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The Bhagavad Gītā

The Bhagavad Gītā

Translated by Franklin Edgerton

ISBN 9780674069251

Publication date: 01/01/1972

To most good Vishnuites, and to most Hindus, the Bhagavad Gītā is what the New Testament is to good Christians. It is their chief devotional book, and has been for centuries the principal source of religious inspiration for many millions of Indians.

In this two-volume edition, Volume I contains on facing pages a transliteration of original Sanskrit and the Franklin Edgerton’s close translation. Volume II is Mr. Edgerton’s interpretation in which he makes clear the historical setting of the poem and analyzes its influence on later literature and its place in Indian philosophy.

Sir Edwin Arnold’s beautiful translation, “The Song Celestial,” is also included in the second volume.


  • It is a real pleasure to read ‘India’s favorite Bible’ in this beautiful and very convenient edition… Edgerton analyzes the doctrines of the Gita with clearness and acuteness, and his exposé is full of well-chosen quotations and suggestive remarks.

    —P.E. Dumont, Journal of the American Oriental Society

Book Details

  • 224 pages
  • 5-1/16 x 7-3/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press