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The Bhagavad Gita Hardcover – Mar 19 2009

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  • Hardcover: 739 pages
  • Publisher: Excelsior Editions/State University of New York Press; 25th Anniversary ed. edition (March 19 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1438428413
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438428413
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 4.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,341,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mr. Sargeant must be congratulated on his labor of love. One of the masterpieces of Indian and human religious genius has been made accessible in all its splendid and profound complexity. Mircea Eliade
Winthrop Sargeant furnishes not only a masterly translation and concisely informative introductions and notes, but also a transliteration of the original text. This makes it possible for the newcomer to perceive and enjoy the sound of the original, which in India has always been given enormous and almost magical importance. The New Yorker
If you don t know Sanskrit but you still want to come to grips with the G t in its original language, then this is the version for you. Yoga Journal
There is no other Sanskrit text available to the English-language reader that can compare to this one in comprehensiveness of linguistic material. Philosophy East and West"

About the Author

Huston Smith is internationally known and revered as the premier teacher of world religions. He is the focus of a five-part PBS television series with Bill Moyers and has taught at Washington University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, and the University of California at Berkeley. The recipient of twelve honorary degrees, Smith's fifteen books include his bestselling The World's Religions, Why Religion Matters, and his autobiography, Tales of Wonder.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amongst the best editions for students May 1 2010
By StringBell - Published on
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This edition of the Gita is probably the best for students - it has the Sanskrit text in Devanagari and the Roman script, the literal word to word translation, and then the rephrased translation. It explains each and every word, and with a verse per page it's pleasant to the eyes and has ample space for annotations. If you're looking for an interpretation of or commentary on the Gita, this isn't the right edition - buy one written by a Swami.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four and a half stars Jan. 31 2014
By Floral Symphony - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm studying sanskrit and have been working through a number of translations. Just imagine if there were so many erratic translations of the bible in circulation! Most translations of the Bhagavad Gita are written by people who are not totally erudite in both English and Sanskrit, and so it is common to find either mistakes in the understanding of the sanskrit, or to endure stilted English. In addition many translations have the belief system of the translator shamelessly inserted.
This is the best translation I have found so far in terms of word by word translation, and for learning sanskrit.
This is the most accurate, least biased translation that I have read. A lot of work has gone into parsing (identifying the grammar) of each sanskrit word. It retains some of the prosody and poetry of the original, unlike almost all other translations. Neither is it much encumbered by commentary. Each page has lots of space where you can add your own notes.
The font size is too small. The devanagari script requires the vision of a hawk in bright sunlight.
The layout could have been improved. The layout is excellent for word by word examination, but not perfect for an easy read through in either Sanskrit or English. The translation is a precise rendition of the original, rather than being a loose translation in easy flowing English.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gita with no index Feb. 10 2014
By raj - Published on
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this is a wonderful version of the Bhagavad Gita but this kindle version is a pain there is no way to know which chapter you are in and no index - I wish they would fix that
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book with Kindle flaws Oct. 4 2012
By Pankaj Dubey - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I have the hard copy and trial chapters of Kindle.
Who will buy this book?
Someone who is interested in learning Gita and Sanskrit with an interest in the Devanagari script.
I desperately wanted to carry this book on my Smartphone but the rendering of conjuncts of Devanagari sanskrit script is not proper on kindle apps.
Once the UTF-8 encoding of Kindle gets better I would love to buy this one.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version is unusable. Do not buy. Nov. 16 2013
By Bee - Published on
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KIndle version is unusable--the text is miniscule, can only be read with a magnifying glass, literally. The Kindle's font controls are not enabled in this book, and the footnotes, of all things, are readable but the actual stanzas are not.