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The Bhagavad Gita, OC The Song of the Lord, OCO is probably the best known of all the Indian scriptures, and EaswaranOCOs clear, accessible translation is the best-selling edition. The Gita opens dramatically, with prince Arjuna collapsing in anguish on the brink of a war that he doesnOCOt want to fight. Arjuna has lost his way on the battlefield of life, and turns to his ...more
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Published June 1st 2009 by Nilgiri Press (first published -400)
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Francisco
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
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Michael
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
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Warwick

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
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Q:
The man who sees me in everything
and everything within me
will not be lost to me, nor
will I ever be lost to him.

He who is rooted in oneness
realizes that I am
in every being; wherever
he goes, he remains in me.

When he sees all being as equal
in suffering or in joy
because they are like himself,
that man has grown perfect in yoga. (c)
Q:
He is the source of light in all luminous objects. He is beyond the darkness of matter and is unmanifested. He is knowledge, He is the object of knowledge, and He is th
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Fergus
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s the dawning of the Final Day - the day of Armageddon. The final confrontation between the massed forces of Good and Evil. And naturally, we are all terrified.

“I, Arjuna, am drenched in angst. I can find no meaning in life or in the cataclysmic approaching battle...

“For that battle will pit friend against friend, brother against brother, the Devils of the Pit against Angels from the Realms of Glory - the Fulness of Being itself against the Void of Nonbeing.

“Death is not only possible, but i
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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."
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
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
Holly
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
Alok Mishra
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, to all the readers who are baffled by the 'opinions' and 'interpretations' of the authors here, who are supposedly the translators with a 'Rudimental' knowledge of the original language in which the text is present, please read The Bhagavad Gita by the Indian sages and authors who were (and are) well-versed in Sanskrit. I would recommend the one by Sri Paramhansa Yogananda or by A C Bhaktivedanta. You will, then only, revel in the full knowledge and the depth.
And to some of the 'readers'
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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
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Alex
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
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
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Robert
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
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Justin Evans
Friends,

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
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Kris
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
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Bruce
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
Bionic Jean
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
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Aydin Mohseni
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
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Marcus
Apr 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first time I've read the Gita. I'm glad I happened to read this version which includes Gandhi's comments--without them I don't think I would have gotten a whole lot from it, with them, I found it to be a beautiful and peaceful book.

One of the problems I've had with my limited attempts at understanding Eastern philosophy is how to reconcile the Eastern idea non-striving with the Western values of action and ambition. Both, in their proper context, seem appealing and right. The Bhagav
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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
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
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TAB
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
Chandan Sharma
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Fostergrants
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
Tim
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are overarching themes in any of the great world traditions that can be practiced universally. In fact, this, to me, is the mark of a great tradition…that it contains truths that are universal. Truth is truth, and truth is love. I am drawn to scriptures like the Gita because it does not reject other traditions that use a different route to arrive at the same location. The Gita teaches practices for the here and now, for the religious or not, that will lead to happiness and fulfillment. It ...more
Michael Finocchiaro
This is of course one of the fundamental Hindu texts and is actually an interesting read - a voyage through India with gods and goddesses, plenty of sex and violence. Kind of a literary Bollywood film on paper.
Hadrian
Impressive new translation. I've always enjoyed learning about the beliefs of others - very fluid poetry.
Rakhi Dalal
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Rakhi by: My Grandmom
Shelves: moral-guide
Having read it many times,I still think that there is a lot that I still have to understand about this. But I do hope, I'll be able to write about it and do justice to my reading.
Caroline
I thought that this was an excellent introduction to the Bhagavad Gita for a Western reader. The material is covered three times in the audio version I listened to. After Easwaran’s general overview, he proceeds through the Gita chapter by chapter, first giving an explication, then [the narrator] reading the chapter itself. After he works his way through the entire Gita in this fashion, he offers another full reading from start to finish so that you can get the flow as well as try one more time ...more
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