Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Bhagavad Gita by Barbara Stoler Miller

The Bhagavad Gita

by Barbara Stoler Miller, Sir Edwin Arnold

Other authors: Christopher Isherwood (Translator)

Other authors: See the other authors section.

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
6,06159686 (3.94)107
  1. 20
    Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (Anonymous user)
  2. 10
    The Upanishads by Anonymous (Bill-once)
    Bill-once: Mascaro translation
  3. 10
    Brahma Sutra Bhasya by Sankaracarya (Grafi)
    Grafi: Part of the Vedantic triple canon.
  4. 00
    From Poverty to Power by James Allen (simora)
  5. 00
    On War - Volume 1 by Carl von Clausewitz (Anonymous user)

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 107 mentions

English (55)  Italian (1)  German (1)  Dutch (1)  Swedish (1)  All languages (59)
Showing 1-5 of 55 (next | show all)
Reading this online using Google Books.

One of the most abstract of spiritual books, Easwaran has done a marvellous job of translating this into the language of the layman. All my previous attempts at digesting this complex work came to nought but now I would say that this should be your "User Manual for Better Living".
  danoomistmatiste | Jan 24, 2016 |
Reading this online using Google Books.

One of the most abstract of spiritual books, Easwaran has done a marvellous job of translating this into the language of the layman. All my previous attempts at digesting this complex work came to nought but now I would say that this should be your "User Manual for Better Living".
  kkhambadkone | Jan 17, 2016 |
  OberlinSWAP | Aug 1, 2015 |
The Bhagavad Gita, the Song of the Lord, is an ancient Hindu scripture about virtue, presented as a dialogue between Krishna, an incarnation of God, and the warrior Arjuna on the eve of a great battle over succession to the throne.
This new verse translation of the classic Sanskrit text combines the skills of leading Hinduist Gavin Flood with the stylistic verve of award-winning poet and translator Charles Martin. The result is a living, vivid work that avoids dull pedantry and remains true to the extraordinarily influential original. A devotional, literary, and philosophical masterpiece of unsurpassed beauty and imaginative relevance.
  Saraswati_Library | Sep 23, 2014 |
Enlightenment is an unachievable goal. Renounce one's desire for enlightenment.

translation by Swami Prabhavananda -
From Chapter VI: The Yoga of Meditation
the words of Sri Krishna:

He who does the task
Dictated by duty,
Caring nothing
For fruit of the action,
He is a yogi,
A true sannyasin.
But he who follows
His vow to the letter
By mere refraining:
Lighting no fire
At the ritual offering,
Making excuse
For avoidance of labor,
He is no yogi,
No true sannyasin.
Earth, stone and gold seem all alike to one who has mastered his senses.
Now that he holds it
He knows this treasure
Above all others:
Faith so certain
Shall never be shaken
By heaviest sorrow.
To achieve this certainty is to know the real meaning of the word yoga. It is the breaking of contact with pain. You must practice this yoga resolutely, without losing heart. Renounce all your desires, forever. They spring from willfulness.
  Mary_Overton | Apr 15, 2014 |
Showing 1-5 of 55 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (375 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Barbara Stoler Millerprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Arnold, Sir Edwinmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Isherwood, ChristopherTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Arnold, EdwinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Besant, Annie W.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bhushan, AnnaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chaudhuri, AmitIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Edgerton, FranklinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Flood, Gavin D.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gnoli, RanieroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Huxley, AldousIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Johnson, W. J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martin, CharlesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mascaró, JuanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mascaro, JaunTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miller, Barbara StollerTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prabhavananda, SwamiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sargeant, WinthropTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, HustonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
To the memory of Swami Turiyananda who was regarded by his master Sri Ramakrishna as a perfect embodiment of the renunciation which is taught in the Bhagavad-Gita
For Gwenn
for her sense
of the ways we are
First words
Nowadays, it is becoming fashionable to translate the world's great books into some form of Basic English, or everyday speech. (Translators' Preface)
O Sanjaya, tell me what happened at Kurukshetra, the field of dharma, where my family and the Pandavas gathered to fight.
PREFACE to the Nabar/Tumkur edition: Several translations and commentaries on the Bhagavadgītā exit, many of them comprehensive and thorough.
INTRODUCTION to the Nabar/Tumkur edition:

The Bhagavadgītā in Indian Life:

The first thing about the Bhagavadgītā that any non-Hindu or non-Indian needs to understand is that it incorporates what my broadly be termed the Hindu view of life more than any other extant Hindu text.
FIRST WORDS of the Nabar/Tumkur edition:

Chapter I

Yoga of the Hesitation and Dejection of Arjuna

Dhṛtarāṣṭra said:

O Sañjaya, what did my sons and the sons of Pāṇḍu do when, desiring war, they gathered together on the sacred field of Kurukṣetra?
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Please do not combine The Bhagavad-Gita with The Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, which has extensive commentary.
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language
Book description
De Bhagavad Gita ('s Heren Lied) is een van de oudste en mooiste boeken uit de wereldliteratuur. Het is de bij bel voor de oosterling. De oorsprong van dit boek gaat terug tot voorboeddhistische tijden. De Gita en de belangrijkste Mahayana-geschriften hebben elkaar wederzijds beïnvloed, maar de ons bekende op schrift gestelde Gita-teksten dateren uit de tweede eeuw na Christus. De Bhagavad Gita is een deel van het beroemde Indische epos, Mahabharata. Het geeft het gesprek weer tussen Arjuna, de boogschutter, en zijn wagenmenner Krishna, de Heer. Arjuna staat vlak voor de grote veldslag tegen zijn bloedverwanten, leraren en vrienden. Bij het aanschouwen van de vijandelijke legerscharen, waaronder zich zo vele vrienden bevinden, raakt hij vertwijfeld. Hij wil de oorlog niet meer. Dan ontwikkelt zich het gesprek met Krishna. Arjuna ontvangt nu lering over het wezen van leven en dood. Door het inzicht wordt de strijder getransformeerd tot de wetende, de kenner, geheel toegewijd aan de Allerhoogste.
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553213652, Paperback)

The Bhagavad-Gita has been an essential text of Hindu culture in India since the time of its composition in the first century A.D. One of the great classics of world literature, it has inspired such diverse thinkers as Henry David Thoreau, Mahatma Gandhi, and T.S. Eliot; most recently, it formed the core of Peter Brook's celebrated production of the Mahabharata.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:09:08 -0400)

(see all 10 descriptions)

"The Bhagavad Gia is universally acknowledged as as one of the world's literary and spiritual masterpieces. It is the core text of the Hindu tradition...This translation sings with the clarity, the vigor, and the intensity of the original Sanskrit."--Cover p. 4.… (more)

» see all 7 descriptions

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (3.94)
1 8
1.5 3
2 20
2.5 7
3 126
3.5 23
4 197
4.5 16
5 176


2 editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Nilgiri Press

An edition of this book was published by Nilgiri Press.

» Publisher information page

Penguin Australia

An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.

» Publisher information page

Columbia University Press

An edition of this book was published by Columbia University Press.

» Publisher information page

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Store | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 105,962,570 books! | Top bar: Always visible