Author: R I EaswaranArdhendu Sekhar Ghosh/Publisher: Bharatiya Vidya BhavanYear: 2006Language: EnglishPages: 61ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172763832
The Bhagavad Gita as is well known, forms part of the great Indian epic, ‘Mahabharata’, and contains the teachings of Sri Krishna imparted to Arjuna of the battlefield of Kurukshetra. The dialogue between Arjuna and his charioteer as well as friend, philosopher and guide Sri Krishna is adored in India throughout the ages as the celestial song.The Bhagavad Gita consists of eighteen chapters. It is only from the second chapter that the teachings of Sri Krishna, the Lord Incarnate, start appearing. That is perhaps the reason why many commentators, including Shankaracharya, preferred to ignore the first chapter, which is concerned with a description of Arjuna’s despondency as well as the setting in the battlefield wherein he received these teachings. It may be worthwhile to recall briefly the genesis of the war as recounted in the famous epic Mahabharata, of which Gita forms a part. Bhagavad Gita for the Lay Reader is a pithy exposition of the teachings of the Gita by quoting select verses arranged in a logical though unconventional manner. It serves as a useful introduction for the lay reader yet to be exposed to this ancient wisdom, and attempt to take the reader from rationality to supra-rationality.
ContentsPrefatory NotesNote to the Second EditionPrologueChapter IIntroductionFulfillment – the aimScopeDharmaConditional or applied aspects of DharmaAlien InfluenceIts effectValue of TraditionShastraSecularism and educationScience and SpiritualityChapter IIJourney to FulfillmentAuthority of ShastrasGuru or GuideRationalityShraddha (faith)Futility of unnecessary argumentsDetachment and objectivityKarma (work, action)Gunas of PrakritiBrahmanJnanam and VijnanamYogaKarma-yoga and NaishkarmaSymbolismUpasanaDivine GracePrayersSattva is close to IlluminationHow action starts – impulseDrashta-drishya and darshanaEgo or AsmitaKleshaVariations of knowledgeDiversities of action and agentThreefold happinessTotal control of the GunasSupreme RealizationWhy a secretChapter IIIYajna, Dhyana and Bhakti (As Aid to Fulfillment)Yajna (sacrifice)Dhyana (meditation)Bhakti (love and devotion to the Divine)Chapter IVIllumined LifeSupreme AbodeInadequacy of languageBrahmakara VrittiGuidance always from the Supreme IntelligenceAction is not a bondage for the enlightenedExemplary lifeSympathy for humanityEpilogueAppendix I (Letter of Lt. Col.R.I. Easwaran to Shri S.K. Ganguly) Swamiji’s constant guidance