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The Bhagavad Gita

4.39  ·  Rating Details ·  449 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
The Bhagavad Gita has been called India's greatest contribution to the world. For more than five thousand years, this great scripture has shown millions in the East how to fill their lives with serenity and love. In these pages, Jack Hawley brings these ancient secrets to Western seekers in a beautiful prose version that makes the story of the Gita clear and exciting, and ...more
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Published February 1st 2010 by New World Library (first published January 1st 1970)
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Tami
Apr 15, 2012 Tami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first time I read The Bhagavad Gita was in university. Although interesting, my interpretation was very academic, somewhat clinical like an anthropological exercise. Not surprising, being as I was an archaeology major looking for a humanities credit. Needless to say, I got very little personally out of the readings.

It’s been a few years and my outlook has changed. Although the material is the same, this time when I read through The Bhagavad Gita, I became very interested in the concept of the
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Torsten
Feb 17, 2014 Torsten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
ესაა ძალიან ღრმა და ლამაზი წიგნი, რომელიც ავტორმა დასავლეთის ადამიანს აჩუქა. არსებითად, ეს იმას გულისხმობს , რომ უძველესი სიბრძნე რომელიც გიტაშია გადმოცემული, ანუ ღმერთის სიმღერა , პროზაული სახითაა მოცემული კონკრეტულ წიგნში. რთული სათქმელია, რა არის ბჰაგავად გიტა - რელიგია თუ ფილოსოფია. ან იქნებ ეს სიბრძნეა, რომელიც თავისი სიღრმით აღემატება სხვა წმინდა წერილებს - ბიბლიასა და ყურანს. აქ შეხვდებით ფსიქოანალიზის ჩანასახსაც კი, კრიშნა ადამიანთა სამ სახეობას გამოყოფს.
მე ეს წიგნი წავიკითხე, თუმცა იგ
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Lenin
Sep 13, 2012 Lenin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is indeed 'magical' as someone called it. I have tried reading the Bhagavad Gita (Roman Catholic here) from age 16 but failed because of how complicated the translations seemed to be. Mostly it was not the language itself but the good knowledge of the background precepts and terms that those translations required from the reader.

This 'walkthrough' of Hawley is just what I was looking for. It's so straightforward and simple to read and 'understand'. I quote that last word because you have to
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Debra Moffitt
Oct 22, 2011 Debra Moffitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is so much wisdom in Jack's book. He brings a deep integrated understanding of spiritual practice to the table and uses it to fill the heart of the reader. I keep this book as one to return to for inspiration again and again.

Allison
Nov 03, 2011 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerns is exactly what it sounds: A version of the Bhagavad Gita, which is a Hindu scripture, that is easier to understand if you’re not accustom to the language the original version is in. The Bhagavad Gita is written in the form of a story about a warrior, Arjuna, who is having an internal conflict of whether or not to fight because he has friends and family on the opposing side. Krishna, who is the Divine, teaches him that he is not his body, and that s ...more
Valarie
Jul 12, 2008 Valarie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who want to know what Buddhism is all about, but aren't going to go much deeper than that.
Shelves: favorites
OK, this isn't exactly a dumbed down Bhagavad Gita as many claim. We all have to realize that it's concepts are just a little foreign to the westerner and they may need a little nudge to understand what it is all about.

I happened to find it fascinating and I highly recommend the book to all who can find it.
Nikki
Aug 21, 2009 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was completely enthralled by this book! As ancient Hindu scripture, I was surprised by how compatible it is with Christianity and my own personal, religious beliefs. The lessons taught are completely Christian!! I anticipate that I will refer to this book a lot in the future--as I would other scriptures.
Flan
Feb 11, 2008 Flan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Accessible and very interesting. The conversations between Arjuna and Krishna are wonderful...if you like that kind of thing. Jack Hawley did an excellent job of bringing the ancient writings to modern Americans in a way they can be applied to everyday life. This is a good beginning to access the ancient wisdom.
Chui Ying
Jun 29, 2015 Chui Ying rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hawley makes the ancient scripture very palatable indeed! I read it side by side with another translation by Barbara Stoler Miller. The Gita is a classic to be read many times over, in order to digest and internalize its teachings.
Nish
Dec 01, 2014 Nish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you've tried to read other translations or become overwhelmed and annoyed at terminologies than this is the one for you. I would say this is the most univerisal and accessible version and pershaps even the Gita in its purest form as if the original authors want to clear it up for us.
Christopher
Oct 08, 2008 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent and fluid translation for western readers
Pravin
Aug 04, 2013 Pravin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best (approachable) interpretations of the Gita that I've read. It's easy to read, but not easy to absorb - but that's the nature of the Gita.
Mike
Jan 04, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this translation
Wilhelm
Dec 01, 2014 Wilhelm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the book and will definitely read it again and again. Great for someone like me who couldn't even consider reading in the original context.
Velutrein
Sep 17, 2011 Velutrein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it- Gita explained wih ease without loosing its inner meaning and depth.
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A explantion of the Gita in a clear and easy to read style. Made me revisit the tradional text and stimulated my interest in Indian philosophy.
Leslie
Sep 21, 2008 Leslie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
taking this one morsel at a time
Carissa
Dec 16, 2007 Carissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: seekers
you just have to read it, absorb it
Pythagorean
Sep 18, 2012 Pythagorean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm amazed I've never read this before. It's filled with profound wisdom, and this prose translation is very easy to read. I'm looking forward to reading other translations.
Sam
Dec 12, 2013 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Will be coming back for a re-read.
Lori Mollett
Mar 28, 2015 Lori Mollett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read it through 3 times, each time gaining greater understanding. It's now a daily read which I enjoy as it is my time for introspection and developing awareness of Atma.
Elijay
Dec 05, 2012 Elijay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yoga
Best introduction that I would fully recommend to the Gita.
Ayla
May 05, 2010 Ayla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautifully-written translation of the BG that is easy to read and so comforting.
Chris Davis
Feb 15, 2012 Chris Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this several times. This is the best translation of the Bhagavad Gita ever.
Jennifer
Jul 16, 2017 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a new translation of the classic Indian story of Krishna and Arjuna discussing life and the divine on the battlefield just before the beginning of a great battle. It is an excerpt from the great Mahabhatra. In this particular part of the story, Arjuna, a great warrior, is seized by doubt and considering abandoning the battle in order to avoid responsibility for the death of thousands, including those that he knows and loves. His friend, Krishna, reveals himself as the divine and they pro ...more
Maria Paiz
It took me several months to read this book, mainly because its message is not one that can be taken lightly and must, instead, be digested by bits. The story starts with Arjuna, a warrior leading his army into battle, fighting for a just cause. At the crucial moment, before plunging into the fight, Arjuna stalls, filled with self-doubt. Krishna (God, incarnated as Arjuna's driver), begins a dialogue that explains one's obligation to perform one's duties regardless of humanly fears, for one's ob ...more
Caroline Miller
I read the Gita in college for an Asian philosophy class, and I remember liking it but didn't retain many of the teachings. Reading this version, a walkthrough for westerners, was extremely helpful because. The author made sure not to just introduce terms but to expound upon them and reiterate the meanings at different times throughout the work. I enjoyed submerging myself in these Eastern scriptures which are so different from the ones we are most familiar with in the west. The idea of having n ...more
heidi
Jan 03, 2013 heidi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Thoughtful, laborious read. Yet very spiritually rewarding. I read a few pages each day and the words helped me to deal with daily challenges.

I will reread this book again and again especially during difficult times. Some ideas in this book (reincarnation, beginning of creation etc.) didn't gel with me as a scientist, but I find the spiritual lessons very effective in helping me better manage my emotions.
Kathleen
Apr 04, 2013 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very helpful translation. I wouldn't want to read this as the ONLY version of the Gita, but as one of several I found it very useful.
Keith
I have read this one and agree - well named
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