Life's Pilgrimage through the Gita: A Commentary on the Bhagavad Gita
Prasad, Swami Muni Narayana
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Book ID : 29358
ISBN-10 : 81-246-0310-3 / 8124603103
ISBN-13 : 978-81-246-0310-9 / 9788124603109
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Edition : (Second Impression)
Language : English
x, 580p., Gloss., Index, 23 cm. (Rediscovering Indian Literary Classics, no. 14) (First pub. in 2005)
CONTENTS:- 1. Arjuna-Vishada-Yoga - The Yoga of Arjuna's Dilemma 2. Samkhya-Yoga - The Yoga of Disclosure 3. Karma-Yoga - The Yoga of Action 4. Jnana-Yoga (The Yoga of Wisdom) 5. Karma-Samnyasa-Yoga (The Yoga of Renouncing Actions) 6. Dhyana-Yoga - The Yoga of Meditation 7. Jnana-Vijnana-Yoga - The Yoga of Wisdom and Experiential Wisdom 8. Akshara-Brahma-Yoga - The Yoga of Imperishable Brahman 9. Rajavidya-Rajaguhya-Yoga - The Yoga of Kingly Wisdom, the Kingly Secret 10. Vibhuti-Yoga - The Yoga of Specific Manifestations 11. Vishvarupa-Darshana-Yoga - The Yoga of Cosmic Form Visualized 12. Bhakti-Yoga - The Yoga of Meditative Adoration 13. Kshetra-Kshetrajna-Vibhaga-Yoga - The Yoga of Discriminating the Field and the Knower of the Field 14. Guna-Traya-Vibhaga-Yoga - The Yoga of Discriminating Three Nature-Modalities 15. Purushottama-Yoga - The Yoga of the Supreme Person 16. Daivasura-Sampad-Vibhaga-Yoga - The Yoga of Discriminating Divine and Demonic Traits 17. Shraddha-Traya-Vibhaga-Yoga - The Yoga of Discriminating Three Kinds of Reverence for Higher Values 18. Samnyasa-Yoga - The Yoga of Renunciation
The Bhagawad gita, in this commentary is realized as a philosophical treatise of universal significance, having a bearing on the personal existence of each of us, as it is inseparably one with the existence of the whole.
Taking cognizance of the overall development of the thought in the text, it enunciates the first half as visualization of the oneness of the total system of existence and life with one Absolute Reality; with the second half insightfully proclaiming the unity of every individual, while maintaining one's characteristics, with the Cosmic Form, the concrete version of the Absolute or Bhagawan. It elaborates how each of its chapters and even verse leads to the next one, all in line with the overall scheme of thought. Acknowledging Gita as a yoga sastra (science of dialectics), it explicates how this methodological device strings together all the seemingly contradictory statements; revealing an ineffably uniting experience, befitting a scientifically and practically conceived non-dualism or advaita.
Though written as a sort of varttika to Nataraja Guru's famous commentary on the Gita, this one is appreciable as an independent book, since it delves into the depth of each verse directly in the view of the core philosophical vision, the Gita intends to communicate.