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The Bhagavad Gita (Penguin Classics) Paperback – February 25, 2003
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About the Author
Juan Mascaró taught at Oxford University, Parameshvara College at Jaffna, the University of Barcelona, and Cambridge University. He also translated The Dhammapada and The Upanishads for Penguin Classics. He died in 1987.
Simon Brodbeck studied at the Universities of Cambridge and London and completed a Ph.D. thesis on The Bhagavad Gita at the School of Oriental and African Studies.
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One of the great books of Vedanta philosophy, Mahatma Gandhi referred to is as "the book par excellence for the seeker of Truth" in his autobiography.
This translation by Sir Edwin Arnold from the Sanskrit into traditional English-type prose is considered by many to be the best translation available, and I agree. I have read numerous translations, and none have the beauty, fullness, and informative extolling of virtue for living expressed more artistically.
As for this translation, I have tried about 3 other translations. Now I'm glad I read Mascaro's translation first, because if I read one of the others first I might have lost interest in it and might never have pick it up again and thus I would not have received such valuable insight.
While I haven't read all the English translations, Mascaro's translation is the best I have read. It takes the reader to the heart of the Gita, to their own heart and to that of Lord Krishna with practical real instructions on how we should live to be aligned with God. It is a practical nitty gritty instruction manual on how we are to construct and conduct ourselves in our own "life battle".
Gandhi read the Gita as his daily practice; it sustained him. I have found the same experience when I have picked up this volume during my own times of crisis.
If one wants to plumb the depths of the Gita, then I would suggest getting Winthrop Sargent's Bhagavad Gita with the Sanskrit and Sanskrit translation. It is excellent, but a few of the translations are off, and it is dry compared to Mascaro.
There are many commentaries and at present I don't have a favorite one to recommend.
If one wants to explore both the flavor and the depth of the Gita, I would recommend undertaking Sanskrit studies with Vyaas Houston [...] . He gives weekend trainings to begin to learn Sanskrit as well as immersions into the Gita.
I can assure you, you won't be disappointed.
If you don't have the time or money, Mascaro's translation is a gold mine.
despite the change in author; the text remains the same...
its a classic..go for it...
for indians though, words like "spirit" is used instead of "atman" brings a bit of alienation while reading...
it has no commentary; so repeated readings shall bring to the reader a deeper understanding of god's words instead of relying on someone else's interpretation.
buy it...its worth it....