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Universal Message of the Bhagavad Gita: An Exposition of the Gita in the Light of Modern Thought and Modern Needs, Vol. 1 Hardcover – Box set, July 1, 2000


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  • Hardcover: 519 pages
  • Publisher: Advaita Ashrama/Calcutta/India; 1st edition (July 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8175052139
  • ISBN-13: 978-8175052130
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #947,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Among the several modern commentaries on the Gita, this one is unique in the sense it is both down to earth and fascinatingly erudite. In explaining every verse, the author relates its real connotation and significance to not only what Shankaracharya said in his introduction to the Gita, or how Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda interpreted it in terms of practical Vedanta, but also how it conforms to the thinking of some of the greatest Greek philosophers like Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. The author weaves every verse into the requirements of modern life and throws light on how man should lead his life while involved in his daily chores and fulfil his duties in accordance with the philosophy of action as taught by Sri Krishna. --Sri Ramakrishna Math/Chennai

I have read several translations of the Gita in English-from Sir Edwin Arnold's to Annie Besnat's,to Gandhiji's,Vinobhaji and Radhakrishnan's and some others also...I find the exposition of Swami Ranganathananda in many respects unique:it is both down to earth and fascinatingly erudite.In explaining every shloka Swamiji relates it's real connotation and significance to not only What Adis Shankara said in his introduction to the Gita or how Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda interpreted in terms of Practical Vedanta but also how it conforms to the thinking of some of the Great philosophers like Socrates,Plato and Aristotle,Swamiji takes you,while expalining the depth and intricasies of Sri Krishna's teachingsmon an enlightening voyage of discovery,where you meet Buddha,Mahavira,Tao,Christ and most of the thinkers in the West and relates their thoughts by an ingenious interactionwith the message of Sri Krishna.Even the greatest scientists like Einstein or famous neurologists like Sir Charles Sherington and poets like Wordsaworth and Shelley and Philosophers like Julian Huxley and bertrand Russell are brought in by Swamiji to give us an indepth understanding of the real meaning of the real meaning of these shlokas.Swamiji weaves every Shloka into the requirements of modern life and throws light on how man should lead his life while involved in nhis daily chores or business deals or academic pursuits and fulfil his duties in accordance with the philosphy of action taught by Sri Krishna ,which is a marvel of the elevation itself. --Dr.Rafiq Zakaria/Muslim Scholar of Mumbai

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Abdur-Rahim Iskanadar on December 3, 2000
This is an excellent introduction to the Bhagavad Gita as interpreted by Advaita Vedanta. The author Swami Ranganathananda was inducted into Vedanta by the eminent Swami Sivananda. This book is a tafsir (exegesis) of the Gita in-depth and basically spoon-feeds you the knowledge in a concise and easy-to-read format. However, the book does cost 120 Rupees and this is more like $4 US not $35 so I would suggest buying it direct from Avdaita Ashrama at [...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Srinivasan Nenmeli Krishna on August 16, 2007
The learned Swami gave these lectures in Hyderabad,India in the 1990's..The transcribed version is necessarily wordy and anecdotal.The lectures do contain the essence with precise explanations, while the examples and anecdotes often takes us far away from the central topic.The chief merit is that the learned speaker has brought in modern problems and views them in the light of Vedanta.In doing this, he is didactic, very instructional---- something you would hear from your grandpa.In all, this set of three volumes would serve as leisurely study of the Gita, after one has gone through shorter texts.
Some editorial effort may make the book more crisp and elegant.
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