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The Bhagavad Gita According to Gandhi The Bhagavad Gita also called The Song of the Lord is a line section of a much longer Sanskrit war epic the Mahabharata about the legendary conflict between two branches of an Indian ruling fa

  • Title: The Bhagavad Gita According to Gandhi
  • Author: Mahatma Gandhi
  • ISBN: 9781556439780
  • Page: 366
  • Format: ebook
  • The Bhagavad Gita, also called The Song of the Lord, is a 700 line section of a much longer Sanskrit war epic, the Mahabharata, about the legendary conflict between two branches of an Indian ruling family Framed as a conversation between Krishna, an incarnation of the god Vishnu, and a general of one of the armies, the Gita is written in powerful poetic language meant toThe Bhagavad Gita, also called The Song of the Lord, is a 700 line section of a much longer Sanskrit war epic, the Mahabharata, about the legendary conflict between two branches of an Indian ruling family Framed as a conversation between Krishna, an incarnation of the god Vishnu, and a general of one of the armies, the Gita is written in powerful poetic language meant to be chanted Equally treasured as a guide to action, a devotional scripture, a philosophical text, and inspirational reading, it remains one of the world s most influential, widely read spiritual books.The Bhagavad Gita According to Gandhi is based on talks given by Gandhi between February and November 1926 at the Satyagraha Ashram in Ahmedabad, India During this time a period when Gandhi had withdrawn from mass political activity he devoted much of his time and energy to translating the Gita from Sanskrit into his native Gujarati As a result, he met with his followers almost daily, after morning prayer sessions, to discuss the Gita s contents and meaning as it unfolded before him This book is the transcription of those daily sessions.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    1. Marcus on said:

      This was the first time I've read the Gita. I'm glad I happened to read this version which includes Gandhi's comments--without them I don't think I would have gotten a whole lot from it, with them, I found it to be a beautiful and peaceful book.One of the problems I've had with my limited attempts at understanding Eastern philosophy is how to reconcile the Eastern idea non-striving with the Western values of action and ambition. Both, in their proper context, seem appealing and right. The Bhagav [...]

    2. Nathan Satterlee on said:

      Gandhi's translation and interpretation of this classic Hindu poem is unique in the way it emphasizes the need for hard work, constant striving, and determined effort in the pursuit of our social obligations, moral strengthening, and spiritual fulfillment."Yoga means nothing but skill in work," he claims, and the background to his religious and political beliefs revealed in these lectures gives deeper meaning to his attempts to establish schools, factories, and communities in rural India with th [...]

    3. Kristy on said:

      It is hard for me to relate to and understand many parts of this text - including the commentaries by Gandhi - but several parts strike me with truth like an arrow hitting the center of a target. It is a beautiful book and, together with others, will become part of my core important books.

    4. Amy on said:

      I've never read a religious text other than the Bible before. It was truly interesting to get a new perspective on the world, especially in how Gandhi applied it to his own life. I made several connections to the book, but there were also aspects I disagreed with on a fundamental level. Part of this was naturally from how I've been raised and how I've come to look at the world. Yet I appreciated the challenge and the opportunity to reexamine my own beliefs.

    5. Christine Bourgeois on said:

      I'm not sure yet Very deep and a lot to digest. Actually Not sure I can ever rate it Can you rate a spiritual text? Does the bible have a rating?

    6. Jeff on said:

      This is Book #4 in 2012's survey of holy shit (#3 was Hinduism's Upanishads).(note: i said to myself before i started typing, "I'm gonna try to be a real straightshooter in this review"; rereading for typos before posting, i see that i strayed from that narrow path)Synopsis of the Gita, as distinct from the commentaryArjuna is prince of the good guys (the Pandavas) and he's slated to lead his troops against the forces of evil (the Kauravas). The combatants are as closely related to each other as [...]

    7. Erik Graff on said:

      Prince Arjuna has qualms at the prospect of fighting his friends and relatives while awaiting the charge on the battlefield. Lord Krishna, disguised as his charioteer, talks him out of his hesitation. "What an unlikely text for the exegetical efforts of the world's most famous pacifist, M.K. Gandhi!" I thought upon seeing it on the shelves of the Grinnell College library. I'd read the Gita previously and a substantial amount of material by and about Gandhi, but this was new and intriguing. I che [...]

    8. Fusheng Chen on said:

      "Yoga means nothing but skill in work," he claims, and the background to his religious and political beliefs revealed in these lectures gives deeper meaning to his attempts to establish schools, factories, and communities in rural India with the goal of freedom from colonial rule in sight.Gandhi teaches that life is suffering, liberation is unattainable, and none of us will ever reach perfection in this life. "But, without worrying ourselves about this, we should continue to strive and cultivate [...]

    9. Prakash on said:

      Gandhi was completely comfortable in his own skin and loved his religion and culture despite the Brits telling the Indian people that everything British was superior to everything Indian. His inspiration to kick the Brits out of India was the Bhagavad Gita so it was important for me to read what he had to say. I am a big fan of Rajiv Malhotra and he is a big fan of Gandhi. Here is what Malhotra has to say about Gandhi along with how Gandhi applied the teaching of the Bhagavad Gita to kicking the [...]

    10. Kandy Vang on said:

      The Bhagavad Gita According to Gandhi was a very interesting and inspiring book. I loved how he told us more about "the Gita" and its whole meaning throughout the book. "The Gita does not decide for us" and "e Gita is not for those who have no faith". However, I did find the book a bit hard to read because of the commentaries that Gandhi made throughout the book. It just kind of got me off track to what I was reading when I read those was nice knowing his thoughts on these things though.

    11. Matt on said:

      This is another book which, if read at an early enough age (early 20's) would form a solid foundation for moving forward well in life. When combined with readings of the Bible, Koran, Dhammapda and other texts of ancient wisdom traditions, we see the commonalities for peace and nonviolence are much greater than the differences which people ignorantly use to foment violence and fear.Having Gandhi's commentary is illuminating.I recommend reading a stand-alone text first, drawing your own views and [...]

    12. Peter on said:

      It seems that Gandhi tried to use the Bhagavad Gita to mold his philosophy of non-violence. The interpretations of Gandhi didn't follow the true teachings of the Gita; however is a good read if you'd like to find out more about Gandhi's insight and religious view, as well as giving you an opportunity to learn about the maxims of the Gita.

    13. St. Wait on said:

      A lot of interesting thoughts have been presented to me. I enjoyed the comment by Ghandi on many of the failures we face in life: "Failure is not due to want of effort but is in spite of it." Also, "Knowledge w/o devotion will be like a misfire," as we must have devotion and then knowledge will more clearly follow.

    14. Anders on said:

      Less accessible to western audiences thereby highlighting, if not necessarily illuminating, fundamental differences between eastern and western cultures. I left with some new insight regarding Gandhi, and some new thoughts about the Gita, but above all a feeling that there are some things that I, being from New York City, will probably never understand about the east.

    15. Harrison on said:

      The Bhagavad Gita is certainly not an easy book to read, but Gandhi's interpretation makes it much more accessible to the casual reader. At times his interpretation of the Gita is a bit strained toward his own political leanings, but otherwise it's a great spiritual work.

    16. Ronny on said:

      This is a very down to earth discussion of the meaning of this text; the focus is on non-violence. Whether this is what Gandhi got out of the text, or something he read back in after he cemented his philosophy is beyond me. Still, it's inspirational and very readable.

    17. Brian on said:

      This wasn't a real page turner, but getting to learn about the faith that shaped Gandhi's life is very inspirational.

    18. Peter Ferko on said:

      Fascinating to hear Gandhi's views of the typical confusion people have with Krishna's advice to Arjuna. A book about a warrior's duty interpreted by a master of non-violence.

    19. Pratap on said:

      A good starting book on Bhagavad Gita. Definitely not an elaborated book on gita. But i say its a must read on gita. Gandhi is a serious advocate of Gita way of living.

    20. Charlotte on said:

      simply awesome. i'm not sure what to say, though. i think i really read this about three times, reading and rereading

    21. Lon on said:

      Lackluster translation of an outstanding scripture. Fave renditions are by Isherwood or Easwaran.

    22. Emily on said:

      This is my first stab at reading the Gita, and I just got stuck. I think I'll be able to manage all the commentary more effectively after reading a different translation first.

    23. Maughn Gregory on said:

      Gandhi's own translation and commentary on the Gita are must-reads for spiritual and political practitioners everywhere.

    24. Ccmaria62 on said:

      Beautiful, I would suggest readomg Stephen Mitchell's first, however. Much easier to engage with and absorb

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