Prince Arjuna faced a dilemma that many face sooner or later--whether to take action that is
necessary yet morally ambiguous. The difference is that Arjuna's action was to wage war against
his own family. With the armies arrayed, Arjuna loses his nerve. Krishna, his charioteer and
incarnation of divine consciousness, begins to teach him the nature of God and of himself, that
Arjuna can attain liberation through union with God, and that there are several available paths.
And so the most famous and revered of all Hindu Scriptures goes on to teach the paths of knowledge,
devotion, action, and meditation, becoming the seed for all the Hindu systems of philosophy and
religion that followed. 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. So what does Arjuna finally do? He follows his
dharma, of course, as we all must. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to the paperback edition of
According to Eknath Easwaran, if all of the Buddhist sutras had been lost except the Dhammapada,
it alone would be enough for readers to understand and appreciate the wisdom of the Buddha.
Easwaran's version of the Dhammapada goes a long way toward proving this. In a lengthy introduction,
Easwaran summarizes the life of the Buddha and the main tenets of his thought, including key
concepts such as dharma, karma, and nirvana. The language of the Dhammapada is as lucid and
flowing as the Psalms or the Sermon on the Mount, and this is why it is one of the most loved
and remembered of all Buddhist sutras. Its subject matter, succinctly, is about training the
mind, which leads to kind thoughts and deeds, which bring peace and freedom from suffering.
If you are interested in reading one of the gems of Buddhist literature, this is a good place
to start; and if you are looking for a great version of this beloved scripture, you can't do
better. Like all great world scripture, the verses here reward rereading and reflection,
prompting you to "strive for wisdom always." --Brian Bruya
Formerly a professor of Victorian literature, Eknath Easwaran discovered the treasures of wisdom
in his own native India and began to pursue them with a passion. He has since studied them,
practiced them, and moved to America to share them with the Western world. In his translation of
The Upanishads, the font of Indian spirituality, Easwaran delights us with a readable rendition
of one of the most difficult texts of all religious traditions. Each Upanishad is a lyrical
statement about the deeper truths of mysticism, from the different levels of awareness to
cultivations of love for God. There's one twist, though, for ultimately a devoted meditator
realizes that God and the world are not separate from oneself. Then the ultimate goal becomes
to reunite with the universal Self, achieving the infinite joy that accompanies such union.
Easwaran recruited Michael Nagler to contribute notes to the translation and a lengthy afterword,
which together with introductions to each Upanishad, guide us expertly through this strange and
fruitful landscape. --Brian Bruya
This book brings together in one volume Sri Chinmoy's commentaries on the Vedas the Upanishads
and the Bhagavad Gita three ancient Indian scriptures which are the foundations of Hindu spiritual
tradition. His approach is clear and practical and at the same time profound and richly poetic.
In a style unmistakably his own Sri Chinmoy makes direct and personal contact with the reader who
joins him on a journey through the wisdom of these celebrated classics. This book is both an excellent
introduction for readers who are coming to the subject for the first time and a series of illumining
meditations for those who already know it well.
Reviewer: Steve Kudlak (see more about me) from Wheeling, WV
The problem with most translations of ancient religious books, is that they are usually translated
by devotees, who give their own "spiritual spin" to things, and who definitely have an "agenda".
The author not only avoids this, but she explains what she did and why. Most translators never
explain this or any of the problems of translating. And since things like the Rig Veda are huge, she expalins her slections quite well.
The translation is plain not flowery religious language. Some examples are like: "mom's a doctor..."
and " Oh Wondferful Agni..." and I believe this preserves the flavor of the Rig Veda. That can be
appreciated by someone who feels that accuracy in translation is useful.
If you are looking for a flowery "spirtitual" translation this is not it. However if you want a
translation that is good in inspired moments, and also good with pizza and beer this is for you.
This handbook of meditation practice is a complete guide to a unique approach to tapping inner
resources by training concentration on inspirational passages. Meditation and the Eight-Point
Program that complements and supports it can be used by anyone who wants to learn to meditate
without any new dogma or philosophy. 252 pages