MP3 classes of the Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God

  • MP3 classes of the Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God
Translated by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood

65 Classes on the Bhagavad Gita as taught by Swami Prabhavananda.

The MP3 Bhagavad Gita lectures by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood were given many years after the book was originally published. The intent of the translators was that the translation be clear enough that a commentary wasn't necessary. In spite of this, people wanted to attend classes on what is India's most classic scripture.

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 and 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.
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