He is responsible for one of the most popular English translations of the Hindu text Bhagavad Gita , and of some of the major Upanishads His first work, Lamps of Fire , was a collection of religious and spiritual wisdom from across the world; a selection from the book inspired the Beatles song " The Inner Light " Though his native tongue was Catalan , he translated into English. His obituary in The New York Times said he had, "achieved the unique feat of translation from languages not his own Sanskrit and Pali into another language not at first his own English. After finding this spiritually misleading, he discovered an older English translation of the Bhagavad Gita. This inspired him to study Sanskrit in order to gain a better understanding of the text, as the available translation was quite poor.
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It is closest to the old hard bound copy by Annie Besant, written in archaic English, that I carried for years, everywhere I went and if I had this volume at that time I think I would have loved the Gita all the more.
What is common to both versions is that they are clear translations unadorned by commentary. My teacher often said that there are passages in the scriptures that you will ponder for years and then one day, when the meaning becomes clear you have an "aha!
This translation, gives you room to generate your own beautiful understanding of this great work, immediately for some parts and later on with others. There is some commentary at the front of the book where you can learn what others got out of the Gita as well as much about the history of Indian spiritual literature and Indian history. This part is offered as a guide to help you develop your own relationship to the text that follows. Like a setting for a diamond that presents the stone without competing with its lustre.
According to the publisher, "The eighteen chapters of The Bhagavad Gita c. Its three central themes—love, light, and life—arise from the symphonic vision of God in all things and of all things in God.
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The Bhagavad Gita
Joan Mascaró Fornés