This is an excellent treatment of millenia-old Hindu religious thought for the modern day thinking man. Easwaran begins his discussion with explanations of several terms (such as Karma and Atman)from Vedic literature in easy to understand terms that capture the reader's attention. The main body of the book is of course Lord Krishna's explanation to his life-long friend and champion archer Arjun of life's purpose i.e. Self-Realization (realization that the individual spirit is part of the Universal spirit). However unlike several other books on the same subject, Easwaran has employed an unimitable style and simplicity of presentation that make the book impossible to put down. The book does not have any Sanskrit script nor any transliterations of the original poetry of the Bhagavad Gita (literally "The Lord's Song"). But I heartily recommend it to any reader interested in obtaining an overview of one of India's greatest philosophical works!
For a Westerner who has had little training in the Hindu culture this is the version of the BG to read. Eknath Easwaran provides clear previews of each chapter summarizing the major concepts in advance, giving the uninitiated reader a pathway through the text. The extensive introduction helps prepare the reader to understand some of the more esoteric issues. This book will stay in my library for many readings.
"A great book to live by" could be applied to 90% of Easwaran's work, but this was the first work of his that I was exposed to.. and it was one that had a profound effect. Easwaran has taken an ancient tale and translated it into more than just English; Rather, he's translated into our daily lives. For those who find religious traditions other than their own to be too foreign, this edition of the Gita, with commentary, opens up the tradition of Krishna to the West. This particular translation, however, doesn't focus heavily on Krishna, Arjuna, or the traditions of Hinduism. Instead, it paints a picture of a human being, like any of us, in a moral dilemna. Few of us have an advisor like Krishna to call upon, but we do have Easwaran.
Sri Eknath Eswaran's book has beautifully described the core meaning and essence of the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita. He has made it possible even for non-hindus and non-religious people to understand and answer the philosophical questions that haunt us, like why are we born on earth? what is each man's mission in life? how does the whole political and social system of the universe work? To me it has reinforced the faith and belief in the Supreme spirit that govers and rules this world and courage to stand for what I believe is Truth.
Die Übersetzung und der Kommentar von Eknath Easwaran ist der Bhagavad Gita würdig. Die Übersetzung spricht das Herz des Lesers an und ist gleichzeit eine Sprache von heute, die erkennen lässt, das der Übersetzer in der lebendigen Tradition des indischen Yoga verwurzelt ist. Die Einleitung und der jeweilige Kommentar zu Beginn eines jeden Kapitels sind äußerst hilfreich, die BG in Bezug zu Veden, Upanishaden und Dhammapada zu verstehen. Unbedingt immer wieder lesen!
A Real good small book. Everything contained in its 200 odd pgs. Very easy to understand the concepts. Anyone who wants to know about Bhagvad Gita and have less time to spare, then this is the best choice. After having comptd reading this book, my thinking process has changed to some extent. For non-Indian readers - the characters of Mahabaratha are listed in Glossary making it more meaningful.
I have owned this book for years, and have read it several times. This is one of the top ten books in my personal library. I've read most of the books that Eknath Easwaran has written and I can endorse them all, especially this one. He has taken a spiritual classic and translated it, plus made it relevant to modern life. Very readable.