The Bhagavad Gita has ratings and 51 reviews. Tami said: I first time I read The Bhagavad Gita was in university. Although interesting, my interpreta. The Bhagavad Gita contains the inner essence of India, the moral and spiritual principles found in the very earliest scriptures of this ancient land. To read The. The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners. BY Jack Hawley. The Bhagavad Gita has been called India’s greatest contribution to the world. For more than.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. This translation of the epic mystical poem uses everyday prose to walk the reader through difficult concepts.

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Although interesting, my interpretation was very academic, somewhat clinical like an anthropological exercise. Not surprising, being as I was an archaeology major looking for a humanities credit. Needless to say, I got very little personally out of the readings. Although the material is the same, this time when I read through The Bhagavad Gita, I became very interested in the concept of the I first time I read The Bhagavad Gita was in university. Although the material is the same, this time wakkthrough I read through The Bhagavad Gita, I became very interested in the concept of the path of action.

Several things clicked into place for me. Like many, I tended to associate isolation and spiritual commitment as part of the same equation. Yet, in my own life, I have found that I feel most like my true self closest to being part of that w picture when I am going about my day to day activities fully engaged. I guess, certain concepts and lines of questioning never really go ffor of style. This is indeed ‘magical’ as someone called it.

I have tried reading the Bhagavad Gita Roman Catholic here from age 16 but failed because of how complicated the translations seemed to be. Mostly it was not the language itself but the good knowledge of the background precepts and terms that those translations required from the reader. This ‘walkthrough’ of Hawley is just what I was looking for.

It’s so straightforward and simple to read and ‘understand’.

I quote that last word because you have to This is indeed ‘magical’ as someone called it. I quote that last word because you have to spend some time and experience the teachings first hand to truly understand what this book is trying to say. I am just glad to have found this book and loving it on my Kindle! Oct 22, Debra Moffitt rated it it was amazing. There is so much wisdom in Jack’s book. He brings a deep integrated understanding of spiritual practice to the table and uses it to fill the heart of the reader.


I keep this book as one to return to for inspiration again and again. A Walkthrough for Westerns is exactly what it sounds: The Bhagavad Gita is written in the form of a story about a warrior, Arjuna, who is having an internal conflict of whether or not to fight because he has friends and family on the opposing side.

Krishna, who is the Divine, teaches him that he is not his body, and that s The Bhagavad Gita: Krishna, who is the Divine, teaches him that he is not his body, and that sacrificing himself will not harm in the end. In the whole story, Krishna walks Arjuna through all the teachings that will bring him to be one with the Godhead.

I did enjoy this book. I agreed with a lot of the philosophy in it, and I liked how it stated that everything was apart of nature.

I also liked how it held people accountable for their own actions. Being able to relate it to my own life was really good, too. I would rate this book a 4, because it has a really good message, but it can be hard to get into.

I found myself underlining things that I thought were really important to life on almost every page, and I got a lot out of it. I was completely enthralled by this book!

westernerrs As ancient Hindu scripture, I was surprised by how compatible it is with Christianity and my own personal, religious beliefs. The lessons taught are completely Christian!!

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I anticipate that I will refer to this book a lot in the future–as I would other scriptures. Feb 11, Flan rated it it was amazing. Accessible and very interesting. The conversations between Arjuna and Krishna are wonderful Jack Hawley westernerrs an excellent job of bringing the ancient writings to modern Americans in a way they can be applied to everyday life.

This is a good beginning to weaterners the ancient wisdom. Jun 29, Chui Ying rated it it was amazing. Hawley makes the ancient scripture very palatable indeed! I read it side by side with another translation by Barbara Stoler Miller.

The Gita is a classic to be read many times over, in order to digest and internalize its teachings. May 05, Ayla rated it it was amazing. This is a beautifully-written translation of the BG that is easy to read and so comforting. One of westernners best approachable interpretations of the Gita that I’ve read. It’s easy to read, but not easy to absorb – but that’s the nature of the Westermers. Dec 01, Wilhelm rated it it was amazing.


Enjoyed the book and will definitely read it again and again. Great for someone like me who couldn’t even consider reading in the original context. I’ve read it through 3 times, each time gaining greater understanding. It’s now a daily read which I enjoy as it is my time for introspection and developing awareness of Atma. Oct 15, Christopher Beards rated it it was amazing.

An exceptional translation, offered in a way in which the story reads itself, while not lacking in the westernerd wisdom or poetic expression of the Gita. Jul 12, Valarie rated it really liked it Recommends it for: OK, this isn’t exactly a dumbed down Bhagavad Gita as many claim.

We all have to realize that it’s concepts are just a little foreign to the westerner fir they may need a walkthrrough nudge to understand what it is all about.

I happened to find it fascinating walkthrkugh I highly recommend the book to all who can find it. Jan 20, Jed rated it it was amazing. I have read two other versions of the Gita without comprehending them. This one is translated in a readable way. I loved learning more about how Hindu people think. A must for anyone seeking spiritual growth, inspiration and truth.

Only magnifies the heart and reality to those willing to walkhtrough, accept and practice it’s teaching s. If you’ve tried to read other translations or become overwhelmed and annoyed at terminologies than this is the one for you.

I would say this is the most univerisal and accessible version and pershaps even the Gita in its purest form as if the original authors want to clear it up for us. Oct 08, Christopher rated it it was amazing. An excellent and fluid translation for western readers. I really liked this translation. Sep 17, Velutrein rated it it was amazing.

The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners

Loved it- Gita explained wih ease without loosing its inner meaning and depth. Aug 28, Westetners. A explantion of the Gita in a clear and easy to read style. Made me revisit the tradional text and stimulated my interest in Indian philosophy. Sep 21, Leslie rated it it was amazing. Dec 16, Carissa rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Sep 18, Pythagorean rated it it was amazing.

I’m amazed I’ve never read this before. It’s filled with profound wisdom, and this prose translation is very easy to read. I’m looking forward to reading other translations. Will be coming back for a re-read. Best introduction that I would fully recommend to the Gita. Feb 15, Chris Davis rated it it was amazing. I’ve read this several times.