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The Bhagavad Gita

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The Bhagavad Gita is an intensely spiritual work that forms the cornerstone of the Hindu faith, and is also one of the masterpieces of Sanskrit poetry. It describes how, at the beginning of a mighty battle between the Pandava and Kaurava armies, the god Krishna gives spiritual enlightenment to the warrior Arjuna, who realizes that the true battle is for his own soul.

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Shashidhar No, it is not for Hindus. It's similar to a manual of life. There is no implied restrictions, somewhere it is even stated all human beings regardless…moreNo, it is not for Hindus. It's similar to a manual of life. There is no implied restrictions, somewhere it is even stated all human beings regardless of differences, should take advantage of this book. Pick yourself up one, but I have to warn you, the teachings are open to multiple interpretations, if you seriously want to practice then you would have to find a legit master. For now just start reading it, it is not for Hindus, it is for humans.
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Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Goodreads should have a shelf for "continually reading". I think I have about six different translations of the Bhagavad Gita but I often end up with Eknath Easwaran's for its simplicity. This is the book I re-read when I am writing a novel. It keeps everything in perspective by reminding me to offer my effort to God, to see my work as a service to others, and to not worry about what happens after that.
Nandakishore Varma

On the battlefield of GoodReads, the mighty reviewer Arjuna picked up his trusty pen, Gandeeva, and addressed his charioteer (who was none other than Lord Krishna):

- O Kesava! Take me to the middle of the battlefield, between the opposing armies of Authors and Reviewers, so that I may see who I am fighting against.

And Krishna did so.

But Arjuna, seeing all his favourite authors arrayed against him, was suddenly loath to fight. - O Krishna! he said. How will I use my cruel pen to tear into these d
Oct 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hey, how pretentious am I? I just gave a four-star review to a fucking holy text. And now I'm going to review it. And I will swear in my review. I'm just asking for it, aren't I?

When comparing this one to the other holy books I've read and/or skimmed, I found this one quite insightful. As a professed athiest, this one probably speaks to me the most. The Bhagavad Gita is actually a section of the Mahabharata, which is, to simplify (because that's all I have researched enough to do), the story of

I read the Bhagavad Gita with the same mixture of moral unease and as it were anthropological delight that all great religious books excite in me. I find it so fascinating to gain these direct insights into how our species has, for millennia, grappled with the same questions of existential purpose and ethic responsibility; but the answers put forward by most pre-modern societies were, though beautiful, astounding and imaginative, also often cruel and inflexible and governed by values that now se
Karla Becker
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can read this book over and over and still gain so much from it. It contains such timeless truths, especially in light of today, such as,

"They alone see truly who see the Lord the same in every creature, who see the deathless in the hearts of all that die. Seeing the same Lord everywhere, they do not harm themselves or others. Thus they attain the supreme goal."
Sanjay Gautam
Bhagavada Gita is a text when you read it in Sanskrit produces an effect that resonates somewhere deep in your heart. I know this because as a child I used to hear my grand father recite Gita as it is in Sanskrit (he knew it by heart), and that had some kind of celestial experience inside me.

It was a very big book which needed patience to finish. I read from cover to cover. Since I didn't know Sanskrit I had to depend on a translated version. The translation is said to be 'as it is', however, I
Ahmad Sharabiani
سرود خدایان هندو Bhagvad - gita, Anonymous,
عنوان: بهاگاواد- گيتا - كتاب مقدس هندوان همراه با مقدمه ای در باره مبانی فلسفه م مذاهب هندی؛ مترجم: محمدعلی موحد؛ تهران، ترجمه و نشر کتاب، 1344؛ در 202 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، خوارزمی، 1374؛
نامهای فارسی: بگودگیتا، باگاوادگیتا
مهمترین و اسرارآمیزترین بخش از حماسه ی هندی، موسوم به ماهابهاراتا ست؛ که از دو کلمه ی بهَگَوان به معنی خداوند، و گیتا به معنی سرود و نغمه تشکیل شده؛ و شامل 18 فصل (فصلهای بیست و پنج تا چهل و دوم بخش ششم ماهابهاراتا) و حدود 700 بیت است،
Bookdragon Sean
Religion is a contentious topic. Many people are strongly opposed to it. This is especially so with young people in the modern world. Society has slowly been drifting away from its sacred texts for many centuries. I’m, of course, generalising very heavily here. There are still parts of the world that are devoutly religious, but the prominence of this is unmistakably reducing and will continue to reduce as time goes on. People raised by religious parents often grow up to become non-believers. Soc ...more
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Has a book ever literally called to you by falling off the shelf and into your hands? When the Bhagavad Gita came through the book drop while I was working at the library, I recognized the title instantly without remembering why it was familiar, at least initially. All I knew was that I was going to take it home and read it immediately. What I learned from the introduction is that Bhagavad Gita is Sanskrit for “Song of the Lord” and is India’s best known scripture. If none of that rings a bell, ...more
در روز جنگ، "اَرجونا"ى پهلوان سوار بر ارابه اى كه "كريشنا" مى راند به ميان معركه مى رسد، و درست هنگامى كه بايد سرنوشت جنگ را يكسره كند، دلش از اين همه خونريزى به درد مى آيد و مى گويد: اگر مرا بكشند بهتر از آن است كه من ايشان را بكشم.

در اين هنگام كريشنا، كه در حقيقت ايزد "ويشنو" است كه در قالب انسانى تجلّى يافته، ارجونا را با والاترين اسرار برهمايى آشنا مى كند: كشتن و كشته شدن هر دو مربوط به "مايا" و جهان نمودهاست، اما به جهان بود مرگ راه ندارد، ذات واحد همه ى موجودات نه نابود مى شود، نه تغيير مى
Riku Sayuj
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

How to Read The Ancient Texts

To know how we should approach the great Classical works of antiquity, we can look to Ben Jonson’s formulation in "Discoveries":

"I know nothing can conduce more to letters, than to examine the writings of the ancients, and not to rest in their sole authority, or take all upon trust from them; provided the plagues of judging, and pronouncing against them, be away; such as are envy, bitterness, precipitation, impudence, and scurrile scoffing.

For to all the observatio
Mar 28, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Riku Sayuj

Some glory in their birth, some in their skill,
Some in their wealth, some in their body’s force,
Some in their garments, though new-fangled ill,
Some in their hawks and hounds, some in their horse;
And every humor hath his adjunct pleasure,
Wherein it finds a joy above the rest.
But these particulars are not my measure;
All these I better in one general best.
Thy love is better than high birth to me,
Richer than wealth, prouder than garments' cost,
Of more delight than hawks or horses be;
And h
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: James Franco
Shelves: 2016
The Bhagavad Gita is the most famous part of The Mahabharata, India's national epic. It's a dialogue between the warrior Arjuna and the god Krishna. They're standing between two armies; Arjuna has friends and relatives on both sides, and he asks Krishna whether he should fight. Their conversation immediately veers wildly off course, resulting in them talking philosophy for what must be hours right in the middle of a battlefield while all the other soldiers are probably like wtf dude, is this ser ...more
Mar 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's our expectations that make us unhappy. As Gandhi explained, the Gita is built around the idea that we are not entitled to the fruits of our actions. It's the expectations we form from our actions that lead us astray. It's enough to act according to your yoga. Simply act, without having expectations of what our action will get us.

We have two yogas we can practice: the yoga of action or the yoga of contemplation. Once you understand what your yoga is, then you can act accordingly within your
Justin Evans

why do you love this book? This book is awful. It's very smart, yes, and of course a great classic. But I want you to imagine a dialogue between Jesus and Charlemagne in which Charlemagne says he doesn't want to kill all the Germans because, well, they're his relatives, and it seems a bit silly. And Jesus counters this by saying I AM FREAKING GOD DO WHAT THE F*** I TELL YOU YOU HAVE NO OPTION ANYWAY LOOK I HAVE STARS IN MY BELLY!!!! and follows it up by saying that he, Jesus, determines
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this teaching in one long, lovely sitting...after having practiced the Ashtanga Yoga Primary series, sitting in a cafe with my jasmine tea while a thunderstorm pounded outside. A powerful read/lesson. I've tried to read other translations before, but Mitchell's really resonated with me.

"...The undisciplined have no wisdom,
no one-pointed concentration;
with no concentration, no peace;
with no peace, where can joy be?

When the mind constantly runs
after the wandering senses,
it drives away w
Nov 13, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Gita, a part of the much larger Hindu epic, the Mahabharata, was no doubt based on ancient oral tradition, much recent scholarship concluding that the approximate date of written composition was the first century CE. The immediate story involves an extended philosophical conversation between the Pandava general, Arjuna, and his charioteer Krishna, who is in actuality the Supreme Being Himself, immediately before a monumental battle, a battle that Arjuna is hesitant to wage because it involve ...more
This is a simplified version of the Bhagavad Gita (Sanskrit: भगवदगीता) or “Song of the Lord”. The work is often referred to simply as the “Gita”. Prashant Gupta begins,

“Here is the “Song Divine” or “Bhagwad Gita” for our young readers who resemble Arjuna in so many respects. It will serve them as a permanent and trustworthy companion in performing their various vocations and duties in life. It will lift them up in moments of depression.”

The Bhagavad Gita is a commentary on the “Upanishads”. Ther
Olivier Delaye
This was a dense albeit intriguing read that, in all honesty, was a bit of a slog to get through. Even after listening to it twice (I know, I tend to do that to myself!), I’m not sure whether I grasped the full meaning of it with all its spiritual/religious ins and outs. And this is coming from a yoga and meditation devotee who’s read the Bible, the Quran, and the Torah. I seldom read poetry but when I do I always try to go for the crème de la crème, and even if the Bhagavad Gita is certainly th ...more
Nov 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
What struck me most about the Bhagavad Gita in comparison to the other religious texts with which I'm familiar, inter alia, the Bible and the Qur'an, was two-fold:

Firstly that the Gita was written frankly for a more sophisticated audience (as the intricacy of the ontological explanations demonstrates).
That is to say, where as the Old and New Testaments could be said to have been written for
a semi-literate nomadic tribe, and the lowest-rung on the ladder of Roman society respectively, and the Qur
Sidharth Vardhan
'Just do it and don't hope.'

Rarely can we call a religious book over rated while being sympathetic to the religion itself (all religious books are by definition over rated, that is in their nature); but if there ever was one book that was most over rated it would be this one. The book gained popularity only during British rule.

The book in its narrative smashes together glorifying accounts of Krishna and a wide array of Indian philosophies. With so much of subjects covered, the philosophy of
آدمی باید که خود، خود را رهایی بخشد،
و مبادا که خود را خوار و زبون سازد؛
چه، دوست و دشمنِ آدمی، «خودِ» اوست.
هر که نفسِ خویش را رام کرده باشد، نفسِ وی یار او است،
و آن که عنانِ خود به دست نفس سرکش داده باشد، نفس دشمن اوست.

Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
সেদিন এক ধারমিক মুসলমান বনধু আমারে একগাদা জঞান দিয়ে গেলো, কেনো কাজ করে যেতে হবে ইতংবিতং, এই বই খুলে দেখি, এ মাঃ, এখানেও ত তাই লেখা।

বারো টাকা মূলয দিয়ে ইঁদুরে কাটা এ বই কিনতে হইলো। কিনতেই হইত, কারণ ইশারউডের অনুবাদ বাঁধায়ে রাখার মত সুনদর। এই লোকের কিছু গলপ পড়ার ভাগয হইছিলো এককালে, কিনতু এইখানে তার কাজ চমকে দেয়ার মতন। গীতার কিছু অংশ আমার ভালো লাগে না, লাগবার কথাও ছিলো না, এই যেমন অরজজুনের বিশবরূপ দরশন। তারপরেও, কাজ করে যা না বাবা, এসব কথা অনেকে বলবেন আরে মিয়া এইসব ত জানা কথা, মানি যে এসব জানা কথা,
Apr 06, 2009 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a way to live life..hence will be reading it forever...
Chandan Sharma
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

THE BACKGROUND: There is no specific story of ‘The Gita’; the different teachings of Lord Krishna to Arjuna have been assembled into a separate book from the Hindu epic ‘Mahabharata’. Krishna, who was considered as the 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu, acted as the charioteer of his best friend and cousin ‘Arjuna’ (who has been addressed as ‘Partha’). While biggest armies ever stood ready to fight each other, Arjuna was haunted by the guilt of killing his own rela
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me explain, I hate writing in books. I think it sullies the text, I think it mires the next reader's experience and I think it aesthetically just doesn't look good. But never have I written more in a book then in this one. Written notes, underline, bracketed, I went off the rails on this one and why? Because I had to just to keep up? Partially but more than that; I think it was because I wanted to grow along with Arjuna in the book as Krishna dropped his wisdom on the both of us and to disti ...more
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
بهاگاواد گيتا به معنای «سرود خداوند»، اسرارآمیزترین بخش از حماسه هندی ماهابهاراتا، مقدسترين كتاب آيين هندو و ومهمترین متن تاریخی ادبی و فلسفی جهان میباشد.
این کتاب نایاب و بسيار كهن، حاوی شرح گفتگوی کریشنا(بزرگترين خدای آيين هندو) و كمانگيری اساطيری به نام آرجونا را نقل میکند. اين گفتگوها پيش از جنگ بزرگ "کوروشـِترا" انجام يافته و افزون بر رويدادهای مربوط به اين جنگ، مسائلی بنیادی همچون آفرینش جهان، سرنوشت انسان، سرشت ایزدی، راههای رسیدن به آسمان، گونههای مختلف یوگا، آرامش ذهن وعدم تعلق به اشیاء
As arrogant as it seems to review an ancient text, I gave this book 2 stars because I'm being honest about how much I did or did not enjoy reading it. If I were a religious person and believed in a Man-God, I may have enjoyed it more...but I think my main issue was my awareness that so much of the poetry that must have been there in the original language is 'lost in translation' and my Western brain is wired to be tone-deaf to the ideas that can, at best, only be guessed at or mimicked by modern ...more
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Krishna Dvaipāyana Vyāsa, also known as Vyāsa or Veda-Vyāsa (वेदवयास, the one who classified the Vedas into four parts) is a central and revered figure in most Hindu traditions. He is traditonally regarded as the author of the Mahābhārata, although it is also widely held that he only composed the core of the epic, the Bhārata. A significant portion of the epic later was only added in later centuri ...more
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