The Bhagavad Gita
“Eknath Easwaran (December 17, 1910 – October 26, 1999) was an Indian-born spiritual teacher, author, as well as a translator and interpreter of Indian religious texts such as the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads.
The Bhagavad Gita, the Song of the Lord, is probably the best known of all the Indian scriptures, and Easwarans clear, accessible translation is the best-selling edition. the Gita opens dramatically, with prince Arjuna collapsing in anguish on the brink of a war that he doesnt want to fight. Arjuna has lost his way on the battlefield of life, and turns to his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna, the Lord himself. Krishna replies in 700 verses of sublime instruction on living and dying, loving and working, and the nature of the soul. This book includes an extensive and very readable introduction, which places the Gita in its historical setting, explains the key concepts, and brings out the universality of its teachings. Individual chapter introductions prepare the reader for the main themes, and notes, a Sanskrit glossary, and an index are included. Although the battlefield is a perfect backdrop, for Easwaran the Gitas subject is the war within, the struggle for self-mastery that every human being must wage. Arjunas dilemma is acutely modern, and the Gitas message remains as relevant for us now as it was for ancient India.