What is it about the Bhagavad Gita, a 700-verse Hindu scripture in Sanskrit that has captivated so many of the world’s most brilliant scientists, musicians, poets, thinkers and spiritual teachers? For two and a half millennia, the Gita (meaning Divine Song) has been one of the world’s most trusted guides for spiritual inner growth, beloved by spiritual seekers worldwide. Beethoven, Leonard Cohen, Carl Jung, Emerson, Thoreau, Mahatma Gandhi, Deepak Chopra, Michael Singer and so many others credit the Gita as a magnificent source of wisdom and inspiration. Robert Oppenheimer, a theoretical physicist considered one of the “fathers of the atomic bomb”, is quoted as saying the Gita is “the most beautiful philosophical song existing in any known tongue.” Best-selling New York Times author Eckhart Tolle praises it as “one of the greatest spiritual treasures of humanity.”
With the publication of Gita: A Timeless Guide for Our Times, Isaac Bentwich, MD, joins these giants in their great devotion to the Bhagavad Gita. A physician and scientist, Bentwich spent twelve years transcribing the ancient sacred text. He now invites readers on an inner journey to unleash our full potential as we face these unique and turbulent times. Just as Arjuna and Krishna were on the “battlefield of the soul”, Bentwich suggests that this “ancient inner guide is more relevant than ever in addressing the unique challenges we face in the modern world.” The purpose of his new translation is to make the Bhagavad Gita more accessible and relevant to contemporary readers.
Bentwich’s Gita is unique in three ways: First it is the only translation that recreates in English the mesmerizing melodiousness, meter and rhyme of the Sanskrit original. Secondly, Gita is “women empowering” and this version is crafted for both men and women. And thirdly, Bentwich’s translation is written as a simple, practical guide for inner development by crystalizing the key messages of each verse, as they apply to our time, peeling away distracting layers of complex terminology and foreign culture. His elegant offering is given to ordinary people “who are living in this hectic, troubled, yet beautiful world at this time of great evolution.”
Each chapter includes a short introductory text in which Bentwich offers personal musings on key messages to help readers open, “as vessels, to accept the Wisdom of the Gita.” The book also includes a Yoga Philosophy Basics, with fifteen key concepts of Vedanta to introduce the Gita’s philosophical terms. “The Gita has been an abundant source of Light in my life. May it be in yours as well.”
Isaac Bentwich M.D. is a longtime practitioner and teacher of Yoga and Meditation. Trained as a physician in Western and Ayurvedic medicine, he founded three life-science technology companies, leading revolutions in medicine, genomics, and environment conservation. Bentwich lives in Israel. For more info visit: NewGita.com or Harmonia.com