This epic text has been a source of inspiration throughout the ages. Ralph Waldo Emerson often refers to the Gita is his Journals, as does Henry David Thoreau. Mitchell, has translated the Bhagavad Gita into a relatable source book of wisdom. In essence the Gita recounts the story of a war between two clans of a royal family in Northern India. The Gita takes place on the battlefield, and throughout the next seventeen chapters, a dynamic monologue ensues- to fight or not to fight. This fight becomes identified as the internal 'fight' that one has within one's self. The Gita illuminates many paths of self realization throughout the text.
Stephen Mitchell leaves his readers with a primary question in regards to the message of the Gita, "The primary question is, How should we live?"
May you carry this question with you and allow it to echo off the walls of your heart...
May You Sweetly Seek:)