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The Illustrated Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation with Commentary
     

The Illustrated Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation with Commentary

by Ranchor Prime (Translator), Ranchor Prime
 
The Bhagavad Gita is the single greatest theological and philosophical text to come out of ancient India. It addresses life's most difficult dilemmas, such as how to deal with adversity and how to find peace of mind while living in a tumultuous world. This brand new translation into English is unique in that it complements the text's ancient wisdom with

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The Bhagavad Gita is the single greatest theological and philosophical text to come out of ancient India. It addresses life's most difficult dilemmas, such as how to deal with adversity and how to find peace of mind while living in a tumultuous world. This brand new translation into English is unique in that it complements the text's ancient wisdom with inspirational illustrations. Translator Ranchor Prime has transformed an often obscure original text into language that retains the Bhagavad Gita's poetry, yet is clear and easy to understand for today's readers. His commentaries explain concepts of Hindu philosophy, for instance, karma and reincarnation, which are fundamental to the reader's overall understanding. The Bhagavad Gita is arranged as a conversation consisting of questions and answers between God—or Krishna—and the human soul, represented by Arjuna. This translation presents all 700 verses of the original text, divided into 18 chapters, and taking the form of 140 daily meditations. The book also includes a glossary of Hindu terms and an index. Approximately 120 beautiful color illustrations capture the spirit of this holy text.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
This well-illustrated version of the Bhagavad Gita, the central ancient text of devotional Hinduism, is distinguished by its easy accessibility. Prime's translations from the Sanskrit are not poetic, but they get the job done, and his section-by-section commentary opens the text to the spiritual seeker. Offered in the first person plural ("When we are overwhelmed by life's complexities..."), these comments show that Prime never loses sight of the audience for his book, and that he wants readers to understand the Gita in a personal way. In fact, Prime began this translation as a way of sharing the Gita with his own children, and his commentary exudes a fatherly and caring spirit. The book's photographs and illustrations are often breathtaking, showing Hindus at prayer or engaged in simple acts of daily life. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764122231
Publisher:
Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/15/2003
Edition description:
1ST US
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
8.04(w) x 9.98(h) x 0.39(d)

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