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The New Bhagavad-Gita: Timeless wisdom in the language of our times Paperback – April 22, 2011
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Koti Sreekrishna, PhD (b. 1953, Bangalore) studied biochemistry and worked as a research fellow with the Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Kentucky. After working with Phillips Petroleum Company and Marion Merrel Dow, he is currently a senior scientist in the Global Biotechnology division at the Procter & Gamble Company. His interests include philosophy, inter-religious dialogue, and studying the Hindu scriptures. He has previously authored a translation of the Purusha Suktam, a Hindu creation theme. He has served in the executive council of Hindu Society of Greater Cincinnati (HSGC) for several years and contributes articles to HSGC-Temple magazine. He is a distinguished Toastmaster. Hari Ravikumar, BE (b. 1984, Bangalore) studied mechanical engineering and then trained and worked as a software engineer with Infosys Technologies Ltd. Now he works as editor and content manager of the Melton Foundation and as administrative director of the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts (SAPA). His interests include Eastern wisdom, carnatic music, mathematics, films, martial arts, learning languages, yoga, comic books, travel, and design. He has earlier co-authored a book ‘Roots and Wings’ on the significance of human values.
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The beauty of The Gita is that it is not like any other fiction or romantic novels which is read once and completed. I carry this around everyday and even after many readings, each page has something new to offer every time it is read.
I accidentally met one of the authors of this book, Dr. Koti Sreekrishna and was impressed to hear that he being a scientist on one hand is still very interested in the ancient scriptures of Hinduism. I really liked one of his recent works coauthored by him, ' the New Bhagavad-Gita'. I am impressed by his and his team's effort in portraying this masterpiece (the Gita) into a simple yet articulate learning offered as a "grab n go" pack to this modern generation, who hardly have time to think about the values of a human being. When I first looked at the size of the book, I was a bit skeptical weather this version covers all the intrinsic meanings of the message delivered by Lord Krishna to his disciple Arjuna. As, I read through the first few pages, I was assured that this is the right book for a broad spectrum of readers covering from a neaphyte to a strong believer who is in search of the true essence of the Gita.
I wish Good luck to the authors of this work, Dr. Koti Sreekrishna and Hari RaviKumar. I hope to see more wonderful works like this by the authors.
From my experience this is true; India (and Hinduism) can be very complex for westerners, as we do not really know much of it. When I asked what can I do to start deepening my understandings he said "read the epics (Mahabharata and Ramayana)". And I did, I grabbed two novelized versions and went through a world of adventures and lessons beyond imaginable. After visiting the country and finishing both books, I still felt I needed something more, and that's when the New Bhagavad-Gita came to me.
This book is simplified in the language, but not dumbed down in any level. It stays faithful in both form and content, with helpful annotations, maps, and reflections coming from the authors. I seriously recommend to anyone who is curious about Hinduism, or is just trying to understand better their Indian friends. Grab it, read it once, and then discuss it, reflect on it, and then read it again.
If you are a complete newbie to the subject, I would recommend you follow the same path as I did, grab a novelized version of the Mahabharata and then give it a go. It will provide the context needed to the story, and will help you go through the lessons hidden in each Strophe of it.