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Bhagavad-Gita As It Is Hardcover – March 1, 1997
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I turned the last page and kept my promise by early 1973. I was just 18 at the time and this remarkable book had made an impression. I knew that it was all true. The path of 'Bhakti' or Devotion was a path of renunciation. I said to myself (and to Krishna), I'm not ready to give up the 'world' just yet...come back for me later...and an inner voice said, "OK."
32 years went by in a flash...and I had read the Gita at intervals in that time. I got married, had a career, had kids, got divorced, the kids grew up and all left, etc, etc. Basically, I had a life in the material world...although I always concidered myself to be spiritual and was always studying one spiritual path or another.
Then in 2005...October 24th to be exact, a hurricane by the name of Wilma blew through Miami and in the ensuing days, while cleaning up my property of broken branches and fallen trees, I would take a break from the yard work by early afternoon (I still live in Miami afterall!). During one of those breaks, I felt ready for something...empty, but in a good and receptive way. I looked around in my somewhat extensive library and the Bhagavad-gita As It IS caught my gaze. I pulled it from the shelf and decided to read it through once again. This time after finishing the 18 chapters and 700 verses, I was captivated! My realization was that obviously, whatever I put my attention on...that's where I will go. Simple enough...and very profound at the same time.Read more ›
People following the path of devotion or bhakti would find this book helpful. The Author beleives that Krishna is supreme god-head and in Kali yuga or dark age, worshipping krishna's form is the best and only path. However one is repeatedly distracted by the author's negative comments and attacks on those who meditate on the formless Brahman.
Not stopping with that the author would sometimes go to the extent of mis-translating the verses of the Gita if Krishna himself said anything positive about the absolute and formless conciousness i.e. Brahman.
For example for the verse 24, in chapter 4
The sanskrit verse is:
brahmarpanam brahma havir
brahmagnau brahmana hutam
brahmaiva tena gantavyam
The acceptable translation in most books is
"Brahman is the oblation,
Brahman is the clarified buttter,
The oblation is poured by Brahman into the fire of Brahman.
Brahman shall be realized by the one who considers everything
As an act of Brahman. "
(Meaning the actor, action, acted and act are all brahman, one who realizes this realizes brahman)
Whereas Prabhupada's Translation is
"A person who is fully absorbed in Krsna consciousness is sure to attain the spiritual kingdom because of his full contribution to spiritual activities, in which the consummation is absolute and that which is offered is of the same spiritual nature.Read more ›
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Really this is Bhagvad Gita as it is as Swami Shrila Prabhupad has presented the narrations of Krishna in humble mood .Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book changed my whole life. It had helped in enriching my relationship with God and in so doing my relations with everyone that I know . Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book has changed my life for good! Can't thank Srila Prabhupada enough for his work.Published 1 month ago by Manchali
Not a good read for beginners or anyone interested in exploring this religion as a novice.Published 2 months ago by Curtis Kelly
I don't really know what this author was "going for." I read through about 300 pages before realizing that the "twist" probably wasn't going to happen and was... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rembrandt Q. Einstein