Reviews of Bhagavad-gita: A Photographic Essay

Reviewed by: Edwin Bryant

Bhagavad-gita, India’s most popular and widely read religious scripture, is available in nearly two thousand different versions in almost one hundred different languages. Visakha has added a further unique contribution to this illustrious ongoing commentarial heritage by blending an easy-to-read and highly accessible synopsis of the text with relevant and usefully placed photographs that highlight the essential philosophical points and make them relevant to the modern context. This version will be particularly appreciated by the non-specialized public interested in Indian spirituality.
 
—Edwin Bryant, Ph.D., Lecturer of Indian Studies, Harvard University

Reviewed by: Howard J. Resnick Ph.D.

Visakha has made another unique contribution to our study of the spiritual traditions of South Asia. Her illustrated summary of the Bhagavad-gita, the single most influential text of Indian wisdom, comprehends and effectively communicates the timeless relevance of the Gita within a contemporary context. Her mature ability to blend her award-winning skills as a photographer with an appealing and convincing text are clearly in evidence here.
 
In this publication, we have an extraordinary opportunity to comprehend the Gita as it has been historically understood within its own sacred tradition, and yet at the same time grasp its message within a cutting-edge visual and literary picture of life as we live it today.
 
—Howard J. Resnick, Ph.D. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies from Harvard University
Visiting Scholar in Indo-European Studies, UCLA
Adjunct Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Studies,
Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California