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Bhagavad-Gita: The Song of God Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0451528445 ISBN-10: 0451528441 Edition: Reprint

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Classics; Reprint edition (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451528441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451528445
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.4 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Customer Reviews

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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22 of 23 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 32 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Bain on April 3, 2006
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James on May 17, 2005
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I like this translation much better than the Pengion classic version.

Swami Prabhavananda (Translator) seams to cut right to the chase and

avoids over translating or the spinning embellishment of the Pengion version. The introduction provides a full overview of the Gita and some helpful insights into its message without rambling on and on.

The paper in this book could be better but the over all size of the book is a convenient one and the price is great.

The Bhagavad-Gita is a manual or guide book for those looking to advance in their spiritual awareness. In the dialogue between Shi Krishna and Ajuna all of the guidelines and reasons for purifying the soul towards union with its highest potential are spelled out in a clear manner. The book is a poetic discourse on the truths of reality, spirituality and of the relationship and union between man and God.

Om Shanti!!!
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15 of 16 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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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Bob on July 7, 2006
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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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