The Bhagavad Gita: The Original Sanskrit and An English Translation
translated by Lars Martin Fosse 224 pages 6 x 9 glossary index
At last, an edition of the Bhagavad Gita that speaks with unprecedented fidelity and clarity. It contains a particularly informative introduction, the Sanskrit text of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institutes critical edition, an unparalleled new English translation, a comprehensive glossary of names and epithets, and a thorough index.
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From the Introduction
I have read several English interpretations of the Bhagavad Gita, and so far this is the easiest read I have experienced. There is a good introduction, along with explanations of names in the back, along with an index. For those that want to get a good introduction, with an easy read, this is the book for you.
I like Lars Martin Fosses Gita because it is clear and straightforward.
Margo von Romberg
The Lars Martin Fosse translation shows the Devanagari in a large and readable font. . . . Therefore, the serious student of Sanskrit will purchase this edition of the Bhagavad Gita.
The introduction is worth the price alonecovering the history of the Mahabarata epic, Indias great contribution to mythological and religious writing. The translation goes verse by verse with the Sanskrit text of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institutes critical edition. This makes a handy reference for the Sanskrit scholar. There is a comprehensive glossary of names and a good index. If you are studying this work for comparative religions, great books, mythology or other college work, you will find this a useful edition.
I think that Fosses book is distinguished by his clear and informative introduction to the Gita for the general reader. He does a good job of placing the work in the Hindu tradition and gives some idea of its history in English. There is a glossary of names (since Fosse uses the many epithets from the original in his translation) and an index. As with the other books from YogaVidya.com, the original Sanskrit is given along with the English translation, verse by verse. . . . Bottom line: this is a fine addition to the list of excellent English translations of the Gita, handsomely presented as usual by YogaVidya.com, and a good choice for first-time readers and for those who know Sanskrit.
This is a luminous translation that performs the exceptional feat of bringing the Gita fully alive in a Western language, combining accuracy with accessibility. In our troubled times, humanity needs the message of this sacred scripture as never before.
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