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The Bhagavad Gita (Oxford World's Classics) [Paperback]

W. J. Johnson
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14 Aug 2008 Oxford World's Classics
is the best known and most widely read Hindu religious text in the Western world. This new translation is ideal for the non-specialist as well as for students of Indian religions, providing a full cultural and historical context in its introduction and notes.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reissue edition (14 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199538123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199538126
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 12.5 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I have heard the supreme mystery, yoga, from Krishna, from the lord of yoga himself.'

Thus ends the Bhagavad Gita, the most famous episode from the great Sanskrit epic, the Mahabharata. In its eighteen short chapters Krishna's teaching leads the warrior Arjuna from perplexity to understanding and correct action, in the process raising and developing many key themes from the history of Indian religions.

The Bhagavad Gita is the best known and most widely read Hindu religious text in the Western world. It considers social and religious duty, the nature of sacrifice, the nature of action, the means to liberation, and the relationship of human beings to God. It culminates in an awe-inspiring vision of Krishna as God omnipotent, disposer and destroyer of the universe.

ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

'an excellent primer in the Hindu belief system' (Daily Telegraph, October 1994)

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Clear and Readable 18 May 2009
I found this edition very easy to read and understand, the text is laid out in a way that shows clearly who is speaking, unlike in some editions.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good translation 8 April 2012
This is a good 'Western' translation that maintains it's readability and poetry whilst still being accurate and true to the original. The verses are numbered but the original Sanskrit text is not included. I was looking for a simple easy-to-read version that was not cluttered by Sanskrit text or commentary, so this version was ideal for me. The introduction is very brief but informative giving you just what you 'need to know' and no more. I prefer it to the Penguin classics version as the translation is more readable and accurate in my opinion.

It's also a slim book which makes it easy to carry around and I love the artwork on the front cover.

If you are looking for a more in-depth understanding, then this would not be the version for you - see my other reviews for some other suggestions to this regard.

All in all a great and accessible translation, especially if you are not an expert or if you want a simple uncluttered reference that is poetic, accurate and readable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Have as much of it 21 Jun 2013
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Gita has to get a superstar rating in whatever you acquire it. Great work. Howvere this is a pure translation so do not expect anything explained.
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