The Bhagavad Gita has been called India's greatest contribution to the world. In this audio version of his classic book The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners, Jack Hawley makes its wisdom clear to Western seekers.
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A Walkingthrough, not enough Thinkingthrough...
It's good, but not great. The "translation" takes too many liberties... colloquializes too much.
Sri Krishna's self-revelation to Arjuna.
I liked that the speaker was clear. However, I did not like the speaker's repetitive overemphasis.It made the delivery seem cloying. A professional reader should have been used.At various points the reader made Sri Krishna sound almost condescending. That is not at all a part of Sri Krishna's attitude.
The Gita is very inspiring, elevating. It prompts the reader to self-examination and improvement.
All in all the "translation" and delivery mar the grandeur, intellectual depth and expansive spirit of the original work.Though I think the author/reader made a noble attempt, with good intention.
The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners