A Classic of Indian Spirituality
Introduced & Translated by Eknath Easwaran
The Bhagavad Gita, "the Song of the Lord," is the best known of all the Indian scriptures, and Eknath Easwaran's reliable, readable 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, and notes and a glossary explain Sanskrit terms.
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.
"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."
—Hudson Smith, author of The World's Religions
Eaknath Easwaran (1910-1999) brings to this volume a rare combination of credentials: knowledge of Sanskrit, an intuitive understanding of his Hindu legacy, and a mastery of English. He was chairman of the English department at a major Indian university when he come to the United States on a Fulbright fellowship in 1959. A gifted teacher who lived for many years in the West, Easwaran explains the concepts underlying the classics of Indian spirituality in fresh, authoritative, and profoundly simple ways.