Introduced by Amit Chaudhuri
Illustrated by Anna Bhushan
The Bhagavad Gita is the cornerstone of the Hindu faith and one of the world’s greatest religious texts. Gandhi called it his ‘spiritual dictionary’, while as a secular work it inspired Einstein, Yeats and Jung. Our edition uses Juan Mascaró’s acclaimed translation, with illustrations by Anna Bhushan.
Written around 2,000 years ago, The Bhagavad Gita is the cornerstone of the Hindu faith, ranking alongside the world’s greatest religious texts. It espouses tolerance, self-restraint and liberation achieved through knowledge, action and devotion to God. Gandhi revered it as expressing the guiding principles of his life, calling it ‘The Gospel of Selfless Action’ and his ‘spiritual dictionary’. As a secular text it has also inspired many others, from Aldous Huxley, Einstein and Emerson, to Yeats and Jung, and it continues to influence millions of new adherents around the world in its role as the central text to the philosophy of yoga.
Translated by Juan Mascaró
Quarter-bound in cloth with Modigliani paper sides
Printed with a design by Anna Bhushan
Set in Perpetua
26 colour and 2 black & white illustrations
Book size: 11" × 7¼"
‘It was the first of books; it was as if an empire spoke to us ... large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence’
A prince stands on a battlefield between two armies. He has relatives and friends in both. How can he fight against his own uncle, against men who taught him as a child? Gripped by despair, Prince Arjuna is ready to allow himself to be killed unresisting until his charioteer, who is the god Krishna on Earth, provides wise words of spiritual enlightenment. What follows is a hymn to selflessness, an exploration of the path to true duty and righteousness. Both Arjuna, and the reader, realise that this battle is one we all face within ourselves – a battle in which victory may lead to light, and defeat to inner darkness and turmoil: ‘My doubts are no more, my faith is firm; and now I can say: “Thy will be done".’
‘What happiness could we ever enjoy, if we killed our own kinsmen in battle?’
The Bhagavad Gita is part of the great Indian epic, the Mahabharata. Often called the ‘Upanishad of Upanishads’, it stands alone as a profoundly spiritual revelation and a beautiful work of Sanskrit poetry. This edition uses the translation by Juan Mascaró, acclaimed for its deeply sympathetic portrayal of the lyricism of the original, as well as a clarity of expression which enables us to understand its message. For this Folio edition, we have commissioned Anna Bhushan to create a series of illustrations to be integrated with the text, and Amit Chaudhuri to write a deeply considered introduction: both powerful testaments to the living power of the Gita.
‘When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and I see not one ray of hope on the horizon, I turn to Bhagavad Gita and find a verse to comfort me’
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Review by diglot on 17th Dec 2015
"The cover on this book is phenomenal and the illustrations are beautiful. All in all, this is a very fine edition of the Gita."
Review by anon on 1st Aug 2015
Review by Bahamas on 15th Jan 2013
"A lovely book - its quality, illustrations and translation make it an enjoyable read. "