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The Bhagavad Gita According to Gandhi Paperback – May 19 2009
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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869—1948) was a preeminent political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian Independence movement. John Strohmeier has edited numerous books on Gandhi. Michael Nagler is Professor Emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley.
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One element that would always be helpful would be to include some (if not all) of the original text, but even still this a good translation, and relatively unbaised if you're aware of what the text originally says. Sadly, this version is not as popular as the Bhagavad Gita As It Is (published by Hare Krishna), although in my opinion it is certainly more spiritual and more reliable.
This book, consisting of Gandhi's translation of the Gita, as well as commentary he presented to his followers at prayer meetings in 1926, is an important and highly-regarded version of the ancient text. Gandhi's commentary, actually comprising about two-thirds of the work, was lucid, profound, and clearly indicative of the deep wisdom of one of the twentieth-century's greatest men. It greatly enhanced my understanding of the Gita.
This is a great translation of a great relious work, with explanations by a great man. Not surprisingly, this adds up to a great book. Highly recommended.
Perhaps we've been holding that mental posture of "analyse, dissect, categorise" too long that we find ourselves slowly stiffening into that stance. Indeed it's only natural that, seeing how fruitful the reductionist, analytical methods we've deployed within the various scientific disicplines have been, we hold that a similar principle applies to all fields of knowledge. We understand poetry by breaking down how each line, each stanza is constructed, and we consume our literature in a similar fashion. We've been taught that "to know" means to break down into its component parts, to distill the complexity of the concoction into its disparate compounds and seal them up in little labelled bottles forgetting the original, organic richness and flavour.
We forget that scripture has its source in an eternal spring lying ever hidden but never ceasing to flow and nourish the very heart of humanity, the very same humanity of which we as individuals are but a small member and never for a moment can we be severed from it. Scripture is a deep well, it is poetry, it is song sublime. Scripture is to be breathed and to be lived and very frankly, we forget that. It is titled "Bhagavad Gita" after all -- the Song of the Lord.
What I love about this translation and the running commentary from Gandhi is the particularness of some of the examples he gives -- some boys in the ashram where Gandhi is delivering the talks harass a stray dog which serves as ocassion to reflect on a certain passage.Read more ›
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i like it but i prefer Bhagavad Gita written by Eknath EsawaraPublished 21 months ago by Meena Cleland