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The Bhagavad Gita

The Song of God Retold in Simplified English (The Essential Wisdom Library)

Edward Viljoen

St. Martin's Essentials

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ISBN10: 1250204712
ISBN13: 9781250204714

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128 Pages



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The Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God Retold in Simplified English is the latest title in the Essential Wisdom Library. This unique edition of the timeless epic is designed to be accessible for readers without any prior experience of Hinduism. Not simply a translation of the original, Viljoen has simplified and restated the Gita’s complex ideas, so that a first-time reader can fully appreciate the scope and beauty of this magnificent Indian classic. Written in concise, modern language the retelling vividly captures the power and depth of the original work.

Part of the Mahabharata, the Gita is a dialogue between Prince Arjuna and Lord Krishna. Its verses contain some of the key ideas of Hindu philosophy—Dharma, Moksha, and various yogic practices. Originally written well over a thousand years ago, the Gita has proven to be a timeless source of wisdom, inspiring philosophers and revolutionaries alike in the millennia since it was written.

In addition to the retelling of the text, this edition includes a character list, a glossary of important terms, and chapters exploring the back-story from the Mahabharata and the impact and meaning of the Bhagavad Gita itself. The Bhagavad Gita is an approachable way for today’s readers to engage with one of history's richest spiritual epics.


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Let the scriptures tell you what you should and should not do, Arjuna. Know what the right choices are and live up to them. It is simpler than you think. When you, or anyone, is firmly on the road to enlightenment...

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About the author

Edward Viljoen

Dr. Edward Viljoen graduated as a Sonoma County Law Enforcement Chaplain in April 1999, and received a Doctor of Divinity and a Doctor of Religious Science from Centers for Spiritual Living. He was awarded the much-respected Ernest Holmes Award for exemplary demonstration of the teachings of Dr. Ernest Holmes. He is the spiritual director of the Santa Rosa Center for Spiritual Living, in Santa Rosa, CA.

Jane Epstein