Bhagawad Geeta is one of the best known and revered texts among the other scriptures of the World. The message of the Holy dialogue has been held in deep reverence by the sages, philosophers and learned scholars all over the world. The teaching of Geeta is universal, broad and sublime, meant for the welfare of the entire creation. The present translation is only a humble addition to the work, which has been accomplished earlier by the learned Geeta scholars.
This pocket edition of Srimad Bhagawad Geeta in Sanskrit text with simple English translation has been brought forward in order to encourage the modern generation into the study of this great ancient scripture and to pass on the wisdom of the ages to coming generations. The great sages recommend that one should always keep the small edition of Geeta in one's pocket for the study of selected verses whenever there is an opportunity. This helps the person to be in harmony with the voice of God and receive sufficient guidance for the activities of day to day life.
Publisher's Note :
The Publisher feels privileged in presenting Srimad Bhagawad Geeta in the original Sanskrit text with English translation beautifully made by Mrs. Prabha Duneja, an educationist and devotee of Lord Krsna.
Prabha has authored a number of books. Her clarity of vision about the teachings of the Geeta and her humility makes her a great teacher. She comes from a family of Vedic scholars, specially her father and uncle, who dedicated their whole lives to the study and preaching of the Veda and Vedanta. She is blessed with special gifts and talents and is a featured speaker at temples, churches, schools and at conferences, introducing the Vedic Philosophy and the message of the Geeta in U.S.A. and other parts of the world.
I am sure that this pocket edition will receive the same warm reception from the general public, as the author's earlier works.
The Glory of Srimad Bhagawad Geeta :
"Among the priceless teachings that may be found in the great Hindu poem of the Mahabharata, there is none, so rare and precious as this "The Lord's Song". Since it fell from the divine lips of Sri Krsna on the field of battle, and stilled the surging emotions of the disciple and friend, how many troubled hearts has it quietened and strengthened, how many weary souls has it led to Him! It is meant to lift the aspirant from the lower levels of renunciation, where objects are renounced, to the loftier heights where desires are dead, and where the Yogi dwells in calm and ceaseless contemplation while his body and mind are actively employed in discharging the duties that fall to his lot in life. That the spiritual man need not be a recluse, that union with divine life may be achieved and maintained in the midst of worldly affairs, that the obstacles to that union lie, not outside us, within us, such is the central lesson of the Bhagawad Geeta."
Dr. Annie Besant
"This ancient book can satisfy the modern needs. Nearly every literate yogi in India carries with him a small edition of this inspired and profound classic, the Bhagawad Geeta. If this gospel of contemplation combined with action had been understood in the land of its birth as it should be understood, India would today shed the radiance of her spiritual illumination to the far corners of the world and provide a masterly pattern of a balanced material-spiritual existence for all other countries to witness. The Geeta summarizes various approaches to the Over-self and also describes the latter. Sri Krsna not only represents the embodied spiritual teacher, He is ultimately the Over-self within man, the God within who can illuminate all dark corners and answer all questions. At the end of the dialogue after hearing all the teachings, the pupil's mind becomes peaceful. He says indeed: "My doubts are dispelled. Destroyed are my illusions." By what magic was this mental change accomplished? Through both the guidance and grace received from his teacher and his own inner growth in striving for insight. The difficulties one meets in modern life can be met and overcome after we gain such insight. Wisdom means the ability to negotiate all the circumstances of life adequately, correctly and with spiritual success. The deep spiritual comfort emanating from the teachings of the Geeta is peculiarly needed at this stage of the world's affairs."
Dr. Paul Brunton
"I believe that in all the living languages of the world, there is no book so full of true knowledge, and yet so handy as the Bhagawad Geeta".
Sri Madan Mohan Malaviya
The Geeta is one of the clearest and most comprehensive summaries of the Perennial Philosophy ever to have been done. Hence its enduring value, not only for Indians, but for all mankind..... The Bhagawad Geeta is perhaps the most systematic spiritual statement of the Perennial Philosophy.
"In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagawad Geeta, since whose composition years of the gods have elapsed, and in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial."
Henry David Thoreau
"I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagawad Geeta. It was the first of books; it was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence which in another age and climate had pondered and thus disposed of the same questions which exercise us".
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is knowledge of this mystic truth which makes man omnipotent, makes him master of the universe, and so "Free"; free, that is, from the limitations and annoyances of finite life.
"When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and I don't see any ray of hope on the horizon, I turn to Bhagawad Geeta and find a verse to comfort me; and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow".
"Geeta is a first-hand guide to the ancient roots of Vedic religion. Although in Shevatsara Upanisad the transcendence of the personal God has been affirmed to some extent-with Geeta has come the devotional religion".
Dr. R.C. Zaehner
"When the British Empire is lost in oblivion, when its sources of wealth and prosperity are not remembered, this scripture and lessons it contains will continue to inspire millions of people in this world."
The First British Governor-General of India
"The dramatic moral crisis that is central to the Bhagawad Geeta has inspired centuries of Indian philosophers and practical men of wisdom, as well as Western thinkers such as Thoreau, Emerson and Eliot. Interpretations of the Geeta, as it is commonly referred to in India, are as varied as the figures who have commented on it. From Shankara, the great Hindu philosopher of the eighth century, to Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of India's independence struggle in the twentieth century, each thinker has emphasized the path to spiritual liberation that was suited to his view of reality. These various interpretations reflect the intentionally multifaceted message of Sri Krsna's teaching.
"Among the many works of Asian literature that were studied in Concord, Massachusetts, in the mid-nineteenth century, none was more influential than the Bhagawad Geeta".
Barbara Stoler Miller
"For centuries people have found comfort in this great book which sets forth in precise and penetrating words the essential principles of a spiritual religion which are not contingent on ill-founded facts, unscientific dogmas or arbitrary fancies. With long history of spiritual power, it serves even today as a light to all who will receive illumination from the profundity of its wisdom which insists on a world wider and deeper than wars and revolutions can touch. It is a powerful shaping factor in the renewal of spiritual life and has secured an assured place among the world's greatest scriptures."
Dr. S. Radhakrishnan
"The incomparable religious classic of India. In plain but noble language it unfolds its philosophical systems which remains to this day the Brahmanic belief blending as it does the doctrines of Kapila, Patanjali and the Vedas. So lofty are many of its declarations, so sublime its aspirations, so pure and tender its piety. English literature would be certainly incomplete without possessing in popular form, a poetical and philosophical work so dear to India."
Sir Edwin Arnold
The Geeta is a bouquet composed of the beautiful flowers of spiritual truths collected from the Upanishads.