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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (May 19 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556438001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556438004
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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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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Ghandi's translation of the Bhagavad-Gita is fantastic. Unlike other translations, where you find yourself constantly flipping to a notes section, Ghandi inserts his commentary throughout the passages of this ancient poem. His comments are always direct and to the point, not so much offering an opinion on the meaning of the text, but fleshing out the message, often relating it to his own experiences. As for the Bhagavad-Gita itself, it's a wonderful insight into life, love, death and God. It is not a manual of dos and don'ts; rather it is a guide to the challenges we all face in our lives. Anyone can benefit from Krishna's words of wisdom, regardless of their religion, beliefs or background. Highly recommended.
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One of the most frustrating things in finding a good translation of the Bhagavad Gita is also finding one not bogged down in an endless commentary. Editions with only the text of the Gita are very rare, and this book is no exception. Amazingly enough, however, this edition contains a commentary that's just as interesting and involving as the text itself--so much so that you don't even care that the commentary comprises the majority of the book!
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.
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The Bhagavad Gita ("The Lord's Song") is a profound religious text and an essential part of the Hindu religion. For a westerner, however, it is almost impossible to understand without previous knowledge of Hindu philosophy or copious annotation.
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.
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This is the first of Hindu scripture I have read, and it is spiritually rewarding and enlightening. This book will definitely have a potent effect on the rest of my life, which few things ever do. I see this in a very important light and believe every one should meditate on its message to improve all of our lives. This read could not be any more pleasing, you will not be disappointed.
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Too often we can approach works such as the Gita as just another book, another compilation of ideas and notions, and we forget that the original intent of the work is one held by all the great scriptural texts in the treasure-hold of humanity's heritage today.

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.
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