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The best from a literary point of view. ---- American Library Association

A distinguished literary work. ----TIME Magazine...

A highly readable interpretive translation. ---- Books for Inner Development --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Swami Prabhavananda was the founder and head of the Vedanta Society of Southern California until his passing in 1976. He has written numerous books including his highly respected translation of the Yoga Sutras, How To Know God: the Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali, and Shankara's Crest Jewel of Discrimination, and Spiritual Heritage of India --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451528441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451528445
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This the best translation of the Gita I have personally read so far.
AcleraTactical
The introduction provides a full overview of the Gita and some helpful insights into its message without rambling on and on.
James
The book is easy to read and there is much in it that is worthy of serious reflection.
Timothy E. Kennelly

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Robert Anderson on September 20, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'd always wanted to read the Bhagavad Ghita, but had never got around to it, until I happened across this translation at the library.

In short, the Bhagavad Ghita is a battlefield conversation between Arjuna, a warrier and the Lord Krishna. The scripture is an important part of Hindu religious scriptures and in it Krishna essentially lays out for Arjuna the nature of the soul and the various types of Yoga or paths to God.

The conversation originally comes about because Arjuna is extremely distressed at the prospect of having to kill his own relatives in the battle before him. Krishna explains that souls can never die and that Arjuna must play his assigned role in the great scheme of things. Furthermore, Krishna explains to Arjuna how to balance the spiritual journey with worldly obligations, and how the intentions with which we fulfill our worldly duties differentiate the spiritual man.

This book contains an introduction by Aldous Huxley which discusses the Bhagavad Ghita's relationship to Huxley's concept of the Perennial Philosophy (a common meaning of things that all religious ultimately depict). Included at the end of the text are brief discussions on the "Cosmology of the Ghita" and the "Ghita and War".

If I could change anything about this translation, I would have liked to see more annotations throughout the text but that's a minor gripe becaus overall I found this quick and interesting and accessible for me as a first time reader of the Bhagavad Ghita.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Z. Grgic on March 27, 2005
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I found this to be my favorite translation of Bhagavad Gita - I could enjoy reading and reciting this translation together with amazing Sri Aurobindo's Essays on the Gita!

The language is so simple and so beautiful, and in its simplicity it can carry easily the deep and profound Krishna's teaching - that which is of music, that which should be recited and sing - like a song!
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Bain on April 3, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This edition of the Bhagavad Gita is my preferred edition, and has been for many years. The reason I prefer this is the uniqueness of the INTRODUCTION, written by none other than ALDOUS HUXLEY, and in which he expounds the PERENNIAL PHILOSOPHY, consisting of Four Tenets:

(1) "The phenomenal world of matter and of individual consciousness--the world of things and animals and men and even gods--is the manifestation of a Divine Ground within which all partial realities have their being, and apart from which they would be nonexistent. [ALL IS GOD]

(2) Human beings are capable not merely of knowing 'about' the Divine Ground by inference; they can also realize its existence by a DIRECT INTUITION, superior to discursive reasoning. This immediate knowledge unites the knower with that which is known. [WE CAN FEEL GOD]

(3) Man possesses a double nature, a phenomenal ego and an eternal Self, which is the inner man, the spirit, the spark of divinity within the soul. It is possible for a man, if he so desires, to identify himself with the spirit and therefore with the Divine Ground, which is of the same or like nature with the spirit. [WE CAN KNOW GOD]

(4) Man's life on earth has only one end and purpose: to identify himself with his eternal Self and so to come to unitive knowledge of the Divine Ground." --Aldous Huxley, Introduction to the "Bhagavad Gita" by Swami Prabhavananda.
[GOD IS THE ANSWER]

These four tenets, Huxley tells us, are common to the worlds major religions, and it sure simplifies theology, for which I am deeply grateful.

The Gita consists essentially, of a dialogue, between the warrior Arjuna, and Krishna, the Godhead.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hugh Sansom on May 16, 2011
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I have not seen _any_ book in recent years that was as badly printed as this edition of the Bhagavad Gita. It's so badly printed as to make reading unpleasant. The text was clearly scanned or photographed from an earlier printing; you can seen the line screen (the dots that come with a digital reproduction of a low-resolution scan or photo). The text is muddy, blurry, unclear. The paper quality is _worse_ than most newspapers. It's little better than the earth-friendly, recycled toilet paper you may have seen.

If you don't mind the quality of printing, then you'll be fine with this. But the print quality makes reading needlessly tiresome. Reprehensibly bad print.

Update: The reviewer who commented that this copy is an illegal copy of one from the Vedanta Press is absolutely right. Search for "The Song of God Bhagavad Gita". Same translator, same preface. Larger trim size (larger pages), better paper -- better altogether. How Signet got away with its knock-off, I don't know.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Bob on July 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
This version of the Bhagavad Gita is an illegal printing of Kessington Press stolen from Vedanta Press. The Vedanta Press edition is available from Amazon at a MUCH lower price.

Please do not buy the Kessington edition.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Wanda Seymour on August 14, 2009
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Wanted to have an extra copy of this book in addition to a hardcover copy but what a disappointment. The print quality is horrible, the text is hardly readable, fuzzy and smudged, it looks like something coming out of a 10yr old inkjet printer. Get the Gita by all means but avoid this print version.
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