4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2004
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2011
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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 June 2001
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.