The Bhagavad-gita is universally renowned as the jewel of India’s spiritual wisdom. It is more than just a book. It is alive with knowledge and devotion; thus it has the power to change your life for the better.
Bhagavad-gita is knowledge of five basic truths and the relationship of truth to each other. These five truths are Krishna, or God, the individual soul, the material world, action in this world, and time. The Gita lucidly explains the nature of consciousness, the self and the universe. It is the essence of India’s spiritual wisdom, the answers to questions posed by philosophers for centuries.
The Gita is a conversation between Krishna and His dear friend Arjuna. Arjuna faced a dilemma. Dilemmas are integral to the human experience. While we may not hear the Bhagavad-gita’s teachings at the dawn of literal battle as Arjuna did, the figurative battles in our own lives often force us to re-examine everything we thought we knew about ourselves, the world, and spirituality, and we find ourselves becoming spiritual seekers. The Gita speaks to seekers of all faiths and creeds as well as those on no particular path. Whatever our frame of reference, the universal principles taught in the Gita resonate with a seeker’s heart.
Through the conversation Krishna brings His friend from perplexity to spiritual enlightenment, and each one of us is invited to walk the same path.
In translating the Gita, A.C, Bhaktivedanta Swami Prahupada has remained loyal to the intended meaning of Krishna’s words, and thus he has unlocked all the secrets of the ancient knowledge of the Gita and placed before us as an exciting opportunity for self-improvement and spiritual fulfilment.
Dr. Elwin H. Powell, a professor of Sociology at the State University of New York, wrote: “If truth is what works, as Pierce and the pragmatists insist, there must be a kind of truth in the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, since those who follow its teachings display a joyous serenity usually missing in the bleak and strident lives of contemporary people.
Srila Prabhupada’s straightforward approach has made Bhagavad-gita As It Is, with sixteen million copies worldwide, in print in fifty-seven languages, the world’s most widely read addition.