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Author: A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Publisher: Bhaktivedanta Book Trust
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788189574994
THIS IS THE MOST WIDELY READ EDITION OF THE GITA IN THE WORLD.
Bhagavad-gita is universally renowned as the jewel of India’s spiritual wisdom. Spoken by Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, to His intimate devotee Arjuna, the Gita's seven hundred concise verses (slokas) provide a definitive guide to the science of self-realization. Indeed no work even compares in its revelations of man's essential nature, his environment and ultimately his relationship with God. It is the essence of India's spiritual wisdom, the answers to questions posed by philosophers for centuries.
The Gita is a conversation between Krishna and His dear friend Arjuna. At the last moment before entering a battle between brothers and friends, the great warrior Arjuna begins to wonder: Why should he fight? What is the meaning of his life? Where is he going after death? In response, Krishna brings His friend from perplexity to spiritual enlightenment, and each one of us is invited to walk the same path.
Bhagavad Gita is the essence of Vedic knowledge. Since it is alive with knowledge and devotion, it has the power to change your life for the better.
His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the world’s foremost Vedic scholar and teacher, represents an unbroken chain of fully self-realized spiritual masters beginning with Lord Krishna Himself. Thus, unlike other editions of the Bhagavad-gita, Srila Prabhupada conveys Lord Krishna's profound message "As it is" - without the slightest taint of adulteration or personally motivated change. Replete with sixteen full-color plates (pages), this new edition is certain to stimulate and enlighten any reader with its ancient yet thoroughly timely teachings.
CRITICS PRAISE BHAGAVAD-GITA AS IT IS
With over ten million hardbound copies in print in over fifty languages, Bhagavad-gita As It Is, by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, is the best-selling and most authoritative edition of this classic of world literature. Here are some comments on Bhagavad-gita As It Is from some of the world's leading scholars.
"There is little question that this edition is one of the best books available on the Gad and on devotion. Prabhupada's translation is an ideal blend of literal accuracy and religious insight."
== Dr. Thomas J. Hopkins Chairman, Dept. of Religious Studies Franklin and Marshall College
"The Gita can be seen as the main literary support for the great religious civilization of India, the oldest surviving culture in the world. The present translation and commentary is another manifestation of the permanent living importance of the Gita. Swami Bhaktivedanta brings to the West a salutary reminder that our highly activistic and one-sided culture is faced with a crisis that may end in self-destruction because it lacks the inner depth of an authentic metaphysical consciousness. Without such depth, our moral and political protestations are just so much verbiage."
== Thomas Merton Catholic theologian, monk, author
"No work in all Indian literature is more quoted, because none is better loved in the West than Bhagavad-gitd. Translation of such a work demands not only knowledge of Sanskrit but an inward sympathy with the theme and a verbal artistry. For the poem is a symphony in which God is seen in all things.
"His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is, of course, profoundly sympathetic to the theme. He brings to it, moreover, a special interpretive insight, a powerful and persuasive presentation in the bhakti [devotional] tradition. . . . The Swami does a real service for students by investing the beloved Indian epic with fresh meaning. Whatever our outlook may be, we should all be grateful for the labor that has led to this illuminating work."
== Dr. Geddes MacGregor Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Philosophy University of Southern California
"In this beautiful translation, Srila Prabhupada has caught the deep devotional spirit of the Gild and has supplied the text with an elaborate commentary in the truly authentic tradition of Sri Krsna Caitanya, one of India's most important and influential saints."
== Dr. J. Stillson Judah Emeritus Professor of the History of Religions and Director of the Library Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
"If truth is what works, as Pierce and the pragmatists insist, there must be a kind of truth in the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, since those who follow its teachings display a joyous serenity usually missing in the bleak and strident lives of contemporary people."
== Dr. Elwin H. Powell Professor of Sociology State University of New York
"Whether the reader be an adept of Indian spirituality or not, a reading of Bhagavad-gita As It Is will be extremely profitable, for it will allow him to understand the Gila as still today the majority of Hindus do. For many, this will be the first contact with the true India, the ancient India, the eternal India."
== Dr. Francois Chenique Doctor of Religious Sciences Institute of Political Studies, Paris
"Bhagavad-gita As It Is is a deeply felt, powerfully conceived and beautifully explained work. … I have never seen any other work on the Gita with such an important voice and style. It is a work of undoubted integrity. … It will occupy a significant place in the intellectual and ethical life of modern man for a long time to come."
== Dr. S. Shukla Assistant Professor of Linguistics Georgetown University
Setting The Scene
Chapter One: Observing the Armies on the Battlefield of Kuruksetra
Chapter Two: Contents of the Gita Summarized
Chapter Three: Karma-Yoga
Chapter Four: Transcendental Knowledge
Chapter Five: Karma-Yoga-Action in Krsna Consciousness
Chapter Six: Dhyana-Yoga
Chapter Seven: Knowledge of the Absolute
Chapter Eight: Attaining the Supreme
Chapter Nine: The Most Confidential Knowledge
Chapter Ten: The Opulence of the Absolute
Chapter Eleven: The Universal Form
Chapter Twelve: Devotional Service
Chapter Thirteen: Nature, the Enjoyer and Consciousness
Chapter Fourteen: The Three Modes of Material Nature
Chapter Fifteen: The Yoga of the Supreme Person
Chapter Sixteen: The Divine Demoniac Natures
Chapter Seventeen: The Divisions of Faith
Chapter Eighteen: Conclusion-The Perfection of Renunciation
A Note About The Second Edition
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide
Index of Sanskrit Verses
Index of Sanskrit Quoted