The Bhagavad Gita
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The Bhagavad Gita

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The Bhagavad Gita, "The Song of the Lord," is probably the best known of all the Indian scriptures, and Easwaran's 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 doesn't want to fight. Arjuna has lost his way on the battlefield of life, and turns to his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna, the Lord himself. Krishna replies in 700 verses of sublime instruction on living and dying, loving and working, and the nature of the soul. This book includes an extensive and very readable introduction, which places the Gita in its historical setting, explains the key concepts, and brings out the universality of its teachings. Individual chapter introductions prepare the reader for the main themes, and notes, a Sanskrit glossary, and an index are included. Although the battlefield is a perfect backdrop, for Easwaran the Gita's subject is the war within, the struggle for self-mastery that every human being must wage. Arjuna's dilemma is acutely modern, and the Gita's message remains as relevant for us now as it was for ancient India.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 127 x 206 x 21mm | 340g
  • Tomales, United States
  • English
  • Second Edition
  • 1586380192
  • 9781586380199
  • 6,636

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In a heroic age, on the vast plains of North India, a timeless spiritual classic was born - the message of Sri Krishna to Prince Arjuna, on the brink of a war he doesn't want to fight.

Arjuna's struggle in the Bhagavad Gita is acutely modern. He has lost his way on the battlefield of life and turns to find the path again by asking direct, uncompromising questions of his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna, the Lord himself.

Krishna replies in 700 verses of sublime instruction on living and dying, loving and working, and the nature of the soul.

Easwaran shows the Gita's relevance to us today as we strive, like Arjuna, to do what is right.
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Review quote

"No one in modern times is more qualified - no, make that 'as
qualified' - to translate the epochal Classics of Indian Spirituality
than Eknath Easwaran. And the reason is clear. It is impossible to get
to the heart of those classics unless you live them, and he did live
them. My admiration of the man and his works is boundless."


- Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions
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About Eknath Easwaran

Easwaran grew up in the Hindu tradition in India, and learned Sanskrit from a young age. He was a professor of English literature before coming to the West on a Fulbright scholarship. A gifted teacher, he is recognized as an authority on the Indian classics and world mysticism.
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