- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (August 24, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780061997303
- ISBN-13: 978-0061997303
- ASIN: 0061997307
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bhagavad Gita: The Beloved Lord's Secret Love Song Paperback – August 24, 2010
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“Graham Schweig’s new, beautiful, and accessible translation will remain the standard text of this marvelous Song for years to come.” (Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions)
“Crystal clear and eminently readable.” (Ariel Glucklich, Professor of Theology (Hinduism) at Georgetown University)
“The Bhagavad Gita is a religious classic; Graham Schweig’s felicitous translation deserves to be called a classic in its own right.” (Arvind Sharma, Birks Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University, author of Our Religions)
“Schweig has produced a beautifully readable, accurate and respectful translation that should become the standard text for classroom use.” (John Borelli, Special Assistant to the President for Interreligious Initiatives at Georgetown University, author of Interfaith Dialogue)
“Extremely reader friendly, particularly if you have little or no prior exposure to the Gita. ” (Yoga Journal)
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The Bhagavad Gita is often regarded as the Bible of India. With a gripping story and deeply compelling message, it is unquestionably one of the most popular sacred texts of Asia and, along with the Bible and the Qur'an, one of the most important holy scriptures in the world.
Part of an ancient Hindu epic poem, the dialogue of the Bhagavad Gita takes place on a battlefield, where a war for the possession of a North Indian kingdom is about to ensue between two noble families related by blood. The epic's hero, young Prince Arjuna, is torn between his duty as a warrior and his revulsion at the thought of his brothers and cousins killing each other over control of the realm. Frozen by this ethical dilemma, he debates the big questions of life and death with the supreme Hindu deity Krishna, cleverly disguised as his charioteer. By the end of the story, Eastern beliefs about mortality and reincarnation, the vision and practice of yoga, the Indian social order and its responsibilities, family loyalty, spiritual knowledge, and the loftiest pursuits of the human heart are explored in depth. Explaining the very purpose of life and existence, this classic has stood the test of twenty-three centuries. It is presented here in a thoroughly accurate, illuminating, and beautiful translation that is sure to become the standard for our day.
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There are many translations of this 5,000 year old Sanskrit text and many of them have been edited down, or not translated literally, and I have found that those translations leave Krishna’s teachings a bit murky, but, Dr. Schweig’s translation is a literal translation from the original Sanskrit, thoroughly poetic, and clearly remains true to the original message of the Gita in every chapter, verse and word.
That being said, this translation & brief commentary by Graham Schweig is phenomenal!
I liken reading the Bhagavad Gita to reading Shakespeare - the text is rich with meaning, though it may be tough to grasp without extra insight. Schweig does a great job of providing a little bit of guidance while you let the text speak for itself. The final appendix, titled "On This Translation", explains Schweig's means of translating the ancient text & I highly appreciate how he did everything he could to maintain the text's integrity & complexity when presenting it in English.
Having studied & practiced many of yoga's core concepts, reading the Gita is a natural extension of delving deeper into the world of yoga. The Gita adds a much richer concept of what yoga is, compared to just reading the Yoga Sutras.
Whether you've had an introduction to yoga or not, Schweig does a wonderful job making the Gita understandable - and you'll likely be even more curious about yoga afterward! I can easily see myself reading & referring to this translation for many decades
Note: The Gita is a beautiful book for folks of all faiths to read, whether they consider themselves yogis or not. If you have devoted yourself to a particular religion or faith, keep an open mind when you read this book. Krishna, who is the highest God in the Hindu religion, can easily be seen as the God you have chosen to worship. Each religion has their own version of "the highest power", but more often than not, they are preaching the same message: love one another & leave the Earth better than you found it.