Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God
Translated by Swami Prabhavananda & Christopher Isherwood, 179 Pages, Paperback.
A free English rendering, especially done to introduce Americans to the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita.
In his introduction, Aldous Huxley states that "The Bhagavad Gita occupies an intermediate position between scripture and theology; for is combines the poetical qualities of the first with the clear cut methodicalness of the second. The book may be described, writes Ananda K. Coomaraswamy in his admirable 'Hinduism and Buddhism', 'as a compendium of the whole Vedic doctrine to be found in the earlier Vedas, Brahmanas and Upanishads, and being therefore the basis of all the later developments, it can be regarded as the focus of all Indian religion.' But this 'focus of Indian religion' is also one of the clearest and most comprehensive summaries of the Perennial Philosophy ever to have been made. Hence its enduring value, not only for Indians, but for all mankind."