Sherri Baptiste

The Bhagavad Gita

by Juan Mascaro

Bhagavad Gita translated by Juan Mascaro

Of the three translations of the Bhagavad Gita on this site, this is my personal favorite. It is closest to the old hard bound copy by Annie Besant, written in archaic English, that I carried for years, everywhere I went and if I had this volume at that time I think I would have loved the Gita all the more. What is common to both versions is that they are clear translations unadorned by commentary. They present the beauty and insight of this deep spritual text in a way that let's the reader experience it with fresh eyes, like they are discovering the Gita, not studying it. My teacher often said that there are passages in the scriptures that you will ponder for years and then one day, when the meaning becomes clear you have an "aha!" moment. This translation, gives you room to generate your own beautiful understanding of this great work, immediately for some parts and later on with others.
     There is some commentary at the front of the book where you can learn what others got out of the Gita as well as much about the history of Indian spiritual literature and Indian history. This part is offered as a guide to help you develop your own relationship to the text that follows. Like a setting for a diamond that presents the stone without competing with its lustre.
      According to the publisher, "The eighteen chapters of The Bhagavad Gita (c. 500 b.c.), the glory of Sanskrit literature, encompass the whole spiritual struggle of a human soul. Its three central themes—love, light, and life—arise from the symphonic vision of God in all things and of all things in God." This translation makes this beautful song available to the contemporary Western reader.

This 160 page trade paperback book costs $10.00.

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