The Bhagavad Gita ("The Song of the God"), a sacred Indian scripture, is considered one of the most important texts in the history of literature and philosophy. In the form of a dialogue between Arjuna and Lord Krishna, it explains the nature of conciousness, the self, and universe. This translation by poet, translator and religious studies scholar Mani Rao makes the Gita accessible to the first-time reader, and brings fresh insights for those familiar with it. Sensitive to the nuances, word-play and texture of the Sanskrit original, this translation has been critically acclaimed. Includes translation of the Ishavasya Upanishad. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mani Rao is the author of nine poetry books and two books in translation from Sanskrit. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals including Indian Literature, Kavya Bharati, Wasafiri, Meanjin, Washington Square, eXchanges, Fulcrum and Asia Literary Review and in anthologies including Penguins 60 Indian Poets, Zoland Poetry, W.W. Nortons Language for a New Century and The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets. Born in 1965, Rao was raised in India. She worked in the advertising and television field in India, Hong Kong and New Zealand for twenty years, including Star TV for nearly a decade, before turning to literary and scholarly interests. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Iowa International Writing Program in 2005 and 2009, and the 2006 University of Iowa International Programs writer-in-residence. She has a BA in English from Stella Maris College, Chennai, a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in poetry from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is a PhD candidate in Religious Studies at Duke University.