These classic teachings comprise the most important and universal texts from the Indian wisdom tradition. They pose the fundamental questions of life pondered throughout the ages: Who am I? What happens when I die? What is the purpose of my life? Each text offers compelling answers, reflecting the style and personality of their Vedic and Buddhist authors. Eknath Easwaran’s lyrical translations and engaging explanations of key concepts ensure that the texts are as relevant today as they were centuries ago.
Easwaran, Eknath (INT)
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Well, timeless classics no doubt. But the secret is in the translation. I've seen a few translations of the gita, this is by far one of the best. So I decided to trust Eknath Easwaran and get the full set of all 3 books, and it turned out to be a very good choice! It is wonderful reading, and highly recommended.
Review of "Classics of Indian Spirituality: The Bhagavad Gita, The Dhammapada, & The Upanishads" by Eknath Easwaran.
Having read the Bhagavad Gita and the Mahabharata I wanted to read the Dhammapada and The Upanishads before delving into the Ramayana. I found this set at a local store and extracted the Dhammapada from the case. Inside the pages I was greeted with a very informative introduction and a translation and format that made for enjoyable reading and ease of understanding.
Although I am not an expert in Sanskrit and cannot attest to the veracity of the translation I was, nonetheless, pleasantly surprised with the content of each of the three classical texts. I spent a weekend churning through the pages and was satisfied with my find.
If you are searching for the timeless wisdom necessary for a balanced life then this is a good starting point. The tomes and content are such:
The Bhagavad Gita: Arjuna, despairing on the battlefield...
These are wonderful translations of the Classics of Eastern Spirituality. The unique aspect of Easwaran's writing in general is conveying ancient truths from these scriptures in easy to understand language appropriate for modern times. I have gone through an interlinear translation of the Bhagavad Gita by Winthrop Sargent with word by word definitions in English and had a very hard time with the interpretation. Easwaran's translation is much easier to understand for me, and I prefer to read this translation. Easwaran often goes away from a literal word to word translation into English but maintains the authenticity of the message. This is important because many words in Sanskrit or Pali have no equivalent in English. There is an abundance of wisdom hidden in these scriptures. The introductions to all three books are excellent as well and give a good introduction to the scripture and background information. I would highly recommend this set.
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