Bhagavada Gita is a text when you read it in Sanskrit produces an effect that resonates somewhere deep in your heart. I know this because as a child I used to hear my grand father recite Gita as it is in Sanskrit (he knew it by heart), and that had some kind of celestial experience inside me. It was a very big book which needed patience to finish. I read from cover to cover. Since I didn't know Sanskrit I had to depend on a translated version. The translation is said to be 'as it is', however, I found the translation very dry. This particular translation just couldn't make much impact, else its one of the greatest spiritual text of India. Regarding commentary, I never dared to touch it. It was too orthodox, for me. Note: This rating represent only the quality of the translation and no the original content. The Bhagavad Gita according to Gandhi is a much better book. He was a selfless man who followed the teachings of Bhagavad Gita throughout his life. Gandhi has lived the words he had said.