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   The Bhagavad Gita
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Category: Eastern Religions
Code: 533 |  ISBN: 0375705554 |  176 pp. |  Publication Date: 2000
Publisher: Vintage Books
Format: Trade Paperback
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Translated by Eknath Easwaran
See Also
Mahabharata by William Buck
Ramayana by William Buck
The Bhagavad-Gita by Barbara Stoller Miller
About this book
The "Bhagavad Gita" (Sanskrit = Song of the Lord) is the most famous poem in all of Hindu literature and is incorporated as part of the Mahabharata, the great Indian epic poem of some 90,000 couplets. The GITA consists of a dialogue between Lord Krishna and Prince Arjuna on the morning of the climactic baffle of Kurukshetra, a baffle that probably took actual place between 1000 and 700 BC. Arjuna has realized that he must fight against many of his own relatives and friends to win, and he is overcome by the prospect. Krishna provides him with the spiritual means to take action under such trying circumstances. Of course, the larger canvas painted in the poetry is that of the moral universe of Hinduism. As Easwaran notes, "The GITA does not present a system of philosophy. It offers something to every seeker after God, of whatever temperament, by whatever path. The mason for this universal appeal is that it is basically practical: it is a handbook for self-realization and a guide to action".

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