The Bhagavad Gita

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The Bhagavad Gita, the “Song of the Lord,” is India’s best-known scripture, and Eknath Easwaran’s reliable, readable version is the best-selling translation in the US.

In a heroic age, on the vast plains of North India, a timeless spiritual classic was born - the message of Sri Krishna to Prince Arjuna, on the brink of a war he doesn't want to fight.

Arjuna's struggle in the Bhagvad Gita is acutely modern. He has lost his way on the battlefield of life and turns to find the path again by asking direct, uncompromising questions of his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna, the Lord himself.

Krishna replies in 700 verses of sublime instruction on living and dying, loving and working, and the nature of the soul.

About the Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita
Introduced and Translated by Eknath Easwaran

The Bhagavad Gita opens, dramatically, on a battlefield. Prince Arjuna is on the brink of an apocalyptic war that he doesn’t want to fight – and he turns in anguish to his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna, for answers to the fundamental questions of life.

Easwaran points out [that] the Gita is not what it seems – it’s not a dialogue between two mythical figures at the dawn of Indian history. “The battlefield is a perfect backdrop, but the Gita’s subject 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.

Easwaran’s 55-page introduction places the Gita in its historical context, and brings out the universality and timelessness of the Gita’s teachings. Chapter introductions give clear explanations of key concepts. 

This book is part of Easwaran’s Classics of Indian Spirituality series.

About Eknath Easwaran

“No one in modern times is more qualified – no, make that ‘as qualified’ – to translate the epochal Classics of Indian Spirituality than Eknath Easwaran. And the reason is clear. It is impossible to get to the heart of those classics unless you live them, and he did live them. My admiration of the man and his works is boundless.” – Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions

Eknath Easwaran (1910–1999) is the originator of passage meditation and the author of 40 books on spiritual living.

Easwaran (pronounced Ish-war-an) is his given name; Eknath is the name of his ancestral family.

Born in Kerala, India, Easwaran was a professor of English literature at a leading Indian university when he came to the United States in 1959 on the Fulbright exchange program. A gifted teacher, he moved from education for degrees to education for living, and gave talks on meditation and spiritual living for 40 years. His meditation class at UC Berkeley in 1968 was the first accredited course on meditation at any major university.

In 1961 he founded the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, a nonprofit organization that publishes his books, videos, and audio talks, and offers retreats and online programs.

Easwaran lived what he taught, giving him lasting appeal as a spiritual teacher and author of deep insight and warmth.

Find out more about  the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation and Easwaran’s legacy here.


The Bhagavad Gita
Introduced and Translated by Eknath Easwaran

  • Format: Paperback, 296 Pages
  • ISBN13: 9781586380199
  • Publishing: Nilgiri Press; Second Edition, First Printing 2007
  • Weight: 12.5 oz.
  • Dimensions: 8" x 5" x .75"
  • Language: English
  • © 1985, 2007 The Blue Mountain Center of Meditation