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“Song of the Lord: The Bhagavad Gita” is author Thomas Paul Emerson’s interpretation or retelling of the Bhagavad Gita. The Gita is a Hindu poem and scripture similar to how Christians see poems in Psalms as scripture. The Bhagavad Gita tells the story of two cousins at war: Pandava and Arjuna. The focus is on Arjuna during the early morning hours on the battlefield. Arjuna was in great distress; he had no desire to fight a war against his family, so the young prince turned to his charioteer, Krishna, for counsel. Krishna instructed the young man in the significance of life as we know it, the real nature of the soul and what ensues after death; he explains Arjuna’s destiny. Krishna is considered God personified by the Eastern religion, believed to have been born over one thousand years before Christ.
Thomas Emerson’s interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita (which means Song of the Lord) is well done. He has taken something difficult for Westerner’s to understand and simplified it, allowing readers to gain a greater understanding of the Eastern religion, Hinduism. The author thoroughly researched this topic. While he is a Christian he is also fascinated by the teachings of Krishna. This book has been compared to the Message, a version of the Christian Bible that simplifies the scriptures by using contemporary language. Readers will find this translation of the Bhagavad Gita easy to read and understand. Both scholars and laymen will find “The Song of the Lord” an incomparable addition to their library.