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A Complete Modern English Translation withIntroduction, Guide for the Beginnersand Daily Reading.By
Dr. Ramananda Prasad, Ph.D.
Copyright © 2005 by the
International Gita Society
511 Lowell Place, Fremont, CA 94536, USAPhone (510) 791 6953, 6993Email: sanjay@gita-society.comVisit:www.gita-society.comwww.GitaInternational.comwww.gitaForFree.com
 All rights reserved. This book, or parts thereof,may be copied in any form only for non-commercial use provided the credit is given to the International/American Gita Society
Library of Congress CatalogCard Number: 88-72192ISBN 0-9621099-1-6
A Simple Method of God-realization:
The one who shall help propagation of this supreme secret philosophy shall be performing thehighest devotional service to Me and  shall certainly come to Me. Noone on the earth shall bemore dear to Me.(Gita 18.68-69)
This Gita distributed Free of charge:
First printing, 2000, 5,000Second printing, 2001, 10,000Third printing, 2002, 10,000Fourth printing, 2003, 10,000Fifth printing, 2004, 10,000Sixth printing, 2005, 20,000 
Total 65,000==========================PREFACE
I have not met brother Ramananda Prasad up to thetime of writing but this determined soul has beenrevealed to us by his translation of this religiousclassic and his goal to see the knowledge of Gitaspread globally. We should all assist in this nobleendeavor.Lust, anger, and greed,
 
are to be avoided if one wants to achieve salvation. (Gita 16.21) Thisancient yet relevant message must be heeded if weare to avoid destruction of our families, ouneighbors, and our environment. By observingeven a few principles enshrined in this powerfultext, we can make a significant contribution to anycountry by living a healthy lifestyle and avoidingexcesses. This perennial philosophy also showshumankind ways to avoid, reduce, or resolveconflicts.If this little book can influence minds likethose of Thoreau, Emerson, Gandhi, and SwamiVivekananda, then we as Hindus must consider itour duty to ensure that all have access to its prescriptions for spiritual, cultural, and intellectualsuccess.I regret not having been exposed to thisliterary masterpiece as a young student, but thensuch a distinguished translation was not available. Icertainly benefited from those who, like my latemother, could not read nor write but taught byexample that Hinduism is a way of life. Their strength was a culture that accompanied IndenturedServants when they first arrived in Guyana fromIndia on May 5, 1838. In order to survive in astrange land, they created an environment with avalue-system that continues to influence ou behavior, even though we now reside in some of the most sophisticated and technological societieson earth. Today the need to teach is even greater since this ancient religion is still one of the leastunderstood, alarmingly even by spiritual leaders.We can honor our ancestors and prepare posterity for the challenges ahead bysupplying every Hindu home in the districts inwhich we were born and grew up with a copy of this enduring philosophical treasure. I encourageyou to join in making this world a better place byfinancing more publications of this text anddistributing them to all in your community and asfar as humans reside, because the gift of non-sectarian, spiritual knowledge of the Gita is the best gift one can give to the human race.
Ramnarine Sahadeo, Barrister and Solicitor
 
All 700 verses of the Bhagavad-Gita
Brampton, Ontario, Canada, June 2005ramji@gita-society.com, Phone: 905-671-9233
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CONTENTSPreface.................................................. iTable of Contents ………………………….......................................................................iiIntroduction ........................................ iiiReview Comments................................ ivAbout Gita Society............................ ....iv1. Arjuna’s Dilemma …............................1
Arjuna wants to inspect the army………….1.20Arjuna's dilemma………………………… 1.27Arjuna gets deluded ………………………1.45
2. Transcendental Knowledge .................1
The spirit is eternal, body is transitory2.16Death and transmigration of soul......2.22Theory and practice of KarmaYoga..2.47Dangers of unrestrained senses ……….…. 2.60Sense control and Self-knowledge ………. 2.64
3. Path of KarmaYoga ...............................4
Why one should serve others?...........3.07The first commandment of Hinduism3.10All works are the works of nature.....3.27Two stumbling blocks on the path....3.34Origin and control of sin or lust.......3.36
4. Path of Renunciation with Knowledge 5
Why God incarnates?....................... 4.07Attached, detached, and forbidden action4.17A KarmaYogi is not bound by Karma4.20A simple method of Self-realization4.24The gift of knowledge is the best gift4.33A KarmaYogi obtains Self-knowledge4.38 Need for both Self-knowledge and Sevā4.42
5. Path of Renunciation ...........................6
KarmaYoga leads to Samnyāsa …………..5.06The saint and sinner is same for the wise…5.18
6. Path of Meditation ...............................7
A KarmaYogi is a renunciant............6.02Mind is both a friend and an enemy..6.05Who is the best yogi?........................6.32Two methods to subdue the mind.....6.35Destination of unsuccessful yogi..... 6.44
7. Self-knowledge and Enlightenment ....9
Matter, consciousness, and spirit......7.05Who seeks God?...............................7.16Everything is His manifestation........7.19God has a transcendental form..........7.24
8. The Eternal Being (Brahma) .............10
Spirit, individual soul, and Karma ...8.03A simple method of God-realization.8.07How to attain salvation.....................8.12Paths of departure from world...........8.26Self-knowledge leads to salvation.....8.28
9. Supreme Knowledge and Big Mystery 11
The theory of evolution and involution9.07The ways of the wise and of the ignorant9.11God takes care of His devotees.........9.22The Lord accepts the offering of love9.26There is no unforgivable sinner.........9.30
10. Manifestation of the Absolute .........12
God gives knowledge to His devotees10.10 Nobody can know the Reality.........10.15Everything is His manifestation.....10.32Creation is a small fraction of 
M
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y
ā10.42
11. Vision of the Cosmic Form ..............13
The vision of God is the aim of a seeker11.03Lord Krishna shows His cosmic form11.12We are only a divine instrument.....11.33One may see God in any form.........11.54
12. Path of Devotion ...............................14
Worship a personal or impersonal God?12.02The four paths to God.....................12.08KarmaYoga is the best way.............12.12
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International Gita Society
One should develop divine qualities12.20
13. Creation and the Creator................15
The theory of creation.....................13.05The fourfold noble truth .................13.08God can be described only by parables13.13
14. Three Modes of Nature.....................16
Three modes bind the soul..............14.05Three modes and transmigration.....14.14Rising above the three modes.........14.26
15. The Supreme Person.........................17
Creation is like a tree of 
M
ā
y
ā........15.01How to attain salvation...….....……15.05The supreme spirit, spirit, and beings15.18
16. Divine and the Demonic Qualities ...18
A list of major divine qualities........16.01There are only two types of humans16.06Three gates to hell...........................16.21Follow the scriptural injunctions…..…16.24
17. Threefold Faith .................................19
Where there is a will, there is a way17.03Three types of sacrifices.................17.11Austerity of thought, word, and deed17.14Three types of charity.....................17.20
18. Liberation Through Renunciation ..20
Definition of renunciation and sacrifice18.02The four goals of human life...........18.34Three types of pleasure...................18.38The ultimate path to God................18.66The highest service to God..............18.68The Grace of Gita............................18.70
THE BHAGAVAD-GITA
(The Sacred Song)
Fourth Revised Edition 
With Introduction, Original Sanskrit Text and  Roman Transliteration, A Lucid English Rendition in
two colors
 , Paragraph Headings, Guide for the Beginnersand Daily Reading, Explanationwith Verses from Other Religious Scriptures,and Index, 382 pages.
This hardcover edition may be purchased fromour website:www.gita-society.comor from:www.barnesandnoble.com(ISBN 0962 1099 24)By Ramananda Prasad, Ph.D.Published by the International Gita Society
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Worldwide Acclaim for This Rendition
"....Just beautiful, so simple and clear. Theuniversal principles of the philosophy are filled with poetic grace and style. The orchestrations of wisdom lulls the heart after every chapter…" ---
Swami Satyananda Devi Mandir, California
"......Prasad’s deft renderings are elegantly simple,easy to understand, and unencumbered bycommentary. An ambitious work that will beappreciated by all who study the Gita….’’ 
--- Hinduism Today
"....Explanations of the theory and philosophy of  selfless service has been so beautifullyexpounded 
…."
 ---
Prof. S. Tilak, Concordia University, Canada
" .... Judicious use of Sanskrit in the translationconveys its majestic beauty to the reader. It ismarked by simplicity, terseness, and clarity and isdevoid of superfluity. This book is refreshingly free from any sectarian slant....." 
---
 
Vedanta Kesari, Madras
"....I personally find many translations tediousbecause of complex structure and lack of brief definitions of certain Sanskrit words. Thistranslation is simply beautiful because it isbeautifully simple." ---
Rev. Phil Buzard, New York 
“…. every sincere translator of the Universal Gita should have Dr. Ramananda Prasad’s translation for constant reference.
This rendition of Gita isoriginal and authoritative.
It is a concisereference tool for every seeker, and everytranslator. The Eternal Truth is plainly brought  forward, and, at the same time the best and most easily read translation in English ....”
International Gita Society needs your help and support in spreading thisknowledgeiii

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