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am 13. März 2004
This edtion of Bhagvad-gita has changed my life for the best in a dramatic way. It is a real eye opener. It has definitely answered all my questions lingering on my mind since childhood.
For example, one of my most pressing questions was: "Is nonviolence an absolute value, an absolute quality? Are there situations, where the use of violence is justified or even ethically required?"
I have tried to find answers to this and other questions as a university student of philosophy. But only since I have read this book all these questions have found their definite answers.
We all have the inherent feeling that there is something like right and wrong. I think that everbody would it consider wrong to murder innocent children or rape helpless women. Usually we try to distinguish between right or wrong on the superficial platform of fleeting material phenomena. This creates a lot of problems. On the external level what may be right today, what may be right for one person, may be totally wrong tommorow, in another situation or for any other person. All this distinctions are based on our ever changing personal tastes and on the often hollow zeitgeist.
Reading this book has opened my eyes in an instant. I felt like a blind man, who has regained his eyesight after decades of blindness. This brilliant book states that it is the INTENTION, the MOTIVATION, that really counts. It is not the external appearance. It is the personal essence.
Cutting and piercing the body with a sharp instrument obviously seems to be a violent act. Imagine, if some crook attacks you with a knife. Of course that is criminal, against human law. But what, if a surgeon uses a knife to cut your belly to remove a tumor, which puts your life at risk? Indeed, he is cutting, he is hurting, but is he a criminal? Usually not.
Intention or motivation is essential. And motivation is connected with knowledge about reality. The first requirement for any good intention is knowledge about reality. Imagine, if a pilot is crashing his plane and it is detected that he was not qualified to fly a big machine like this one? Can he defend himself by saying: "O, I had good intentions." No, he is a criminal.
Motivation is deeply connected with our innermost identity as loving and responsible persons. It is totally YOUR own decision, beyond all the programs of socialisation, education and genetic codes, beyond all material calculations and phenomena.
This book will open your eyes. All that is required is some humility, because humility breeds intelligence. It is definitely not suitable for arrogant and puffed up guys who think themselves to be more intelligent than nature and her personal divine source. Such fools may in all eternity try to lift themselves up by pulling on their shoestrings.
It is a must read for everyone, who wants to understand the open secrets of reality, which at the same time are so hard to grasp. For anyone, who seeks total fulfillment in his life by cultivating higher awareness, this book will prove to be of inestimable value.
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am 10. April 2003
This book has one of the best layouts I have encountered. It has original Sanskrit text in Devanagari, Roman transcription with diacritic marks, word-for-word translation, verse translation, and purport. It has also beautiful pictures and I like the practice of using diacritic marks every time a Sanskrit name or a term is cited. Unfortunately these are the only good things that I can tell about it.
First of all, this is not a book about Bhagavad Gita; this is a book against all those ignorant mayavadis (followers of Shankaracharya) and all the others who think differently than the author. You cannot read a few pages without finding his attacks on others views, which is the primary reason I do not like this book.
Then, it is highly unreliable, as you could expect from sectarian literature. I wouldn't mind it so much if the author had restrained his comments only to purports. But you cannot ignore purport and read only translation because it is also biased. Even word-for-word translation is unreliable and biased.
Ignoring purports, verse translation, and word-for-word translation, there remain only Sanskrit text, Roman transcription and pictures which are not enough to justify buying this book.
Instead, if you are interested in Sanskrit, as I am, try The Bhagavad Gita by Winthrop Sargeant to hear what Krishna really said. If you are not interested in Sanskrit, there are many, many other translations better than this one.
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am 11. Juni 2000
This book is a brilliant tour de force of spiritual realisation. Brightly illuminating the deepest meanings of the text, and making it very clear what Krishna was saying when he first spoke the Gita to Arjuna, Prabhupada takes us by the hand and leads us to realms of unlimited bliss. The evidence speaks for itself. Prabhupada himself said that before he presented this translation and commentary there were over fifty English versions of the Gita available in the West, and not a single person had become God conscious as a result of reading them - the essential aim of the Gita. However, when his book appeared it started a worldwide movement of people who dedicated their lives to God. The movement is still growing as thousands of people discover these wonderful teachinsg each year, transforming their lives into a dynamic spiritual quest for the absolute. Every day I study this book and am amazed by the ever deeper levels of transcendental knowledge it contains. It is my manual for sanity and happiness. Whenever things are difficult, a dip into the pages of Prabhupada's Gita will throw everything into its proper perspective. If I were to be cast away on some desert island with just one book, this would be the one. It is a veritable treasure chest of knowledge, or, as the Vedas themselves say, a desire tree that can fulfil your every wish. Buy it today.
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am 17. Februar 2000
This review refers to ISBN 0-89213-123-3 "Complete Edition". The reason I like this translation is given on the title page: "...with the original Sanskrit text, Roman transliteration, English equivalents, translation and elaborate purports." It is the only translation that has all these "features" that I know of. In essence you are getting four different "texts". This is invaluable for the Sanskrit student. The translation is even fairly good. As for the purports, well, you can take them or leave them, that is up to you, though I do find some of the ideas quite intriguing. In addition to this, there is an general index and a glossary. These are okay. I like the neat "Index of Sanskrit Verses" (Romanized), which is quite helpful. Again, this is the only translation that I know of that has this type of Index. I would like to note here that I currently have eleven different translations of Bhagavad Gita. I find this one especially useful for its apparatus, and have used it for reference purposes on numerous occasions.
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am 17. Dezember 1999
I have read Bhagavad-Gita As It Is from cover to cover, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The book is a translation and commentary of a religious text dating back to over 5,000 years ago. It covers some essential points of the Vedic religion (popularly known as Hinduism to the lay public), stressing devotion to a personal God who is endowed with transcendental attributes. I recommend this text to anyone who is interested in a fresh perspective on spirituality, one devoid of sterile impersonalism or atheistic bias. However, one must be prepared to put aside one's preconceived notions about the Gita, and instead evaluate the translator's arguments on the basis of evidence from the Gita itself. This is as it should be. No philosophy which claims to follow the Gita, no matter how interesting it may sound, can truly be accepted as such if it cannot be reconciled with the Gita itself.
I would also like to comment briefly on some rather harsh comments made by another reviewer in a message entitled "blind leading the blind." A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami claims to come in a disciplic succession of spiritual leaders which originated from a different tradition (Maadhva) than his own (Gaudiiya). He never claims to follow the Maadhva commentaries or philosophical worldview, and the distinction between these two schools of Vaishnavism is hardly any secret. One should not read too much into Prabhupada's comment that "Bhagavad-Gita As It Is is received in this disciplic succession." The Gaudiiya Vaishnava view emphasizes that a spiritual leader must have the mercy of a guru before becoming one himself, even if he is preparing to start a distinct Vaishnava tradition. The reviewer who seeks to make a stink over this issue is more likely basing his remarks on narrow-minded sectarian bias rather than an objective appraisal of the book on its own merits.
It should also be admitted that the Vedic models of astronomy are not entirely consistent with the modern paradigms. That A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami follows the former should not be a cause for ridicule. Instead, we should respect him. For regardless of our own personal view, it is clear that Bhaktivedanta Swami has faithfully followed the Vedic conclusions in this matter instead of changing them to suit Western (and Western-influenced) audiences. One need not agree with his conclusions to admire his uncompromising faith in the Vedas, a faith which is sadly missing from many Westernized practitioners of the religion.
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am 22. Juni 1998
As the name suggests, it is "Bhagavad Gita" As it is. It is the original or authentic Gita, meaning it carries original teachings and conclusions as presented by it's original speaker Lord Sri Krishna.
Bhagavad Gita was spoken by Lord Sri Krishna, believed to be the Supreme Personality of Godhead about 5000 years ago on the battlefield of Kurushektra to his disciple Arjuna. It clearly establishes the position of Lord Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the absolute truth and as a personal sentient being who creates and fully controls both the material and spiritual worlds. All the living entities are minute parts and parcels of this Supreme being and are his eternal servitors.
Bhagawad Gita teaches that the ultimate purpose of life is to realize one's true position and relationship with God (Lord Krishna) and attain him. To achieve this purpose, the topmost and most effective method prescribed by God himself in Gita, is Bhakti Yoga. Bhakti Yoga means complete surrender to God in an attitude of love, devotion and service. This is the final conclusion of the Gita.
After the departure of Lord Krsna, many authors have to tried to write commentaries and translations on Gita. The principal drawback of almost all of them is that they are written by people who don't have any faith in Krsna (God),they don't believe that Krsna is God Himself . They try to charcterize God by some sort of impersonal energy or power and consider that Krsna, who spoke the Gita, was a mere representation of that energy. Thus they completly miss the essence and true conclusions of the teachings of Gita. As Lord Krsna describes himself in Gita, the teachings of Gita need to heard to be heard from a person who is in the DISCIPLIC SUCCESSION, that is an unbroken chain of teacher and disciple started by him with Arjuna. When a person outside this chain tries to teach about Gita, generally his commentaries marred by mental speculation and dry philosophy and are not recommended to anyone desiring to make a ser! ious progress in spiritual life.
Swami A.C. BhaktiVedanta Prabhupada, a true devotee of the Supreme Lord comes in the disciplic succession started by Lord Krsna himself. He has presented an English translation of Gita, which is the most authentic and original to be found today. When I read this edition of Gita, I know that I'm in safe hands.
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am 14. Juni 1998
Deeply satisfying philosophy combined with intellectually thorough spirituality. The authoritative book on Indian spirituality and yoga. This how-to book on achieving peace and strength of character is also a very scholarly presentation, replete with the original sanskrit, roman transliterations, word for word translations and purports. As Henry David Thoreau said: the Gita presents a "...stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy, in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial."
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am 9. April 2000
I am a 16 year old, who accidentally started reading the Gita (given by my grandfather) on a night when I was bored. On that night, I embarked on a journey that opened my eyes to the Personality of Godhead. The book got me chanting the Hare Rama... verse over and over, each day. I started offering my food to Krsna before I eat, and have better knowledge of what's right and what's wrong.
From a young boy, take it from me--the only hard part of this book is, putting yourself into practice as the Gita promulgates. I've read it about 3 times already, and still not able to decrypt the message totally--the message is very profound, but also conspicuous at times.
This might sound silly, but the vocabulary used in this book is very helpful for the SAT's--it uses many words that are common on the SAT.
I _whole-heartedly_ recommend this book to anyone that is ready to take some Supreme instruction. An invaluable advise to anyone's life.
Hare Krsna.
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am 15. Januar 1999
This is a beautiful book. The conversation between the warrior Arjuna and his cousin and charioteer, Lord Krns, on the batlefield of Kuruksetra, demonstrates the essence of the Vedic spirit. The sense of spiritual intoxication is enchanting, but unlike other Upanisads, however, too much emohasis is placed upon obedience to authority and there are many theological inconsistencies in the text. Despite the more enlightened aspects of Krsna's advice, one cannot forget that it he he who is trying to convince Arjuna to go out and kill his friends and relatives on a battlefield when Arjuna himself is overcome with compassion for his fellow human beings.
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am 21. April 2000
The translation is indeed as far as possible "as it is". Reading just the "as it is" translation throws a lot of light on ones spirit. Indeed a very good translation. On the contrary the "purport" is at times biased and at times a bit harsh. Ignore that and one will really love the book. It can be understood that the author is practising Bhakti Yoga just by reading the book. In most of the purports this unconditional love for the GOD can be seen between the lines. Summarizing , it is a MUST HAVE book.
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