Millions of people turn daily to India’s most beloved holy book, the Bhagavad Gita ("Song of the Lord"), whose universal appeal has made it popular with non-Hindus and Hindus alike—for 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 Lord Krishna—God in human form—on meeting the challenges of life and the spiritual path in the spirit of right action, knowledge, and love. In just 700 lines, The Gita presents concise teachings on such topics as the immortality of the soul, reincarnation and karma, meditation and yoga, worship and sacrifice, the ideal of selfless action, and the oneness of all life in the Divine.
This edition is designed for readers with no previous knowledge of Hinduism. Accompanying the elegant prose translation by Shri Purohit Swami, insightful commentary explains references and philosophical terms; shares the inspiring interpretations of spiritual leaders (including Shankara, Jnaneshwar, Aurobindo, Eknath Easwaran, Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, Yogananda, Gandhi, and Meher Baba); and addresses questions such as the inner meaning of the caste system and why this sublime discourse on spiritual peace is set against the background of war.