The Bhagavad-Gita: A New Translation
The seven hundred verses of the Bhagavad-Gita have, for more than two millennia, served as a guide to liberation through a life of knowledge, devotion, and action without attachment to results. The influence of this most renowned of all the Hindu scriptures has spread far beyond its religion of origin to inspire figures as diverse as Mohandas Gandhi, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Aldous Huxley, and C. G. Jung. This fresh translation stands out from all the others first of all for its careful faithfulness to the original language, but also for the extensive tools for understanding it provides, which include: detailed explanatory notes, the entire Sanskrit text on facing pages—both in the original Devanagari alphabet as well as in a romanized version that allows the reader to approximate the sounds (a pronunciation guide is provided)—a word-for-word translation for comparison, an exhaustive glossary, and a wealth of essays on the Gita's background, symbolism and influence. This Gita is an excellent resource for serious students, but it's also the perfect version for first-time readers who want to approach the text with understanding.
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Abhinavagupta abiding aham aham I I Arjuna asmi asya atma atmanas attains austerity avyayam Bhagavad-Gītā bhagavan Bharata bhava bhavati Bhīshma bhuta Blessed Lord brahma buddhi caiva deities descendant-of-Bharata Dhanamjaya dharma Dhritarāshtra divine Drona Drupada dual Duryodhana epic epithet etad eva I verily evam feminine ﬁre Gītā guna idam immutable indicate a quotation indriya karma karma I action karmani kaunteya Kauravas king knower knowledge Krishna Kurus left untranslated maha Mahābhārata mama masc maya mayi mind neutr ofthe omitted Pāncarātra Pāndavas param Paramtapa partha I O phalam pi api primary-qualities purusas Rāmānuja Rāmāyana relinquishment retained in Sanskrit sacriﬁce sage Samjaya Sāmkhya Sanskrit sarva sattva senses son-of-Kuntī son-of-Prithā Spirit sribhagavan sri stanza state-of-existence sukham supreme tamas tamas-natured tasmat tasya tatha translated trishtubh tvam ucyate uvaca Vedas verse viddhi Vishnu Vyāsa wisdom-faculty word world-ground worship yatha Yoga yogin yoked Yudhishthira yuktas