Top 9 Books on the Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita is universally regarded as the single most influential philosophical text shaping spiritual thought and life. Spoken by Lord Krishna to his devotee Arjuna, the Gita's seven hundred verses provide an ultimate guide to self-realization. It reveals the essential nature of man, his environment and his relationship with the Almighty, like no other work. The teaching of the Bhagavad Gita is said to free you from all sense of limitation.

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Bhagavad-Gita As It Is

Bhagavad Gita As It Is
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Of all editions of this immortal classic, this one by Swami Prabhupada, founder of ISKCON, conveys Lord Krishna's profound message as it is — with the original Sanskrit text, Roman transliteration, English equivalents, translation and elaborate purports. A good introduction and a glossary make it even more handy! Buy from Amazon »

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Bhagavad-Gita: Swami Prabhavananda

Bhagavad-Gita: The Song of God by Swami Prabhavananda (Translator), Christopher Isherwood (Translator), Aldous Huxley (Introduction), Amazon

This is regarded as one of the best English translations of the Gita. Aldous Huxley provides a brilliant introduction to the 'Perennial Philosophy' that lies at the base of all major religions. Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood translate the themes with élan. Buy from Amazon »

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The Gospel of Selfless Action: The Gita According to Gandhi

The Gospel of Selfless Action: Or the Gita According to Gandhi by Mohandas Gandhi, Amazon

In this translation and commentary on Arjuna's battlefield conversation with Krishna, presented to his followers at prayer meetings over a nine-month period in 1926, Gandhi addresses the concerns that most directly affect the spiritual lives of common people. Buy from Amazon »

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Bhagavad Gita and Its Message: Aurobindo

Bhagavad Gita and Its Message by Sri Aurobindo (Author), Anil Baran Roy (Author), Amazon

Rishi Aurobindo is a master of Vedic philosophy and he wrote extensively on the Gita. In this commentary and exposition, he analyzes the causes of human problems, and how to achieve peace. His interpretation of the Gita is unmatched! Buy from Amazon »

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Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Bhagavad-Gita

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Bhagavad-Gita : A New Translation and Commentary, Chapters 1-6 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Amazon

Maharishi's translation and commentary on the first six chapters of the Bhagavad-Gita is meant to be "a complete guide to practical life, that is needed to raise the consciousness of man to the highest possible level." A useful pocket edition! Buy from Amazon »

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Bhagavad Gita (Penguin Classics)

The Bhagavad Gita (Penguin Classics) by Anonymous (Author), Juan Mascaro (Translator), Simon Brodbeck (Introduction), Amazon

This edition by Juan Mascaro, a sensitive Sanskrit scholar, is aimed "to give, without notes or commentary, the spiritual message of the Bhagavad Gita in pure English." A good translation that speaks clearly to the first-time reader. Buy from Amazon »

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The Bhagavad Gita: Eknath Easwaran

The Bhagavad Gita (Easwaran's Classics of Indian Spirituality) by Eknath Easwaran, Amazon

A translation by an author who thinks the Gita is "a handbook for self-realization and a guide to action" that "offers something to every seeker after God, of whatever temperament, by whatever path. The reason for this universal appeal is that it is basically practical..." Buy from Amazon »

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The Bhagavad Gita : A Walkthrough for Westerners

The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners by Jack Hawley, Amazon

Translator Jack Hawley uses everyday prose to walk the Western reader through the difficult concepts of the Gita, covering a wide range of topics, from healing inner pain to celebrating life. Engaging even for the cursory reader! Buy from Amazon »

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Our Most Dear Friend: Bhagavad-Gita for Children

Our Most Dear Friend: An Illustrated Bhagavad-gita for Children by Vishaka (Jean Griesser), Amazon
This unique version by Jean Griesser employs a simple story line, coupled with photographic montages and colorful paintings to illustrate the concepts of the Gita for children above 4. A great way to introduce your children to the eternal values and virtues. Buy from Amazon »