The Bhagavad Gita Hardcover – Mar 19 2009
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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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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.