"An extremely handsome book! The most clear-headed account of the Bhagavadgita." — R K Narayan
"How refreshing to have a brilliant scholar who translates and explicates simultaneously! An important literary document." — The Hindustan Times
"This work is comparable with the translation done by Swami Prabhevanand and Christopher Isherwood." — The Sunday Statesman
"P. Lal does not merely translate, he transcreates, and in this edition, we get a readable rendering in contemporary diction of the Gita." — Ananda Bazar Patrika
"An illuminating transcreation of the Gita which brings the most systematic scriptural exposition of the Vedanta philosophy closer to the ordinary perplexed men and women of today. Of all the English versions, this easy flowing transcreation of the Gita is refreshing and makes a fascinating study." — The Hindu
About the Book
The Bhagavadgita is an epochal classic of Indian spirituality and universally acknowledged as one of the great books of world literature. Written as a part of the great epic Mahabharata, this intensely spiritual work is also a masterpiece of Sanskrit poetry.
The theme of the Gita is the war within, the struggle for self-mastery that every human being must wage, to live a life that is meaningful, fulfilling and worthwhile.
It has been translated into every major language of the world — French, Italian, Greek, Spanish, German, Japanese, Russian — and into English by several formidable scholars. Of all the English renderings of The Bhagavadgita, P. Lal's version fully preserves the dignity and grace of the original; it performs the exceptional feat of keeping the Gita fully alive in a western language.
Shorn of scholarly verbosity and sophisticated interpretations, this is a devoted work of literary beauty with moral and spiritual worth which readers will find deeply moving.