The Bhagavad Gita is an ancient Hindu spiritual text. It was supposedly one of the books that Henry David Thoreau took with him on his retreat to Walden Pond. It’s a beautiful book, with a sublime message comparable to the Tao Te Ching.
I very much enjoyed Stephen Mitchell’s translation of the Tao Te Ching, so it felt only natural to seek out his translation of the Gita. Given the similar subject matter and the same translator, it’s not surprising that reading the Bhagavad Gita gave me a similar feeling to reading the Tao Te Ching. They are both spiritual texts that contain universal truths about how to live wisely.
Written as an allegorical story, it tells the tale of the warrior Arjuna, about to enter the field of battle. But before it begins, he sees a vision of Lord Krishna, who proceeds to drop wisdom on Arjuna through the book.