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In the Bhagavad Gita, Prince Arjuna asks direct, uncompromising questions of his spiritual guide on the eve of a great battle.
In this best-selling and expanded edition of the most famous –and popular — of Indian scriptures, Eknath Easwaran contextualizes the book culturally and historically and explains the key concepts of Hindu religious thought and the technical vocabulary of yoga.
Chapter introductions, notes, and a glossary help readers understand the book's message. Most importantly, this translation uses simple, clear language to impart the poetry, universality, and timelessness of the Gita's teachings.
Clear, natural translation with an insightful preface
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on August 6, 2001
By Dennis Littrell
This an especially natural and graceful translation somewhere between poetry and prose by a man who really understands the message of the Gita. This can be seen from reading Eknath Easwaran’s wise and penetrating Preface written especially for this, the Vintage Spiritual Classics Edition, edited by John F. Thornton and Susan B. Varenne for Vintage Books.
A beautiful, clear, and enlightening translation
117 people found this helpful.
on October 21, 2003
By Damon Navas-Howard
Eknath Easwaran’s translation is poetic and beautiful making it readable and inspiring and managing at the same time to clearly state Krishna’ spiritual message. Easwaran’s translation manages to prove its merit for both spiritual and scholarly study. Many of the other translations are very dry coming from scholars who just know how to translate Sanskrit to English mechanically.Whereas Easwaran was a professor of English and now a spiritual guru; so he has a grasp on both worlds. They do not properly help explain the various yogas Krishna tells Arjuna; reading this translation has been the best explanation of yoga I have ever read before. Each chapter has an introduction to it and there is a glossary of terms in the back. The other translations I think fail also to understand and clearly explain the heart of Krishnia’s message which is essentially that one’s atman, soul, higher self etc. is one with brahman, the divine, the universe, the source of everything etc and that this liberation can be discovered through the path of yoga. There is not just one path of yoga but many like Karma Yoga(path of selfless service) and Raja Yoga(path of meditation.) The beauty of the Bhagavad Gita is that it explains a way to enter the path to liberation, no matter what stage of spiritual awareness you are it. The Bhagavad Gita manages to explain and apply esoteric and mystical practices to ones everyday life.This is why I think The Bhagavad Gita is the most popular text from India’s spiritual texts. Also according to our karma and dharma, we will die and be born again and again until he are liberated. The Bhagavad Gita is a text that I believe should be read by anyone on the “spiritual” path. It is by far one of the greatest “spiritual” text ever written and we are fortunate to share this gift because of Easwaran’s brilliant translation.
Bhagavad Gita — Gandhi’s Favorite
61 people found this helpful.
on May 20, 2014
Handy translation, without the devanagiri script though
22 people found this helpful.
on November 15, 2005
I purchased this copy of the gita because I wanted a simple, accurate translation of the gita. This slim volume gives me precisely that, with an excellent explanatory introduction, and brief chapter introductions.
Wonderful, Beautiful and Totally Timeless
35 people found this helpful.
on January 23, 2003
The Bhagavad Gita must be the greatest spiritual book humanity possesses. Unlike other texts that purport to be the word of God, the Gita doesn’t need to just be taken as authority because it’s own merits are so strong. It completely condenses all of the important spiritual wisdom into a small, very readable book. No paragraph is wasted or repetitive.
My favorite edition of this book so far
12 people found this helpful.
on October 20, 2011
By a radiant ball of light
I am reading the Bhagavad Gita for my yoga teacher training course. This material is not exactly that of a novel that you skim over. While I already owned a copy that provided a side by side bilingual (Sanskrit/ English) look at the original language and English interpretation, I found its readability and lack of more explanation unhelpful. Eknath Easwaran breaks up these important lessons into a readable format with just enough explanation without over explaining. Just the ease of reading into smaller chunks of text makes this text worth every cent!!
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on April 25, 2016
I have never read any works of Hindu philosophy or religion, but I found this work to be presented clearly and explained well. There were a few places where I got tripped up by terminology, but 95% of the time the terms were clearly explained and the text behind it was made clear, even to a novice like me. I can’t speak about the other versions of this text, but I can say that this version was accessible and understandable. If you’re looking to enhance your knowledge of the world, its people, and its religions, this is a great book to read.
Excellent discussion of ancient wisdom for modern day living
30 people found this helpful.
on August 6, 1998
This is an excellent treatment of millenia-old Hindu religious thought for the modern day thinking man. Easwaran begins his discussion with explanations of several terms (such as Karma and Atman)from Vedic literature in easy to understand terms that capture the reader’s attention.
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