- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,112,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bhagavad-gita (Classics) Mass Market Paperback – 28 Feb 1970
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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
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".
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Juan Mascaro was a universal genius. He was a great scholar and also a man of unusual sensibility and spirituality. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Elodie
The best translation that I have seen. I could have 10 stars if you had asked for.Published 13 months ago by kamal gupta
It contains the best of all religions in a condensed form. Invaluable!Published 16 months ago by Steve H
Good item, fast delivery. Can't fault the service, definitely recommend!Published 17 months ago by A Thomas