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Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation Paperback – 1 Aug 2002

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; Reprint edition (1 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609810340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609810347
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 442,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On the list of the greatest spiritual books of all time, the Bhagavad Gita resides permanently in the top echelon. This poem of patently Indian genius sprouted an immense tree of devotional, artistic and philosophical elaboration in the subcontinent. The scene is a battlefield with the prince Arjuna pitted against his own family, but no sooner does the poem begin than the action reverts inward. Krishna, Arjuna's avatar and spiritual guide, points the way to the supreme wisdom and perfect freedom that lie within everyone's reach. Worship and be faithful, meditate and know reality--these make up the secret of life and lead root of the world. In this titular translation, Stephen Mitchell's rhythms are faultless, making music of this ancient "Song of the Blessed One". Savour his rendition, but nibble around the edges of his introduction. In a bizarre mixture of praise and condescension, Mitchell disregards two millennia of Indian commentary, seeking illumination on the text from Daoism and Zen, with the Gita coming up just shy of full spiritual merit. Perhaps we should take it from Gandhi, who used the Gita as a handbook for life, that it nourishes on many levels. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A major new translation of one of the world's most widely read sacred texts --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
Miller's translation of the Gita is an excellent addition to this library. He retains the poetic structure of the original while writing in clear, accessible English. This book provides a good way into the Gita for those approaching this work for the first time and leads to additional insights for the reader familiar with the epic conversation between Prince Arjuna and the Lord Shri Krishna. The translator's notes and introduction are helpful to those interested in the context, as is the inclusion of a short essay by Mahatma Ghandi.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ToxicGnostic on 20 Dec. 2011
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The author is well known for his many translations of spiritual classics and is accepted as someone who strongly interprets rather than translates.
However, although I am not a scholar, I have read the academic versions that are recommended by University courses, and I think that this version, although taking some liberties, is not far from the stricter versions.

It is also highly readable and I now find all other translations cumbersome, as if they are missing the point somehow.

I love this version and recommend anyone who loves the Gita to check it out.
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Stephen Mitchell is a strange man. He admits to not knowing the languages he 'translates' but he goes right ahead and translates them anyway! The Bhagavag Gita isn't a poem. Sanskrit is a musical language and the Gita was sung. It really isn't translatable anyway and all Stephen Mitchell does is pile a load of Gita's on his desk and copies. Anybody can do that!

We may as well read the works of a man fluent in Sanskrit and English. There are many versions out there written by swamis.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
A battle is about to take place and the warriors are readying themselves for the call to fight. The war is between two sides of a family, one 'good' and one 'bad', representing our human struggle between good and evil. Arjuna, a young warrior is faced with his conscience just before the battle begins and turns to his charioteer, Krishna, a Hindu incarnation of God. He asks Krishna whether he should fight. Krishna replies with a long eloquent speech about the nature of duty and action, always presenting an answer to Arjuna's human cries for spiritual help. The text takes place in an elongated moment, while the rest of the scene is poised in a still frame. It is a beautiful commentary, teaching us many truths about our existence.
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