From the BMCM Press Team
The BMCM started producing audiobooks (narrations of Easwaran’s written works) in 2009, but things really took off when we released The Bhagavad Gita in 2014. This recording has been tremendously successful in introducing Easwaran to new listeners – almost 30,000 people bought The Bhagavad Gita audiobook in 2020. We then went on to produce several more audiobooks including Passage Meditation, The Dhammapada, and Essence of the Upanishads.
Many people asked us for an audiobook of The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living, but we knew that it would involve a huge amount of work, which meant we would have to pace it out over maybe a decade. But then some friends of the Center offered their very generous support to create a single audiobook of all three volumes for release as soon as possible, and so we started work!
All the narrations of Easwaran’s audiobooks are by Paul Bazely, who is an actor of Indian heritage and a longtime passage meditator. Paul started recording The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living towards the end of 2018, together with his studio engineer, Simon Smith. Our Press team listened to the recordings several times over, finding and checking the necessary corrections. Paul and Simon also came up with lots of good suggestions, and were tremendously persevering and dedicated during the pandemic, managing to complete the book on schedule in December 2020.
The audiobook is an unabridged narration of all three volumes of The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living, and is more than 50 hours in length. The Bhagavad Gita itself is set on the battlefield of an apocalyptic war between good and evil, and is in the form of a dialogue between the warrior prince Arjuna and his spiritual guide Sri Krishna. In The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living Easwaran interprets the Gita’s teachings for modern listeners, applying them to every aspect of our lives as we face the social, environmental, and global challenges that threaten our world today.
The dialogue form of the Gita makes for a compelling audiobook. Each track, up to 30 minutes long, contains verses from the dialogue, followed by Easwaran’s commentary. Paul’s voicing of Arjuna, Krishna, and then of Easwaran really sweeps the listener along. Many of us like to follow in the ebook or print book while listening to the audiobook – it helps us to concentrate and absorb Easwaran’s teachings. Of course Easwaran is a master teacher, providing us with entertaining stories while challenging us to face reality.
We hope that this audiobook will be a welcome addition to people’s libraries, and will continue to bring new listeners to Easwaran.