Bhagavad Gita (Chidbhavananda)

(18 reviews)
  • Bhagavad Gita (Chidbhavananda)
translated by Swami Chidbhavananda

This is a large heavy book with everything you could need for studying the Bhagavad Gita.

  • 1,000 pages, large Indian hardback
  • (retail only)
This is a large heavy book with everything you could need for studying the Bhagavad Gita.

For Sanskrit students, this book is popular since it includes Devanagri text, transliterated Sanskrit, comprehensive breakdown of compound words, word-by-word meanings, English translation, and commentary from Sri Ramakrishna's teachings.

The publishers in India have kept this book very inexpensive for many years, but note that the production quality, though good, is not the same as books from the west. Some of the books have covers with a wrinkled lamination, or the cover may be a little bent. Nonetheless, the books are well worth inclusion in the libraries of students of Sanskrit and the Bhagavad Gita.
Global Rating: 4.56 from 18 reviews Add your review of this product
Review By John Kilbourne

not my first choice Gita

Minimal commentary (I prefer a little more commentary), but still one of only 4 or 5 Gitas that I like. The Swami Ramsukhdas Gita so far is my favorite by far. But this one is ok, worth getting I suppose.

Review By ramesch vardan

My Favorite

This is my favorite commentary of the Gita. The teachings of Sri Ramakrishna interspersed throughout the translation makes this a treasure!

Review By Bill Robinson

Classic commentary in new binding

This is my third copy of Swami Chidbhavananda's fine translation and commentary of the Gita. The first I got in the mid-70's, the second in 1994. Both fell apart in time. This new binding is more solid and on better quality paper, although there is a certain nostalgia for the old more approximate publication! This is my favorite commentary and I'm very glad it is still in print.

Review By Usha Mani

Bhagavad Gita book

I am very satisfied with the purchase process and also happy with the follow up of the book being shipped.
Thank you

Review By Jayant Mehta

Bhagvat Gita

Excellent book.

Review By Aaron Wheeler

Bhagavad Gita

Great book. I did not notice any printing issues as mentioned by previous comments. The print quality of my book was excellent.

Review By sreddy

Bhagavad Gita

I already had a copy of this book, but some of the print is faded away so I was hoping this one would be different. I am sorry to say that I am once again disappointed with the same faded print on certain pages. However, this book is still the best copy of the Bhagavad Gita I have read considering it includes Gita Dhyanam and excellent commentary by Swami Chidbhavananda and pertinent quotes by Sri Ramakrishna.

Review By Amrut Champaneri

Vedanta Books is normally my shopping place for variety of books related to Gita, Upanishads and other Vedanta books. They are very prompt and books arrive in time with a nice packaging. Prices are very reasonable and instead of ordering from Indian source it is very easy to order from this place in US. For example, I just got Swami Chidbhavananda’s Gita from this Vedanta Center when it is nowhere available. Again, among more than 25 other Gita books this is the best and rare book. I highly recommend this version of Gita for any Gita lover.

Review By Thomas Klugh

Bhagavad Gita (Chidbhavananda)

For the past 36 years I've been reading the Gita from the point of view of dualists, that is, from the point of view of those who profess to hold God as both personal AND impersonal but in actuality they lean more toward God as being separate from us.

I know they mean well, but oftentimes they (the dualists) get a bit acerbic, if not out-and-out vitriolic, in their opinions of those who follow the Monist path. But as it's said in First Corinthians, if they preach without love, then all their "powers" are for naught.

It's refreshing to now read a version of the Gita from the Monist point-of-view. And, having just recently read Sri Ramakrishna's Gospel (and the unabridged 1,000+ page Gospel at that!), it's nice to see all the references in this Gita to Sri Ramakrishna.

I love this edition of the Gita and highly recommend it to all seekers everywhere.

Review By Jason

Who gave this version a 2 star

I can't believe somebody gave this version of the Gita two stars! Apparently, said individual never read this Gita and is simply a cheerleader for the Hare Krishna!

This Gita is one of the best (even Dennis Waite of Advaita Vision recommends it!) It is clear, precise in its meaning and as an extra bonus, has snippet sayings of the Great master Sri RamaKrishna and Swamiji.

I'm really floored that somebody gave this a version only 2 stars. I know you can't please everybody but, sheesh...

Review By ken hones

Bhagavad Gita (Chidbhavanand)a

I have had a copy for 40 years and learned Sanskrit while studying the texts. Having given talks on Vedanta, RgVeda etc for many years I have always recommended this book for serious students who wish to gain insight into the authentic voice of 'Hinduism'. Re. Manish's recommendation of Bhagavat-Gita As It Is by Swami Prabhupada. This is good for certain people and worth having a copy but it is sometimes jokingly referred to as Bhagavat-Gita As It Isn't because of its underlying theology.

Review By Mike Madsen

Bhagavad Gita (Chidbhavananda)

I had a copy a few decades ago and very glad to have again. By far the best commentary I've read plus quotes from Masters like Sri Ramakrishna add much. If you own one book on Vedanta or Sanathana Dharma, this is it.

Review By Manish

Not sure

I would recommend Bhagavat-Gita As It Is by Swami Prabhupada instead

Review By Kevan

5 Stars for the book, but....

This Gita gets 5 stars. It is clear, thorough, scholarly, and suitable for beginners and serious students. There are a few typos here and there but by and large it's nothing to quibble over But I have to knock off a little for the copy I got. I know the quality isn't first rate; I expected that. But my copy was the single dirtiest book I've ever encountered, like it was sitting in the corner of a dusty warehouse. There was also partial water damage. I actually had to completely remove the dust jacket and vacuum the book. It was weeks before opening it didn't make me sneeze.

Review By H.Ganesh Kamath

Bagavad Gita

This would be the book that I would recommend to beginners and advanced students of Gita alike. Well written, and lucid.

Review By Satya Rao

Bhagavad Gita

Well written, smiple, lucid and scloraley.

Review By yogiyesa

Beautiful commentary, consice text

Strongly recommended for any student of the Gita.

Review By Phillip

Chidbhavananda's Gita

This is a book I can't recommend highly enough. It is the Gita used by Ananda ashram in New York. It has sankrit word-by-word definitions along with the sanskrit, and then has a translation, and finally a commentary.