Bhagavad Gita
Talks Between the Soul and God

Translation and contemporary interpretation by Ranchor Prime

Reviews

Trade Reviews
‘The author has done a superb job translating the text into accessible, elegant English. The level of scholarship is irreproachable and the translation excellent. You should market it to compete directly with the Penguin Classics version. It is a better translation and a better explanation of the text. This translation’s primary strength is the elegance of the poetry. The translator has done an absolutely superior job in capturing the lyricism and beauty of the original. I really like the architecture of the translation. By separating off each chapter into a strictly defined category, the shifts in theme and meaning become very clear. In this respect, this translation is superior to any I’ve encountered. I think this version could occupy a niche in the market that is not currently filled. The text is certainly authoritative and the poetry of the original Gita shines through. I think this version has the chance to become the standard academic text for the Gita. It could become the standard classroom translation for some time to come. The general appeal of Hinduism can vary with whatever celebrity happens upon eastern philosophy at any given time, however, the Gita is a classic of world literature and this translation stands on its own merits.’ Expert Evaluation, Barrons Educational

‘This well-illustrated version of the Bhagavad Gita, the central ancient text of devotional Hinduism, is distinguished by its easy accessibility. Prime’s translations from the Sanskrit are not poetic, but they get the job done, and his section-by-section commentary opens the text to the spiritual seeker. Offered in the first person plural (‘When we are overwhelmed by life’s complexities...’), these comments show that Prime never loses sight of the audience for his book, and that he wants readers to understand the Gita in a personal way. In fact, Prime began this translation as a way of sharing the Gita with his own children, and his commentary exudes a fatherly and caring spirit.’ Publishers Weekly

‘This translation of the Gita from new publisher Fitzrovia Press aims for accessibility in order to bring the Hindu text alive for Western audiences.’ The Bookseller 5 Feb 2010

‘Stating that the Gita is born of eternity and is as alive today as when it was first spoken, Prime’s new translation successfully aims at simplicity and clarity. The text is accompanied by short explanations. This is a very accessible edition, demonstrating that the Gita has words of wisdom for everyone.’ The Bookseller, Sue Allen, 12 March 2010

‘Gives sheer clarity to the purpose of life, bringing peace and helping you rediscover yourself in a new light.’ Asian Voice, 20 May 2010

‘Ranchor Prime adopts a non-sectarian approach, making the Gita relevant to those of all religions or none and emphasising the link between religion and self-development. It is distinguished by its easy accessibility. His section-by-section commentary opens the text to the spiritual seeker. He never loses sight of the audience for his book, and that he wants his readers to understand the Gita in a personal way.’ OM Magazine, July 2010

‘Delicious is the word for this fresh, skilful and beautiful new edition of the one Indian Sacred Text of which everyone has heard. These thoughts are elegant, haunting and memorably translated by Ranchor Prime who follows the long tradition of Englishmen immersing themselves in the East and giving us spiritual treasure. This is a real gem.’ Geraldine Beskin, proprietor of The Atlantis Bookshop, June 2010

‘This Bhagavad Gita is unlike all others I have seen. Instead of the facsimile paperback prints from unmindful publishers, accompanied by a gaudy repro of an Indian depiction of Krishna, this is thought through from the first to the last. Prime’s levelled, confiding and gentle guidance - based on decades of spiritual practice - draw the reader on. All previous Gitas were unreadable beyond the 2nd or 3rd page - full of arcane language, mistranslations and narrow-mindedness, but Ranchor Prime’s Gita - ‘Talks between the Soul and God’ invites one to carry on.It is an easy to handle, portable, (don't lose it from your pocket) and pleasant volume, which can be opened at any page and dipped into for as many moments of peace and counsel as you wish. This book is not for your bookshelf, you’ll want to keep it much nearer than that.’ Richard J Barnes, publisher Frontier Publishing

From the Yoga world
‘I am deeply moved by your capacity to share such a profound and sacred text with us in a most accessible way.’ Nicole Hambro, Director, Alchemy the Centre, Camden

‘I just wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying reading your Bhagavad Gita. I have a habit of scanning through books to get to the good bit but I am finding wonderful bits on every single page. I am having a lot of ‘Wow!’ moments because you have a great way of simplifying things.’ Tracey Cramond, yoga teacher

‘Bhagavad Gita with simplicity, beauty and grace. I wholeheartedly recommend.’ Mollie McClelland, Yoga Teacher

‘I have been reading your translation of the Gita and I wanted to say that I think it's wonderful. I've never been able to connect with it before, but reading it now it feels like I really have something special in my hands and when I was reading it on the bus this morning I had the strangest feeling - a real wave of love washed over me it was a really beautiful experience.’ Katherine Smith, Marketing Consultant, Yoga Teacher and Life Coach

From other readers
‘Thank you for writing such a lovely book. I have various copies of the Gita and your excellent interpretation set my mind thinking about the things I might have missed when reading earlier renditions . The copy I have is from my local library in Southwark but if I can find it in the shops I will definitely by it. I am only up to chapter five but already I have learnt a lot. Once again, thank you.’ Tony Dennis, The British Museum

‘I wanted to let you know that I have your Gita with me (one of the only books I brought). I'm really enjoying it and I feel that when I read even a passage that day, it changes my perception.’ Rachel Lincoln, Theatre Director

‘This Gita can be understood by everyone - no one is excluded. Despite being a small volume it covers all verses in depth in a youth-friendly western style. Its plain language keeps to the essence of the original, giving the core of Vedic knowledge with equal emphasis on Karma (work), Gyana (knowledge) and Bhakti (devotion). It will be an inspiring first step for many toward understanding the secrets of life-science.’ Mrs Trupti Patel, Vice President, Hindu Forum of Britain

‘The Definitive Bhagavad-Gita for Modern Times: Bhagavad-Gita is meant for the enlightenment of humanity and remains vital today. For more than a decade, I, as a seeker of truth, have been searching for an easily accessible Bhagavad-Gita translation which faithfully retains the original message without speculation or vagueness. After extensive comparative studies of numerous translations, I found that this book is what I had been looking for because: it’s easy-to-read and the original spirit of Bhagavad-Gita is not compromised; the presentation is brilliant and universal in its appeal.’ Satish Kumar, Architect, Texas

‘Reading this Gita brings a feeling of seeing the Supreme Lord Krishna in all beings and feeling the presence of God everywhere. Lord Krishna brings spiritual enlightenment, love, happiness and devotion to the Supreme Lord.’ Markand Upadhyaya, Former President, Federation of Brahmin Associations of Europe

‘Simple, succinct and superbly written. Ranchor Prime has made one of the cornerstone texts of Hindu Dharma relevant and fresh to the modern 21st Century reader, providing strength and clarity to tackle even the most challenging circumstances.’ Pranav Bhanot, President, UK National Hindu Students Forum

‘I grabbed one of your Gitas off you at Rathayatra, it’s beautiful, can’t put it down... thank you so much for creating this commentary... Loved it. Gonna give a copy to all my friends that are tolerant of my Krishna addiction. Brilliant introduction to the Gita, ideal stepping stone to move on to Prabhupada’s scholarly version.’ Karlos Fandango

‘An excellent introduction to the Gita. The explanations were concise and the authentic message was there.’ Sivarama Swami, ISKCON GBC and Guru

‘Just a note to say how grateful I feel for your warm support, through Bhagavad Gita - Talks Between the Soul and God. I am reading passages almost every day (I look for opportunities to get away from it all and read!) and I feel so encouraged, informed and ‘held’ with love each time I read your book. I have read Bhagavad Gita As It Is and worried about misinterpreting Lord Krsna’s sacred words. I felt intimidated by the complexities of the language and literature, as well as my relative ignorance of theology. I was raised a Christian - I love churches and abbeys and I love Jesus. When struggling with Bhagavad Gita As It Is, I yearned for the comfort of Christianity and Jesus, yet I knew by now that there is more, and I couldn’t pretend not to know. Now, almost daily, I so look forward to reading your Bhagavad Gita safe in the knowledge that you are Srila Prabhupada’s faithful disciple. I can relax, feeling my heart is engaged as much as my mind and intellect - you have written in a way that I can access and I feel so grateful to you. Your explanation of this precious text reaches my heart and teaches me in a way that I trust and understand.’ Sally Webb, Teacher

‘What I liked most about the book were your commentaries. I really enjoyed reading them. I felt they were eloquent, succinct and to the point, serving the purpose of elucidation in fine style.’ Dayal Nitai, Book Distributor

‘I think your book Bhagavad Gita, Talks Between the Soul and God succeeds in making Krsna consciousness more easily accessible to people we might not otherwise reach. With your Gita as a congenial starting place, a modern, educated Western reader not yet ready to dive in and accept our standard ISKCON package (or at least needing help) can awaken to the wisdom of Krishna&rsquos message. Your book deserves to be made widely available as part of our preaching effort, and I am confident to recommend it as a means to introduce many new readers to Srila Prabhupada’s books.’ Jayadvaita Swami, Author and Editor

‘This is a wonderful book in so many ways and I feel, as Ganapati Swami does also, that this will be great for mass distribution. The language is clear the organisation is easy to understand and the size is just right as an introduction to this great work. As I said I only just got it and have looked thru it taking in some of the verses and especially I liked the Topics of the Gita. You get a clear outline and it will be a good reference for people as they read this. I also think this will make Prabhupada’s BG more accessible as the seeker should now be able to understand more of Prabhupada’s meaning. Thank you very much for rewriting this most important part of the vaisnava siddhanta. I pray Srila Prabhupada will continue to bless your writing.’ Ed MacMillan, Sales Director

‘Your Gita is the perfect bridge for souls to walk to Prabhupada’s version.’ Jayadeva das

‘Simplicity and directness is what sets Ranchor’s book apart from the many other editions of the Gita.’ Madhava Smullen, ISKCON News Read more

‘My name is Rasanath dasa and I live at the Bhakti Center in New York City. My team and I teach courses on the Bhagavad Gita. I just wanted to express to you how grateful we are to be using your Bhagavad Gita as our primary text book along with Prabhupada's Gita. The language is very suited for a post-modern western audience. The book is classy. I have recommended it to other members who are doing active outreach work in NY. Gadadhar Pandit Prabhu, who is a chaplain at Columbia University is also recommending your Gita to his students. He has received very good feedback.’ Rasanath dasa, Bhakti Center, New York