Bhagavad Gita: a new translation, Volume 2000, Part 2

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Harmony Books, 2000 - Religion - 223 pages
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Stephen Mitchell is widely known for his ability to make ancient masterpieces thrillingly new, to step in where many have tried before and create versions that are definitive for our time. His celebrated version of the Tao Te Ching is the most popular edition in print, and his translations of Jesus, Rilke, Genesis, and Job have won the hearts of readers and critics alike. Stephen Mitchell now brings to the Bhagavad Gita his gift for breathing new life into sacred texts. The Bhagavad Gita is universally acknowledged as one of the world's literary and spiritual masterpieces. It is the core text of the Hindu tradition and has been treasured by American writers from Emerson and Thoreau to T. S. Eliot, who called it the greatest philosophical poem after theDivine Comedy. There have been more than two hundred English translations of the Gita, including many competent literal versions, but not one of them is a superlative literary text in its own right. Now all that has changed. Stephen Mitchell'sBhagavad Gitasings with the clarity, the vigor, and the intensity of the original Sanskrit. It will, as William Arrowsmith said of Mitchell's translation ofThe Sonnets to Orpheus, "instantly make every other rendering obsolete."

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Contents

Introduction
13
About the Translation
31
Arjunas Despair
41
The Practice of Yoga
46
The Yoga of Action
61
The Yoga of Wisdom
71
The Yoga of denunciation
81
The Yoga of Meditation
88
The Secret of life
113
Divine Manifestations
121
The Cosmic Vision
131
Divine Traits and Demonic
169
Three Kjnds of Faith
175
Notes to the Introduction
199
appendix The Message of the Gita
211
Acknowledgments
223

Wisdom and Idealization
99
Absolute Freedom
106
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