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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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Publisher's Summary

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. 

Narrated by Paul Bazely, an actor of Indian heritage and a longtime student of Easwaran. Music by Yann Stoneman.

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Critic Reviews

"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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Must read for everyone who wants stability and complete composer of mind

I am not a religious person but if you believe in spirituality and wants to understand the very purpose of one’s being, Bhagwat gita is the most valuable contribution to the human kind. So guys, go for it, you won’t be disappointed :)

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Poor Narration, wrong pronunciation!

Best Book but narration is poor, please narrate it by someone from India, all hindi and sanskrit words have poor pronunciation, such a book is being narrated by a foreigner, please.

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practical and interesting

one of the most practical book for the mankind. Writer has given little devotional outlook, however Arjuna always questions Krishna about the authenticity of his claims until he sees his godly form

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The divine words don't need such a long intro

I do understand the purpose of the long intro given by the Narrator. It is a well- meaning purpose: to introduce Shri Bhagvad Gita to Western audiences. But still intro is so long that it takes away the joy of reading and listening to this Krishna song. A shorter intro will make me give 4 stars and a narrotor pronouncing the Sanskrit words as they should be pronounced will make this book even better. Narrator pours soul into the narration but is beaten by his diction

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Absolutely mind-opening!

This has to be the best translation of the Gita that I have ever come across. Truly insightful and simple to understand. Please read / listen to it if you are interested in the subject. The narrator is perfect...

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Good one for beginners. Liked it.

the explanation of slokas and the summary of each chapter is very helpful for the beginners I especially liked the voice of the narrator of the slokas.

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Good narration. Good translation.

Mildly racist and supports castism. Author has vast knowledge about the subject. Proper use of language and narrative style. Not boring at any point.

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Could have been better

It’s ok . The content Could have been better and also Indian voiceover would have done justice to the Names .

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very insightful. the ultimate guide -Bhagwat Gita

it's teachings are so profound. Very insightful. The ultimate guide for human kind at all times.

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ETERNAL TRUTH OF LIFE

Best one especially during this lockdown period. To clear the thoughts and mind. It has explained death as eternal but beautiful truth which will help people to get rid of fear of death. Karma as doctrine of life.

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  • Lauriesland
  • 11-01-16

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
  • 23-04-15

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
  • 13-08-15

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
  • 06-09-15

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
  • 04-03-15

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
  • 09-09-15

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
  • 24-04-15

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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  • Publicagent
  • 04-12-15

Studying the Gita

This text is for studying the Gita. Great introduction, and great intros to each chapter, however....

Introductions to each chapter really break the listening flow. I would much rather have a full introduction, and then be able to listen to the Gita without interruption, which I could easily do if I had the book in hand. Here, you don't have the option. The introductions to the chapters are NOT separate from the text of the Gita itself. They are in the same chapters.

I really wish Audible gave us more options, like "Listen with Intros," or "Listen Without Intros." I know they have such options for Shakespeare. More care in chapter labeling in general would be appreciated.

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  • RoxAnne S.
  • 21-02-15

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
  • 21-11-15

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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  • Teresa Ray
  • 07-12-18

insightful.

I have listened to this several times and hear something new and relevant every time.

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  • KiraDorset
  • 24-05-18

Terrible distracting accent

Couldn't deal with Paul Bazely attempting an indian accent which sounded Welsh and ridiculous, ruined some very poignant parts.

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  • bebekwala
  • 05-02-18

Wonderful.

A wonderful, thought-provoking and calming listen. This is one of my most listened to books in my library. Narration is great.

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  • Jas Singh
  • 26-12-18

Hinduism 101

So much great theology on how to live one's life. As a Sikh reading up on Hinduism I see a lot of similarities such Maya (worldly manifestation) Trai gun which is the 3 qualities the mind can adopt.

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  • Yoga Republic
  • 04-08-18

Enjoyable

I really enjoyed the book but I am still confused on number of matters for example if all are one and equal why is it acceptable for the yogi to endorse a tradition of sitting on the skin of a dead deer? I am also still a little unclear on the acceptability of war of the warrior class? Other than this and some other minor questions I found the book engaging and positive.

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  • Pevin
  • 27-09-16

Wow

This is a great version, so great that I am going to re listen to it now!

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  • Trinity.
  • 03-11-18

Beautiful.

The kind of book I will read over and over again. Execellent narration, story very smoohly told. The introductions to each chapter were very helpful and the way the chapters are broken down is perfect.

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  • chandni
  • 09-06-18

Best audiobook of the Gita I have come across

Listening to this audio book was a gift. It made the teachings of the Gita very accessible to a lay person.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-05-18

The Bhagavad Geeta beautifully narrated

Makes you search your own soul in parts. Almost a cleansing experience. Just truly awsome.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-03-19

Loved listening

Just what I wanted. A perfect introduction to understanding the Bhagavad Gita.Narrator read the book well.

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  • Flip B
  • 09-04-18

Listen without the commentary

I’ve heard some excellent narrators and some really terrible ones on Audible, and Paul Bazely is definitely one of the better ones. He delivers the tone and atmosphere of the Gita perfectly. With regards to the book, the first half has Easwaran’s commentary before each chapter of the Gita and the second half has the Gita translation only. I found the commentary either just repeated the Gita or that his opinions were misleading, contradictory or just missed the point entirely. Where on the other hand his translation seems to touch on real depth and wisdom. My recommendation is to skip the commentary (don’t waste your time), and start at chapter 20 where you can listen to Gita translation only.

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  • Dallas
  • 29-05-18

40% book60%interpretation.couldnt make it through

No doubt the original work is good, i would have liked to read it and draw my own lessons from it. However there's a narrator who explains everything beforehand, robbing the work of any joy or flow and his conclusions are not what iwant to read. Translating Is one thing, but interpreting the meaning - the narration is lengthier than some chapters - is not needed. Why would this ancient work need improvement? How can i find meaning in this work when another's presuppositions are in my head?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-08-19

Wonderful

I truly valued the second half of this wonderfully read translation without the introduction/ interpretation.

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  • Chat
  • 21-03-17

love it

love the book. narrator works through the concepts in the book really well . ,.....

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  • mathew
  • 18-03-17

intense

loved it! will need to listen to this recording many more times to grasp fully

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  • David Radunz
  • 16-03-17

It's not 8 hours long. It repeats at the end!

Otherwise the performance was quite good. Just filling in words now for the review length.

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  • Lee Abrahams
  • 31-08-20

The most profound and most beautiful true words

The words of this book, brings me to tears and ecstasy at the same time. Krishna and his words are more beautiful that all poetry, than all beauty in life itself. These words are the lighthouse for lost souls. It is love translated into words.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-08-20

A must read and not just once

As someone else mentioned, skip ahead to chapter 1, past the introductory chapters. It is better for you to hear it read through once without someone else's opinion inbetween each chapter. See how you come to understand what is being told first. Also listen to 'The holy Science' and 'The Lost Star of Myth and Time'. They offer so much to anyone who has ears to hear.

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  • Trevor
  • 16-12-19

more content would be great

I enjoyed the book, but was hoping for more direct content from the original translation

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  • LC
  • 13-02-19

extraordinary text..

Spiritually confirming and moving. easy to understand and related to spiritual concepts..well worth a second read.