Śrīla Prabhupāda’s original Bhagavad-gītā As It Is
now available in different foreign translations:
Śrīla Prabhupāda instructed his devotees to translate his books into all languages. In a letter to one of his GBC managers, Śrīla Prabhupāda writes:
"Please print as many books as possible, this is my real pleasure. By printing these books of our Krsna Conscious philosophy in so many different languages... We can literally turn whole nations into Krsna Conscious nations.... Please continue like this to print books in all the languages for the benefit of suffering, misdirected humanity."
The Bhagavad-gītā is universally renowned as the jewel of India's spiritual wisdom. Spoken by Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead to His intimate disciple Arjuna, the Gita's seven hundred concise verses provide a definitive guide to the science of self realization. No other philosophical or religious work reveals, in such a lucid and profound way, the nature of consciousness, the self, the universe and the Supreme.
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda is uniquely qualified to present this English translation and commentary on the Bhagavad-gītā. He is the world's foremost Vedic scholar and teacher, and he is also the current representative of an unbroken chain of fully self-realized spiritual masters begining with Lord Krishna Himself. Thus, unlike other editions of the Gita, this one is presented as it is - without the slightest taint of adulteration or personal motivation. This edition is certain to stimulate and enlighten with its ancient yet thoroughly timely message.
"One should accept the instructions of the Supreme Personality of Godhead by bowing down at the lotus feet of the Lord. This means that anything spoken by the Personality of Godhead should be taken as it is, with great care and attention and with great respect. It is not our business to amend the words of the Supreme Personality of Godhead or make additions or alterations, as it has become a custom for many so-called scholars and svamis who comment on the words of Bhagavad-gita. Here the practical example of how to accept the instruction of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is shown by Prthu Maharaja. This is the way to receive knowledge through the parampara system." (Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.20.17)
Śrīla Prabhupāda’s books are the most significant contribution to the world. His writings have been translated into over fifty languages. Highly respected by the academic community for their authoritativeness, depth and clarity, they are used as standard textbooks in numerous college courses. His Divine Grace has written over sixty volumes of authoritative translations, commentaries and summary studies of the philosophical and religious classics of India.
"This knowledge is the king of education, the most secret of all secrets. It is the purest knowledge, and because it gives direct perception of the self by realization, it is the perfection of religion. It is everlasting and it is joyfully performed." (BG 9.2)
Śrīla Prabhupāda's original Bhagavad Gita As It Is presents and explains the Gita's verses without changing their timeless meaning. This complete edition includes the original Sanskrit verses, easily pronounceable Roman transliterations, word-for-word synonyms , translations and elaborate purports. Pure knowledge, purely transmitted.
"I am very glad to learn that you are translating the Bhagavad-gita As It Is into Portuguese. Be careful not to change anything but present it exactly as it is. This is how we receive Bhagavad-gita through the disciplic succession as stated in the Fourth Chapter. By this translating work you will learn our philosophy very nicely. It is very important to broadcast Krishna consciousness all over the world. This is the great need of modern civilization." (Srila Prabhupada Letter to Frederico, Oct 24, 1974)
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