Bhagvad-Gita: Treatise of Self-help

By BS Murthy

Religion & spirituality, Personal growth, Poetry, Health & well-being, General non-fiction, Psychology & philosophy, Education & teaching | eBook


'Bhagavad-Gita is the most beautiful, perhaps the only true philosophical song existing in any known tongue' – so opined William von Humboldt, who wrote seven-hundred verses in its praise. In this modern rendition, the beauty of the Sanskrit slokas is reflected in the rhythmic flow of the English verse of poetic proportions even as the attendant philosophy of the song that is the Gita, as it's popularly known, is captured in contemporary idiom for easy comprehension. It is a matter of consensus that the Gita in the present length of seven hundred slokas has many an interpolation to it, but no meaningful attempt has ever been made to delve into the nature and extent, not to speak of the effect of these on the Hindu society at large. The methodical codification of interpolations carried out here, for the first time ever, puts the true character of Gita in proper perspective. Identified here are hundred and ten slokas of deviant nature and or of partisan character, the source of so much misunderstanding, in certain sections of the Hindu fold. about this epic extraordinary. This exercise involving exposing and expunging these mischievous insertions is bound to bring in new readers from these quarters to this over two millennia old classic besides altering the misconceptions of the existing adherents. In essence the spiritual ethos and the philosophical outlook that the Gita postulates paves the way for the liberation of man, who, as Rousseau said, ‘being born free, is everywhere in chains’. But equally it is a mirror of human psychology, which enables man to discern his debilities for appropriate redressal, and in the theater of man as nothing surpasses the drama of war, the stage for unveiling the Gita’s unrivalled philosophy was set on the battleground of Kurukshetra at the threshold of the battle of Mahabharata.


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'Bhagavad-Gita is the most beautiful, perhaps the only true philosophical song existing in any known tongue' – so opined William von Humboldt, who wrote seven-hundred verses in its praise. In this modern rendition, the beauty of the Sanskrit slokas is reflected in the rhythmic flow of the English verse of poetic proportions even as the attendant philosophy of the song that is the Gita, as it's popularly known, is captured in contemporary idiom for easy comprehension. It is a matter of consensus that the Gita in the present length of seven hundred slokas has many an interpolation to it, but no meaningful attempt has ever been made to delve into the nature and extent, not to speak of the effect of these on the Hindu society at large. The methodical codification of interpolations carried ...


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Schooled in letter-writing, BS Murthy, born 27 Aug 1948, graduated to articulate his managerial ideas in thirty-odd published articles before penning fiction with the ‘novel art’. Beginning with Benign Flame: Saga of Love, he fashioned two more ‘plot and character’ driven novels, Jewel-less Crown: Saga of Life and Crossing the Mirage: Passing through youth before switching over to the narrative non-fiction with Puppets of Faith: Theory of Communal Strife. After versifying the Sanskrit epics, Vyasa’s Bhagvad-Gita (Treatise of self-help) and Valmiki’s Sundara Kãnda (Hanuman’s Odyssey) in contemporary English verse (can also be found in Constitution Society.com, Boloji.com, Vedanta Spiritual Library, gatewayforindia.com etc.) and ascending Onto the Stage - Slight Souls and other stage and radio plays, he returned to fiction in the stream of consciousness mode with Glaring Shadow - A stream of consciousness novel and Prey on the Prowl - A Crime Novel. And finally he reached the short story horizon with Stories Varied - A Book of Short Stories.


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Schooled in letter-writing, BS Murthy, born 27 Aug 1948, graduated to articulate his managerial ideas in thirty-odd published articles before penning fiction with the ‘novel art’. Beginning with Benign Flame: Saga of Love, he fashioned two more ‘plot and character’ driven novels, Jewel-less Crown: Saga of Life and Crossing the Mirage: Passing through youth before switching over to the narrative n...


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