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Bhagavad Gita As It Is

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  1,090 ratings  ·  128 reviews
The Bhagavad Gita is universally renowned as the jewel of India's spiritual wisdom.

Spoken by Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, to His intimate devotee arjuna, the Gita's seven hundred concise verses provide a definitive guide to the science of Self-realization.
Hardcover, 884 pages
Published 1972 by The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (first published January 1st 1920)
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Brad Byers
I love the Bhagavad Gita. It offers something for everyone, no matter what your religous/spritual persuasion might be.

However, I had mixed feelings about this version which made me debate between three and four stars for this book.

This is Prabhupada's translation. He is best known as the Founder and/or person who brought the Hare Krishna form of Vasinavism to the United States. The only issue I take with it is that at times he can be rather controversial in his interpretive purports of the vers
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Andrew
The Bhagavad is one of the greatest works of literature. Here it is tenderly and lovingly mangled from its original by a sectarian and abusive translator who, while offering the "original" sanskrit, still departs wildly from it in his purports. What the book gains from is an immense popularity due it's publishers fervent marketing of the book, free copies, etc.
Arun Mahendrakar
I'll begin by saying that my intention of reading Bhagavad Gita was not to find god, but to gain a better understanding of life.

Unfortunately, most part of the book is just blind following of Krsna - "DO THIS; DON'T DO THAT because Krsna said so". The primary goal of the book was to provide enlightenment to the ignorant and those in suffering. Instead all it does is to drive people in believing that 'follow Krsna and all your problems will go away'. Hmm.. I don't think so.

In 9:23, it says: "Thos
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Richard Houchin
I'm surprised at the extreme hostility to atheism in this text. Hinduism is certainly on the same level as Christianity in regards to its vicious hatred of the wholly other.

In text 4.7-4.8, Krisna reveals that whenever there's a rise in atheism, God himself descends to annihilate the demonic non-believers and to reestablish religious belief:

Text 4.7-8,
Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, and a predominant rise of irreligion--at that time I descend myself.

To deliver the
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Costa
Classic book interpreted by a guru from the old tradition of swamis in India. I did enjoy the book at the time, although my current world view interprets this book quite differently than when I first read it many years ago. Still, it's a great story about courage and commitment. It does have lots of superstitious and metaphysical aspects to it. I would not necessarily recommend this particular version of the book though. If you wanted to read classic version, do a search and it's easy to find. R ...more
Tushar Tyagi
I have read some Hindi versions of the text. This is the first English version that I am reading. The author has done a nice job in translating the verses from Sanskrit to English and pointing out the meanings of tough Sanskrit words. But everything good ends there. The explanation or "Purport" written here have some faults according to me.

In Hindu scriptures, God is treated as an entity having no shape, no figure; it is omnipresent and has no name nor any gender. But in this text, Lord Krishna
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Kshitij
Geeta Saar or Summary of Geeta:

"Whatever happened, it happened for good.
Whatever is happening, is happening for good.
Whatever will happen, will happen for good.
What has slipped away from you, for which you are shedding tears?
What have you brought in this world along with yourself, that you now have lost?
What have you produced (with your own material) that now has been obliterated?
Everything that you have, you have taken from here.
Every small thing you have given out, you have given here.
Whatever
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Somya
This is Bhagavad Gita. Spoken by Lord Krishna to his dear devotee Arjuna. For all the people who have criticized this particular Bhagavad Gita by Swami Prabhupada are clearly not interested in either Krishna or Arjuna, in God, what God has to say, the simple instruction of Gita that one is supposed to be surrendered and not try to be the master, the fact that God himself is speaking, and to whom he is speaking to (Arjuna) is a devotee of Krishna. Krishna is speaking to Arjuna as a Guru, for the ...more
Volmarr
Apr 07, 2014 Volmarr rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Only people following Gaudiya Vaishnavism
The Bhagavad-Gita itself is an incredibly important powerful Hindu yogic holy text filled with very important core knowledge useful for anyone on the spiritual path. But this translation and commentary of it is bias towards a dualistic philosophy, thus making this not a good version of the Bhagavad-Gita to read, unless you are someone following the particular tradition this version is biased towards, Gaudiya Vaishnavism aka the Hare Krishna tradition.
Brooke
May 15, 2010 Brooke added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Hinduism, the Vedic texts, yoga origins, the study of yoga
I picked this older edition up in a used bookstore on Church Street, and I chose this author's translation over several others.

The Bhagavad Gita is a sacred scripture in Hinduism and is a required text for a lot of yoga teacher trainings. It's actually really wonderful to read so far, although I have had to sort of make some notes as I go so I don't get lost in the names and places. I'll review more when I'm done :)
Hari Kumar
Took a long time to actually have the patience to sit through this self proclaimed 'authoritative scripture', primarily because the skeptic in me could not really accept everything written by the writer. Therefore, I had to keep aside all prejudices I held against the author and his society, to get another interpretation of the Holy Book.
If you ignore the Manipulative purports of the author and try to form meanings by the glossary that follows every stanza, the book would be worth the read. But
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Sai Kishore
The Bhagavad Gita is one of the greatest,best scripture,most profound books ever written.
Mahesh Kondapuram
No matter how much i describe about this epic, it will be very less. This book has everything one needs (not in a relegious way).

About this particular version, It has a nice translation of the verses with some nice pictures here and there. It also has a small tinge of Sri Prabhupadas flavor of translation, which does not change the true meaning of the content.

I also read another version of Gita in my native language and would recommend reading this book in one's native language versions (if po
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Britta
Re-reading the Gita before my visit to the temple next weekend ;0)
Book'd
Incredible!
An absolute Life-transformer!
Saru (Queen of Bookland)

Reading this for religious reasons :)
Brett
As a general editorial policy, I don't give starred reviews to the holy texts of major world religions because it just seems like asking for trouble. However, I will give a few thoughts on my experience while reading the Bhagavad-Gita. Please bear in mind that they come from someone whose only experience with Hinduism is whatever excerpts of Indian literature I had to read in my freshman world literature course.

Like other holy books I've read, the Gita had some profound moments of insight into h
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Brian
Here are some of my favorite passages:
2:47 - You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action. Never consider yourself the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty.

2:48 - Perform your duty equiposed, O Arjuna, abandoning all attachement to success or failure. Such equanimity is called yoga.

5:20 - A person who neither rejoinces upon achieving something
pleasant nor laments upon obtaining something unple
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Tanmay Tathagat
What is the Bhagavad Gita, really? A great poetic masterpiece? Of course. A majestic philosophy of life? Definitely. Is it a perfect book? Is it the book to live one's life by? Is it the book? Sadly, no. This is a book filled with misogyny, hatred (only towards the one who does not believe in Krishna, of course) and bigotry. The translation is competent, I'm sure. The commentary is, quite frankly, sort of stupid and small-minded. Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada is no different from the priest or the mu ...more
Brian Reagan
It is an enjoyable read, as is most of what Prabhupada wrote. This text demonstrates some of the fundamental differences in Indian and Western thought, and why the two are somewhat irreconcilable. Overall, the text, translation, and exposition are helpful to first-time readers.

The goal of the book is to produce converts to KRNSA and readers should be told that in advance.

Artwork in the text is beautiful, and has an entrancing quality in itself. Among great religious texts the BG is in the top
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Yileen
Its hard to write a review on this book as it is considered religious text, but I'm going to have a go at being a rebel despite warnings to not comment or question this knowledge and to take it as it is.

In all honesty, I have nothing against the religious text itself, but rather with the 'purports' (interpretation of the text) by the author. Some of his explanations of the text come across as a bit prideful with the use of the word 'unintelligent' towards non-believers. There is also constant re
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Kevin Bello
People who do not understand that this particular Gita translation is under the context of Gaudiya Vaishnavism have a more difficult time appreciating this Gita.

The translation in itself is beautifully done, made simple for people to understand. They are translated towards the slant of Gaudiya Vaishnavism, and thus are to be appreciated for this age-old philosophy of bhakti-yoga, or loving devotion to Lord Krishna.

The purports, however, are the ones that are considered controversial, especially
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Rose Fuller
I've only read the translations and purports of the book, so I can't really understand the sanskrit. I was determined to read this book after reading The Science of Self Realization by the same author. Its the central text used by Krishna devotees in temples. The author founded the ISKCON movement which flourished in the 60's and 70's in the UK and USA. The books message is that Bhakti Yoga is the best way to unite with God, who is Krishna, and that chanting the maha-mantra is the most important ...more
Austin
The Bhagavad Gita teaches us that we only have the right to our labors, and not to the fruits of them. In this Hindu classic, the manifestation of the "Supreme personality of Godhead" joins a young prince Arjuna during a great battle. During the battle the supreme Krisna tells Arjuna reasons why it is morally correct to fight. Arjuna does not wish to take life in any form. The commentaries here are a nice supplement, but I suggest a personal interpretation to this timeless work.
Leah
One cannot live happily without applying the philosophy of the Bhagavad-Gita As It Is translated by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada founder and acarya of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Srila Prabhupada is divinely eloquent and pure without a trace of material contamination. He circled the globe fourteen times on lecture tours. He is dear to Krishna, dear to Lord Caitanya for propagating the movement, and he is dear
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DissidentCat
I think this is the best edition of the Gita because it has :

a. sanskrit
b. translitteration of sanskrit
c. interlinear sanskrit-english
d. translation in english
e. purport (exegesis)

All of this in one single book. As a non-hindu, the exegesis was essential to understand the meanings. The only thing i dislike is that the book is pocket size and the font is small. Just 1 star less because of the font problem.
4/5
Jared
The Bhagavad Gita is considered among the most important religious and philosophical texts. After a recent visit to a Krishna temple in Spanish Fork, UT, I thought it would be interesting to read one of the foundational scriptural texts in Hindu philosophy.

Several themes really resonated with me: selfless service, emphasis on self-mastery, overcoming base desires, giving up worthless worldly pursuits and surrendering our works and will to God, and service to God and others without thought of re
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Tripti Chouhan
Considered to be the best treatise on Dharma, Bhagvad Gita embodies the philosophy necessary for a righteous action (karma) and balanced life. The beauty of Bhagvad Gita lies in its objectivity as it is a philosophical text and not a religious one. It does not advocate suppression or relinquishment of desires but fulfilment of them by acting in a balanced manner. It emphasizes on cleansing the mind and the heart of ill-thoughts and vices. Furthermore, like most philosophical texts, it is neither ...more
Acid
Aug 02, 2008 Acid rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone....
ralph waldo emerson, mahatma ghandi, henry david thoreou?, all studied this book with a passionate mind...In the company of greatness...this book beyond all that surrounds the hare krishna movement is a classic the world over, and can lead a person into deeper knowledge of action, inaction, thought, philosophy of the human condition, and is a great narrative about the struggles that go on inside the human heart....I have learned that this book is the type of book that can grow as the reader grow ...more
Ryan
A Hinda/Hare Krishna book of scriptures, called the Bhagavad Gita. It is a translation from the original Sanskrit. This version has commentary also. Transcendentalists like Henry David Through and Ralph W. Emerson used to read this book. I was given a copy as a gift by an itinerant monk on the USU campus. The Gita promotes spirituality by devoting one's life to God, (whom practicers of Krishna Consciousness call, "Krishna"). It is an inspiring, good book to read. Just like other books of scriptu ...more
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His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada was born in 1896 in Calcutta, India. He first met his spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami, in Calcutta in 1922. Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, a prominent devotional scholar and the founder of sixty-four branches of Gaudiya Mathas (Vedic institutes), liked this educated young man and convinced him to dedicate his life to teach ...more
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