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On the list of the greatest spiritual books of all time, the Bhagavad Gita resides permanently in the top echelon. This poem of patently Indian genius sprouted an immense tree of devotional, artistic, and philosophical elaboration in the subcontinent. The scene is a battlefield with the prince Arjuna pitted against his own family, but no sooner does the poem begin than the action reverts inward. Krishna, Arjuna's avatar and spiritual guide, points the way to the supreme wisdom and perfect freedom that lie within everyone's reach. Worship and be faithful, meditate and know reality--these make up the secret of life and lead eventually to the realization that the self is the root of the world. In this titular translation, Stephen Mitchell's rhythms are faultless, making music of this ancient "Song of the Blessed One." Savor his rendition, but nibble around the edges of his introduction. In a bizarre mixture of praise and condescension, Mitchell disregards two millennia of Indian commentary, seeking illumination on the text from Daoism and Zen, with the Gita coming up just shy of full spiritual merit. Perhaps we should take it from Gandhi, who used the Gita as a handbook for life, that it nourishes on many levels. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Mitchell must by now be accounted one of our generation!s heroic translators, having taken on the Book of Job, the Tao te Ching, and Genesis and done so much to popularize Rilke in English. Now he applies his considerable skill and sympathy to one of the most noted sacred texts of Asia, the Bhagavad Gita, and the results are very happy. He works in free-verse quatrains of about three beats per line, and his language flows with great naturalness. Inevitably, this text will remain both ancient and foreign to many modern readers, but Mitchell!s work goes a long way to making these words...[drive] away your ignorance and delusion. Highly recommended.
- away your ignorance and delusion. Highly recommended.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I was missing so many pages in the book. It looks like misprints as the pages were blank :)Published 5 months ago by Shy-Anne
We used this book in our CANADIAN YOGA ALLIANCE YTT program. The students enjoyed the read and given this was a Western training, the students now have a good understanding of the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by V.Wilson
Stephen Mitchell has a great talent in being able to condense "wordiness" into
concise lines of poetic insight. Read more
I read this book for my YTT200 twice! It was great; easy to read and understand. It was clear and I enjoyed that it was written almost poetic.Published 17 months ago by Kimberly
I believe only Isherwoods to be slightly better but this is merely an opinion. One of the best. It came recommended by my teacher that has read all possible translations and picked... Read morePublished on July 1 2013 by G. Virdi
I found the audio edition of this book with a sensitive reading by Stephen Mitchell to be an excellent companion for listening while driving. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2003 by Richard Seeley
This is a book based on a Hindu belief and has alot of love type things in it. This is not recommended unless you are studying this culture.Published on May 11 2003 by James