Book #6: Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita

by Anonymous

The Bhagavad Gita is a core religious text of Hinduism. The 700 verses of the text take the form of a conversation between Lord Krishna, a Hindu divine, and Prince Arjuna, his student, about the duties of a warrior and a leader. The discussion covers topics both religions and ordinary. Modern luminaries ranging from Albert Einstein to Gandhi have praised its content.

I selected Sir Edwin Arnold’s 1885 translation of Bhagavad-Gita, or, The Song Selestial for the project. Arnold was a poet, and so he maintained the poetic-verse style of the original work when moving it into English. I will read the text electronically, all 82 pages of it. Also included in my copy are about 20 pages of notes and commentary.

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