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The Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran
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Sep 08, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: spirituality, yoga
Read 3 times. Last read July 28, 2011 to August 20, 2011.

The Bhagavad Gita is one of India's best known scriptures. It tells the story of Arjuna, a warrior on the eve of battle who has lost heart and become uncertain as to his duty. Arjuna turns to his spiritual guide, Krishna, for answers to all the key questions of life, questions about wisdom and service and spirituality. The battle that Arjuna is about to fight is the perfect metaphor for life and the interior battle we all fight to live a life that is meaningful and fulfilling. The Gita, in essence, is a manual for how to live.

For my yoga teacher training, we were asked to read a translation of the Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran. On the back cover, Easwaran's version is described as "reliable" and "readable", and this is definitely true. Easwaran opens the book with an introduction to the Gita, setting the scene, and then each chapter of the Gita opens with a brief introduction that explicates the content of that chapter. This makes the story easy to follow, and really helps in understanding the context of Arjuna's and Krishna's conversation. The endmatter of the book includes a section of notes (typically, helpful insights on issues of translation), as well as a glossary of Sanskrit terms and an index. Easwaran's version really focuses on making the Gita accessible for the reader, so this version is a great place to start if you're reading the Gita for the first time.
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading (Other Paperback Edition)
November 30, 2009 – Shelved (Other Paperback Edition)
November 30, 2009 – Shelved as: spirituality (Other Paperback Edition)
November 30, 2009 – Shelved as: yoga (Other Paperback Edition)
Started Reading (Other Paperback Edition)
September 13, 2010 – Finished Reading (Other Paperback Edition)
July 28, 2011 – Started Reading
August 20, 2011 – Finished Reading
September 8, 2011 – Shelved as: spirituality
September 8, 2011 – Shelved
September 8, 2011 – Shelved as: yoga

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