Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, available in hardcover, provides readers with the translation and statement of the Bhagavad Gita. It’s the holy Hindu scripture which consists of 700 verses and is part of the epic Mahabharata. This book stresses on the Bhakti Yoga more than others, which has made it very popular in comparison with other translations among devotees and followers.
The book is written to comply with the traditions of the Gaudiya Vaishnava, preached by Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Each and every verse in this book is presented in the Devanagari script. It’s accompanied by the Latin transliteration, together with the Sanskrit-English meaning for every word. The verse is also translated in English for easy understanding.
The statement by Prabhupada can be found all through the Bhagavad-Gita, which is based on a lot of works based on the Gaudiya Vaishnava traditions. These works include Ramanuja Bhasya, Visvanatha Chakravarti Thakura’s Sarartha-varsini-tika and Baladeva Vidyabhushana’s Gitya-bhusana-tika in Sanskrit and Bengali commentaries by Bhaktivinode Thakur.
Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (089213285X), the deluxe edition, was published on 1st July,2002. This book speaks about a lifestyle where the society is divided into 4 varnas, Brahmana, who are intellectuals, Kshatriya, who are administrators, Vaishya who are merchants and Shudra, who are workers. It further advocates that people don’t belong to a Varna by birth, but by the qualities they possess and develop.
- l This book has been translated and published into 59 languages like French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Arabic and Chinese and many Indian languages like Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Gujrati.
- l Prefaces by Thomas Merton and Allen Ginsberg are a part of one of the vital editions of this book.
One of the profound book that sums up the essence of all that Hindu philosophy stands for, the Bhagavad Gita, from the original Sanskrit version has been translated into several languages of the world.
This Hindi version of the Bhagavad Gita has been translated by AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, a well known sanskrit scholar, spiritual leader and the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).
In a world confronted by materialistic strife, terrorism and conflicts, the sermon that Lord Krishna gives his favourite disciple Arjuna in the course of Kurukshetra battlefield where two large armies are ready to battle has come to occupy a central theme about the inner and outer conflict that mankind has faced ever since he evolved into a thinking being.
Considered as the crux of all vedantic thought, Krishna urging Arjuna to do his duty and not shy away for the battle he faces, simply because the opposing army consists of cousins, uncles, gurus and other close relatives, lays emphasis on the theory of karma where the question of birth, death and rebirth are also debated.
For authenticity, the original sanskrit verses have also been included in this edition. Meaning of the sanskrit words has been rendered in as elaborate a form as imaginable to make it as close as imaginable to the original meanings of the language. The book also is illustrated with some paintings of select scenes picked out of Mahabharata, the epic of which the Bhagavad Gita is just one part. Published in both Hindi and English, the deluxe edition comes in hardcover and has 600 pages in it.