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Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation | [Stephen Mitchell]

Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation

Prince Arjuna faces a dilemma that troubles many people sooner or later - whether to take action that is necessary but morally ambiguous. The difference is that Arjuna’s action is to wage war against his own family. With the armies arrayed, Arjuna loses his nerve. Krishna, his charioteer and incarnation of divine consciousness, begins to teach him about the nature of God and of himself. Arjuna learns that he can attain liberation through union with God, and that there are several possible paths to this goal.
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Publisher's Summary

Prince Arjuna faces a dilemma that troubles many people sooner or later - whether to take action that is necessary but morally ambiguous. The difference is that Arjuna’s action is to wage war against his own family. With the armies arrayed, Arjuna loses his nerve. Krishna, his charioteer and incarnation of divine consciousness, begins to teach him about the nature of God and of himself. Arjuna learns that he can attain liberation through union with God, and that there are several possible paths to this goal.

This most famous and revered of Hindu scriptures tells the timeless story of the paths of knowledge, devotion, action, and meditation. Stephen Mitchell’s acclaimed translation, read by him for the first time, brings this ancient story to life and shows how it became the seed for all the Hindu systems of philosophy and religion that followed.

©2000 Stephen Mitchell (P)2001 Phoenix Books

What the Critics Say

"On the list of the greatest spiritual books of all time, the Bhagavad Gita resides permanently in the top echelon. In this titular translation, Stephen Mitchell's rhythms are faultless, making music of this ancient Song of the Blessed One. Savor his rendition." (Amazon.com)

"Mitchell must by now be accounted one of our generation!s heroic translators, having taken on the Book of Job, the Tao te Ching, and Genesis and done so much to popularize Rilke in English. Now he applies his considerable skill and sympathy to one of the most noted sacred texts of Asia, the Bhagavad Gita and the results are very happy. He works in free-verse quatrains of about three beats per line, and his language flows with great naturalness." (Library Journal)

"The Gita is one of Asia's most renowned spiritual texts. Mitchell, whose translation of the Tao Te Ching has been extraordinarily popular, offers a direct, clean translation of the Gita that reads like a series of pithy epigrams of advice and comfort… Mitchell clarifies meaning without sacrificing beauty and emotional resonance." (Booklist)

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    Jackie Edmeade 09-21-14 Member Since 2014

    I love to read!!!! Especially when I am driving.. I listen to my books almost everyday.

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    "It was a bright intro into this religion"
    Would you listen to Bhagavad Gita again? Why?

    There is a lot to take in when reading listening to this religion. I would listen to it agian to get clarity.


    What about Stephen Mitchell’s performance did you like?

    I couldn't understand him, but after a while I got the hang of it.


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    M. Turner Australia 08-23-14
    M. Turner Australia 08-23-14 Member Since 2010

    Kramo Renrut

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    "Way too abridged"
    Would you try another book from Stephen Mitchell and/or Stephen Mitchell?

    This book must have an interpretive line - each sentence is packed.
    And because this translation has a superficial interpretation, I was very disappointed.
    Also, the performance starts in a daze and transforms into excitement by the end.


    Would you recommend Bhagavad Gita to your friends? Why or why not?

    the book not this version


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    no Also, the performance starts in a daze and transforms into excitement by the end.


    Any additional comments?

    if only Maharishi made an audiobook version!

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