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Bhagavad-gita (Classics) Mass Market Paperback – 28 Feb 1970

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; 1st New impression edition (28 Feb. 1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140441212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140441215
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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The 18 chapters of the Bhagavad Gita (c. 500 BC), the glory of Sanskrit literature, encompass the whole spiritual struggle of a human soul, and the three central themes of this immortal poem arise from the symphonic vision of God in all things and of all things in God.

About the Book
"The task of truly translating such a work is indeed formidable. To hope for success in it the translator must at least possess three qualities. He must be an artist in words as well as a Sanskrit scholar, and above all, perhaps, he must be deeply sympathetic with the spirit of the original. Mr Mascaró has succeeded so well because he possesses all these qualifications" The Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Juan Mascaro read Modern and Oriental Languages at Cambridge, lectured in Oxford and eventually became Professor of English at Barcelona University. He has translated the Upanisads and the Bhagavad Gita. He died in 1987. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I feel that people who are starting on the spiritual path whatever their particular path, and intermediates, could benefit from this wonderful book. In particular, its foreword.
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It is over thirty years since I purchased (at a cost of 30p)Penguin Classic's paper back edition of Juan Mascaro's translation of the Bhagavad Gita, it has been a constant companion of mine ever since and has travelled with me far and wide. Unfortunately time and usage have taken their toll and the book is now somewhat tired and worn. It was for this reason that I decided it was about time to purchase a new copy . I was delighted to find an identical hardback edition for sale on Amazon. What a beautiful edition it is with its firm , lotus pattern blue binding . I am no Sanskrit scholar, although over the years I have read many translations of the Gita, but it is to Mascaro's work that I invariably return. The Bhagavad Gita needs no words of mine to sing its praise, but Juan Mascaro's fullsome introduction is a sheer delight in itself, sensitive, informative and so beautifully composed .
I recommend this lovely book to all who have an interest in the Bhagavad Gita.
My only critisism is with Amazon themselves for so carelessly placing an adhesive label directly on the book cover itself, for even after removal a sticky patch remains
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By A Customer on 19 Mar. 2000
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And I have read quite a few! Juan Mascaro has managed to make the text a joy to read, which is exactly as it should be. The language that he translates into is, clear, unclutterd and very easy to read, yet at the same time he expresses the profundity of thought that is the Gita. Anyone the least interested in the Gita (and this should include anyone who practices yoga of any sort) would be well advised to read this wonderful book.
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It is a translation by a non-Indian on an amazing scale: it is written in such a simple way that you almost feel like absorbing the all eighteen chapters in one go. The author has a very good understanding both on the culture of that time and the spiritual fabric of Indian sub continent.
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This is the by far the best translation of the Gita. The lyrical quality of the original is well preserved. The Gita means the "Eternal Song", other translations lose that lyrical aspect of the original. It could have been better if the original Sanskrit text was also included with equivalent Roman transliteration to assist with pronunciation, someone who does not know Sanskrit could have had a feel of the original poetry.

There is another translation called "Bhagavad Gita as It Is" which is more in-depth with explanations on the spiritual aspects in relation to modern existence. It also explains the fundamentals of Yoga in a lucid manner. Moreover it also has the original Sanskrit text and its Roman transliterations and the equivalent meaning of each word, which helps in appreciating the original. It leaves the reader to interpret the Gita on his or her terms. Fundamentally this is the purpose of the Gita, to help one enlighten the soul, which can only happen through self realisation and understanding.

This translation along with the more in-depth "Bhagavad Gita as It Is" should be more than enough to understand the true meaning of the Gita, "The Eternal Song".
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Juan Mascaro's masterful translation is the most moving and the most fulfilling of them all.
The Gita provides the subtle soul medicine to enable you to aspire to the moral heights invoked by the Sermon on the Mount. You read the wonderful words of Christ and you think, "Yes - but how do I live like that?" The Gita tells you how.
The Gita is a song, and a philosophy, and a spiritual tract; it is all of these and far more than these: it is the fundamental substance of all true spirituality which is crystallised in our language at the highest pitch by Shakespeare, Milton, Tennyson, Wordsworth, and Keats. These geniuses, though indisputably sublime at their heights, were relatively haphazard in their spiritual effects: whereas the steady, relentless focus of the Gita is simply overwhelming.It is the deepest and richest of all mines: and its ore is the most perfect ore.
To read the Gita with a will, and to reflect on it continually, is to change your life forever. When the mind beholds truth, the heart leaps!
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By A Customer on 18 Jun. 2000
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This book should be of interest to you, if you want to study ancient Indian text, that forms part of the foundation for Hinduism. Wether or not, you consider this subject worthwhile of study is your own descision. If you couldn't care less about ancient Indian texts, then I doubt that this book will arouse an interest in you. If you do care about ancient Indian text, then this is the definitive translation. Dr. Paul R. Fleischmann dedicates an entire chapter of his brilliant book "Cultivating Inner Peace" to Juan Mascaros abilities as a translator. If you have previously given up on understanding, what's the big deal about the texts that founds the foundation of Hinduism, then this translation might change your mind. Juan Mascaro is a man, who has lived a simple life, and has experiental understanding of the values of this life. That shines through in this translation, and that is why it is worth reading.
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