Bhagavad Gita According to Gandhi
A sloka-by-sloka interpretation of one of the world's most enduring and influential spiritual text by one of the truly great figures of the twentieth century.
Unlike other interpretations, Gandhi's commentary is direct and to the point, not offering an opinion on the meaning of the text, but fleshing out the message, often relating it to his own extraordinary experiences.
It is not a manual of the dos and don'ts; rather it is a guide to the challenges we all face in our lives. It expounds the profound idea that nothing done in the path of trust is ever lost, there is no harm, no fear in following it.
Gandhi's Gita is also a call to detached service, a 'gospel of selfless action'. It is in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, 'an empire of thought' that everyone can benefit from, regardless of religion, beliefs or background.
Says Gandhi, the Bhagavad Gita is not a description of war between cousins, but between two natures in us — the Good and the Evil. It is a work which persons belonging to all faiths can read. It teaches nothing but pure ethics.
Mahatma Gandhi's commentary of the Bhagavad Gita is recognised as one of the most important intepretations of the Gita and is ranked alongside those by Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Sri Aurobindo and S Radhakrishnan.