Bhagavad Gita The Song of God (Prabhavananda)
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Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God (Prabhavananda)

translated by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood
Our translation of the Bhagavad Gita uses the beauty of verse to express the highest truths of Vedanta.
  • 224 pages, US paperback 978-0-87481-043-1
  • 224 pages, US hardback 978-0-87481-008-0

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Our translation of the Bhagavad Gita uses the beauty of verse to express the highest truths of Vedanta. Includes an introduction to the Gita, and a study of non-violence versus the need to fight a just war.The critics have singled out this translation:"The book is self-contained. A complete stranger to the Hindu gospel can pick it up and in one or two evenings follow the poem from its terrific beginnings to its sublime end." -- New York Times

 "A distinguished literary work." - Time Magazine, "A highly readable interpretive translation."- American Library Association, "The best from a literary point of view." -- Aldous Huxley.

How Swami Prabhavananda's translation came about:
"once I was away for a rest in Palm Springs I had a Gita translation with me. When I read the twelfth chapter, I felt that the meaning had not been brought out; I saw deeper meaning in it. So I started to translate, and then Chris helped me.

"I translated and Chris edited. When Peggy Kiskadden came, she read what we had done and could not understand it. Then we went to Aldous. Chris read aloud, and Aldous listened. Aldous said, 'No, that is not right yet. Forget that Krishna is speaking to the Hindus in Sanskrit. Forget that this is a translation. Think that Krishna is speaking to an American audience in English.'

"Then Aldous told Chris which style  to use for verse. Chris rewrote the whole eleventh chapter of the Gita following Tennyson, I think. He produced the book in a week He was inspired."

 

Excerpts from The Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God

Let him who would climb
In meditation
To heights of the highest
Union with Brahman
Take for his path
The yoga of action.

Then when he nears that path of oneness,
His acts will fall from him,
His path will be tranquil.
...
When goodness grows weak
When evil increases
I make myself a body.

In every age I come back
To deliver the holy,
To destroy the sin of the sinner,
To establish righteousness.
....

Whatever wish men bring me in worship
That wish I grant them.
Whatever path men travel
It is my path:
No matter where they walk
It leads to me.
It is my path:

Table of Contents
Translator's Preface
Introduction by Aldous Huxley
Gita and Mahabharata

The Sorrow of Arjuna
The Yoga of Knowledge
Karma Yoga
Renunciation Through Knowledge
The Yoga of Renunciation
The Yoga of Meditation
Knowledge and Experience
The Way to Eternal Brahman
The Yoga of Mysticism
Divine Glory
The Vision of God in His Universal Form
The Yoga of Devotion
The Field and Its Knower
The Three Gunas
Devotion to the Supreme Spirit
Divine and Demonic Tendencies
Three Kinds of Faith
The Yoga of Renunciation

The Cosmology of the Gita
The Gita and War

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