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The Bhagavad Gita According to Gandhi Paperback – May 19, 2009
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This book, consisting of Gandhi's translation of the Gita, as well as commentary he presented to his followers at prayer meetings in 1926, is an important and highly-regarded version of the ancient text. Gandhi's commentary, actually comprising about two-thirds of the work, was lucid, profound, and clearly indicative of the deep wisdom of one of the twentieth-century's greatest men. It greatly enhanced my understanding of the Gita.
This is a great translation of a great relious work, with explanations by a great man. Not surprisingly, this adds up to a great book. Highly recommended.
One element that would always be helpful would be to include some (if not all) of the original text, but even still this a good translation, and relatively unbaised if you're aware of what the text originally says. Sadly, this version is not as popular as the Bhagavad Gita As It Is (published by Hare Krishna), although in my opinion it is certainly more spiritual and more reliable.
If this short scripture grabs you, not only you will agree with Einstein, it may also answer many of your lifelong questions about god, life, death, conscience, etc. It will also become a part of your daily life going forward. And if it does not, you will still find it to be a true masterpiece.
For those who may not be aware, a translation of the Bhagavad Gita is freely available on The International Gita Society's website. The translation in this book, however, is far superior and endorsed by a universally trusted source, Gandhi. I found this translation to be more pleasant to read and believe it conveys the message more effectively.
About Gandhi's commentary, although he has done an unparalleled job, the verses of the Gita are so profound and complex that, in my mind, any commentary would fall short of the actual message. That said, Gandhi's work in this book can easily be ranked as one of the best spiritual writings.
Lastly, I believe the impact of the Gita can be substantially optimized by having a bit of prior knowledge about Gandhi's life and his ideals.
READ, ENJOY & MAKE THIS WORLD A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL.
The commentary is not excessive, but there is plenty there for those looking for commentary. He gives a somewhat metaphorical interpretation of the Gita. I like this book as it is easy to read and the commentary is based on experience. For example, in verse 40 of chapter 11 he states how a lady worshipped the lord with her back to the idol and then a learned man rebuked her. She was said to have cited this verse in her defense showing that one need not worship God in one direction. Such is the practicality of Gandhi's work.
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Gandhiji keeps things very simple. He gives implied meanings or explains subtlety only when required. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by Sagar Deshmukh
I'm glad I found this version of the Gita, easy to read, simple insight by GandhiPublished 10 days ago by Look
This book was over sold and under worth it. Gandhi was a great man and a revolutionary for change and peace but this leaves something to be gained.Published 1 month ago by Meloni Anthony