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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

Critic Reviews

"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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My life opened up

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.

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Perfectly Approachable

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!

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  • Laster
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  • 08-05-17

Sublime and timeless

Poetic translation by Stephen Mitchell. Listen anytime anywhere and allow this timeless wisdom to fill your heart.

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Worthy

Would you listen to Bhagavad Gita again? Why?

Yes.<br/>Direct, powerful.

What other book might you compare Bhagavad Gita to and why?

Wisdom books of Bible

Which character – as performed by Stephen Mitchell – was your favorite?

Have to relisten

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but it was exciting to finally hear.

Any additional comments?

It was Robert Oppenheimer that made me aware, this translation is very clear.

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Stephen Mitchell makes a difference!

The sensitivity of the author, who irradiates himself inner peace and wisdom makes this version of that magnificent poem a different one. Thanks!

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The most beautiful of the scriptures.

Get absorbed into God's love. The title says it all for me. I love all of them but the Gita is best.

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Excellent

This is a book I can listen to over and over again. Each time, something else will sink in. Such an inspiring book.

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THE instructions on how to connect with your SELF

What made the experience of listening to Bhagavad Gita the most enjoyable?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bhagavad Gita?

Learning how to awaken my higher Self through actions without expectations.

What does Stephen Mitchell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Surrendering to God

Any additional comments?

This book will change your after-life.

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  • 10-29-17

Needs a different narrator

Yo love the book!!! but audible! could have found a different narrator! He wrote the best Gita in my opinion but the narration on this puts me to sleep.

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If you haven't yet - you should

What made the experience of listening to Bhagavad Gita the most enjoyable?

The text is nothing short of amazing.

What did you like best about this story?

The insight into one eastern religion.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Mitchell – was your favorite?

Krishna - of course.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I had a very positive reaction.

Any additional comments?

Don't read it because your friends think it is cool to reference it. Read it to see the beauty of eastern theological thought.