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This translation is done from the original sources in comparison with more than fifty translations in English, in French, and in Armenian.
We assume that this is the most faithful translation to the spirit of the Bhagavad Gita because of the deep knowledge of the translator in oriental and occidental philosophy, religious mysticism, and life. All these gave him the needed background to penetrate beyond the letter and bring out the true spirit of the Bhagavad Gita. The first translation by him was made into Armenian in 1957, and was published in Jerusalem. A copy was given to President Nehru and Rama Prasad.
A 1958 letter to Mr. Saraydarian indicated that Prime Minister Jawahrlal Nehru appreciated receiving the translation and was pleased to know that such a translation had been made in as much as “The Bhagavad Gita... is a book which has exercised very great influence on the Indian mind for generations past.” Delight in receiving the Armenian translation was also expressed by S. Radhakirshnana, Vice President of India, “I hope very much that it will be read widely and the teachings of the Gita will be spread...”
Since that time Saraydarian continued his research on the commentaries of the Bhagavad Gita by various Hindu and western scholars, which has helped him see the verses of the Bhagavad Gita from various viewpoints, from many approaches, and gave us a translation which reflects the real and true depths of the Bhagavad Gita.
This translation was made in deep reflection and meditation, pondering on each Sanskrit word and phrase until the spirit behind the words was seen, grasped, and put into form. He has also prepared 18 lessons explaining the true Bhagavad Gita in the context of the Upanishads, the Sutras of Pantanjali, Shankaracharya, the Secret Doctrine, and the Teachings of the Tibetan Master.
Each lesson contains an outline for meditation, verses from the Bhagavad Gita, and the author’s comments which are based on extensive studies. (Information on correspondence lessons for the Bhagavad Gita is available from TSG Publishing Foundation).
The Bhagavad Gita has been the source of courage, inspiration, and enlightenment to so many great Souls in the world. Open to any page and you will find a message of upliftment, courage, and meaning that expands your consciousness tremendously and leads you to the fulfillment of your destiny. It is one of the great sources of enlightenment and inspiration in the world.
Here is a book which challenges the highest within us and leads us to the most courageous striving in our life. Here is a book which invites us and inspires us to overcome darkness, ignorance, inertia, and selfishness. It opens our heart to the wisdom of the ages and inspires us to live a life of dedication, service, sacrifice, and of great joy!About the Author:
Torkom Saraydarian was an extraordinary human being. He was known worldwide as a renowned scholar of comparative religions. He was a great teacher, writer, lecturer, and composer of sacred music.
His works represent a synthesis of the best and most beautiful in the sacred culture of the world by creating a truly universal approach to spirituality. These works enrich the foundational thinking on which we can construct our future of true global living.
The remarkable achievement in his writings was to synthesize and make comprehensible the huge body of knowledge known as the Ageless Wisdom.
At the age of nine, Torkom began to receive education in the Ageless Wisdom under the guidance of his father. At that time, people did not discuss these things in the open, but would disappear to attend meetings - in caves, under the stars - where they would hold ceremonies and dramatizations to reveal the mysteries of the subtle worlds.
This early training kindled Torkom’s inner questioning and yearning for truth. He entered a monastery at the age of eighteen.
In 1959 he left Jordan to come to the U.S.A. with his family. He saw people in danger of losing themselves; in need of direction, of guidance. In response to this need, he began inviting them into his home in Van Nuys, California to study and to learn how to lead themselves into more productive, healthy, right living via the principles of the Ageless Wisdom. This was the inception of The Aquarian Educational Group.
For the first ten years, he taught classes and lectured in a one-room garage - to “hippies,” doctors, lawyers, philosophers - without a salary except for the small donations left by students. He took in strangers who came to him in crises and helped them to gain real independence. He asked for nothing in return.
Despite his total dedication, compassion, and sacrificial nature, he was not “soft” with people. His “straight words” and honesty, grounded in clear observation, were given freely.
Torkom Saraydarian’s books are grounded in the seven principles of right living: Beauty, Goodness, Righteousness, Joy, Freedom, Striving, and Sacrificial Service.
These seven principles are richly colored threads woven throughout all of his works, and they are the vehicle through which one’s inner divinity can bloom.
“We are an international group in which everyone can take part because it is the principles that give life - not religions.”
“We didn’t build a religion. We didn’t build hatred between people. We emphasized great principles and these great principles worked.” (From The AEG 35th Anniversary lecture, 7/21/96)
Through the practice of these principles and others, Torkom taught people how to be successful, to have a good self-image, to have healthy, happy relationships; how to be cooperative, to have a life’s purpose, to be more creative; how to be healthy, joyful, responsible, and loving:
“‘Love each other’ is nothing. ‘Love each other’ is now obsolete. ‘Love others more than yourself’ is the new commandment!” (From Healing Through Love, lecture by Torkom, 1/13/93)
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