The Bhagavad Gita is one of a small number of revered wisdom texts that transcend their faith traditions, such as the Bible, the Qur’an and the Dao De Ching. Einstein, Emerson, Thoreau, Jung, and others have celebrated the Bhagavad Gita as a book of profound teachings that apply to the human problems of our contemporary world as much as they did at the Gita’s inception over 3,000 years ago.
The Bhagavad Gita (along with the Yoga Sutras) is also one of the two primary books that delineate the original Yoga teachings of India. It is used by many yoga teachers in their training programs worldwide.
Ranchor Prime, an English (UK) author, broadcaster, and ecological activist, initially wrote this edition for his children, but it is far from a childish book. Rather, he has created a version of this classic that is accessible to an adult Western audience in a way that few of the hundreds of editions translated from the original Sanskrit have been.
At its heart, the Gita deals with the mysteries of life: the nature of the Self, the Universe/Higher Power, and the World. Spoken on a battlefield, it is a conversation between the soul and an Avatar, a Divine Being. Ranchor Prime's version is distinguished by his nonsectarian approach, making the Gita relevant to all.