[ Prime ] Bhagavad-Gītā As It IsAuthor A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda – Multi-channel.co

Bhagavad G T As It Is Is A Version Of The Holy Hindu Text, Bhagavad Gita, That Contains A Translation And Commentary By AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder Of The International Society For Krishna Consciousness ISKCON , Commonly Known As The Hare Krishna MovementThe Bhagavad Gita Is The Main Source Book On Yoga And A Concise Summary Of India S Vedic Wisdom Yet Remarkably, The Setting For This Best Known Classic Of Spiritual Literature Is An Ancient Indian BattlefieldAt The Last Moment Before Entering Battle, The Great Warrior Arjuna Begins To Wonder About The Real Meaning Of His Life Why Should He Fight Against His Friends And Relatives Why Does He Exist Where Is He Going After Death In The Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krsna, Arjuna S Friend And Spiritual Master, Brings His Disciple From Perplexity To Spiritual Enlightenment In The Course Of Doing So, Krsna Concisely But Definitively Explains Transcendental Knowledge Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Dhyana Yoga, And Bhakti Yoga Knowledge Of The Absolute Devotional Service The Three Modes Of Material Nature The Divine And Demoniac Natures And MuchBhagavad Gita As It Is Is The Largest Selling, Most Widely Used Edition Of The Gita In The World

10 thoughts on “Bhagavad-Gītā As It Is

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    Bhagavada Gita is a text when you read it in Sanskrit produces an effect that resonates somewhere deep in your heart I know this because as a child I used to hear my grand father recite Gita as it is in Sanskrit he knew it by heart , and that had some kind of celestial experience inside me It was a very big book which needed patience to finish I read from cover to cover Since I didn t know Sanskrit I had to depend on a translated version The translation is said to be as it is , however, I found the translation very dry This particular translation just couldn t make much impact, else its one of the greatest spiritual text of India Regarding commentary, I never dared to touch it It was too orthodox, for me.Note This rating represent only the quality of the translation and no the original content The Bhagavad Gita according to Gandhi is a much better book He was a selfless man who followed the teachings of Bhagavad Gita throughout his life Gandhi has lived the words he had said You can check his version here Gita According to Gandhi

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    I love the Bhagavad Gita It offers something for everyone, no matter what your religous spritual persuasion might be However, I had mixed feelings about this version which made me debate between three and four stars for this book.This is Prabhupada s translation He is best known as the Founder and or person who brought the Hare Krishna form of Vasinavism to the United States The only issue I take with it is that at times he can be rather controversial in his interpretive purports of the verses naturally injecting his personal opinions that may or may not be accurate to the meaning of the verse However, whether in agreeance with him or not, Prabhupada is still a person who deserves respect and the translations of the Gita passages themselves are some of the personal and clear This is a review of the hardbound edition, which makes a lovely showpiece All in all worth reading for the great translation, and worth owning for the durable beautiful hardbound edition which also has color photo art inserts Prabhupada s purports and interpretations are interesting to look at as well so long as you don t take his interpretation as law and you form your own opinions Overall, a translation worth having.

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    The Bhagavad is one of the greatest works of literature Here it is tenderly and lovingly mangled from its original by a sectarian and abusive translator who, while offering the original sanskrit, still departs wildly from it in his purports What the book gains from is an immense popularity due it s publishers fervent marketing of the book, free copies, etc.

  4. says:

    This book is a way to live life..hence will be reading it forever

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    I have read some Hindi versions of the text This is the first English version that I am reading The author has done a nice job in translating the verses from Sanskrit to English and pointing out the meanings of tough Sanskrit words But everything good ends there The explanation or Purport written here have some faults according to me.In Hindu scriptures, God is treated as an entity having no shape, no figure it is omnipresent and has no name nor any gender But in this text, Lord Krishna is treated as THE God and every other God Demigod has been sidelined in his favor This is totally against the teachings of Bhakti Yoga which ironically is described inside the Bhagavad Gita, and allows each person to have his her personal God.Almost wherever the word God has been used in the Sanskrit verses, the translation has been given as Krishna, the supreme personality of Godhead This is a bit overwhelming, since the simpler and absolute word God could ve been written there and that would ve made sense And this may drive away people who follow some other God or some other theory or some other religion.Instead of reading the whole explanation, people may want to read only the English translation of the verses which, in any case, are the true words spoken by Krishna The translation of these seems to be correct and instead of being wrongly spoon fed by the author, reader should derive his her own version of the verses This is what Krishna wanted

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    While reading, I came across this O son of Prth , those who take shelter in Me, THOUGH THEY BE OF LOWER BIRTH WOMEN, VAI YAS MERCHANTS AND DRAS WORKERS can attain the supreme destination Chapter 9, Text 32 That did it for me I m sure some human has written this book I mean, of course a human has written this book has written the entire Mahabharata, which this is a part of but this one sentence such a thing can only come from a human was good enough to tell me that not just the words, but also the message and the ideology they convey are from some human brain although I have had my doubts regarding this for some time now.And if they aren t from a human and if The Supreme Godhead actually did descend upon earth and grace us with their presence His presence, if I am to follow the style of the Gita and if they really did say these words or words along these lines, then thank you very much, but I don t find such an entity worth worshipping.Regards,An Atheist an atheist with even conviction than earlier, thanks to this book P.S I also read the Sanskrit equivalent, thinking that maybe something went wrong in the translation, but nope the Sanskrit one says the exact same thing.

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    I ll begin by saying that my intention of reading Bhagavad Gita was not to find god, but to gain a better understanding of life.Unfortunately, most part of the book is just blind following of Krsna DO THIS DON T DO THAT because Krsna said so The primary goal of the book was to provide enlightenment to the ignorant and those in suffering Instead all it does is to drive people in believing that follow Krsna and all your problems will go away Hmm. I don t think so.In 9 23, it says Those who are devotees of other gods and who worship them with faith actually worship only Me, O son of Kunti, but they do so in a wrong wayAnd the purport of 3 22 goes as The Supreme Lord is the controller of all other controllers, and He is the greatest of all the diverse planetary leaders Everyone is under His control All entities are delegated with particular power only by the Supreme Lord they are not supreme themselves So are other gods like Jesus and Prophet in agreement with this Indoctrination breeds religious intolerance.It is deeply disturbing to note what Krsna thinks of women Verse 1 40 is only concerned about women getting polluted , but not the fact that men are equally responsible for polluting a woman The purport that follows takes this discrimination one step further women are generally not very intelligent and therefore not trustworthy Verse 9 32 considers women as lower birth.Verse 2 31 and the purport that follows seems to be written by a fanatic Preachings like these cause people to take the law in their own hands and kill someone in the name of their religion I m also pretty sure that organizations like PETA completely disagree with killing animals in the sacrificial fire benefits.There s also a contradictory statement made The animal sacrificed gets a human life immediately without undergoing the gradual evolutionary process from one form to another So does Bhagavad Gita endorse evolution There are some parts of the Gita that stand out brilliantly My best take aways from the book are versus 2 47 and 2 48 where it is mentioned that every person has to do their duties diligently and equipoised This point should have been elaborated and stressed to signify it s importance Sadly, the author deviates from this topic very soon, giving an impression that it is less critical than say praying god to lead a better life.Also, 18 47 clearly states that it is not your janma birth , but your karma deeds that decides your caste On the whole, chapter 18 is the best chapter where it clarifies what are the requisites if you claim yourself to be a brahmana, kshatriya, vaisya or a sudra.Can we lead a moral life independently and in absence of god Can we ignore religion, thus removing all the divisions among humans and build a peaceful world I think yes, but this is not the book to provide answers to such questions.

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    I m surprised at the extreme hostility to atheism in this text Hinduism is certainly on the same level as Christianity in regards to its vicious hatred of the wholly other.In text 4.7 4.8, Krisna reveals that whenever there s a rise in atheism, God himself descends to annihilate the demonic non believers and to reestablish religious belief Text 4.7 8,Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, and a predominant rise of irreligion at that time I descend myself.To deliver the pious and annihilate the miscreants, as well as to reestablish the principles of religion, I Myself appear, millennium after millennium.And compare Psalm 14 1 from the Bible with the text 7.15 in the Bhagavad gita Psalm 14 1The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.Text 7.15,Those miscreants who are grossly foolish, who are lowest among mankind, whose knowledge is stolen by illusion, and who partake of the atheistic nature of demons do not surrender unto me.I don t know why I was so surprised that Hinduism has the same deplorable problems with non believers all religions seem to have a terrible record when it comes to dehumanizing the wholly other The similarities between text 7.15 and Psalm 14 1 are pretty striking, to me at least.That said, this was an amusing text for me to finally read The basic setting is famous and I had certainly heard of it before The great warrior Arjuna is leading his army on the field in a royal civil war He rides out in his chariot to survey the opposition and he sees his uncles, cousins, friends, etc arrayed against him War is hell, but civil war is even worse Arjuna sits down, overcome with despair at the situation, and Krisna comes to talk to him Their conversation is the Bhagavad gita.I had always thought that their conversation would have a pacifist hue to it The setting certainly lends itself to a powerful condemnation of warfare in general and civil war in particular So it was with some surprise that I came to realize Krisna spends this whole conversation exhorting Arjuna to go forth and slaughter the opposition.It s not a pacifist text it s jingoistic mysticism The Bhagavad gita sheds some light on one of the darkest, most revolting cockroaches of religious ideology the justification, no, glorification, of murdering your fellow humans This degradation and cheapening of life is a cancer that may not be unique to religion, but it is central in all the major ones, as seen in this text Text 2.37,either you will be killed on the battlefield and attain the heavenly planets, or you will conquer and enjoy the earthly kingdom Therefore, get up with determination and fight.That exact line of reasoning has persuaded and impelled men and women to commit shameful acts beyond description throughout our history Voltaire may have been thinking of verses like this when he wrote, He who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities Religion encourages one to believe with no evidence in an afterlife, an eternal afterlife of glory, and once one accepts that absurdity, it becomes trivial to convince one to murder and to die for any religious reason After all, if this life is suffering, if this life is but a fleeting shadow of the real life that is to come after, then what real harm is there in killing others, or in dying yourself Especially if you perceive that your God has commanded it This extension of the argument is no exaggeration on my part This line of reasoning is given full play, front and center, in the Bhagavad gita, with Krisna eventually opining that it would be immoral for Arjuna to not go out and kill on the battlefield in this civil war Why Because Krisna has already killed everyone in the world if you take a long enough temporal view of things , so what does it matter if some of them die now by Arjuna s hand, or die later by some other cause All are dead to God how they get there is just a detail.There s some beautiful poetry and thought provoking phrases of speech in here, though It s just a shame so many people have a hard time distinguishing reality from fantasy, and turn the interesting nightmares of fiction into a scourge of human life._______________As a note about this particular translation, the translator gives you the verse 1 3 lines , and then he gives a 1 4 page essay on how that verse clearly demonstrates his cult that he founded is the only way to attain enlightenment.I read only the translated verses of the Bhagavad gita I did not read any of the translator s explanations of the what the texts mean That took the book from being about 700 pages to being 200 The translator is sectarian and wordy.I was entertained by the .com reviews of this translation All the 5 star ratings are by Krisna Cultists who are True Believers tm All the 1 star ratings are by Hindi cultists who belong to a different sect, and therefore view the exaltation of Krisna as a delusion Most of the 3 star ratings were from academics and scholars who pretty uniformly found the translation of the actual text to be quite good, erring on the side of poetry rather than literal translation, making it an enjoyable and easy read Simultaneously, the 3 star ratings found the explanation of each verse to be tedious, irritating, and abusively slanted to one particularly extreme interpretation.This copy also includes a collection of full color glossy prints of paintings, which are a bit nightmarish and terribly disturbing, but awesome nonetheless

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    EDIT The five stars are for only for Gita I d recommend reading any normal translation and not for this translation by Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada of ISKCON who has mixed the nonsensical spices of Krishna bhakti into an excellent book such as this.Geeta Saar or Summary of Geeta Whatever happened, it happened for good.Whatever is happening, is happening for good.Whatever will happen, will happen for good.What has slipped away from you, for which you are shedding tears What have you brought in this world along with yourself, that you now have lost What have you produced with your own material that now has been obliterated Everything that you have, you have taken from here.Every small thing you have given out, you have given here.Whatever is yours today, Was some other person s yesterday,Will be someone else s tomorrow.Transformation in and of the world , is inevitable Bhagavad Geeta meaning in English The Song of God remains the most relieving of all spiritual jewels available to us humans I confess that I adhere only to the first few chapters that answers the most primitive of questions related to life, death and actions It is but a small part of Mahabharata an epic rivaled by none where Krishna instructs Arjuna before the Kurukshetra war.Attachment grips Arjuna, and he feels miserable, amoral and sorry for participating in the war against his own kin It is then Krishna who moralises him, shakes him off his cowardice and reminds him of his Dharma roughly translates to Duty , Righteousness and Morality albeit there s no equivalent of that term in English Hailed as mystical, mysterious, righteous, a cunning strategist, wisest of all beings and therefore an incarnation of God himself, nectar of bliss drops from every word of his.An exceptional guide better than any and every, to free oneself from mental shackles and material problems Though to feel the real thorn in Arjuna s throat and to comprehend why he felt helpless, acquaintance with Mahabharata and its characters is a necessity.

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    Here are some of my favorite passages 2 47 You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action Never consider yourself the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty.2 48 Perform your duty equiposed, O Arjuna, abandoning all attachement to success or failure Such equanimity is called yoga.5 20 A person who neither rejoinces upon achieving something pleasant nor laments upon obtaining something unpleasant, who is self intelligent, who is unbewildered, and who knows the science of God, is already situated in transcendence.6 6 For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends but for one who has failed to do so, his mind will remian the greatest enemy.6 16 There is no possibility of one s becoming a yogi, O Arjuna, if one eats too much or eats too little, sleeps too much or does not sleep enough.12 6 20 But those who worship Me, giving up all their activities unto Me and being devoted to Me without deviation, engaged in devotional service and always meditating upon Me, having fixed their minds upon Me, O son of Prtha for them I am the swift deliverer from the ocean of birth and death Just fix your mind upon Me, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and engage all your intelligence in Me Thus you will live in Me always, without a doubt My dear Arjuna, O winner of wealth, if you cannot fix your mind upone Me without deviation, then follow the regulative principles of bhakti yoga In this way develop a desire to attain Me If you cannot practice the regulations of bhakti yoga, then just try to work for Me, because by working for Me you will come to the perfect stage If, however, you are unable to work in this consciousness of Me, then try to act giving up all results of your work and try to be self situated If you cannot take to this practice, then engage yourself in the cultivation of knowledge Better than knowledge, however, is mediation, and better than mediation is renunciation of the fruits of action, for by such renunciation one can attain peace of mind One who is not envious but is a kind friend to all living entities, who does not think himself a proprietor and is free from false ego, who is equal in both happiness and distress, who is tolerant, always satisfied, slef controlled, and engaged in devotional service with determination, his mind and intelligence fixed on Me such a devotee of Mine is very dear to Me He by whome no one is put into difficulty and who is not distrubed by anyone, who is equipoised in happiness and distress, fear and anxiety, is very dear to Me My devotee who is not dependent on the ordinary course of activities, who is pure, expert, without cares, free from all pains, and not striving for some result, is very dear to Me One who neither rejoices nor grieves, who neither laments nor desires, and who renounces both auspicious and inauspicious things such a devotee is very dear to Me One who is equal to friends and enemies, who is equipoised in honor and dishonor, heat and cold, hapiness and distress, fame and infamy, who is always free from contaminating association, always silent and satisfied with anything, who doesn t care for any residence , who is fixed in knowledge and who is engaged in devotional service such a person is very dear to Me Those who follow this imperishable path of devotional service and who completely engage themselves with faith, making Me the supreme goal, are very, very dear to Me.