song of God," is not only one of the most revered texts of Hinduism, but of world literature and spirituality in general. Its 700 verses make up a small part of the great Sanskrit epic Mahabharata, of which it can be said to be the heart. It consists of a dialogue between the warrior Arjuna and Krishna, avatar (incarnation) of the god

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The Bhagavad-Gita, the "Song of God," is not only one of the most revered texts of Hinduism, but of world literature and spirituality in general. Its 700 verses make up a small part of the great Sanskrit epic Mahabharata, of which it can be said to be the heart. It consists of a dialogue between the warrior Arjuna and Krishna, avatar (incarnation) of the god Vishnu, about action and nonaction, knowledge and love. The Gita is revered as a concise expression of Hindu philosophy, as a work of profound poetry, and as a guide to enlightened living. It is one of the most often translated of spiritual texts, and, as is the case with other texts of its stature, new translations tend to enhance rather than exhaust our understanding of it, revealing new facets of its wisdom with each iteration.
    This fresh translation stands out from the many others first of all in its careful faithfulness to the original language, but also for the extensive tools for understanding it provides. It is accompanied by detailed explanatory notes, as well as by the entire Sanskrit text on facing pages—both in the original Devanagri alphabet and in a romanized version that allows the reader to approximate the sounds of this work that began with oral recitation (a pronunciation guide is also provided). Also included is a literal, word-for-word translation for comparison; extensive material on the background, symbolism, and influence of the Gita; and an exhaustive glossary of terms. It's like a course on the Bhagavad-Gita in a book.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Dr. Feuerstein's new rendering is perhaps the most complete version of the more than one hundred English translations of the Gita to come our way in the last two-and-a-quarter centuries. This is a work for both scholars and serious laypersons, destined, I believe, to become the standard text for Yoga training programs in the English-speaking world."—Richard Rosen, author of The Yoga of Breath and Pranayama beyond the Fundamentals

"A Bhagavad-Gītā like no other! Never have its language and culture been so vividly etched, not only by the unrivaled precision of Feuerstein's renderings, but also in a trove of companion materials unprecedented for their breadth and depth. There's something here for everyone, from seeker to scholar to seer."—Chip Hartranft, translator of The Yoga-Sūtra of Patañjali

"What makes the Feuersteins' translation unique? It is packed with scholarly essays that help students understand the Gita's historical and cultural context and its historical worldview before they read the text. Rich with footnotes and containing a helpful glossary, this book will serve serious yoga students and ambitious beginners alike."—Yoga Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590308936
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
09/13/2011
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
9.26(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.58(d)

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From the Publisher
“Dr. Feuerstein’s new rendering is perhaps the most complete version of the more than one hundred English translations of the Gita to come our way in the last two-and-a-quarter centuries. This is a work for both scholars and serious laypersons, destined, I believe, to become the standard text for Yoga training programs in the English-speaking world.”—Richard Rosen, author of The Yoga of Breath and Pranayama beyond the Fundamentals

“A Bhagavad-Gita like no other! Never have its language and culture been so vividly etched, not only by the unrivaled precision of Feuerstein’s renderings, but also in a trove of companion materials unprecedented for their breadth and depth. There’s something here for everyone, from seeker to scholar to seer.”—Chip Hartranft, translator of The Yoga-Sutra of Patañjali

“Its timeless teachings on karma yoga and bhakti yoga make it a foundational text for modern yogis. Its compelling narrative, filled with iconic characters and colorful lessons about the spiritual journey, make it a pleasure to read. What makes the Feuersteins’ translation unique? It is packed with scholarly essays that help students understand the Gita’s historical and cultural context and its historical worldview before they read the text. Rich with footnotes and containing a helpful glossary, this book will serve serious yoga students and ambitious beginners alike.”—Yoga Journal

“It stands out both for its faithfulness to the original language and for its extensive tools for understanding the text.”—OM Magazine (UK)

Meet the Author

GEORG FEUERSTEIN, PhD, (1947-2012) was internationally respected for his work on Yoga and authored of over fifty books. He designed and taught several distance-learning courses on Yoga philosophy for Traditional Yoga Studies. His widow, BRENDA FEUERSTEIN, is a Yoga teacher and the director of Traditional Yoga Studies. She is the coauthor, also with Georg, of Green Yoga and Green Dharma.

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