Swami Vivekananda: 
Two Lectures on the Bhagavad Gita 
Read by Christopher Isherwood

Filmed Live on August 17, 1975

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About Swami Vivekananda’s Lectures

This historic footage, filmed live on August 17, 1975, was recently discovered at
Vedanta Archives (www.vedantaarchives.org). The lectures, Gita II and Gita III, were originally delivered to a Western audience by Swami Vivekananda in San Francisco on May 28 and 29, 1900.

The lectures are at once down-to-earth and inspiring. The plainspoken, rational style makes the seemingly exotic topic of the Bhagavad Gita readily accessible to all. The text is found in The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda* Volume I.

About Christopher Isherwood’s Reading

It is interesting to note that when Christopher Isherwood spoke at the Vedata Society, he generally elected to read rather than put forth his own opinions. This humility characterized his discipleship. Having co-authored a distinguished translation of the Bhagavd Gita with Swami Prabhavananda, he had a deep interest in the topic and moreover an admiration for Swami Vivekananda. Isherwood felt that these lectures were better heard than read—when we viewed his engaging presentation of these talks, we agreed.

The Technical Limitations of This Video

This black & white video has been cleaned up as far as possible, but there are still imperfections (see screen capture image). The audio, however, is very good. It is introduced by a choral offering that is off-camera and, likewise, ends with an off-camera benediction by Isherwood.


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