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I'm interested in buying a good version of Bhagavad Gita, how is the one by Swami Mukundananda? Does his version align with the upanishads and vedanta? Is he unbiased in any way towards any sect?

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  • In my opinion, interpretations are based on conjectures. 😉 Learning Sanskrit and reading the original is the best.
    – estimator
    Commented Apr 20 at 13:55
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    Many Acharyas have interpreted Gita in their ways, I would suggest you read many Gita versions, you understand Gita after reading it many times and many versions. I would suggest the Gita by Swami Ranganathanandaji of Ramakrishna mission, Gita commentary by Adi Shankaracharya, and Gita commentary by Paramhansa Yogananandaji, you can also go through Gita by other Acharyas like Ramanujacharya, Madhvacharya etc.
    – Ayus
    Commented Apr 21 at 15:14
  • Look at this youtube.com/watch?v=6loeQ6G5EaE
    – Haridasa
    Commented Apr 23 at 14:24
  • I really like Swami Mukundananda's work and his "Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God". I referred to the site (holy-bhagavad-gita.org) for several years before buying the paper copy. The one criticism I've seen is that in places he interprets "yoga" as "bhakti-yoga", which may be true. But the original Sanskrit is right there alongside the commentary (in Devanagari and romanized form). Every translated work is subject to interpretation, Swami-ji is known to put an emphasis on bhakti, and personally I don't see this as a major issue. I find it more accurate than the ISKCON translation.
    – velw
    Commented May 21 at 16:07

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It is ideal to read the Bhagavad Gita which includes word to word translation so that the author has little to no opportunity to include his or her own interpretation or conjecture.

Swami Mukundananda has made wonderful contributions to Sanatana Dharma in the modern times.

I've not read his translation of the Bhagavad Gita. However, reading some of Swamiji's commentaries online, it appears to be an excellent source.

As mentioned in the Gita itself, since this knowledge gets lost due to innumerable interpretations from time to time, the author must be from a Guru Parampara (authorized disciplic succession) originating from the speaker i.e., Lord Krishna Himself.

एवं परम्पराप्राप्तमिमं राजर्षयो विदुः । स कालेनेह महता योगे नष्टः परन्तप ॥ २ ॥

evam paramparā-prāptam imam rājarṣayo viduḥ sa kāleneha mahatā yogo naṣṭaḥ paran-tapa

This supreme science was thus received through the chain of disciplic succession, and the saintly kings understood it in that way. But in course of time the succession was broken, and therefore the science as it is appears to be lost.

Also, this is especially useful if one wants to progress to more advanced study of the scriptures such as the Bhagavata Purana, Visnu Purana, etc. and learn the basics of Sanskrit along the way.

The Bhagavad Gita As It Is by His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Founder Acharya of ISKCON) meets the above criteria and is in complete alignment with Vedanta and the Upanishads.

Link to the disciplic successsion of the author: https://vedabase.io/en/library/bg/introduction/

Link to the online free version of the Gita: https://vedabase.io/en/library/bg/

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    This Gita I have, it seems a way too biased towards a particular sect and upon researching I was proven right. Commented Apr 21 at 6:08
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    One thing to keep in mind though is that every Gita will be 'biased' towards one of the sects such as Dvaita, Advaita, or Vishishtadvaita depending on the author's lineage. Similarly all the temple rituals are also biased towards a particular sect depending on the Sampradaya. Scriptures such as the Gita have already been researched & established in Bharata by various Acharyas a few centuries ago.
    – user34325
    Commented Apr 21 at 17:32
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    @VedantSingh no Prabhuhpada's Gita translation is terrible and his translation of Devas to demigods is wrong. I have nothing against his Sampradaya and commentaries will be biased, but never should that affect translation. Nityananda Misra has given a better Gita translation from someone of the same Sampradaya. youtube.com/watch?v=6loeQ6G5EaE
    – Haridasa
    Commented Apr 23 at 14:26
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    It'd be impractical to be stuck on Sanskrit terms when the end goal for him was to present the Vedic philosophy in the West including the 18,000 verses of the Bhagavata Purana. Moreover, even the work of Satyanaraya dasa which is being referred to in that video began his spiritual journey through Srila Prabhupada's books and he later became a Sanskrit scholar and wrote this book.
    – user34325
    Commented Apr 23 at 14:44

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