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Top 10 Books on the Bhagavad Gita

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The Bhagavad Gita is universally regarded as the single most influential philosophical text shaping spiritual thought and life. Spoken by Lord Krishna to his devotee Arjuna, the Gita's seven hundred verses provide an ultimate guide to self-realization. It reveals the essential nature of man, his environment and his relationship with the Almighty, like no other work. The teaching of the Bhagavad Gita is said to free you from all sense of limitation.

1. Bhagavad-Gita As It Is

Bhagavad Gita As It Is
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust
Of all editions of this immortal classic, this one by Swami Prabhupada, founder of ISKCON, conveys Lord Krishna's profound message as it is — with the original Sanskrit text, Roman transliteration, English equivalents, translation and elaborate purports. A good introduction and a glossary make it even more handy!

2. Bhagavad-Gita: Swami Prabhavananda

This is regarded as one of the best English translations of the Gita. Aldous Huxley provides a brilliant introduction to the 'Perennial Philosophy' that lies at the base of all major religions. Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood translate the themes with élan.
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3. Bhagavad Gita for Modern Times

Bhagavad Gita for Modern Times: Secrets to Attaining Inner Peace and Harmony is a unique commentary on the Gita – the most profound Hindu scripture. This “universal manual for peaceful living” by Swami Sadashiva Tirtha seeks to offer modern-day guidance based on the teachings of the holy book of the Hindus.

4. The Gospel of Selfless Action: The Gita According to Gandhi

In this translation and commentary on Arjuna's battlefield conversation with Krishna, presented to his followers at prayer meetings over a nine-month period in 1926, Gandhi addresses the concerns that most directly affect the spiritual lives of common people.
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5. Bhagavad Gita and Its Message: Aurobindo

Rishi Aurobindo is a master of Vedic philosophy and he wrote extensively on the Gita. In this commentary and exposition, he analyzes the causes of human problems, and how to achieve peace. His interpretation of the Gita is unmatched!
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6. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Bhagavad-Gita

Maharishi's translation and commentary on the first six chapters of the Bhagavad-Gita is meant to be "a complete guide to practical life, that is needed to raise the consciousness of man to the highest possible level." A useful pocket edition!

7. Bhagavad Gita (Penguin Classics)

This edition by Juan Mascaro, a sensitive Sanskrit scholar, is aimed "to give, without notes or commentary, the spiritual message of the Bhagavad Gita in pure English." A good translation that speaks clearly to the first-time reader.
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8. The Bhagavad Gita: Eknath Easwaran

A translation by an author who thinks the Gita is "a handbook for self-realization and a guide to action" that "offers something to every seeker after God, of whatever temperament, by whatever path. The reason for this universal appeal is that it is basically practical..."
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9. The Bhagavad Gita : A Walkthrough for Westerners

Translator Jack Hawley uses everyday prose to walk the Western reader through the difficult concepts of the Gita, covering a wide range of topics, from healing inner pain to celebrating life. Engaging even for the cursory reader!
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10. Our Most Dear Friend: Bhagavad-Gita for Children

This unique version by Jean Griesser employs a simple story line, coupled with photographic montages and colorful paintings to illustrate the concepts of the Gita for children above 4. A great way to introduce your children to the eternal values and virtues.
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