The Bhagavadgita Simple Translation
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Pure Life Vision
Date of Pub: 11/15/2011
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This is an abridged version of the Bhagavadgita translation. It contains the Sanskrit text, word-to-word translation and the meaning of each verse rendered in English. The translation adheres to the traditional interpretation of the verse without aligning following any particular school or tradition. The scripture has immense spiritual value. The complete translation with commentary by the same author is also available from the publisher's website.
Bhagavadgita means the song of God. It is especially meant to provide guidance to those who want to become the bhāgavatas or the servants of God, by rendering devotional and selfless service to His devotees as an obligatory duty without entertaining any desire or expectation in their minds for such actions. According to the Varahapurana, wherever the Bhagavadgita is recited regularly, help comes swiftly from God. Wherever the scripture is discussed, recited, studied or taught, there God resides doubtlessly. Whoever studies the scripture gains perfect wisdom. Whoever practices it teachings attains liberation. This work contains word-to-word translation of the entire scripture, consisting of 700 verses divided into 18 chapters. It is one of the most comprehensive word-to-word translations in recent times, which adhere to the traditional interpretation of the slokas without overtly supporting any particular school of Vedanta.
From Author's Note
According to the Bhagavadgita, a person should not renounce his actions or avoid his obligatory duties.
None can avoid karma by inaction. However, one can escape from it by performing one’s actions selflessly, with detachment, relinquishing doership, ownership and the desire for the fruit of such actions. Whoever pursues the path of liberation must cultivate devotion to God, offering Him all his actions and acknowledging Him as the real doer. He should also live virtuously, cultivating purity and sameness towards the pairs of opposites.
He should also aware that death and modifications are for the mind and the body, but not for the Self which is eternal and inexhaustible and which is his real identity. Centered in this identity, he should remain absorbed in the contemplation of God and do his duty. Actions performed in this manner do not lead to bondage. Always engaged in actions in this manner, taking shelter in God, and earning His grace, finally a devotee attains the eternal, imperishable Abode of Brahman.
In short, this is the essence of the Bhagavadgita. Lord Krishna declared that this knowledge should never be spoken to one who was not austere, who was without devotion, who had no genuine interest in listening to the discourse and who spoke ill of God. However, whosoever with supreme adoration to Him taught this knowledge to His devotees he would attain Him without any doubt.
This edition of the Bhagavadgita contains a simple word-to-word translation. The complete translation with commentary is also available. Interested readers may refer to it to understand the true meaning of the verses and their relevance to the present day life. - Jayaram V
Author’s Note - Prologue - 1. Arjuna’s Yoga of Sorrow - 2. The Yoga of Knowledge - 3. The Yoga of Action - 4. The Yoga of Knowledge with Renunciation of Action - 5. The Yoga of Renunciation of Action - 6. The Yoga of Self-absorption - 7. The Yoga of Knowledge and Wisdom - 8. The Yoga of Imperishable Brahman - 9. The Yoga of Sovereign Knowledge and Mystery - 10.The Yoga of Divine Manifestations - 11.The Yoga of the Vision of the Universal Form - 12.The Yoga of Devotion - 13.The Yoga of the Field and the Knower of the Field - 14. The Yoga of the Division of the Triple Gunas - 15. The Yoga of the Supreme Person - 16. The Division of the Divine and Demonic Properties - 17. The Yoga of the Threefold Division of Qualities - 18. The Yoga of Liberation by Renunciation - The Greatness of the Bhagavadgita
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