Namaste! Welcome to online resources on Bhagwad Geeta. We are happy that you are here, and have taken another step towards your spiritual development. Here you will find links to a few important classical commentaries on the Holy Geeta written by saints and sages over hundreds of years. This list is not intended to be exhaustive. You can post your questions in the FAQ section of this website.
The Holy Bhagwad Geeta for Recitation
1. Sanskrit-English Transliteration
The Holy Bhagwad Geeta Translations
1. Geeta Press
2. Several Translations and Commentaries by verses at GitaSupersite.iitk
The Holy Bhagwad Geeta Commentaries
1. Gyaneshwari in Marathi
2. Bal Ganga Dhar Tilak. Geeta Rahasya. in Hindi in English in Marathi
3. Adi Shankaracharka. Original Sanskrit and its Hindi Translation by Shri Harikrishnadas Goyendka (Geeta Press). English Translation by Swami Gambhirananda English Translation by AM Sastri (Original 1901 Print)
4. Shri Aurobindo. Essays on Gita (1997). Sri Aurobindo Ashram.
5. Annie Besant and Bhagvan Das. The Bhagavad-Gita (1905). With Sanskrit text, free translation, word-for-word translation, and an introduction to Sanskrit Grammer.
6. Swami Krishnananda. The Commentary on Bhagavad Gita. The Divine Life Society.
7. Swami Chinmayananda. The Holy Geeta (2008). Central Chinmaya Mission Trust.
Benefits of reading Bhagwad Geeta
The purpose of Bhagavad-gita is to deliver mankind from the nescience of material existence. Every man is in difficulty in so many ways, as Arjuna also was in difficulty in having to fight the Battle of Kurukshetra. Arjuna surrendered unto Sri Krsna, and consequently, this Bhagavad-gita was spoken. Not only Arjuna, but every one of us is full of anxieties because of this material existence. Our very existence is in the atmosphere of non-existence. Actually, we are not meant to be threatened by nonexistence. Our existence is eternal. But somehow or other we are put into asat. Asat refers to that which does not exist.
Out of so many human beings who are suffering, there are a few who are actually inquiring about their position, as to what they are, why they are put into this awkward position and so on. Unless one is awakened to this position of questioning his suffering, unless he realizes that he doesn't want suffering but rather wants to make a solution to all suffering, then one is not to be considered a perfect human being. Humanity begins when this sort of inquiry is awakened in one's mind. In the Brahma-sutra this inquiry is called Brahma jijnasa. Athato Brahma jijnasa. Every activity of the human being is to be considered a failure unless he inquires about the nature of the Absolute. Therefore those who begin to question why they are suffering or where they came from and where they shall go after death are proper students for understanding Bhagavad-gita. The sincere student should also have a firm respect for the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Such a student was Arjuna.
Please find below Below some benefits or glories of Bhagavad Gita.
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In conclusion, Bhagavad-gita is a transcendental literature which one should read very carefully. Gita-sastram idam punyam yah pathet prayatah puman: if one properly follows the instructions of Bhagavad-gita, one can be freed from all the miseries and anxieties of life. Bhaya-sokadi-varjitah. One will be freed from all fears in this life, and one's next life will be spiritual.
"If one reads Bhagavad-gita very sincerely and with all seriousness, then by the grace of the Lord the reactions of his past misdeeds will not act upon him."
"One may cleanse himself daily by taking a bath in water, but if one takes a bath even once in the sacred Ganges water of Bhagavad-gita, for him the dirt of material life is altogether vanquished."
Because Bhagavad-gita is spoken by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, one need not read any other Vedic literature. One need only attentively and regularly hear and read Bhagavad-gita. In the present age, people are so absorbed in mundane activities that it is not possible for them to read all the Vedic literatures. But this is not necessary. This one book, Bhagavad-gita, will suffice, because it is the essence of all Vedic literatures and especially because it is spoken by the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
"One who drinks the water of the Ganges attains salvation, so what to speak of one who drinks the nectar of Bhagavad-gita? Bhagavad-gita is the essential nectar of the Mahabharata, and it is spoken by Lord Krsna Himself, the original Visnu."
Bhagavad-gita comes from the mouth of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and the Ganges is said to emanate from the lotus feet of the Lord. Of course, there is no difference between the mouth and the feet of the Supreme Lord, but from an impartial study we can appreciate that Bhagavad-gita is even more important than the water of the Ganges.
"This Gitopanisad, Bhagavad-gita, the essence of all the Upanishads, is just like a cow, and Lord Krsna, who is famous as a cowherd boy, is milking this cow. Arjuna is just like a calf, and learned scholars and pure devotees are to drink the nectarine milk of Bhagavad-gita."
In this present day, people are very much eager to have one scripture, one God, one religion, and one occupation. Therefore, ekam sastram devaki-putra-gitam: let there be one scripture only, one common scripture for the whole world -- Bhagavad-gita. Eko devo devaki-putra eva: let there be one God for the whole world -- Sri Krsna. Eko mantras tasya namani: and one hymn, one mantra, one prayer -- the chanting of His name: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. Karmapy ekam tasya devasya seva: and let there be one work only -- the service of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.