Bhagavad Gita: The Beloved Lord's Secret Love Song
ISBN: 0061997307
EAN13: 9780061997303
Language: English
Pages: 360
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 9.00" L x 5.00" W
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
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Book Overview
The Bhagavad Gita is unquestionably one of the most important sacred texts in the world. It tells the tale of the warrior Arjuna; before the start of a great battle between good and evil, he engages in a philosophical debate with his charioteer, who is in fact the Hindu god Krishna in disguise. Mortality and reincarnation, the caste system and social responsibility, family loyalty and spiritual devotion are all explained and discussed. This is a classic that has stood the test of twenty-three centuries. This translation by Graham M. Schweig is loyal to the original. With phonetic spelling of Sanskrit words and ample annotations, it is accessible to scholars and laypeople alike. Graham M. Schweig received his doctorate from Harvard University, and specializes in the religious traditions of India and comparative mysticisms. His translations of ancient texts include Dance of Divine Love: The R sa L l of Krishna and the Cowherd Maidens of Vraja from the Bh gavata Pur na (Princeton, 2005) and The Bhakti S tra: Concise Teachings of N rada on Devotional Love (Columbia, 2005). He is also Senior Editor of The Journal of Vaishnava Studies, and is presently Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Christopher Newport University and Visiting Associate Professor of Sanskrit at the University of Virginia. Schweig resides with his family in Newport News, VA. Schweig's most obvious innovation is his determination to capture the poetry of the Sanskrit, which other translations inadequately relay ... E]xtremely reader friendly, particularly if you have little or no prior exposure to the Gita. - Yoga Journal
Editor Reviews
From the Back Cover The Bhagavad Gita is often regarded as the Bible of India. With a gripping story and deeply compelling message, it is unquestionably one of the most popular sacred texts of Asia and, along with the Bible and the Qur'an, one of the most important holy scriptures in the world. Part of an ancient Hindu epic poem, the dialogue of the Bhagavad Gita takes place on a battlefield, where a war for the possession of a North Indian kingdom is about to ensue between two noble families related by blood. The epic's hero, young Prince Arjuna, is torn between his duty as a warrior and his revulsion at the thought of his brothers and cousins killing each other over control of the realm. Frozen by this ethical dilemma, he debates the big questions of life and death with the supreme Hindu deity Krishna, cleverly disguised as his charioteer. By the end of the story, Eastern beliefs about mortality and reincarnation, the vision and practice of yoga, the Indian social order and its responsibilities, family loyalty, spiritual knowledge, and the loftiest pursuits of the human heart are explored in depth. Explaining the very purpose of life and existence, this classic has stood the test of twenty-three centuries. It is presented here in a thoroughly accurate, illuminating, and beautiful translation that is sure to become the standard for our day.
From the front Cover The Bhagavad Gita is often regarded as the Bible of India. With a gripping story and deeply compelling message, it is unquestionably one of the most popular sacred texts of Asia and, along with the Bible and the Qur'an, one of the most important holy scriptures in the world. Part of an ancient Hindu epic poem, the dialogue of the Bhagavad Gita takes place on a battlefield, where a war for the possession of a North Indian kingdom is about to ensue between two noble families related by blood. The epic's hero, young Prince Arjuna, is torn between his duty as a warrior and his revulsion at the thought of his brothers and cousins killing each other over control of the realm. Frozen by this ethical dilemma, he debates the big questions of life and death with the supreme Hindu deity Krishna, cleverly disguised as his charioteer. By the end of the story, Eastern beliefs about mortality and reincarnation, the vision and practice of yoga, the Indian social order and its responsibilities, family loyalty, spiritual knowledge, and the loftiest pursuits of the human heart are explored in depth. Explaining the very purpose of life and existence, this classic has stood the test of twenty-three centuries. It is presented here in a thoroughly accurate, illuminating, and beautiful translation that is sure to become the standard for our day. --John Borelli, Special Assistant to the President for Interreligious Initiatives at Georgetown University, author of Interfaith Dialogue