Srimad Bhagavad Gita in English | with Commentary by Swami B. G. Narasingha

Bhagavad Gita in English

with commentary by
Swami B. G. Narasingha

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Presenting Srimad Bhagavad Gita - Sri Krishna's illuminations on the perfection of Yoga, with an english commentary by Swami B. G. Narasingha for the 21st Century.

Why Read The Bhagavad Gita?

For an observant person it is clear that the world around us is a bewildering place with many unsolved mysteries. If one is seeking answers to the age-old questions of ‘Who am I?’ ‘Why do we suffer?’ ‘Where do we come from?’ ‘What is the purpose of life?’ ‘What happens after death?’ – then one will find great satisfaction in Srimad Bhagavad Gita because the Gita answers these questions and more with the utmost clarity.

Why Another Commentary?

We have now completed the first decade of the 21st century and a host of such erudite commentaries on Srimad Bhagavad Gita sit upon our bookshelves and in our libraries – surely there is no call for yet another!

The message of Srimad Bhagavad Gita is eternal and unchanging, but the time that surrounds us is always changing, thus our perception of life, our current situation and our necessity is also always changing. To meet the changing times and the present necessity, yet another commentary is being presented – a brief commentary called the Anuvritti.


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A Must Have !

Rich in elegance and style, this publication of the timeless Srimad Bhagavad Gita features:

  • Thought provoking, cutting-edge commentary by Swami B. G. Narasingha
  • Sanskrit text, transliteration, and translation of each verse
  • Pronunciation guide, glossary, & verse index
  • Fabric cover with inlaid title and design
  • Brass corner covers for extra protection
  • High quality, gilt edged pages with gold leafing
Swami B. G. Narasingha

Swami Bhakti Gaurava Narasingha was born in 1946 in the USA and grew up in California, Florida and Hawaii. His first introduction to yoga was through Swami Vishnudevananda and his first contact with Srimad Bhagavad Gita was through reading Autobiography of a Yogi by Yogananda. In 1967, Swami Narasingha came in contact with the teachings of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and in 1970 he became his direct disciple and student of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita. In 1976 Swami Narasingha became a sannyasi (monk) and traveled extensively for many years in India. continue reading ...

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Bhagavad Gita - Complete Knowledge of the Absolute Truth

    War is nothing new to this world. Thousands of years ago wars were being fought, such as the one at Kurukshetra, to resolve the differences between good and evil and for the purpose of material gain. From ancient times to our modern era, practically not a day on this earth has passed when someone, somewhere, was not fighting over something. Throughout history men have gathered on the field of battle to fulfill their greed for wealth and glory, sometimes nobly, but more often ignobly. The same is happening in the 21st Century. War it seems is an unavoidable karmic destiny of human civilization.      

    Peace, on the other hand, is rather elusive. Peace is talked about and even prayed for, but seldom makes more than a momentary appearance. Most of our lives, even for the humblest of souls, are spent struggling for existence either socially, politically, financially, mentally, or physically. For most of us the temporary absence of any major crisis is what we would call peace. However, peace (or shanti as it is known amongst yogis) is a state of consciousness and not a condition relative to the external affairs of the material world. Peace is an internal experience. 

    The wisdom of the Vedic literature, Srimad Bhagavatam says, jivo-jivasya-jivanam – one living being is food for another living being. From the minutest forms of life to the most complex, one life is sustained by the loss of another. Thus, the basic principle for material existence is fundamentally flawed with violence. Peace then, for most of us, comes in doing what we have to do and believing that we have done the right thing. Therein lies the fine line between war and peace. Is what we think to be good, or what we are conditioned to believe, actually right? 

    The ability to discriminate between right and wrong, or in some cases good and evil, largely depends on the extent of knowledge from which we draw our conclusions. A poor fund of knowledge naturally results in faulty conclusions. Therefore, it is in our best interest to seek out the greatest source of knowledge – knowledge of the Absolute Truth, and familiarize ourselves with that. 

    Srimad Bhagavad Gita is perhaps the most widely read book of theistic knowledge in the world. Whatever knowledge one finds in similar books such as the Dhammapada, the Bible, the Torah, the Koran etc. is also found in Srimad Bhagavad Gita. But in Srimad Bhagavad Gita one will find knowledge that is not present anywhere else. Consequently, Srimad Bhagavad Gita surpasses all branches of knowledge.

Know more about the burden of afterflife, the greatest charity, the best Yoga system, and following Krishna. Also, know about how Bhagavad Gita hints at a plausible solution for the Missing Mass problem.

Who is Bhagavan?

Swami B. G. Narasingha

Bhagavad-gita truly begins from the second chapter. Bhagavad-gita literally means the ‘Song of Bhagavan’ and Bhagavan means the Absolute Truth. Here for the first time in Bhagavad-gita, Shri Krishna is addressed as Bhagavan. According to Vedic scholars such as Parasara Muni, Bhagavan means one who possesses all wealth, strength, fame, beauty, knowledge and renunciation.  

East Meets West - Oriental Seeds in Occidental Soil

Swami B. G. Narasingha and Satyaraja Dasa

In modern times the influence of India's spiritual thought in America has taken leaps and bounds. Turbulent peace-seeking days of the sixties and seventies opened the doors for alternative thinking, and Spiritual India was welcomed with open arms.

What is the greatest danger according to the Bhagavad Gita?

Swami B R Sridhara Goswami

Krishna is abhaya - beyond apprehension. By participation in His service there is no fear. Otherwise, mukti is like a strike in the organic system. That must be avoided. We have no right to misuse/abuse the service in a factory, or to declare a strike, that is cessation of service - both are abnormal.

Krishna – The Supreme Vedantist

A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Sannyasins who follow the philosophical path of acarya Sripada Sankara are now generally known as Vedantists. Those who follow the philosophical paths of Vaisnava acaryas such as acarya Sripada Ramanujacarya, Sripada Madhvacarya, Sripada Visnu-svami etc. are known as the Bhagavatas. The so-called Vedantists designate the followers of Vaisnava acaryas as Bhagavatas whereas for themselves they think that Vedanta philosophy is the monopoly subject matter for the studies of the Sankarites only. Following this principle, some other classes of sannyasins who are not recognized either by the Sankarites or by the Vaisnavites also designate themselves as Vedantists.

A Question on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 14 Verse 4

Swami B. R. Sridhara

The original conception of prakrti (material nature) is that it is also conscious and personal. Maya is also conscious, in that, she also has got her personality. There is Brahma-loka and viraja. The viraja side is prakrti. Brahma means brhat - the prakrti as a whole. The ksana is the ray of bija (seed) sent by tal-linga bhagavan sambhuh. The ray is the linga from Maha-Visnu and that enters into viraja.

The Secret of the Lord’s Appearance According to Srimad Bhagavad Gita

Bhaktivinoda Thakura

In the beginning of Srimad Bhagavad Gita’s fourth chapter, which is entitled Jnana-yoga (the yoga of knowledge), Bhagavan Sri Krishnacandra told Arjuna that previously He had instructed the sun-god on the topic of the perfection of nishkama-karma (activities without material desires) within jnana-yoga. The sun-god explained this knowledge to Manu, who in turn instructed Iksvaku. In this way the saintly kings obtained realisation of yoga via the parampara.

Questions about life addressed in the Gita

Who am I?

Many people claim that life comes from dead matter, that the feeling of the self is nothing but a complex neurological phenomenon. However, the neurologists are nowhere near the answer to the fundamental question of consciousness. Moreover, some scientists like Dr Robert Lanza (An eminent modern-day biologist known for his theory of Biocentrism) are even considering consciousness, not as a phenomenon, but as an independent non-material entity in itself. In Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna addresses this question right in the beginning that we are individual units of consciousness called the jiva. To understand the intrinsic function of the jiva and more than just the 'A', 'B', 'C's of spiritual wisdom, read the Bhagavad Gita.

Why do we suffer?

To ignorantly consider that we are our bodies is the primary cause of suffering in the material world. Nevertheless, nothing in this world happens by chance. We suffer and rejoice as a result of our previous actions or karma. In the Bhagavad Gita Krishna counsels Arjuna on the laws of karma and affirms that He does not create anyones karma. Therefore, our own past actions and not Krishna is to be blamed for our sufferings. You are invited to read the Karma Yoga section of Srimad Bhagavad Gita wherein Krishna gives the secret to happiness.

Where do we come from? What is the Purpose of life?

In Bhagavad Gita Krishna counsels Arjuna that everyone including Krishna Himself exist eternally as individual entities and therefore there is no question of when were we created. However, Krishna is the supreme person and other living entities are subordinate to Him. By nature our best interest lies in the service of the supreme person Sri Krishna. Forgetting our true relationship with Krishna, we have chosen to wander in the material world. We shall find wholesome satisfaction and fulfillment only in a relationship with Sri Krishna and no where else. Study Srimad Bhagavad Gita for the revival of your true nature.

What happens after death?

This age old question has troubled scientists and philosophers alike from time immemorial and will continue to pose as the biggest mystery for those that have not scrutinized the Bhagavad Gita. For the students of Srimad Bhagavad Gita death is just another transition from one body to the next. The challenge is how well we apply in our lives the teachings of Sri Krishna to get out of the cycle of birth and death, and realize our true relationship with Krishna. Plain Moksha or liberation is not the ultimate end. Read the Gita » to know the loftiest ideal of human life.