Krishna’s Song: A New Look at the Bhagavad Gita


Krishna’s Song: A New Look at the Bhagavad-Gita is not yet another translation, merely reiterating what the Gita itself has to say, although this book certainly does much of that. It is rather an attempt to “culturally translate” the text, making use of concepts and categories to which readers are accustomed.

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By engaging familiar motifs – such as issues of modernity, pop-culture icons, and philosophers who are well-known in the West – the author brings the Gita into focus for non-specialists and scholars alike. Through a series of contemporary news references and insightful summaries, readers will understand the facts and personalities that make up the Bhagavad-Gita.

Using his many years of Gita-centered research, Rosen unlocks the mysteries of the text’s spiritual underpinnings. He provides an overview of the Gita’s narrative and teachings alongside documentation of its traditional application and more modern ways in which the text can be understood.

Subjects discussed include violence in the Gita, the Gita and the atom bomb, Gita in the workplace, the goal of yoga, the soul, and Star Wars. Readers will rejoice at how well this book lays bare the culture and the context of the Gita, providing deep familiarity with this most sacred of all the world’s wisdom texts.

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