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Publisher's Summary

The Bhagavad Gita, "The Song of the Lord", is the best known of all the Indian scriptures, and Easwaran's reliable and accessible version has consistently been the best-selling translation. Easwaran's introduction places the Gita in its historical setting and brings out the universality and timelessness of its teachings. Chapter introductions give clear explanations of key concepts in that chapter. To listen to the scripture without the introductions, listeners should start at track 044. The Bhagavad Gita opens dramatically on a battlefield, as the warrior Arjuna turns in anguish to his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna, for answers to the fundamental questions of life. But as Easwaran points out, the Gita is not what it seems - it's not a dialogue between two mythical figures at the dawn of Indian history. "The battlefield is a perfect backdrop, but the Gita's subject is the war within, the struggle for self-mastery that every human being must wage" to live a life that is meaningful, fulfilling, and worthwhile. This audio recording is a complete and unabridged reading of Eknath Easwaran's book The Bhagavad Gita.
Music composed by Jan She.
©2007 The Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (P)2015 The Blue Mountain Center of Meditation
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Critic Reviews

"No one in modern times is more qualified - no, make that 'as qualified' - to translate the epochal classics of Indian spirituality than Eknath Easwaran. And the reason is clear. It is impossible to get to the heart of those classics unless you live them, and he did live them. My admiration of the man and his works is boundless." (Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions)
"For all of its profundity, Eknath Easwaran manages to translate the Gita in easy prose that neither panders nor obscures. Coupled with his thorough introduction, Easwaran’s version comes off on all the levels it should: as a guide to action, devotional scripture, a philosophical text, and inspirational reading." (Amazon.com Eastern Religion editor)
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5 out of 5 stars
By laurie on 01-11-16

Content and narration reduced me to tears

I attempted to listen to classics of Indian spirituality but returned two audiobooks because I couldn't tolerate the narrators. One had a vaguely Texas accent and a mouthful of mush--which couldn't have been a more ridiculous match up of reader and material--and the other narrator read so slowly, I could hear him breathe and swallow . . . when he or I wasn't nodding off. Okay, I probably should have transcended my irritation, but I'm still only human.

This particular audiobook, however, could not be more wonderful. The translation itself is magnificent, and the introduction is educational, well-organized, and intimate--a perfect preparation for reading the Gita. It is more than an hour long, and I listened to it several times, entranced.

The narrator, an accomplished British actor, could not have been better. The publishers of the books I returned should take a lesson from him. He is articulate and easy to listen to. He nails the Indian accent when he occasionally switches to that as appropriate for the content.

I resonate with the teaching of Hinduism, and after visiting the country twice, I couldn't get a handle on it. That there are many gods and the form they take struck me as whimsical and imaginative. Now, understanding so much more about the philosophy, I have an entirely different and more serious perspective.

This can be a life-transforming book. You must read it if "only" as great world literature.

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5 out of 5 stars
By bryan west on 09-06-15

Perfect introduction to the Gita

What did you love best about The Bhagavad Gita?

The way the audio book is structured. It begins with an lengthy introduction to the book as a whole and there is brief introduction to each chapter. After completion of the book with introduction the book repeats the Gita again but without the intro pieces. This is exactly what I wanted it to be, highly recommended.

Any additional comments?

I've been on audible for a long time and this is one of the most well-produced audiobooks that I have heard.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Pevin on 09-27-16

Wow

This is a great version, so great that I am going to re listen to it now!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Je suis Charlie on 07-11-18

Mixed feelings about this.

On one level this is the story of a mean old man that talked an impressionable young one into murdering his own family. The guru worship that causes so much suffering in eastern religion is clearly baked in to this text, it is quite central to it, and it pushes the supposed virtues of this ancient version of celebrity culture hard. Hare Krishna comes across as a sinister Rasputin, a grand vizier, egging the young prince on to war. That being said there is also a good deal of wisdom in here I think, and I like that it offers a path of spiritual practice that does not involve complete renunciation or asceticism, much like the "middle way" of the Buddha, neither completely renouncing materialism, or completely giving in to it. It takes a negative view of abandoning your family and responsibilities in the selfish pursuit personal spiritual fulfilment, which I think is reasonable. It contains the sentence "You have the right to work, but not to the fruits of your work." I think I can see the point it's trying to make. There is a kind of mindfulness that comes from simply focusing on what one is doing rather than counting down the hours and minuets to the end of your shift, wanting only to be somewhere else and taking no joy in your work, simply being in it for the money. The problem with phrasing it as this book does, is that a farmer who literally renounces the fruits of his labour will surely starve, and I can see this phrasing being used to justify slavery, or worse, Communism.

This book also claims that an atheist cannot be a good person. If you are interested in hearing the counter argument to such a claim feel free to google "Hitchens", "Sam Harris" and "Richard Dawkins".

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4 out of 5 stars
By Philippe Bourse on 04-09-18

Listen without the commentary

I’ve heard some excellent narrators and some really terrible ones on Audible, and Paul Bazely is definitely one of the better ones. He delivers the tone and atmosphere of the Gita perfectly. With regards to the book, the first half has Easwaran’s commentary before each chapter of the Gita and the second half has the Gita translation only. I found the commentary either just repeated the Gita or that his opinions were misleading, contradictory or just missed the point entirely. Where on the other hand his translation seems to touch on real depth and wisdom. My recommendation is to skip the commentary (don’t waste your time), and start at chapter 20 where you can listen to Gita translation only.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Chat on 03-21-17

love it

love the book. narrator works through the concepts in the book really well . ,.....

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