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Bhagavad-Gita As It Is Hardcover – March 1, 1997
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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.Read more ›
Many in the West are not familiar with the dualist tradition, that is, the dual nature of God and soul within Hindu thought, which is, nevertheless, a mainstream perspective. The book’s commentary represents that philosophy. This edition is the Bible of the Hare Krishnas. Now, that group numbers only in the tens, possibly hundreds, of thousands, however this work is in agreement with Northeastern India's major religious perspective, which has tens of millions of adherents. Moreover, Bhaktivedanta’s writing here is in line with Ramanuja's, who’s doctrine is broadly followed by hundreds of millions, mostly in India, but also worldwide.
As such, the book is an important read for anyone wishing to understand traditional Hinduism and its Vaishnava (principal) component.
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
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.Read more ›
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The gold/yellow version of As It Is has been edited from Srila Prabhupada's original. Kind of unbelievable that the very "trust" established to preserve Srila Prabhupada's... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Max Headroom
Can't go wrong with ancient wisdom. Author can be repetitive at times in his interpretations and you may not agree with some things but all in all it makes for insightful, good... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Mr T
This is one of the best and easily understood BG translations I have ever read. The introduction is fabulous and I like reading it again and again, no other translation has touched... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rajesh Rajendran
This is hailed in the west as the definitive translation of the Bhagavad Gita, but let me tell you, don't waste your time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by WinterWalker95
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