Favorite Bhagavad Gita Translation?

Discussion in 'Hinduism' started by asilos vulnerado, May 24, 2007.

  1. asilos vulnerado

    asilos vulnerado Senior Member

    Hey, I'm looking to buy a copy of the Bhagivad Gita instead of just getting from the library like I did last year, so I was just wondering if there is any particularly good translation of it I should look into
  2. SvgGrdnBeauty

    SvgGrdnBeauty only connect

    Penguin Classics
    Sky Light Publications

    Avoid at all costs:

    the translation by Barbera Stoler Miller
  3. asilos vulnerado

    asilos vulnerado Senior Member

    Avoid the Barbara one or the other ones?
    Im pretty sure you meant the barbara one but im just making sure:)
  4. SvgGrdnBeauty

    SvgGrdnBeauty only connect

    avoid the barbera one (its awful) and the dover one. The first two are my favourites. :)
  5. ChiefCowpie

    ChiefCowpie hugs and bugs

    A New English Translation
    Harmony Books, 2000

    Stephen Mitchell is widely known for his ability to make ancient masterpieces thrillingly new, to step in where many have tried before and create versions that are definitive for our time. He now brings to the Bhagavad Gita his gift for breathing new life into sacred texts.

    The Bhagavad Gita is universally acknowledged as one of the world’s literary and spiritual masterpieces. It is the core text of the Hindu tradition and has been treasured by American writers from Emerson and Thoreau to T. S. Eliot, who called it the greate st philosophical poem after the Divine Comedy. There have been more than two hundred English translations of the Gita, including many competent literal versions, but not one of them is a superlative literary text in its own right.

    Now all that has changed. Stephen Mitchell’s Bhagavad Gita sings with the clarity, the vigor, and the intensity of the original Sanskrit. It will, as William Arrowsmith said of Mitchell’s translation of The Sonnets to Orpheus, “instantly make every other rendering obsolete.”
  6. Pronature69

    Pronature69 Member

    Jack Hawley

    The Bhagavad Gita - A Walktrough for Westerners

    New World Library, Novato, Cal.

    RELAYER mādhyamaka

    Yogananda's is my favorite, though
    it's very long and about $60.00 for
    the two harback volumes together.
    But well worth it, in my opinion. -
  8. prismatism

    prismatism loves you

    i like the yogananda translation too. it's really good. and i like the prabhupada translation. i haven't ever read a really BAD one though...

    RELAYER mādhyamaka

    The prabhupada translation was where I
    started, of course :) I imagine a LOT of
    people do though.
    Prism, have you read Yogananda's Second
    Coming of Christ?
  10. Bhaskar

    Bhaskar Members

    I use Swami Chinmayananda's translation and commentary - The Holy Gita, available through Chinmaya Publications. I found Prabhupada's translation to be inaccurate - even with my limited Sanskrit skills I could find errors in his work.
  11. philosophy

    philosophy Guest

  12. WRX_STI

    WRX_STI Member

    the "Bhagavad gita As It is"

    the best one, I read it...I have the hindi, and english version

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