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The Bhagavad-gītā (edition 1973)

by R. C. Zaehner (Translator)

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Title:The Bhagavad-gītā
Authors:R. C. Zaehner (Translator)
Info:London : Oxford University Press, 1973.
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Prabhavananda and Isherwood have done a unique service to English speaking people by producing what could be the best English translation of the Bhagavad Gita. Though not word-for-word literal, it reproduces the essence of the Gita in a very readable and inspiring version of this spiritual classic. This is the best introduction to the Gita, though other translations should be read if one want in-depth study of this important and essential text.
  AbbotGeorge | Oct 11, 2016 |
The best translation of the Bhagavad Gita I ever read, and I know the Sanskrit of the Bhagavad Gita. ( )
  michaeldneely | Aug 16, 2016 |
The best detailed translation work of the Bhagavad Gita out there. It includes grammatical classification for each word, as well as a word for word translation. Every significant translated text should have the level of detail that this book has.

As a student of Sanskrit, I would not agree with some of the verse interpretations of this book, but that will always be the case. I found a few typos and incorrect grammatical classifications, but overall it is amazing. The language is a bit dated, but nothing too archaic.

A must have for the student of Sanskrit. ( )
  michaeldneely | Aug 16, 2016 |
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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 |
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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 |
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Barbara Stoler Millerprimary authorall editionscalculated
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
Mascaro, JaunTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miller, Barbara StollerTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prabhavananda, SwamiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sargeant, WinthropTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, HustonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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
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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.
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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?
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Please do not combine The Bhagavad-Gita with The Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, which has extensive commentary.
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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.
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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.

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