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.
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"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)
The sensitivity of the author, who irradiates himself inner peace and wisdom makes this version of that magnificent poem a different one. Thanks!
I have been in churches of one sort or another, all of my life. The Gita introduced me to what I have sought all of my life.
As a person who grew up in an English-speaking, Christian, American household, I found this translation of the profoundly beautiful Bhagavad Gita to be easily understood and perfectly accessible. I highly recommend this book!
Stephen Mitchell has done it again. As with the "Tao Te Ching", Mitchell's translation of the "Bhagavad Gita" brings a poetic richness and simplicity that welcomes the reader into the mind of it's creator. Krishna reveals the keys to the kingdom that reside inside each of us as he instructs the warrior Arjuna to perform his duties honorable in the midst of a battlefield. The Bhagavad Gita is a call for each of us to perform our own Yoga Action to commune with our higher Self that unites us with all things.
Learning how to awaken my higher Self through actions without expectations.
There is a kind wisdom in Stephen Mitchell's reading of the Gita that transcends the prose. He brings it to life. I felt as though I were sitting beside Krishna and Arjuna in their chariot on the battlefield.
Surrendering to God
This book will change your after-life.
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.
the book not this version
no Also, the performance starts in a daze and transforms into excitement by the end.
if only Maharishi made an audiobook version!
Steven Mitchell's translation of the Tao Te Ching is asking my favorite spiritual works. Now he has made the Bhagavad-Gita as accessible and relevant to our modern mind and western culture. Bravo!!
Now I see the origins of Deepak Chopra's ridiculous contortions of rationality and reason and language and his mental gymnastics of pseudoscience. Here it is.
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