- "No work in all
Indian literature is more quoted, because none is better loved, in
the West, than the Bhagavad-gita. Translation of such a work demands
not only knowledge of Sanskrit, but an inward sympathy with the
theme and a verbal artistry. For the poem is a symphony in which God
is seen in all things....The Swami does a real service for students
by investing the beloved Indian epic with fresh meaning. Whatever
our outlook may be, we should all be grateful for the labor that has
lead to this illuminating work."
Dr. Geddes MacGregor,
Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Philosophy
University of Southern
- "The Gita can be
seen as the main literary support for the great religious
civilization of India, the oldest surviving culture in the world.
The present translation and commentary is another manifestation of
the permanent living importance of the Gita."
- "I am most
impressed with A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada's scholarly and
authoritative edition of Bhagavad-gita. It is a most valuable work
for the scholar as well as the layman and is of great utility as a
reference book as well as a textbook. I promptly recommend this
edition to my students. It is a beautifully done book."
- Dr. Samuel D.
Professor of Sanskrit,
- "...As a
successor in direct line from Caitanya, the author of Bhagavad-gita
As It Is is entitled, according to Indian custom, to the majestic
title of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The
great interest that his reading of the Bhagavad-gita holds for us is
that it offers us an authorized interpretation according to the
principles of the Caitanya tradition."
Professor of Sanskrit
and Indology, Sorbonne University, Paris
- "I have had the
opportunity of examining several volumes published by the
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust and have found them to be of excellent
quality and of great value for use in college classes on Indian
religions. This is particularly true of the BBT edition and
translation of the Bhagavad-gita."
Dr. Frederick B.
Professor of Religion,
- "...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."
Dr. Elwin H. Powell
Professor of Sociology
State University of New
- "There is little
question that this edition is one of the best books available on the
Gita and devotion. Prabhupada's translation is an ideal blend of
literal accuracy and religious insight."
Dr. Thomas J. Hopkins
Professor of Religion,
Franklin and Marshall College
Bhagavad-gita, one of the great spiritual texts, is not as yet a
common part of our cultural milieu. This is probably less because it
is alien per se than because we have lacked just the kind of close
interpretative commentary upon it that Swami Bhaktivedanta has here
provided, a commentary written from not only a scholar's but a
practitioner's, a dedicated lifelong devotee's point of view."
Denise Levertov, Poet
- "The increasing
numbers of Western readers interested in classical Vedic thought
have been done a service by Swami Bhaktivedanta. By bringing us a
new and living interpretation of a text already known to many, he
has increased our understanding manyfold."
Dr. Edward C Dimock,
Department of South
Asian Languages and Civilization
University of Chicago
- "The scholarly
world is again indebted to A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Although Bhagavad-gita has been translated many times, Prabhupada
adds a translation of singular importance with his commentary...."
Dr. J. Stillson Judah,
Professor of the
History of Religions and Director of Libraries
Union, Berkeley, California
Prabhupada's edition thus fills a sensitive gap in France, where
many hope to become familiar with traditional Indian thought, beyond
the commercial East-West hodgepodge that has arisen since the time
Europeans first penetrated India.
"Whether the reader
be an adept of Indian spiritualism or not, a reading of the
Bhagavad-gita As It Is will be extremely profitable. For many this
will be the first contact with the true India, the ancient India,
the eternal India."
Professor of Religious Sciences
Institute of Political
Studies, Paris, France
- "As a native of
India now living in the West, it has given me much grief to see so
many of my fellow countrymen coming to the West in the role of gurus
and spiritual leaders. For this reason, I am very excited to see the
publication of Bhagavad-gita As It Is by Sri A.C. Bhaktivedanta
Swami Prabhupada. It will help to stop the terrible cheating of
false and unauthorized 'gurus' and 'yogis' and will give an
opportunity to all people to understand the actual meaning of
Dr. Kailash Vajpeye,
Director of Indian Studies
Center for Oriental
Studies, The University of Mexico
- "...It is a
deeply felt, powerfully conceived and beautifully explained work. I
don't know whether to praise more this translation of the
Bhagavad-gita, its daring method of explanation, or the endless
fertility of its ideas. I have never seen any other work on the Gita
with such an important voice and style....It will occupy a
significant place in the intellectual and ethical life of modern man
for a long time to come."
Dr. Shaligram Shukla
Linguistics, Georgetown University
- "I can say that
in the Bhagavad-gita As It Is I have found explanations and answers
to questions I had always posed regarding the interpretations of
this sacred work, whose spiritual discipline I greatly admire. If
the aesceticism and ideal of the apostles which form the message of
the Bhagavad-gita As It Is were more widespread and more respected,
the world in which we live would be transformed into a better, more
Dr. Paul Lesourd,
Catholic University of Paris