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Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God

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The Lord teaches through The Gita that if a man performs his duties, surrendering the fruit to God and discarding all selfish motives, he gains purity of heart and achieves ultimate liberation.

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It is knowledge of God that gives man the strength to face calmly and cheerfully the duties of life. The Gita shows the way to spiritualize life and illumine even its drab and grey phases with the radiance of the Spirit.


"It is perfectly possible for people to remain good Christians, Hindus, Buddhists or Muslims and yet to be united in full agreement on the basic doctrines of the Gita. The best translation from a literary point of view."     ~Aldous Huxley

"The book is self-contained. A complete stranger to the Hindu gospel can pick it up and in one or two evenings follow the poem from its terrific beginnings to its sublime end."      ~New York Times

"A distinguished literary work."     ~Time Magazine

"I translated and Chris edited. When Peggy Kiskadden came, she read what we had done and could not understand it. Then we went to Aldous. Chris read aloud, and Aldous listened.

Aldous said, 'No, that is not right yet. Forget that Krishna is speaking to the Hindus in Sanskrit. Forget that this is a translation. Think that Krishna is speaking to an American audience in English.'

Then Aldous told Chris which style to use for verse. Chris rewrote the whole eleventh chapter of the Gita following Tennyson, I think. He produced the book in a week. He was inspired."

"Let him who would climb In meditation
To heights of the highest
Union with Brahman
Take for his path
The yoga of action.

Then when he nears that path of oneness,
His acts will fall from him,
His path will be tranquil."


With his guru Swami Prabhavananda, Isherwood translated from the Sanskrit The Bhagavad-Gita and The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali. Later he wrote a biography of Ramakrishna and his disciples (1965). In My Guru And His Disciple (1980) Isherwood broke from the strictly chronological format to create a spiritual autobiography wherein the values of Vedanta Hinduism counter his life as a Hollywood scriptwriter.

Translator Prabhavananda, Swami
Cotranslator Isherwood, Christopher
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 143 pp.
Publisher Vedanta Press 1987
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