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Will the Real Bhagavad Gita Please Stand Up?

June 10, 2014

The Bhagavad Gita is so rich and versatile that it tends to take on the character of the translator or commentator:

Give it to an historian and you get history. (Feuerstein)

Give it to a Bhakti (yoga of love) devotee and you get love. (Schweig)

Give it to a teacher of dharma (life purpose) and you get life purpose. (Cope)

Give it to a social activist and you get social activism. (Gandhi)

Give it to a psychologist and you get psychology. (Dass)

Give it to a believer and you get religion. (Prabhupada)

Give it to a poet and you get poetry. (Mitchell)

Give it to a literature professor, and you get literature. (Easwaran)

Give it to a businessman and you get leadership. (Chatterjee)

This is a far as I’ve personally gotten. Others?


See also
Bhagavad Gita in a Nutshell:
Big Ideas & Best Quotations.

Bob Profile PhotoBob Weisenberg is Editor of Best of Yoga Philosophy and former Yoga Editor & Assoc. Publisher of elephant journal. He is the author of Yoga Demystified, Bhagavad Gita in a Nutshell, and Leadership Is Like Tennis, Not Egyptology. as well as Co-editor of Yoga in America and a contributor to The Poetry of Yoga. Contact Bob at facebook, Twitter, or e-mail.

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