A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada

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Original 1972 Complete Macmilan edition. With translations and elaborate purports by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. No other philosophical or religious work reveals, in such a lucid and profound way, the nature of consciousness, the self, the universe and the Supreme.
The Bhagavad-gita is universally renowned as the jewel of India's spiritual wisdom. Spoken by Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead to His intimate disciple Arjuna, the Gita's seven hundred concise verses provide a definitive guide to the science of self realization. No other philosophical or religious work reveals, in such a lucid and profound way, the nature of consciousness, the self, the universe and the Supreme. His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is uniquely qualified to present this English translation and commentary on Bhagavad-gita. He is the world's foremost Vedic scholar and teacher, and he is also the current representative of an unbroken chain of fully self-realized spiritual masters begining with Lord Krishna Himself. Thus, unlike other editions of the Gita, this one is presented as it is--without the slightest taint of adulteration or personal motivation. This edition is certain to stimulate and enlighten with its ancient yet thoroughly timely message.
Regarding the six questions of the sages, in his commentary on Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.1, Visvanath Cakravarti Thakura has summarized the six questions that the sages of Namasaranya asked Suta Gosvami as follows: 1. What is the ultimate benefit for mankind? 2. What is the essence of all scriptures? 3. For what reason did the Lord take His birth from Devaki? 4. Describe the wonderful deeds of the Lord when He assumed the forms of Brahma, Rudra, etc, for the purpose of creating, maintaining, and destroying the universe. 5. Fully describe the activities of Lord Hari’s incarnations within this universe. 6. Where has religion taken shelter after Krsna has retired to His own abode?
At the end of Canto Two: Saunaka Rsi inquires from Suta Gosvami about Vidura for Saunaka heard previously about Vidura’s having met with Maitreya Muni while on pilgrimage (1.13.1). Canto Three (Chapter One) thus begins with Suta Gosvami replying to Saunaka (which repeats Maharaja Pariksit inquiry from Sukadeva Gosvami) about the meeting and discussion between Vidura and Maitreya Muni.  King Dhrtarastra overwhelmed by illusion had not stopped his son Duryodhana’s deadly plots against the Pandavas. Dhrtarastra then asked advice from Vidura and Vidura plainly told the King to give uphis affection for Duryodhana who was envious of Lord Krsna. Duryodhana became furious and insulted Vidura ordering him thrown out of the palace. Vidura thus left the palace in Hastinapura for pilgrimage.  After many years on pilgrimage Vidura met the great devotee and associate of Sri Krsna Uddhava on the banë of the Yamuna River. Vidura inquired from Uddhava about Krsna’s family members including Dhrtarastra and then requested Uddhava to speaë the glories of Lord Krsna. 
What follows is an early draft of a chapter-by-chapter summary of the pastimes and philosophy within Srimad Bhagavatam Canto Three. Each Chapter’s story-line is followed by a list of major philosophical points from the verses and Srila Prabhupada’s purports in that chapter. By making note of the philosophical points as they are presented from one chapter to the next we get a feel for the philosophical continuity as it develops in the Canto. The philosophical points I list are not “the philosophical points but they rather are those that seemed to me as either of primary importance or thematiã as I read through the chapters. Chapter One Questions by Vidura At the end of Canto Two (2.10.4¸-50) Saunaka Rsi inquires from Suta Gosvami about Vidura for Saunaka heard previously about Vidura’s having met with Maitreya Muni while on pilgrimage (1.13.1). Canto Three (Chapter One) thus begins with Suta Gosvami replying to Saunaka (which repeats Maharaja Pariksit inquiry from Sukadeva Gosvami) about the meeting and discussion between Vidura and Maitreya Muni. (±-5)