Bhagavadgita versions and translations

Anand Natarajan anandn at MYWORLDMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 2 11:11:39 CST 2000

I thought the translation and explanation of Swami Chidbhavananda (Ramakrishna Tapovanam ) as one of the best.


On Wed, 2 Feb 2000 10:59:09    Jaldhar H. Vyas wrote:
>There are some really horrible translations out there.  If you can you
>should try to read the Gita in Sanskrit.  It's not as difficult as it may
>seem.  The language of the Gita is quite simple and free of the verbal
>fireworks of kavis like Bharavi or Magha.
>Both the Gita by itself and with the Bhashya of Shankaracharya are
>available from many places.  I have the edition put out by
>Mahamandaleshwar Swami Maheshanandagiri, with the Bhashya and the tika of
>Swami Anandagiri.
>Swami Madhusudana Saraswati wrote famous a commentary called
>Gudarthadipika which is really useful for understanding Bhakti from the
>Advaita viewpoint.
>Swami Shankarananda Saraswati, who was a Jagadguru Shankaracharya of
>Shringeri two or three generations before Swami Vidyaranya wrote a short
>but concise tika called Shankaranandi.
>If you must use a translation and you know an Indian language such as
>Gujarati, or Hindi or Tamil, that would be better than English simply
>because the authors of such translations are usually more in touch with
>tradition.  The Gita Press of Gorakhpur prints editions in all the major
>languages and they are cheap and widely available.
>Amongst English translations, I think the one by the late Prof. J.A.B. Van
>Buitenen is the most scholarly.  However he thought the Vishishtadvaita
>interpretation of the Gita was more accurate so in places he has
>translated along those lines.  A.G. Krishna Warrier has translated the
>Shankarabhashya.  It was published by the Theosophical Society,
>Adyar.  The first time I ever read the Gita was in the translation of
>Swami Shivananda and I still think it is a pretty good introduction.

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