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The Bhagavad Gita

Written by: Eknath Easwaran
Narrated by: Paul Bazely
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
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The Bhagavad Gita, "The Song of the Lord", is the best known of all the Indian scriptures, and Easwaran's reliable and accessible version has consistently been the best-selling translation. Easwaran's introduction places the Gita in its historical setting and brings out the universality and timelessness of its teachings. Chapter introductions give clear explanations of key concepts in that chapter. To listen to the scripture without the introductions, listeners should start at track 044. The Bhagavad Gita opens dramatically on a battlefield, as the warrior Arjuna turns in anguish to his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna, for answers to the fundamental questions of life. But as Easwaran points out, 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. This audio recording is a complete and unabridged reading of Eknath Easwaran's book The Bhagavad Gita.

Music composed by Jan She.

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What the critics say

"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)
"For all of its profundity, Eknath Easwaran manages to translate the Gita in easy prose that neither panders nor obscures. Coupled with his thorough introduction, Easwaran’s version comes off on all the levels it should: as a guide to action, devotional scripture, a philosophical text, and inspirational reading." (Amazon.com Eastern Religion editor)

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An accidental treasure. This is the God's gift

Being an Indian I have come across many a times an opportunity to read Gita. But I never embraced those opportunities. What a waste of lifetime. But a free copy of Gita from ISKCON has changed my life. But my search for better explanation of Gita verses accidentally appeared as a you tube video. This audiobook book when heard for the first time in YouTube made me fall in love with this book. Now I would have completed the book may be around 20 times In the last 6 months. More I hear more I love this book and its content. Thanks Lord Krishna to show me this book at least now.. Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi.
One final word As gita mentions Only blessed human being can only read or hear this book .

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Beautiful, spiritual, and insightful

the interpretation was a huge help especially with clarifying translations and religious/culture concepts. I have a much broader understanding of the practice yoga now instead of thinking it was just some funky stretches.

the narration was great for the characters of Krishna and arjuna.

but the character of sanjaya was given a very cringey and stereotypical indian accent. it felt pretty racist. I understand the intention was to make the characters more distinct. even so, I'm dropping the performance rating for that reason. it could have definitely been handled better.


overall I highly recommend this audiobook for anyone on a spiritual path .

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A must-read

Profoundly truthful, thoughful and beautifully atticulated. Truly a must read book for anyone who wishes to better themseleves and their world.

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Not an easy read

I purchased this book for my yoga training. It was not the easiest book to read. I had go back an re-read sentences/ paragraphs many times. This book is known for not being a fast read. It was definitely a challenge!

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Best spiritual book

This English version of the Bhagavad Gita is the best one till now. You l get everything very easily. One of the best book on spirituality.
Definitely recommend.

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A perfect translation of how we are meant to live

Turn off your TV, stop shopping, and learn from the Gita = A Meaningful Life

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  • laurie
  • 2016-01-11

Content and narration reduced me to tears

I attempted to listen to classics of Indian spirituality but returned two audiobooks because I couldn't tolerate the narrators. One had a vaguely Texas accent and a mouthful of mush--which couldn't have been a more ridiculous match up of reader and material--and the other narrator read so slowly, I could hear him breathe and swallow . . . when he or I wasn't nodding off. Okay, I probably should have transcended my irritation, but I'm still only human.

This particular audiobook, however, could not be more wonderful. The translation itself is magnificent, and the introduction is educational, well-organized, and intimate--a perfect preparation for reading the Gita. It is more than an hour long, and I listened to it several times, entranced.

The narrator, an accomplished British actor, could not have been better. The publishers of the books I returned should take a lesson from him. He is articulate and easy to listen to. He nails the Indian accent when he occasionally switches to that as appropriate for the content.

I resonate with the teaching of Hinduism, and after visiting the country twice, I couldn't get a handle on it. That there are many gods and the form they take struck me as whimsical and imaginative. Now, understanding so much more about the philosophy, I have an entirely different and more serious perspective.

This can be a life-transforming book. You must read it if "only" as great world literature.

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  • Jenbugg
  • 2015-04-23

Spiritual Enlightenment in a Recording

The Bhagavad Gita

Let me start by saying I give this book 5 stars across the board! Beautifully written and narrated, I especially loved the explanations at the beginning and prior to each chapter. This should be mandatory listening material!

I was literally blown away by the beauty of this book! But The Bhagavad Gita hardly needs me to praise it depths as it speaks for itself.

The narration was perfect, easy to listen to and understand and it didn't put me to sleep like many texts of this type might. In fact I was enthralled and couldnt stop listening!

I can see myself returning to listen to these texts again and again in the future. Its rare that I walk away feeling like a better person just from having this experience but thats the only way I describe it.

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  • NYer Lady
  • 2015-08-13

Excellent translation and commentaries

Enjoyed this immensely. Brilliant, practical, inspiring information carefully translated to capture the essence of meaning or offered with explanation and estimations of the actual Sanskrit term when it is untranslatable. Very helpful.

The reader's performance is masterful in many ways. I would have given it 5 stars instead of 4 if I was not often disrupted by his emphasis of the wrong word in the sentence which significantly changes the meaning. Mr Bazely almost always emphasizes I, Me, and Mine when spoken by Krishna. So the essence of the instruction is minimized. I often had to stop the recording to repeat the instruction in my mind emphasizing the point, the new idea, before resuming.

Such beautiful wisdom in the words of the Gita! I also tremendously enjoyed introductory chapter. The notes and helpful glossary are not performed.

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  • bryan west
  • 2015-09-06

Perfect introduction to the Gita

What did you love best about The Bhagavad Gita?

The way the audio book is structured. It begins with an lengthy introduction to the book as a whole and there is brief introduction to each chapter. After completion of the book with introduction the book repeats the Gita again but without the intro pieces. This is exactly what I wanted it to be, highly recommended.

Any additional comments?

I've been on audible for a long time and this is one of the most well-produced audiobooks that I have heard.

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  • Mark G
  • 2015-03-04

Pleased to see this available

What made the experience of listening to The Bhagavad Gita the most enjoyable?

I've enjoyed this particular edition of the Gita in print for years, and I'm glad to finally have it available as an audiobook. Great translation, great introductory/explanatory content throughout, well-written, and expertly narrated.

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  • Christopher Rios
  • 2015-09-09

Absolutely beautiful

This wonderful book truly satisfied what I was looking for. Elegant, informative, concise, and eye opening, are just a few words to describe this masterpiece and what it has offered me. I highly recommend it for anyone who is looking to expand their knowledge of spirituality and answer the questions, "Why are we here?" & "What is the meaning of Life?" Enjoy!

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  • Robertson Peace
  • 2015-04-24

The Gita

An enjoyable translation with good commentary. I especially enjoyed the later reading without commentary.
I would recommend this to anyone.

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  • RoxAnne S.
  • 2015-02-21

A Learning Experience

This was a very interesting listen. It is eye opening and provides a deep look into other belief structures. As I listen to books of this type I hope to become more accepting and understanding of the world around me.

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  • Jeremy
  • 2015-11-21

A fantastic journey

This is a wonderful interpretation of one of the greatest spiritual texts of all time. It does a wonderful job of explaining the content of the Gita in terms anyone can understand. Each concept and reference often left in Sanskrit is given its English equivalent, so much less is lost in translation.

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  • Luke
  • 2015-06-03

Ancient Indian historical manuscript

I thought that the book was extremely well narrated and made the listening a pleasurable experience.
The story itself was interesting and thought provoking. I would recommend this book to those interested in seeing how civilisation has evolved through writing.

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