23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 10 September 2005
As the title suggests, this book is a good introduction to the Bhagavad Gita if you have never read any other translations of it, some of which can be a bit heavy to start off with. I especially like the end where Jack Hawley talks of his personal experiences whilst writing the book and living with his wife in India. I wont give it away but was good to read about what the philosophy meant to the author in real life. The Gita is always thought-provoking, and is a good book for conscious living.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2011
This is a wonderful starting point for people who want to read the Gita.
It was obviously a labour of love for Jack Hawley and it shows.
I use this book before any other version i have of the religious text.
I wish Mr Hawley had the time to tackle other great sanatana texts.
Absolutely wonderful.Truly the most treasured book i possess.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 23 December 2009
After going through some hard hitting facts of life, I found this book a very soothing, calming influence. Would recommend it to anyone who is going through tough decisions or asking tough life questions. These texts are what has inspired great scholars like Ghandhi and has been brilliantly translated by Jack Hawley.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2006
This is one of the best translations and explanations of the Bhagavad Gita I have ever read. Simple and concise, great for the western taste and not full of complicated and irrelevant verbage like other translations I could mention. Explains exactly what the Gita is about. Well done Jack!
on 6 December 2013
I first bought the hardback version of this book in India about ten years ago. I had read the ISKCON, Edwin Arnold and a couple of other versions. This version was set apart by the cleanness of the prose, the clarity and lightness of touch with which it effortlessly conveyed the deep and profound ideas of the original text, but most of all, the warmth it finds in the relationship between Krishna and Arjuna. They're good company!
I was lucky enough to see Jack and his wife present a talk about this book in India about ten years ago. I was struck by how down to earth he was, and how straightforward and humble. This comes through in every sloka. There was a lovely story which suggested that this labour of love may even have been blessed, touched by something more profound, mysterious. And why not?
Certainly for me this book has had a deeper impact on my life than any other. Every time I read it, it's fresh and new. And to have it on my mobile phone via the Kindle App! Just amazing!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I first time I read The Bhagavad Gita was in university. Although interesting, my interpretation was very academic, somewhat clinical like an anthropological exercise. Not surprising, being as I was an archaeology major looking for a humanities credit. Needless to say, I got very little personally out of the readings.
It's been a few years and my outlook has changed. Although the material is the same, this time when I read through The Bhagavad Gita, I became very interested in the concept of the path of action. Several things clicked into place for me. Like many, I tended to associate isolation and spiritual commitment as part of the same equation. Yet, in my own life, I have found that I feel most like my true self (closest to being part of that big picture) when I am going about my day to day activities fully engaged.
It's truly amazing that works created so very long ago can have such a profound meaning even now. I guess, certain concepts and lines of questioning never really go out of style. And I've only just now broken the surface of my explorations of this work.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 2011
This book is great, growing up in India I have dots of spirutual knowledge, this knowledge was scatterred everywhere as I am staying in the UK and overseas for many years, this book just puts all these dots together.
It gives great examples and comparasions of difference between Atma and the body, need to seperate desires from action. Reading this book I can co-relate that I am living a life driven by desires, desire for a weekend, desire for a holiday, desire for a car,desire for a meal in a great restaurant, once the desire is fulfilled it is replaced by a new one. As the book explains clearly how this is an "endless pit" and the need to for us to detatch from the desires and avoid falling into this "endless pit".
It also focusses on desire to eat food just for taste, this is cause of world obesity and millions of people eating more than they should and at the same time cause of children and families dying due to the fact they do not have enough food. God says food is given to us as a sacrifice i.e food comes from vegetation, vegetation comes from rain, rain is a sacrifice by they skies (it comes free not generated by humans). So we should eat keeping this sacrifice in mind eat modestly not greedily, think about people who do not have meal on the table, and do not waste food.
Many other concepts are explained with great examples.
Very nice to read this book but very difficult to implement in real life. even if you implement 5% of it, it is great.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2014
If more people read this. They would not need to dish out so many antidepressants. Looks at the bigger picture of our material life on planet earth.
on 8 August 2013
Bhagavad Gita is tuely something to be understood, studied and it's message to be realised AND with this book everyone has an easier way of understanding what it is all about. Applause to the Author.
on 9 January 2014
it's very well explained in this book as there are so many others in too a detail that one can lose the essence of Gita