I'm looking for a Gita in English to replace the current version we have, which is the Bhagavad-Gita: As It Is by Parabhupāda.

I'm drawn to The Essence of Bhagavad Gita by Paramahansa Yogananda because I love his writing, but I cannot tell from the online descriptions whether this version is a translation or a commentary. If it is only commentary, I will look elsewhere for a Gita translation (likely Ghandi's transition).

  • Possible duplicate of Bhagavad-Gita: As It Is - version without interruptions?
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    Aug 7, 2017 at 13:22
  • I disagree that this is a duplicate of the above linked post. The question is whether Yogananda's version is a translation and if it is, whether the purports interrupt the narrative.
    Aug 7, 2017 at 13:48
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    @Rohit. No, I didn't. There is only one commentary. Yes. But OP was not aware whether it was a translation or a commentary. Even if it was a commentary, there could be variations with the publishers. E.g: There is only one Sri Bhashya but there are many versions based on the translators and the publishers. Similarly, here too. OP is seeking a book without interruptions of Yogananda's. That's why it's not a dupe of mentioned question. Aug 11, 2017 at 17:32
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    Good work. you felt him better. @SS Aug 11, 2017 at 17:55
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    @SS Thank you, you were correct. My original post contained a confusing ending which split the focus of my question and left it open for interpretation. I have made the requested edit and I am grateful to you for helping me see the consequence of a vague question. I will apply what you have said to my life entirely and not just this question.
    Aug 12, 2017 at 9:30

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You have made a good decision to explore inner yogic meanings from the books of Yogananda. He has written a commentary on geeta which is named "God talks with Arjuna". He has presented many practical aspects of inner rAja yoga in this book. You can slowly read one by one chapters and contemplate on its meanings. He has also described symbolism in this book.

You can download it from the below links or buy from Amazon.

God talks with Arjuna - Part one

God talks with Arjuna - Part two

  • Thank you for your response! I will find that book as well. Do you know if "The Essence of Bhagavad Gita" by Yogananda is a Gita translation?
    Aug 7, 2017 at 17:28
  • @user11647 "The Essence of Bhagavad Gita" is not the work of Yogananda. It is written by Swami Kriyananda, the disciple of Yogananda. Aug 11, 2017 at 8:38
  • Thank you - that is the info I am looking for. Did Yogananda ever translate the Bhagavad-Gita?
    Aug 11, 2017 at 10:07
  • @user11647 please open the links and read the preface and forward. Aug 11, 2017 at 10:21

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