A Comprehensive Guide to Bhagavad-gita

We are thrilled to announce that H.D. Goswami’s book, A Comprehensive Guide to Bhagavad-gita, is now available for purchase. After a tremendous journey from start to finish, what began as a succinct, literal translation of the Bhagavad-gita evolved into a penetrating, 150-page thematic explanation of the Bhagavad-gita in its entirety.

In the book’s introduction, H.D. Goswami writes:

“Originally, this comprehensive guide to the Gita’s content was intended to be only a short introduction to my literal Gita translation. But like Krishna’s fabled fish incarnation, which appeared in tiny form and then grew to vast proportions, what began as a mere introduction, grew by necessity to become a book in itself. Having read, studied and cherished the Gita for decades at the feet of my teacher Srila Prabhupada, I could not help but share the profound conceptual connections that make this Sanskrit text so magical. The Gita is widely recognized as a work of spiritual and philosophical genius, and early on I fell in love with its Sanskrit text. My sincere wish here, through explication and translation, is to bring the general reader deep within that original Sanskrit. I hope you enjoy the journey.”

A Comprehensive Guide to Bhagavad-gita has already received acclaim from leading scholars of Sanskrit and Hindu Studies. We conclude this article with one such review.

“In the late 18th century Bhagavad-gita became the first Sanskrit work to be rendered in a European tongue, and since that time it has generated countless translations and secondary analyses. Among these, however, H.D. Goswami’s Comprehensive Guide with Literal Translation excels in its capacity to schematize and summarize the Gita’s powerful appeal as a source of perennial wisdom. The literal translation’s careful nuancing demonstrates the author’s Sanskrit mastery and philosophical expertise while the Guide’s focused precision and theological depth reflect the training of a Harvard doctorate as well as the spiritual insight of one dedicated to the sannyasa (renounced) order. Thematically divided into twelve parts, each with multiple subsections that focus on major issues, the Guide’s strongest features are its expert pinpointing of verses that pertain to each theological topic and its contextual analysis, articulated in succinct crisp prose that eschew both academic jargon and sectarian rhetoric. It is an excellent resource not only for those approaching the Gita as a spiritual manual, but also for those seeking a more systematic and rigorous understanding of its philosophical content. I look forward to using this work in my Hinduism courses.” -Edwin Bryant, Professor of Hinduism and Philosophy, Rutgers University

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