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  • Hardcover: 1254 pages
  • Publisher: Central Chinmaya Mission Trust/Mumbai/India; 10th re-print edition (January 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 817597074X
  • ISBN-13: 978-8175970748
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Swami Chinmayananda (May 8, 1916 - Aug 3, 1993) was born Balakrishna Menon (Balan) in Ernakulam, Kerala in a devout Hindu noble family called "Poothampalli". Graduating from Lucknow University, he entered the field of journalism where he felt he could influence political, economic and social reform in India. But his life was changed when he met Swami Sivananda at Rishikesh and became interested in the Hindu spiritual path. [1] Balakrishna Menon took sanyas(monkhood) from Swami Sivananda and was given the name Swami Chinmayananda - the one who is saturated in Bliss and pure Consciousness. Swami Shivananda saw further potential in Swami Chinmayananda and sent him to study under a guru in the Himalayas - Swami Tapovan Maharaj under whom he studied for 8 years. Swami Tapovan maharaj was known for his rigid teaching style, to the point where he told Sw. Chinmayananda that he would only say everything once, and at anytime he would ask questions to him. Even with these extreme terms, Sw. Chinmayananda stayed with Tapovan maharaj until the very end of 8 years. Being a journalist at heart, Sw. Chinmayananda wanted to make this pure knowledge available to all people of all backgrounds, even though Tapovan Maharaj had advised against it. It was then that with Tapovan maharaj's blessings, he left the Himalayas to teach the world the knowledge of Vedanta throughout the world. During his forty years of travelling and teaching, Swami Chinmayananda opened numerous centres and ashrams worldwide, he also built many schools, hospitals, nursing homes and clinics. His interest in helping the villagers with basic necessities lead to the eventual creation of a rural development project, known as the Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development or CORD. It's Naitonal Director, Dr. Kshama Metre was recently awarded the Padma Shree National award in Social Work. Swami Chinmayananda passed away on 3 August 1993 in San Diego, California. His followers regard him as having attained Mahasamadhi at that point. His work has resulted in the creation of an international organization called Chinmaya Mission. This mission serves Swami Chinmayananda's vision of reinvigorating India's rich cultural heritage, and making Vedanta accessible to everybody regardless of age, nationality, or religious background.

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Swami Chinmayananda: is a saint from India who had brought about a spiritual renaissance throughout the world. Inspired by Mother Ganga, he chose to come down to the plains and share what he had gained. In 1951 he had set rolling what was later to become the Chinmaya Mission Movement. Dynamic and creative, he has authored many books, despite his busy schedule for the benefit of spiritual seekers.

With his own brand of wit, humour and vocabulary, he paints vividly the wisdom of the ages in front of us. His commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita is considered one of the best ever. Also his commentaries on the Upanishads are outstanding for their clarity and crisp logic. Other than his commentaries, he has also written numerous books on Vedanta, Meditation, Indian Culture and Symbolism. He is well-known for his books Kindle Life, a Fundamental text of Vedanta well-known widely popular for its simplicity and thought-provoking examples and Art of Man-making, which conveys the essence of the Gita for the younger generation inspiring them to live a life of higher ideal and purpose. In his book Art of God-symbolism he shatters the age old myths, rendering a new perspective to God-symbolism.

He has authored over 80 titles and his books have been translated into many regional as well as foreign languages influencing the lives of millions.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Globe viewer on March 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have never been a fan of the proclaimed "Gurus" from anywhere in the world. However, this book is not a mere tranlsation of the phrases in Gita by a Swami. Swami Chinmayananda gives thoughtful insights into what Lord Krishna is trying to say in his sermon to Arjuna. Its been only a couple of months since I started reading it and its been slow- although the translation is very well done, the content itself is at a higher intellectual level. It takes time to understand and more importantly apply it to everyday life. I will say, though - no matter which translation, you cannot go wrong with The Gita. Its perhaps the oldest and in my eyes the best explanation of our feelings towards life and what composes it.

If you are looking for quick and easy summary of The Gita you are looking for-this is not a book for you (no hasty read!). If it is the answer to life's endless questions you seek, and are ready to devote time and thought to it- this is the book for you.

As for me, I think this is the best book that I have ever read!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By WhoAmI? on April 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am now of the opinion that commentaries are unnecessary for a student of the Geeta. One, the Geeta is a very simple and straight-forward scripture. It is not an obscure work that needs a scholar's explanation. Two, we must understand its words in the light of our own experience and within the limitations of our own knowledge. That is the whole point of studying the Geeta. There is no need for someone more spiritually advanced to show us the "hidden meaning" of the verses.

Having said that, there is something about Chinmaya's version that makes it worth reading. His approach is fresh, modern and practical.

The Geeta is Brahmavidya (knowledge of the Absolute) and Yogashastra (science of Yoga). The Brahmavidya part tends towards abstract metaphysics, as it should. It is interpreted from the Advaita Vedanta standpoint, to which school Chinmaya belongs.

As Yogashastra, the Geeta is a book that teaches us how to live and work in this world. This is the part where Chinmaya really scores. His commentary on the Karma Yoga verses (Chapters 2-6) is appealing and useful to the modern, practical man.

The English translation of the verses is workable and adequate.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Adwaite Tiwary on February 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a very elegant commentary on the Geeta. All the 701 verses in Sanskrit have been reproduced along with an English translation. However, the best part is the treatise discussing the philosophy (from Advaita/Non-dualist school's perspective) of every single verse. Swami Chinmayananda readily connects to the reader providing examples from modern, everyday life. Drawing on knowledge from sources such as the Upanishads, he provides a very engrossing discussion of the philosophy contained in the Divine Song. Abstract concepts such as Brahman, Ego, Caste system, three kinds of gunas, illusion, real, unreal, shraddha etc. have been thoroughly discussed. He has strived to provide a rational and thorough explanation of the philosophy instead of counting on blind faith of the spiritual seekers.

I am sure that this book will act as a valuable transition for students before taking up a serious study of terse commentaries such as the one of Adi Shankara.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Prashant Sant on June 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book always reminds me of one of my guides. His message was "Develop Your spirituality using the experience of someone who has gone through that process and reached the final goal".Swamiji's commentary on GEETA provides me precisely with that personal experience , albeit at a very deep level.
A caveat though : this book is more suited for someone who wants to think over the Life principles , as outlined in Geeta, understand them by using his / her own life circumstances and start applying them gradually. If You are looking for a literal GEETA translation interspersed with some explanations, You will have to look somewhere else. Based upon my personal experience, please don't skip the above steps. After a while, You will be viewing the same principles as they manifest in your own life.
Another interesting observation is the combination of logic, science and art in this book's commentary. I agree 100% with 'Globe Viewer' in that it delves at higher levels of intellectual planes and that it takes time to appreciate it's value. Please spend the necessary time and slowly You will view the day-to-day happenings in your life differently and , most importantly, act in the RIGHT manner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By shriharsha on April 22, 2011
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Book instills great idea of Jivatma-Paramatma relationship, and clarifies the meaning of dharma-karma sambanda to be implemented in our daily life in this fast moving world.
The commentary was more secular, and beutifully explains the shortcomings of current practices in the name of religion.

It would have been better if meaning of each sanskrit word were given. However, it conveys the meaning of each sloka properly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 15, 2014
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An excellent explanation and interpretation of the teachings of Bhagavad Gita and the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta or Non-dualism.
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