The way we will be presenting and discussing the Bhagavad Gita, it will not be necessary to have read the texts before. So don't worry if you aren't familiar before our sessions! Elle will provide background on the text, and our focus will be primarily on concepts discussed within the text and how we can apply those concepts to our own lives.
If you'd like to dive into the text for yourself, there are a ton of translations, commentaries, and interpretations of the Bhagavad Gita. Here are just a few suggested texts:
Warrior Self by Ted Cox is our suggestion for an entry-level look at the Bhagavad Gita. Ted also has written Warrior Truth, which is a deeper dive.
If you're interested in more of a meat-and-potatoes helping of the Bhagavad Gita, here are a couple recommendations of translations from a yoga philosophy nerd friend of mine. They're obviously all called "The Bhagavad Gita."
- Eknath Easwaran (quite readable, her #1 recommendation)
- Georg Feuerstein (very academic, extensive translation explanations)
- Winthrop Sergeant (very technical, less of an 'enjoyable' read)
- Stephen Mitchell (more of a rendering, very sweet and readable)
Ted Talks - Warrior Self Author Ted Cox compares Bhagavad Gita to Wizard of Oz
Elle's yoga philosophy teacher back in the day was Douglas Brooks, author or Poised for Grace, which is commentary on the BG.
If you come across any additional translations, share them below!
A note - reflect on the lens through which the author is sharing. All of the above-mentioned translations are written by white Western men who are "scholars" of yoga philosophy and/or Sanskrit. How might that frame the context of these re-tellings and translations? Why is it that these are the "preeminent" scholars of ancient South Asian wisdom?