BHAVE, Vinoba. Talks on the Gita. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1960.
8vo., original blue linson boards, lettered and decorated in silver to spine; original unclipped dust jacket; pp. 267, [v]; upper edge a tad dusty and with a thin strip of sunning; slight pushing and sunning to foot; some light spots to edges; some light foxing to prelims and endpapers offset; still a very good copy in jacket which retains much of its colour; the odd nick and spot and spine slightly darkened; 1cm tear to upper panel; still very good.
First English translation published outside of India, compiled from a series of talks given by Bhave in 1932 and originally published in serial form in India in 1956.
Acharya Vinoba Bhave was the spiritual successor to Gandhi and is considered to be a national teacher of India. Having read and studied the Bhagavad Gita from a young age he went on to become a frequent correspondent of Ghandi, whom he met on the 7 June 1916 at his Ashram in Ahmedabad. He subsequently abandoned his studies to follow him.
During the 1920s and 30s, Bhave was arrested on a number of occasions for his non-violent resistance to British Rule. During his imprisonment he mastered a number of languages including Marathi, Kannada, Gujarati, Hindi, Urdu, English and Sanskrit. He was deeply influenced by the Gita and attempted to imbibe its teachings into every aspect of his daily life, founding 6 ashrams based on its teachings, translating it into Marathi and often stating that "The Gita is my life's breath".