Hinduism Sacred Texts
The Bhagavad Gita: The Original Sanskrit and An English Translation
The Bhagavad Gita
The Original Sanskrit and An English Translation
Hardcover      ISBN: 097164666x

At last, an edition of the Bhagavad Gita that speaks with unprecedented fidelity and clarity, letting the profound beauty and depth of this classic shine through. It contains an unusually informative introduction, the Sanskrit text of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute's critical edition, an accurate and accessible English translation, a comprehensive glossary of names and epithets and a thorough index.

From the Introduction
You are about to have the profound pleasure of reading one of the truly great books in the history of the world. Not only is it a spiritual monument--an essential scripture of Hinduism, recited daily for two millennia and to this very day, whose teachings have spread throughout Asia and around the globe--it is also a literary masterpiece, the linchpin of a great epic of war and peace, honor and disgrace, loyalty and betrayal. It is a book people everywhere in the world return to again and again throughout their lives for insight into the nature of reality.

Excerpt
If the light of a thousand suns had risen in the sky at the same time, that would have equaled the splendor of that great soul.

There, in the body of the god of gods, the son of Pandu beheld the whole world, united in its infinite diversity.

Dhananjaya, struck with amazement, his body hair bristling, bowed his head to the god and spoke with folded hands.

Arjuna said, 'I see all the gods in your body, Lord, with the different hosts of beings--the lord Brahma sitting on his lotus seat, all the sages, the divine serpents.

I see you with countless arms, bellies, faces, and eyes, your form stretching endlessly in all directions. I see no end, no middle, nor beginning of you, lord of the universe with universal form.

I see you with your crown, your mace, and your discus; a glowing mass shining in all directions with the splendor of blazing fire and the sun on all sides, difficult to behold, immeasurable.

You are the immutable, the supreme, that which should be known. You are the ultimate repository of this universe. You are the immortal guardian of the eternal law. I know you as the everlasting spirit.

Without a beginning, a middle, or an end, with endless power, countless arms, with the moon and the sun as your eyes, I see you with your mouth as a blazing fire, burning this universe with your fiery energy.

For this space between heaven and earth and all four directions is pervaded by you alone. Seeing this wondrous and terrifying form of yours, the three worlds tremble, great soul

Bhagavad Gita: The Beloved Lord's Secret Love Song
Bhagavad Gita
The Beloved Lord's Secret Love Song
Paperback      ISBN: 0061997307

The Bhagavad Gita is unquestionably one of the most important sacred texts in the world. It tells the tale of the warrior Arjuna; before the start of a great battle between good and evil, he engages in a philosophical debate with his charioteer, who is in fact the Hindu god Krishna in disguise. Mortality and reincarnation, the caste system and social responsibility, family loyalty and spiritual devotion are all explained and discussed. This is a classic that has stood the test of twenty-three centuries.

This translation by Graham M. Schweig is loyal to the original. With phonetic spelling of Sanskrit words and ample annotations, it is accessible to scholars and laypeople alike.

Graham M. Schweig received his doctorate from Harvard University, and specializes in the religious traditions of India and comparative mysticisms. His translations of ancient texts include Dance of Divine Love: The R sa L l of Krishna and the Cowherd Maidens of Vraja from the Bh gavata Pur na (Princeton, 2005) and The Bhakti S tra: Concise Teachings of N rada on Devotional Love (Columbia, 2005). He is also Senior Editor of The Journal of Vaishnava Studies, and is presently Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Christopher Newport University and Visiting Associate Professor of Sanskrit at the University of Virginia. Schweig resides with his family in Newport News, VA.

"Schweig's most obvious innovation is his determination to capture the poetry of the Sanskrit, which other translations inadequately relay ... E]xtremely reader friendly, particularly if you have little or no prior exposure to the Gita. "

- Yoga Journal
The Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita
Paperback      ISBN: 0393345130

This new verse translation of the classic Sanskrit text combines the skills of leading Hinduist Gavin Flood with the stylistic verve of award-winning poet and translator Charles Martin. The result is a living, vivid work that avoids dull pedantry and remains true to the extraordinarily influential original. A devotional, literary, and philosophical masterpiece of unsurpassed beauty and imaginative relevance, The Bhagavad Gita has inspired, among others, Mahatma Gandhi, J. Robert Oppenheimer, T. S. Eliot, Christopher Isherwood, and Aldous Huxley. Its universal themes life and death, war and peace, sacrifice resonate in a West increasingly interested in Eastern religious experiences and the Hindu diaspora."

The Bhagavad Gita: A Biography
The Bhagavad Gita
A Biography
Hardcover      ISBN: 0691139962

The life and times of India's most famous spiritual and literary masterpiece

The Bhagavad Gita, perhaps the most famous of all Indian scriptures, is universally regarded as one of the world's spiritual and literary masterpieces. Richard Davis tells the story of this venerable and enduring book, from its origins in ancient India to its reception today as a spiritual classic that has been translated into more than seventy-five languages. The Gita opens on the eve of a mighty battle, when the warrior Arjuna is overwhelmed by despair and refuses to fight. He turns to his charioteer, Krishna, who counsels him on why he must. In the dialogue that follows, Arjuna comes to realize that the true battle is for his own soul.

Davis highlights the place of this legendary dialogue in classical Indian culture, and then examines how it has lived on in diverse settings and contexts. He looks at the medieval devotional traditions surrounding the divine character of Krishna and traces how the Gita traveled from India to the West, where it found admirers in such figures as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Aldous Huxley. Davis explores how Indian nationalists like Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda used the Gita in their fight against colonial rule, and how contemporary interpreters reanimate and perform this classical work for audiences today.

An essential biography of a timeless masterpiece, this book is an ideal introduction to the Gita and its insights into the struggle for self-mastery that we all must wage.
The Bhagavad Gita According to Gandhi
The Bhagavad Gita According to Gandhi
Paperback      ISBN: 1556438001

The Bhagavad Gita, also called The Song of the Lord, is a 700-line section of a much longer Sanskrit war epic, the Mahabharata, about the legendary conflict between two branches of an Indian ruling family. Framed as a conversation between Krishna, an incarnation of the god Vishnu, and a general of one of the armies, the Gita is written in powerful poetic language meant to be chanted. Equally treasured as a guide to action, a devotional scripture, a philosophical text, and inspirational reading, it remains one of the world's most influential, widely read spiritual books.

The Bhagavad Gita According to Gandhi
is based on talks given by Gandhi between February and November 1926 at the Satyagraha Ashram in Ahmedabad, India. During this time--a period when Gandhi had withdrawn from mass political activity--he devoted much of his time and energy to translating the Gita from Sanskrit into his native Gujarati. As a result, he met with his followers almost daily, after morning prayer sessions, to discuss the Gita's contents and meaning as it unfolded before him. This book is the transcription of those daily sessions.

The Bhagavad-Gita: Krishna's Counsel in Time of War
The Bhagavad-Gita
Krishna's Counsel in Time of War
Paperback      ISBN: 0553213652
The Bhagavad-Gita has been an essential text of Hindu culture in India since the time of its composition in the first century A.D. One of the great classics of world literature, it has inspired such diverse thinkers as Henry David Thoreau, Mahatma Gandhi, and T.S. Eliot; most recently, it formed the core of Peter Brook's celebrated production of the Mahabharata.
The Bhagavadgita
The Bhagavadgita
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0521883644

The Bhagavadgita is one of the most renowned texts of Hinduism because it contains discussions of important issues such as liberation and the nature of action as well as the revelation of the Krishna as the highest god and creator of the universe. It is included in the ancient Indian Mahabharata epic at one of its most dramatic moments, that is, when the final battle is about to begin. In contrast to many other studies, this book deals with the relationship between the Bhagavadgita and its epic contexts. On the basis of a thorough analysis of the text Angelika Malinar argues that its theology delineates not only new philosophical concepts and religious practices but also addresses the problem of righteous kingship and appropriate use of power. Malinar concludes by considering the Bhagavadgita's historical and cultural contexts and those features of the text that became paradigmatic in later Hindu religious traditions.

The Bhagavadgita: Doctrines and Contexts
The Bhagavadgita
Doctrines and Contexts
Paperback      ISBN: 0521122112

The Bhagavadgita is one of the most renowned texts of Hinduism because it contains discussions of important issues such as liberation and the nature of action as well as the revelation of the Krishna as the highest god and creator of the universe. It is included in the ancient Indian Mahabharata epic at one of its most dramatic moments, that is, when the final battle is about to begin. In contrast to many other studies, this book deals with the relationship between the Bhagavadgita and its epic contexts. On the basis of a thorough analysis of the text Angelika Malinar argues that its theology delineates not only new philosophical concepts and religious practices but also addresses the problem of righteous kingship and appropriate use of power. Malinar concludes by considering the Bhagavadgita's historical and cultural contexts and those features of the text that became paradigmatic in later Hindu religious traditions.

Bitten by the Black Snake: The Ancient Wisdom of Ashtavakra
Bitten by the Black Snake
The Ancient Wisdom of Ashtavakra
Paperback      ISBN: 1591810604

The Ashtavakra Gita is a very ancient Sanskrit text, probably dating back to the classic Vedanta period. It was appreciated and quoted by Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, Ramana Maharshi, and Radhakrishnan, as it presents the traditional teachings of Advaita Vedanta with a clarity and power very rarely matched. It has been called 'a quantum leap into the absolute'. Its message is that there is neither existence nor non existence, right nor wrong, moral nor immoral. In the view of the sage Ashtavakra, the apparent author of this text, one's true identity can be found by simply recognising oneself as pure existence, or the awareness of all things.

The Complete Life of Rama: Based on Valmiki's Ramayana and the Earliest Oral Traditions
The Complete Life of Rama
Based on Valmiki's Ramayana and the Earliest Oral Traditions
Paperback      ISBN: 1620553198

Retells the Ramayana, the ancient Indian tale of love, duty, and sacrifice, for a modern audience

- Draws on the original Sanskrit poem of Valmiki, enhanced with tales from the oral tradition, to recount Rama's complete life

- Details how Lord Rama rose above his human weaknesses, put his spiritual duty above all personal considerations, and perfected himself to become a super human capable of saving those he loved most

- Reveals the deepest spiritual lesson of the Ramayama: that however weak we may be, each of us is capable of amazing feats through devotion, loyalty, perseverance, and love

Drawing on the original Sanskrit words of the great poet Valmiki, enhanced with tales from the oral tradition, Vanamali retells the complete Ramayana, the ancient Indian tale of love, duty, and sacrifice, for a modern audience. Detailing the life and dharma of the seventh incarnation of Vishnu, Lord Ramachandra, she explains how Rama became divine through strict adherence to dharma, the law of cosmic righteousness. Considered one of the greatest love stories of all time, the Ramayana most famously recounts Rama's heroic journey, with the help of his loyal friend the monkey god Hanuman and his devoted brother Lakshmana, to rescue his beloved wife Sita from the demon king Ravana. Rama's battle with the forces of evil provides powerful examples of heroic strength and loyalty, the dangers of spiritual delusion and false attachment, and the power of love, both human and divine.

Capturing the mystical spirit and transcendental wisdom of this immortal story, Vanamali explains how the character of Rama has captivated devotees through the millennia because his story depicts eternal truths that appeal to the best in human nature. She reveals how even though Rama is an avatar of Vishnu, he still possesses many human weaknesses, such as attachments, desires, and anger. His greatness lies in the fact that he rose above these traits, put his spiritual duty above all personal considerations, and perfected himself to become a super human capable of saving those he loved most. Rama's life shows that however weak we may be, each of us is capable of amazing feats through devotion, loyalty, perseverance, and love.