The Bhagavadgita is part of the great Indian epic the Mahabharata, and it is one of the major religious documents of the world, occupying in Hinduism a position not unlike the Sermon on the Mount in Christianity. One of the most celebrated treasures of world literature as well, it is in the form of a poetic dialogue between the epic's hero, Arjuna, and his friend Krishna, believed to be an incarnation of God.
The dialogue, which takes place on the eve of an historic battle, probes the nature of God and what man should do to reach him. As the Bhagavadgita unfolds, this majestic poem provides a fascinating synopsis of the religious thought and experience of India through the ages. This edition offers the classic English verse translation by Sir Edwin Arnold (1832-1904), long admired for its evocation of the true feeling of the original poetry.
Dover (1993) republication of a standard edition. Explanatory footnotes.
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One of the greatest translations work from original Sanskrit to English, with a brilliant attempt to maintain the essence of original poetry and literary quality. Highly recommended as an introduction for native English speakers into the multi-layer complex revelation of Gita.
The Distress of Arjuna
The Book of Doctrines
Virtue in Work
The Religion of Knowledge
Religion by Renouncing Fruit of Works
Religion by SelfRestraint
Religion by Discernment
Religion by Devotion to the One Supreme God
The Manifesting of the One and Manifold
The Religion of Faith
Religion by Separation of Matter and Spirit
Religion by Separation from the Qualities
Religion by Attaining the Supreme
The Separateness of the Divine and Undivine
Religion by the Threefold Kinds of Faith
Religion by Deliverance and Renunciation
Religion by the Kingly Knowledge and the Kingly Mystery
Religion by the Heavenly Perfections