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Bhagavad-gita As It Is [Kindle Edition]

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
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The largest-selling edition of the Gita in the Western world, Bhagavad-gita As It Is is more than a book. It is alive with knowledge and devotion; thus it has the power to change your life for the better. 

Bhagavad-gita is knowledge of five basic truths and the relationship of each truth to the other: These five truths are Krishna, or God, the individual soul, the material world, action in this world, and time. The Gita lucidly explains the nature of consciousness, the self, and the universe. It is the essence of India's spiritual wisdom, the answers to questions posed by philosophers for centuries. 

In translating the Gita, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada has remained loyal to the intended meaning of Krishna's words, and thus he has unlocked all the secrets of the ancient knowledge of the Gita and placed them before us as an exciting opportunity for self-improvement and spiritual fulfillment.

The Gita is a conversation between Krishna and His dear friend Arjuna. At the last moment before entering a battle between brothers and friends, the great warrior Arjuna begins to wonder: Why should he fight? What is the meaning of his life? Where is he going after death?

In response, Krishna brings His friend from perplexity to spiritual enlightenment, and each one of us is invited to walk the same path.

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Text: English (translation)

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with such an important voice and style. It is a work of undoubted integrity. It will occupy a significant place in the intellectual and ethical life of modern man for a long time to come

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  • File Size: 1899 KB
  • Print Length: 810 pages
  • Publisher: The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (December 15, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GHNEL0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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162 of 196 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners, but cautiously recommended October 4, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Several years back, this was one of the first few translations of the Bhagavad Gita that I read. Compared to other books I found the language of translation very simple to comprehend and I also loved the layout of the book. This book was certainly inspiring as any translation of Gita would be. However a word of caution!

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
brahma-karma-samadhina

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.
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52 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Representation of the Tradition September 3, 2006
Format:Hardcover
In 1967 I was honored to type the second chapter of the Swami's Gita manuscript just as it was being edited by Prof. Howard Wheeler (Hayagriva). Since then I've been a student of the Gita, particularly Prabhupada's. For someone new to the Gita, his translation is excellent. Prabhupada communicates the passion, philosophy, enjoyment, and enlightenment available in the Vishnu (Vaishnava) culture. Although wise, elderly, and saintly, Prabhupada humbly consults centuries old commentaries to offer his readers the proper perspectives. For someone who knows the tradition, it is a joy to read Prabhupada's translation, because he communicates the millenia old principles with clarity. To understand the ancient, classical, and modern Vedantic (Hindu) culture one should investigate it from within the tradition. For example, one of the Upanisads says, "A great soul is enlightened by the Gita discussions through expressing affection for the Lord and the guru (not by external, detached study and research)." Prabhupada is most definitely a guru who can enlighten the reader; it is also easy to have affection for him. An advanced reader may be happy that Prabhupada's comments clarify the many themes or threads in the Gita. Some scholars find the various threads difficult to follow and reconcile. Many people will appreciate that in a world where industrial and modern cultures have created a violent rift between humanity and nature, Krishna's exposition provides a breath of fresh air. The Vedantic perspective is wonderfully communicated by Satish Kumar (in Ranchor Prime's Vedic Ecology): "Hindus say 'Om shanti, shanti, shanti' ('peace, peace, peace') before every prayer. Read more ›
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Become My Favorite Book! December 30, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was first given a copy of this most magnificent book in December 1972 on a street corner in downtown Miami by a devotee of the Hare Krishna society. He asked me for a donation and I was unable to give him anything at the time. He said he'd give me the book IF I would promise to read it "cover to cover". I promised.

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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is sectarian Krishna-Consciousness movement translation.
This is sectarian Krishna-Consciousness movement translation. Original Sanskrit here is completely distorted to fit their imagination. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Dario Zee
5.0 out of 5 stars Best version of an old classic.
Obtained my first copy of this in the 70s. It changed everything. It still will, if you let it.
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exactly as described. What I expected.
Published 11 days ago by Shawn McAllister
5.0 out of 5 stars ... you are interested in the Gita this is an excellent copy with...
If you are interested in the Gita this is an excellent copy with commentary from a true spiritual master.
Published 12 days ago by Brian R. Wingrove
5.0 out of 5 stars I know I am not perfect. At least I have the direction
I have already read this couple of time. I have made up a routine to read a little every morning during my travel to work. I know I am not perfect. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Prakash Chavan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Translation
What I like about this translation is that each passage is presented in its original format, then in English as a direct translation, then accompanied by the translators... Read more
Published 23 days ago by john anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good study
I just started reading and I think, it is very a very good book. The language is advanced sometimes, but I like it that way.
Published 1 month ago by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars review
Its changed my life. ...you must read it to know how it works and helps us to come out of the miseries of life. ..
Published 1 month ago by vikash nagar
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Translation when Compared to Others
I really like this book for its well-written nature and I did numerous comparisons with this version vs other authors. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gary R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
The Bhagavad-Gita book I ordered was very nice, I gave it to a friend that just lost her mother. Thank You
Published 2 months ago by Christopher Abeare
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