The Bhagavad Gita by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa

The Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita is an intensely spiritual work that forms the cornerstone of the Hindu faith, and is also one of the masterpieces of Sanskrit poetry. It describes how, at the beginning of a mighty battle between the Pandava and Kaurava armies, the god Krishna gives spiritual enlightenment to the warrior Arjuna, who realizes that the true battle is for his own soul.Juan Mascaró's translation of The Bhagavad Gita captures the extraordinary aural...


Details The Bhagavad Gita

TitleThe Bhagavad Gita
ISBN9780140449181
Author
Release DateOct 7th, 2018
PublisherPenguin
LanguageEnglish
GenreReligion, Philosophy, Classics, Spirituality, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cultural, India, Fantasy, Mythology, Hinduism, History
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  • Francisco
    2012-11-22
    Goodreads should have a shelf for "continually reading". I think I have about six different translations of the Bhagavad Gita but I often end up with Eknath Easwaran's for its simplicity. This is the book I re-read when I am writing a novel. It keeps everything in perspective by reminding me to offer my effort to God, to see my work as a service to others, and to not worry about what happens after that.
  • Nandakishore Varma
    2015-02-05
    On the battlefield of GoodReads, the mighty reviewer Arjuna picked up his trusty pen, Gandeeva, and addressed his charioteer (who was none other than Lord Krishna):- O Kesava! Take me to the middle of the battlefield, between the opposing armies of Authors and Reviewers, so that I may see who I am fighting against.And Krishna did so.But Arjuna, seeing all his favourite authors arrayed against him, was suddenly loath to fight. - O Krishna! he said...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2016-06-24
    भगवदगीता = The Bhagavad Gita = The Song of God, Anonymous The Bhagavad Gita (The Song of God), often referred to as the Gita, is a 700 verse Hindu scripture in Sanskrit that is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata (chapters 23–40 of the 6th book of Mahabharata). سرود خدایان هندو Bhagvad - gita, Anonymousتاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و چهارم ماه ژوئن سال 1996 میلادیعنوان: به...
  • Warwick
    2014-12-07
    I read the Bhagavad Gita with the same mixture of moral unease and as it were anthropological delight that all great religious books excite in me. I find it so fascinating to gain these direct insights into how our species has, for millennia, grappled with the same questions of existential purpose and ethic responsibility; but the answers put forward by most pre-modern societies were, though beautiful, astounding and imaginative, also often cruel...
  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    2015-07-04
    Q:The man who sees me in everythingand everything within mewill not be lost to me, norwill I ever be lost to him.He who is rooted in onenessrealizes that I amin every being; whereverhe goes, he remains in me.When he sees all being as equalin suffering or in joybecause they are like himself,that man has grown perfect in yoga. (c)Q:He is the source of light in all luminous objects. He is beyond the darkness of matter and is unmanifested. He is know...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    2017-07-07
    Religion is a contentious topic. Many people are strongly opposed to it. This is especially so with young people in the modern world. Society has slowly been drifting away from its sacred texts for many centuries. I’m, of course, generalising very heavily here. There are still parts of the world that are devoutly religious, but the prominence of this is unmistakably reducing and will continue to reduce as time goes on. People raised by religiou...
  • Holly
    2013-01-26
    Has a book ever literally called to you by falling off the shelf and into your hands? When the Bhagavad Gita came through the book drop while I was working at the library, I recognized the title instantly without remembering why it was familiar, at least initially. All I knew was that I was going to take it home and read it immediately. What I learned from the introduction is that Bhagavad Gita is Sanskrit for “Song of the Lord” and is India...
  • Foad
    2016-07-08
    در روز جنگ، "اَرجونا"ى پهلوان سوار بر ارابه اى كه "كريشنا" مى راند به ميان معركه مى رسد، و درست هنگامى كه بايد سرنوشت جنگ را يكسره كند، دلش از اين همه خونريزى به درد مى آيد و مى گويد: اگر مرا بكشند بهتر از آن است كه من ايشان را بكشم.در اين هنگام كريشنا، ك...
  • Alex
    2016-09-21
    The Bhagavad Gita is the most famous part of The Mahabharata, India's national epic. It's a dialogue between the warrior Arjuna and the god Krishna. They're standing between two armies; Arjuna has friends and relatives on both sides, and he asks Krishna whether he should fight. Their conversation immediately veers wildly off course, resulting in them talking philosophy for what must be hours right in the middle of a battlefield while all the othe...
  • Riku Sayuj
    2011-02-04
    Some glory in their birth, some in their skill, Some in their wealth, some in their body’s force, Some in their garments, though new-fangled ill, Some in their hawks and hounds, some in their horse; And every humor hath his adjunct pleasure, Wherein it finds a joy above the rest. But these particulars are not my measure; All these I better in one general best. Thy love is better than high birth to me, Richer than wealth, prouder than garments' ...
  • Robert
    2008-03-29
    It's our expectations that make us unhappy. As Gandhi explained, the Gita is built around the idea that we are not entitled to the fruits of our actions. It's the expectations we form from our actions that lead us astray. It's enough to act according to your yoga. Simply act, without having expectations of what our action will get us.We have two yogas we can practice: the yoga of action or the yoga of contemplation. Once you understand what your ...
  • Bruce
    2011-05-09
    The Gita, a part of the much larger Hindu epic, the Mahabharata, was no doubt based on ancient oral tradition, much recent scholarship concluding that the approximate date of written composition was the first century CE. The immediate story involves an extended philosophical conversation between the Pandava general, Arjuna, and his charioteer Krishna, who is in actuality the Supreme Being Himself, immediately before a monumental battle, a battle ...
  • Bionic Jean
    2016-09-24
    This is a simplified version of the Bhagavad Gita (Sanskrit: भगवदगीता) or “Song of the Lord”. The work is often referred to simply as the “Gita”. Prashant Gupta begins,“Here is the “Song Divine” or “Bhagwad Gita” for our young readers who resemble Arjuna in so many respects. It will serve them as a permanent and trustworthy companion in performing their various vocations and duties in life. It will lift them up i...
  • Olivier Delaye
    2017-08-22
    This was a dense albeit intriguing read that, in all honesty, was a bit of a slog to get through. Even after listening to it twice (I know, I tend to do that to myself!), I’m not sure whether I grasped the full meaning of it with all its spiritual/religious ins and outs. And this is coming from a yoga and meditation devotee who’s read the Bible, the Quran, and the Torah. I seldom read poetry but when I do I always try to go for the crème de ...
  • Sidharth Vardhan
    2014-05-07
    'Just do it and don't hope.' Rarely can we call a religious book over rated while being sympathetic to the religion itself (all religious books are by definition over rated, that is in their nature); but if there ever was one book that was most over rated it would be this one. The book gained popularity only during British rule.The book in its narrative smashes together glorifying accounts of Krishna and a wide array of Indian philosophies. Wit...
  • Aydin Mohseni
    2010-11-20
    What struck me most about the Bhagavad Gita in comparison to the other religious texts with which I'm familiar, inter alia, the Bible and the Qur'an, was two-fold:Firstly that the Gita was written frankly for a more sophisticated audience (as the intricacy of the ontological explanations demonstrates).That is to say, where as the Old and New Testaments could be said to have been written fora semi-literate nomadic tribe, and the lowest-rung on the...
  • Chandan Sharma
    2013-06-09
    http://youreadireview.blogspot.in/THE BACKGROUND: There is no specific story of ‘The Gita’; the different teachings of Lord Krishna to Arjuna have been assembled into a separate book from the Hindu epic ‘Mahabharata’. Krishna, who was considered as the 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu, acted as the charioteer of his best friend and cousin ‘Arjuna’ (who has been addressed as ‘Partha’). While biggest armies ever stood ready to fight e...
  • Manab
    2017-02-24
    সেদিন এক ধারমিক মুসলমান বনধু আমারে একগাদা জঞান দিয়ে গেলো, কেনো কাজ করে যেতে হবে ইতংবিতং, এই বই খুলে দেখি, এ মাঃ, এখানেও ত তাই লেখা।বারো টাকা মূলয দিয়ে ইঁদুরে কাটা এ বই কিনতে হ...
  • Maria
    2016-06-23
    بهاگاواد گيتا به معنای «سرود خداوند»، اسرارآمیزترین بخش از حماسه هندی ماهابهاراتا، مقدسترين كتاب آيين هندو و ومهمترین متن تاریخی ادبی و فلسفی جهان میباشد.این کتاب نایاب و بسيار كهن، حاوی شرح گفتگوی کریشنا(بزرگترين خدای آيين هندو) و كمانگيری اساطي...
  • Fostergrants
    2009-11-09
    As arrogant as it seems to review an ancient text, I gave this book 2 stars because I'm being honest about how much I did or did not enjoy reading it. If I were a religious person and believed in a Man-God, I may have enjoyed it more...but I think my main issue was my awareness that so much of the poetry that must have been there in the original language is 'lost in translation' and my Western brain is wired to be tone-deaf to the ideas that can,...
  • Rakhi Dalal
    2012-12-02
    Having read it many times,I still think that there is a lot that I still have to understand about this. But I do hope, I'll be able to write about it and do justice to my reading.
  • Abdulla Awachi
    2016-01-15
    " هبني عقلك و هبني قلبك ، و تضحيتك و إخلاصك و كلمة وعد أقولها لك : ستأتي إليّ حقاً؛ لأنك عزيز علي"بهذه الكلمات يختتم "كريشنا" حواره مع " أرجونا" في القصة المثيرة في الأدب و الثيولوجيا الهندية.الباغفاد غيتا واحدة من أهم المعارف في الديانة الهندوسية و هي ...
  • Byron
    2007-08-23
    Led to this book when reading the introduction to Leaves of Grass by Whitman. Personal Summary:Very easy to read - and relatively short (200 short pages) for a sacred text (though my current only comparison is the Bible which is incredibly long). Basic themes are: - Renounce the fruit of your actions. To me this means you should still plan for positive outcomes in what you attempt to do but whatever the outcome you should continue as if it never ...
  • Erik Graff
    2008-12-22
    Being raised an atheist and being prejudiced against Christianity owing to the conservative face it presented in my hometown, I was first drawn to "religion" by the experience of altered states of consciousness and by arguments with friends who pointed me towards Eastern traditions. Being already an admirer of Gandhi and given his recommendation of the Bhagavad Gita, I read it as probably my first primary text in the Hindu tradition.I was not imp...
  • حسن صنوبری
    2016-01-05
    بعضی گمان میکنند حقیقت همواره نهان بوده است و تنها در ادواری خاص و بر افرادی خاص رخ نموده است. شاید برای «حقیقتِ تام» این تعریف درست باشد، ولی «سرچشمههای حقیقت» همواره بودهاند. خدا، با اسلام خلق نشده است! با مسیحیت و یهودیت نیز. خدا و حقیقت همواره بود...
  • Harish Challapalli
    2011-10-28
    This is considered as one of the TRIO-Epics of Indian culture.The Bhagavad Gita occurs in the Bhishma Parva of the Mahabharata and comprises 18 chapters from the 25th through 42nd and consists of 700 versesThe teacher of the Bhagavad Gita is Lord Krishna, who is revered by Hindus as a manifestation of God (Parabrahman) HimselfPersonally, I feel i have no words to describe these Trio-epics!!
  • Matt
    2012-05-06
    PREFACEI was born a Christian, raised a Christian, and I'll die a Christian. Nevertheless, I enjoy learning about many different religions, and one of my favorite courses in college was “World Religions.” I read portions of many sacred texts, and have since wanted to read them more extensively - starting with the Bhagavad Gita.I am not Hindu. I have never been to a Hindu place of worship, and I have had very few conversations with practicing ...
  • Max Maxwell
    2009-07-05
    I wanted to give this a higher star rating, but I couldn't bring myself to do it. In several respects, this book is an absolute classic, not least of which that in which it is, first and foremost, the flagship book of the Hindu religion. (I had tried to tackle a religious edition ( Bhagavad Gita: As It Is , that with commentary by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, which my younger brother gave me, it having in turn been given to him by the bas...
  • Crisa Valadez
    2012-11-29
    It's honestly a little hard to fully explain this book. I'm probably going to re-read a few parts to fully grasp the concepts. The Bhagavad-Gita is a sacred religious text, a brilliant collection of life philosophy, and an enthralling story. I actually purchased this book from a group of transcendentalist poets that I met at an art show. After reading the back cover and seeing quotes from Thoreau, Emerson, and Gandhi, this book highly intrigued m...