When you see what has become of this spiritual beacon that gave mankind the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Puranas long time before the start of the three great Western religions and the Greek Pantheon and has deeply influenced Tao, Buddhism and Zen, you are saddened. The Bhagavad-Gita is one of the important sources of the Bible and was read by Einstein, Schopenhauer, Goethe, Hesse, Huxley, Thoreau, von Humboldt and Oppenheimer - just to mention a few.
The second translation is by far better.This is very true. I only read some of this material because I took a group of students to India once to study the health care system. It was so eye-opening to see a non-western religious tradition. More to the point, to realize the ancient and vast collection of thinking abound the nature of the universe of which so few in the west are aware. Of course, I also learned that the sentence from the Bhagavad Gita that Oppenheimer quoted as "I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds" is actually (or at least typically) translated as "I am Time, the destroyer of worlds." This certainly made more sense to me.