Synopses & Reviews
The eighteen chapters of The Bhagavad Gita (c. 500 b.c.), the glory of Sanskrit literature, encompass the whole spiritual struggle of a human soul. Its three central themes—love, light, and life—arise from the symphonic vision of God in all things and of all things in God.
With a new Introduction, this Penguin Classics edition features suggestions for further reading.
This intensely spiritual work forms the cornerstone of the Hindu faith, and is also one of the masterpieces of Sanskrit poetry. It describes how, at the beginning of a mighty battle between the Pandava and Kaurava armies, the god Krishna gives spiritual enlightenment to the warrior Arjuna.
About the Author
Juan Mascaró taught at Oxford University, Parameshvara College at Jaffna, the University of Barcelona, and Cambridge University. He also translated The Dhammapada and The Upanishads for Penguin Classics. He died in 1987.
Simon Brodbeck studied at the Universities of Cambridge and London and completed a Ph.D. thesis on The Bhagavad Gita at the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Table of Contents
The Bhagavad Gita Acknowledgements
Introduction by Simon Brodbeck
Translator's Introduction to 1962 Edition
A Note of the Translation
The Bhagavad Gita