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Bhagavad-gita As It Is [Kindle Edition]

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
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The largest-selling edition of the Gita in the Western world, Bhagavad-gita As It Is is more than a book. It is alive with knowledge and devotion; thus it has the power to change your life for the better. 

Bhagavad-gita is knowledge of five basic truths and the relationship of each truth to the other: These five truths are Krishna, or God, the individual soul, the material world, action in this world, and time. The Gita lucidly explains the nature of consciousness, the self, and the universe. It is the essence of India's spiritual wisdom, the answers to questions posed by philosophers for centuries. 

In translating the Gita, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada has remained loyal to the intended meaning of Krishna's words, and thus he has unlocked all the secrets of the ancient knowledge of the Gita and placed them before us as an exciting opportunity for self-improvement and spiritual fulfillment.

The Gita is a conversation between Krishna and His dear friend Arjuna. At the last moment before entering a battle between brothers and friends, the great warrior Arjuna begins to wonder: Why should he fight? What is the meaning of his life? Where is he going after death?

In response, Krishna brings His friend from perplexity to spiritual enlightenment, and each one of us is invited to walk the same path.


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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant illumination 11 Jun. 2000
Format:Hardcover
This book is a brilliant tour de force of spiritual realisation. Brightly illuminating the deepest meanings of the text, and making it very clear what Krishna was saying when he first spoke the Gita to Arjuna, Prabhupada takes us by the hand and leads us to realms of unlimited bliss. The evidence speaks for itself. Prabhupada himself said that before he presented this translation and commentary there were over fifty English versions of the Gita available in the West, and not a single person had become God conscious as a result of reading them - the essential aim of the Gita. However, when his book appeared it started a worldwide movement of people who dedicated their lives to God. The movement is still growing as thousands of people discover these wonderful teachinsg each year, transforming their lives into a dynamic spiritual quest for the absolute. Every day I study this book and am amazed by the ever deeper levels of transcendental knowledge it contains. It is my manual for sanity and happiness. Whenever things are difficult, a dip into the pages of Prabhupada's Gita will throw everything into its proper perspective. If I were to be cast away on some desert island with just one book, this would be the one. It is a veritable treasure chest of knowledge, or, as the Vedas themselves say, a desire tree that can fulfil your every wish. Buy it today.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A guide to the principles of Yoga 2 Sept. 2010
Format:Hardcover
No version of the Gita can be "As it is"....the Gita is eternal and beholds the truth to the reader however it's the reader who actually interpretes it. This very fact makes the Gita eternal and timeless. All writers irrespective of how well versed they are, will and surely allow his or her own understanding to creep in. The author's interpretation is commendable and very straight forward. This version is unique since it explores the hidden knowledge of Yoga. If you are interested in the lyrical side of the Gita then the one translated by Juan Mascaro is more suitable and probably the best translation.

This translation in particular, scores above the others since the original Sanskrit text is also written in the Roman script which helps in reading the Gita as an "Eternal Song". Furthermore every Sanskrit word is translated into English, which is helpful if you are clueless about Sanskrit. I like this translation since the Roman script allows me to interpret the eternal for myself and this is the essence of the Gita. This translation is a must along with the one translated by Juan Mascaro to develop a fuller understanding of the philosophy of the Gita.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing! 16 Jan. 2010
Format:Hardcover
Who am I? Why am I here? Why am I who I am? (Why a person instead of a cat or a horse, for instance?) How come some people are disadvantaged in life whilst others aren't? These are some of the questions I had when I first read Srila Prabhupada's Bhagavad-Gita in a rather challenging manner.

Not only were these questions answered, but they were answered in a spirit that existed when the Gita was first spoken by Lord Krishna to Arjuna. This is because the taxonomy, mindset and attitude of the Vedic times has been brought to us by Srila Prabhupada through an unbroken chain of guru-disciple succession. That's why if you must read the Gita, it has to be through Srila Prabhupada's translation and commentary.

When I first picked up this edition some thirty two years ago, it was with trepidation that the translation may be inaccurate. But over the years, having learnt Sanskrit and seeing the transparency of Srila Prabhupada's translation (he provides word-for-word meanings for each verse!), I can say that this is very faithful to what Lord Krishna wished to convey. Indeed, you need to be attuned to the Vedic times and culture, as Srila Prabhupada is, in order to translate this scripture that is the bible of Hinduism.

So in conclusion, if you are at all curious about the purpose of life, karma, yoga, bhakti and a myriad of other philosophical questions that have exercised the human mind across millenia, then you MUST READ Srila Prabhupada's Bhagavad-Gita!
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bhagavad Gita: As It Is 5 Dec. 2004
Format:Hardcover
After trawling through many copies and translations of the Gita, i eventually stumbled upon this, and needless to say it's been a long time coming. This version of the Gita, supposedly as it is, is the best version i have found, not just in terms of it's readability, but it's ease of understanding.
It comes in both english and sanskrit with roman transliteration to assits with pronunciation, which proves extremely useful in helping to understand the text and allows you to appreciate the flow and delivery of the text, and purports after each verse help to build an image of the proceedings of the battle while giving key historical references that help your understanding of the Gita.
The translation is somewhat literal and lacks an aspect of poetry, but the meanings are clear and easy to appreciate and this version clearly deserves 5 stars.
There is also a very useful glossary in the back to help you understanding of the terms used in the Gita and some of the historical references. It is well worth looking up some of these references as there are striking similarities in some scientific findings and the hindu mythology.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is sectarian Krishna-Consciousness movement translation.
This is sectarian Krishna-Consciousness movement translation. Original Sanskrit here is completely distorted to fit their imagination. Read more
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