This monumental poem is the cornerstone of the Hindu religion and the most influential of its scriptures. Taking the form of a dialogue between the prince Arjuna and Krishna, The Bhagavad Gita explores mankind's spiritual dilemmas and examines the various pathways to salvation: through enlightenment, through action and through loving devotion to the Lord. The Krishna evoked by Arjuna is the spark of divinity within us all: the Gita has, therefore, something to offer every kind of spiritual aspirant. It philosophy is both profound and practical, suggesting that through renunciation mankind can find true freedom and a unity with God and with all existence. Eknath Easwaran's translation is lucid and lyrical, and his introduction to the text provides an excellent background to Hindu philosophy.