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The Bhagavad Gita (Penguin Classics) Paperback – February 25, 2003
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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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"There is no wisdom for a man without harmony, and without harmony there is no contemplation. Without contemplation there cannot be peace, and without peace can there be joy?"
Many readers will probably be content to remain with Mascaro, and it certainly seems to me that his translation reads beautifully and that a fair number of his verses have never been bettered by others. But the Gita is not quite so simple as it may sometimes appear. If we want to arrive at a fuller idea of just what the Gita means by "wisdom," "harmony," "contemplation," "peace," and so on, we will need to consult other and fuller editions.
There are many editions which, besides giving a translation of the Gita, also give a full commentary such as the excellent one by Sri Aurobindo in his 'Bhagavad Gita and Its Message' (1995). Others, besides giving a commentary and notes, also give the Sanskrit text along with a word-by-word translation. Some of these even include the commentary of the great Indian philosopher, Shankara (c. + 788 to 820), such as the very fine edition by Swami Gambhirananda (Calcutta: Advaita Ashrama, 1995, which may be available through the Vedanta Press, CA). Here is the latter's English rendering of Verse II.Read more ›
For verse 2:27 Juan's translation was :
Set thy heart upon thy work, but never on its reward. Work not or a reward; but never cease to do thy work.
as for the one by Ramanand Prasad, it came out as :
You have Adhikaara over your respective duty only, but no control or claim over the results. The fruits of work should not be your motive. You should never be inactive. (2.47) (The word Adhikaara means ability and privilege, prerogative, jurisdiction, discretion, right, preference, choice, rightful claim, authority, control.)
A reader wishing to venture into the depths of the Gita should consider reading this version by Juan as an overview of it.
This is an excellent treatment of millenia-old Hindu religious thought for the modern day thinking man. The main body of the book is Lord Krishna's explanation to his life-long friend and champion archer Arjun of life's purpose. I heartily recommend it to any reader interested in obtaining an overview of one of India's greatest philosophical works!
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Of course, this is a very famous Indian book, as most folks probably know. However, I find it to be in line with much of the concepts of the Old Testament, where God is not just... Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. M. V. Vooren
An quick read but a bit of a challenge given the very 19th century English rendition and use of English words that seem strange to our ears today. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Andrew Nye
One of the most interesting books I have read. It's a pity I was not introduced to it earlier in mu life.
The item I received was in very good condition. It was previously used, and annotated, but was none the worse for wear. It has that old library smell, what mor could you want?Published 10 months ago by Chase K.
great book and have read this title by several other writers. This translation has a good rounded feel, especially if one is familiar with content.Published 11 months ago by James