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Bhagavad Gita According to Gandhi(tr)

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Presented to his disciples at prayer meetings over a nine-month period in 1926, Mahatma Gandhi's commentaries on the Gita are regarded in India as among the most important of the century. In them Gandhi addresses the issues he felt most directly affected the spiritual lives of common people.
Paperback, 245 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Berkeley Hills Books (first published 1946)
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Apr 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was the first time I've read the Gita. I'm glad I happened to read this version which includes Gandhi's comments--without them I don't think I would have gotten a whole lot from it, with them, I found it to be a beautiful and peaceful book.

One of the problems I've had with my limited attempts at understanding Eastern philosophy is how to reconcile the Eastern idea non-striving with the Western values of action and ambition. Both, in their proper context, seem appealing and right. The Bhagav
I'm not sure you can rate a spiritual text...
Nathan Satterlee
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gandhi's translation and interpretation of this classic Hindu poem is unique in the way it emphasizes the need for hard work, constant striving, and determined effort in the pursuit of our social obligations, moral strengthening, and spiritual fulfillment.

"Yoga means nothing but skill in work," he claims, and the background to his religious and political beliefs revealed in these lectures gives deeper meaning to his attempts to establish schools, factories, and communities in rural India with th
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It is hard for me to relate to and understand many parts of this text - including the commentaries by Gandhi - but several parts strike me with truth like an arrow hitting the center of a target. It is a beautiful book and, together with others, will become part of my core important books.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wouldn't recommend this book to someone new to the Gita. If this is your first time reading this excellent scripture, do yourself a favor and try a different translation. This is more like a primer or summary rather than a faithful translation. It only gets four stars because the Bhagavad Gita in itself is one of the most important books ever written. Don't waste your time, unless you've already read it and just want to refresh your memory.
Sep 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I've never read a religious text other than the Bible before. It was truly interesting to get a new perspective on the world, especially in how Gandhi applied it to his own life. I made several connections to the book, but there were also aspects I disagreed with on a fundamental level. Part of this was naturally from how I've been raised and how I've come to look at the world. Yet I appreciated the challenge and the opportunity to reexamine my own beliefs.
Christine Bourgeois
I'm not sure yet... Very deep and a lot to digest. Actually... Not sure I can ever rate it... Can you rate a spiritual text? Does the bible have a rating?
Melinda Terry
Interesting, but I love the Holy Bible Best
Feb 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeff by: Andy M.
This is Book #4 in 2012's survey of holy shit (#3 was Hinduism's Upanishads).

(note: i said to myself before i started typing, "I'm gonna try to be a real straightshooter in this review"; rereading for typos before posting, i see that i strayed from that narrow path)

Synopsis of the Gita, as distinct from the commentary
Arjuna is prince of the good guys (the Pandavas) and he's slated to lead his troops against the forces of evil (the Kauravas). The combatants are as closely related to each other as
Erik Graff
Mar 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: religion
Prince Arjuna has qualms at the prospect of fighting his friends and relatives while awaiting the charge on the battlefield. Lord Krishna, disguised as his charioteer, talks him out of his hesitation.
"What an unlikely text for the exegetical efforts of the world's most famous pacifist, M.K. Gandhi!" I thought upon seeing it on the shelves of the Grinnell College library. I'd read the Gita previously and a substantial amount of material by and about Gandhi, but this was new and intriguing. I ch
Fusheng Chen
"Yoga means nothing but skill in work," he claims, and the background to his religious and political beliefs revealed in these lectures gives deeper meaning to his attempts to establish schools, factories, and communities in rural India with the goal of freedom from colonial rule in sight.

Gandhi teaches that life is suffering, liberation is unattainable, and none of us will ever reach perfection in this life. "But, without worrying ourselves about this, we should continue to strive and cultivate
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gandhi was completely comfortable in his own skin and loved his religion and culture despite the Brits telling the Indian people that everything British was superior to everything Indian. His inspiration to kick the Brits out of India was the Bhagavad Gita so it was important for me to read what he had to say. I am a big fan of Rajiv Malhotra and he is a big fan of Gandhi. Here is what Malhotra has to say about Gandhi along with how Gandhi applied the teaching of the Bhagavad Gita to kicking the ...more
Kandy Vang
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Bhagavad Gita According to Gandhi was a very interesting and inspiring book. I loved how he told us more about "the Gita" and its whole meaning throughout the book. "The Gita does not decide for us..." and "...the Gita is not for those who have no faith". However, I did find the book a bit hard to read because of the commentaries that Gandhi made throughout the book. It just kind of got me off track to what I was reading when I read was nice knowing his thoughts on these things th ...more
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life, poetry, worklife
This is another book which, if read at an early enough age (early 20's) would form a solid foundation for moving forward well in life. When combined with readings of the Bible, Koran, Dhammapda and other texts of ancient wisdom traditions, we see the commonalities for peace and nonviolence are much greater than the differences which people ignorantly use to foment violence and fear.

Having Gandhi's commentary is illuminating.

I recommend reading a stand-alone text first, drawing your own views and
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
It seems that Gandhi tried to use the Bhagavad Gita to mold his philosophy of non-violence. The interpretations of Gandhi didn't follow the true teachings of the Gita; however is a good read if you'd like to find out more about Gandhi's insight and religious view, as well as giving you an opportunity to learn about the maxims of the Gita.
St. Wait
Jun 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
A lot of interesting thoughts have been presented to me. I enjoyed the comment by Ghandi on many of the failures we face in life: "Failure is not due to want of effort but is in spite of it." Also, "Knowledge w/o devotion will be like a misfire," as we must have devotion and then knowledge will more clearly follow.
Jan 25, 2008 rated it liked it
Less accessible to western audiences thereby highlighting, if not necessarily illuminating, fundamental differences between eastern and western cultures. I left with some new insight regarding Gandhi, and some new thoughts about the Gita, but above all a feeling that there are some things that I, being from New York City, will probably never understand about the east.
May 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spiritual
The Bhagavad Gita is certainly not an easy book to read, but Gandhi's interpretation makes it much more accessible to the casual reader. At times his interpretation of the Gita is a bit strained toward his own political leanings, but otherwise it's a great spiritual work.
Sep 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
This is a very down to earth discussion of the meaning of this text; the focus is on non-violence. Whether this is what Gandhi got out of the text, or something he read back in after he cemented his philosophy is beyond me. Still, it's inspirational and very readable.
Devendra Dave
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Feb 12, 2008 rated it liked it
This wasn't a real page turner, but getting to learn about the faith that shaped Gandhi's life is very inspirational.
Jan 26, 2011 marked it as incomplete
I can't do it. I'm getting a different translation.
Peter Ferko
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating to hear Gandhi's views of the typical confusion people have with Krishna's advice to Arjuna. A book about a warrior's duty interpreted by a master of non-violence.
A good starting book on Bhagavad Gita. Definitely not an elaborated book on gita. But i say its a must read on gita. Gandhi is a serious advocate of Gita way of living.
May 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
simply awesome. i'm not sure what to say, though. i think i really read this about three times, reading and rereading...
Jul 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Lackluster translation of an outstanding scripture. Fave renditions are by Isherwood or Easwaran.
Mar 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jan 20, 2011 marked it as to-read
Shelves: stalled
This is my first stab at reading the Gita, and I just got stuck. I think I'll be able to manage all the commentary more effectively after reading a different translation first.
Rohit Deshmukh
Apr 04, 2016 marked it as to-read
Excellent text to modern philosophy of life.
Maughn Gregory
Gandhi's own translation and commentary on the Gita are must-reads for spiritual and political practitioners everywhere.
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“He who is ever brooding over result often loses nerve in the performance of his duty. He becomes impatient and then gives vent to anger and begins to do unworthy things; he jumps from action to action never remaining faithful to any. He who broods over results is like a man given to objects of senses; he is ever distracted, he says goodbye to all scruples, everything is right in his estimation and he therefore resorts to means fair and foul to attain” 3 likes
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