An ancient classic that can become a
companion for your own spiritual journey.
Millions of people turn daily to India's
most beloved holy book, the Bhagavad Gita ("Song of the
Lord"), to instruct their spiritual practice. A Hindu
classic, it has universal appeal for people of all faith
traditions who turn to its inspirational support in the
struggles of life, its consolation in times of grief, and its
deeply moving promise of God's love and guidance.
Composed in Sanskrit verse thousands of
years ago, this timeless text tells the story of a distraught
warrior on the verge of battle and the compassionate counsel he
receives from Krishna—God in human form. In just seven
hundred lines, the Gita presents concise teachings on such
topics as the immortality of the soul, meditation and yoga,
worship and sacrifice, the ideal of selfless action, and the
oneness of all life in the Divine.
Now you can read and understand the Gita
with no previous knowledge of Hinduism required. This SkyLight
Illuminations edition offers insightful yet unobtrusive
commentary that explains references and philosophical terms;
shares the inspiring interpretations of famous spiritual
teachers; and addresses questions such as the inner meaning of
India's caste system and why this sublime discourse on inner
peace is set against the background of a violent civil war.
Praise for Andrew Harvey’s work
"Without wings we die; this
remarkable book is a significant key to freedom. Kendra Crossen
Burroughs, and all involved, have achieved a vital and timely
Ladinsky, author of The Gift: Poems of Hafiz
"This simple, beautiful translation
by Shri Purohit Swami and the wonderful annotations by Kendra
Crossen Burroughs make this the very best Gita for first-time
readers as well as any who want to absorb its extraordinary
message: taste the divine waters herein, and you might never
Wilber, author of A Theory of Everything
Shri Purohit Swami (1882-1941) was an Indian monk who traveled to the
West in 1930 to teach the wisdom of Hinduism. In addition to
the Bhagavad Gita, he translated The Ten
Principal Upanishads (in
collaboration with the poet William Butler Yeats).