The Bhagavad-gita is the compact essence of all spiritual philosophy revealed in a most unlikely setting, at the onset of a world war that occurred nearly 5000 years ago. “Bhagavad-gita As It Is” is unique among the myriad Gita commentaries because the translations and purports are the work of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who represents a line of teachers in disciplic succession from Krishna Himself. Srila Prabhupada’s faithfulness to Krishna’s teachings—and expertise in presenting them to western readers—make Bhagavad-gita As It Is true to its title.
In the early sixteenth century the West was on one course, the East on another. In India, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was directing people inward, toward a scientific understanding of the highest knowledge of man’s spiritual nature.
Srimad-Bhagavatam, an epic philosophical and literary classic, holds a prominent position in India’s voluminous written wisdom. This ancient text touches upon all fields of human knowledge, and is also a spiritual encyclopedia.