The Bhagavad Gita – translated by Swami Swarupananda

Atma Jyoti Ashram Publication

This translation was printed in the early part of the twentieth century. Although Swarupananda was active in its preparation, it is really the work of Sister Nivedita (Margaret Noble) a disciple of Swami Vivekananda who spent the rest of her life in India after meeting the great Swami. Her work in India was mostly in education, but she also wrote some books and articles and made this translation. Why it was not printed under her name we are not sure. Perhaps it was because at that time the movement for independence was gaining momentum in India and a translation of India’s supreme scripture by a citizen of the oppressing country might not have been welcome. Also, the publication of any writings by a woman was totally unknown at that time–and therefore liable to disapproval.

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