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Publisher's Summary

The Bhagavad Gita, "The Song of the Lord", is the best known of all the Indian scriptures, and Easwaran's reliable and accessible version has consistently been the best-selling translation. Easwaran's introduction places the Gita in its historical setting and brings out the universality and timelessness of its teachings. Chapter introductions give clear explanations of key concepts in that chapter. To listen to the scripture without the introductions, listeners should start at track 044. The Bhagavad Gita opens dramatically on a battlefield, as the warrior Arjuna turns in anguish to his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna, for answers to the fundamental questions of life. But as Easwaran points out, the Gita is not what it seems - it's not a dialogue between two mythical figures at the dawn of Indian history. "The battlefield is a perfect backdrop, but the Gita's subject is the war within, the struggle for self-mastery that every human being must wage" to live a life that is meaningful, fulfilling, and worthwhile. This audio recording is a complete and unabridged reading of Eknath Easwaran's book The Bhagavad Gita.

Music composed by Jan She.

©2007 The Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (P)2015 The Blue Mountain Center of Meditation

Critic Reviews

"No one in modern times is more qualified - no, make that 'as qualified' - to translate the epochal classics of Indian spirituality than Eknath Easwaran. And the reason is clear. It is impossible to get to the heart of those classics unless you live them, and he did live them. My admiration of the man and his works is boundless." (Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions)
"For all of its profundity, Eknath Easwaran manages to translate the Gita in easy prose that neither panders nor obscures. Coupled with his thorough introduction, Easwaran’s version comes off on all the levels it should: as a guide to action, devotional scripture, a philosophical text, and inspirational reading." (Amazon.com Eastern Religion editor)

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Content and narration reduced me to tears

I attempted to listen to classics of Indian spirituality but returned two audiobooks because I couldn't tolerate the narrators. One had a vaguely Texas accent and a mouthful of mush--which couldn't have been a more ridiculous match up of reader and material--and the other narrator read so slowly, I could hear him breathe and swallow . . . when he or I wasn't nodding off. Okay, I probably should have transcended my irritation, but I'm still only human.

This particular audiobook, however, could not be more wonderful. The translation itself is magnificent, and the introduction is educational, well-organized, and intimate--a perfect preparation for reading the Gita. It is more than an hour long, and I listened to it several times, entranced.

The narrator, an accomplished British actor, could not have been better. The publishers of the books I returned should take a lesson from him. He is articulate and easy to listen to. He nails the Indian accent when he occasionally switches to that as appropriate for the content.

I resonate with the teaching of Hinduism, and after visiting the country twice, I couldn't get a handle on it. That there are many gods and the form they take struck me as whimsical and imaginative. Now, understanding so much more about the philosophy, I have an entirely different and more serious perspective.

This can be a life-transforming book. You must read it if "only" as great world literature.

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The Gita

An enjoyable translation with good commentary. I especially enjoyed the later reading without commentary.
I would recommend this to anyone.

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Perfect introduction to the Gita

What did you love best about The Bhagavad Gita?

The way the audio book is structured. It begins with an lengthy introduction to the book as a whole and there is brief introduction to each chapter. After completion of the book with introduction the book repeats the Gita again but without the intro pieces. This is exactly what I wanted it to be, highly recommended.

Any additional comments?

I've been on audible for a long time and this is one of the most well-produced audiobooks that I have heard.

23 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Spiritual Enlightenment in a Recording

The Bhagavad Gita

Let me start by saying I give this book 5 stars across the board! Beautifully written and narrated, I especially loved the explanations at the beginning and prior to each chapter. This should be mandatory listening material!

I was literally blown away by the beauty of this book! But The Bhagavad Gita hardly needs me to praise it depths as it speaks for itself.

The narration was perfect, easy to listen to and understand and it didn't put me to sleep like many texts of this type might. In fact I was enthralled and couldnt stop listening!

I can see myself returning to listen to these texts again and again in the future. Its rare that I walk away feeling like a better person just from having this experience but thats the only way I describe it.

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Excellent translation and commentaries

Enjoyed this immensely. Brilliant, practical, inspiring information carefully translated to capture the essence of meaning or offered with explanation and estimations of the actual Sanskrit term when it is untranslatable. Very helpful.

The reader's performance is masterful in many ways. I would have given it 5 stars instead of 4 if I was not often disrupted by his emphasis of the wrong word in the sentence which significantly changes the meaning. Mr Bazely almost always emphasizes I, Me, and Mine when spoken by Krishna. So the essence of the instruction is minimized. I often had to stop the recording to repeat the instruction in my mind emphasizing the point, the new idea, before resuming.

Such beautiful wisdom in the words of the Gita! I also tremendously enjoyed introductory chapter. The notes and helpful glossary are not performed.

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Pleased to see this available

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

I've enjoyed this particular edition of the Gita in print for years, and I'm glad to finally have it available as an audiobook. Great translation, great introductory/explanatory content throughout, well-written, and expertly narrated.

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A fantastic journey

This is a wonderful interpretation of one of the greatest spiritual texts of all time. It does a wonderful job of explaining the content of the Gita in terms anyone can understand. Each concept and reference often left in Sanskrit is given its English equivalent, so much less is lost in translation.

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Absolutely beautiful

This wonderful book truly satisfied what I was looking for. Elegant, informative, concise, and eye opening, are just a few words to describe this masterpiece and what it has offered me. I highly recommend it for anyone who is looking to expand their knowledge of spirituality and answer the questions, "Why are we here?" & "What is the meaning of Life?" Enjoy!

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  • Luke
  • Bruges, Belgium
  • 06-03-15

Ancient Indian historical manuscript

I thought that the book was extremely well narrated and made the listening a pleasurable experience.
The story itself was interesting and thought provoking. I would recommend this book to those interested in seeing how civilisation has evolved through writing.

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A Learning Experience

This was a very interesting listen. It is eye opening and provides a deep look into other belief structures. As I listen to books of this type I hope to become more accepting and understanding of the world around me.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Pevin
  • 09-27-16

Wow

This is a great version, so great that I am going to re listen to it now!

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  • Barry Woods
  • 05-15-18

Amazing if you fully take in what's being said.

This story is thousands of years old. Amazing it's still relevant today.
This is true wisdom.

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  • Srividhya
  • 04-20-18

A brilliant translation and a splendid narration!

Loved every moment of listening to this book. My heartfelt thanks to both the author and the narrator!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-18

great story told beautifully

loved it. it explains the whole of the book, in easy to understand segments. Very thought provoking.

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  • Gary Taylor
  • 03-21-18

Beautifully written and presented. Superb narrator

I had bought the hard copy book some time ago which I enjoyed so much and the narration for this audio is one of the best, if not the best I have ever heard. One to be kept and listened to again and again. Great job!!!

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  • bebekwala
  • 02-05-18

Wonderful.

A wonderful, thought-provoking and calming listen. This is one of my most listened to books in my library. Narration is great.

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  • Stephen Edwards
  • 09-15-17

Excellent

So enjoyable, beautifully read, a pleasure to listen to. I would highly recommend this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-03-17

Good

Enjoy this book, interesting moral guidence which were eye opening. would recommend to you all.

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  • 03-21-17

love it

love the book. narrator works through the concepts in the book really well . ,.....

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  • mathew
  • 03-18-17

intense

loved it! will need to listen to this recording many more times to grasp fully

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  • David Radunz
  • 03-16-17

It's not 8 hours long. It repeats at the end!

Otherwise the performance was quite good. Just filling in words now for the review length.

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  • Philippe Bourse
  • 04-09-18

Listen without the commentary

I’ve heard some excellent narrators and some really terrible ones on Audible, and Paul Bazely is definitely one of the better ones. He delivers the tone and atmosphere of the Gita perfectly. With regards to the book, the first half has Easwaran’s commentary before each chapter of the Gita and the second half has the Gita translation only. I found the commentary either just repeated the Gita or that his opinions were misleading, contradictory or just missed the point entirely. Where on the other hand his translation seems to touch on real depth and wisdom. My recommendation is to skip the commentary (don’t waste your time), and start at chapter 20 where you can listen to Gita translation only.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-21-18

Beautifully read and told

Always wanted to enter the Gita. I couldn't have expected a more enjoyable introduction. Only trouble is the last two hours plus of the audio is a repeat of the beginning. Is that symbolic? ;-)

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  • Jaswant Jonnada
  • 11-09-17

Great summary of the huge bhagavad gita

Bhagavad Gita is a great scripture. All the key qualities are well summarized and explained. Must read/listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-17-17

Chapters repeat verbatim in the second half

There appears to be an error in the recording of the Chapters as they repeat verbatim