The End of Sorrow

Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living, Vol. 1

The Bhagavad Gita for Daily Living is Easwaran’s magnum opus, a practical verse-by-verse commentary on India’s timeless scripture, the Bhagavad Gita.

The Bhagavad Gita is set on a battlefield in a mythic war between good and evil. Easwaran translates each verse, relates it to modern life through stories and anecdotes, and gives spiritual exercises that you can use every day.

This first volume in a three-volume set covers chapters 1–6 of the Gita, and concentrates on the individual: the nature of your innermost Self, how it can be discovered in the depths of consciousness, and how this discovery can transform your life. 

I've read many translations of the Bhagavad Gita; they range from mediocre to horrendous. Eknath Easwaran, however, has made this scripture not only accessible, but warm and inviting. The language is lucid, though always challenging. Even more helpful is Easwaran's extensive commentary on each verse of the Gita. He modernizes this scripture, and shows how very pertinent it is in today's turbulent world. Sri Easwaran is quite likeable – very funny, gentle, and unpretentious. The Bhagavad Gita, simply put, is a book of two choices, and their consequences. It does not have a lot of do's and don’ts, nor does it lead the reader to feel inferior or degraded. This book, in short, has tremendously shaped my life, and I believe it has the power to also do so for anyone who is lonely, confused, or simply wants some kind of guidance to lead them through life. Buy all three books; it will, I promise, be one of the best investments you'll ever make.