ByBS Murthy

Apr 13, 2023

Bhagvad-Gita: Treatise of Self-help

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Bhagavad-Gita is the most beautiful, perhaps the only true philosophical song existing in any known tongue’ – William von Humboldt.
Though it is a matter of consensus that Bhagvad-Gita in the present length of seven hundred slokas has many an interpolation to it such as chaturvarnyam mayashrustam, 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 puts the true character of the Gita in proper perspective. Identified and omitted in this version are hundred and ten slokas of deviant nature and or of partisan character, the source of so much misunderstanding about this book extraordinary, in certain sections of the Hindu fold.
In the long run, 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.
The moot point that has missed the attention of all, all along, is that if the Sudras were to be so lowly in the Lord’s creation, how come then the Gita’s architect Krishna, His avatar, and Vyāsa, its chronicler, happen to be from the same lowly Hindu caste fold. Moreover, is it not absurd to suggest that either or both of them had deprecated the station of their own varna (caste) on their own in their very own Gita?
In this rendition the beauty of the Gita’s Sanskrit slokas is reflected in the rhythmic flow of the English verse of poetic proportions even as the attendant philosophy is captured in contemporary idiom for easy comprehension.
Now, this work in the public domain as free ebook to which the Great Books and Classics site has accorded the pride of place among Gita’s translations

Book contents
Content 1: Introduction
Content 2 : Awe Unfounded
Content 3 : All about Interpolations
Chapter 1: Arjuna’s Dilemma
Chapter 2: All about Life
Chapter 3: Theory of Action
Chapter 4: Practical Wisdom
Chapter 5: Art of Renunciation
Chapter 6: Practice of Restraint
Chapter 7: Know the Spirit
Chapter 8: Cycle of Creation
Chapter 9: The Sacred Secret
Chapter 10: Discern the Divine
Chapter 11: Nature of Omnipresence
Chapter 12: Doctrine of Faith
Chapter 13: Field and Farmer
Chapter 14: Proclivities to Know
Chapter 15: Art of Liberation
Chapter 16: Frailty of Thought
Chapter 17: Science of Devotion
Chapter 18: Thy Looking-glass

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By BS Murthy

BS Murthy is an Indian novelist, playwright, short story, non-fiction 'n articles writer, translator, a 'little' thinker and a budding philosopher in ‘Addendum to Evolution: Origins of the World by Eastern Speculative Philosophy’ that was originally published in The Examined Life On-Line Philosophy Journal, Vol. 05 Issue 18, Summer 2004. Born on 27 Aug 1948 and schooled in letter-writing, he articulated his managerial ideas in thirty-odd published articles, and later he penned Benign Flame: Saga of Love, Jewel-less Crown: Saga of Life, Crossing the Mirage: Passing through youth (plot and character driven novels), Glaring Shadow: A stream of consciousness novel, Prey on the Prowl: A Crime Novel, Stories Varied: A Book of Short Stories and Onto the Stage: Slighted Souls and other stage and radio plays. His other books are Puppets of Faith: Theory of Communal Strife (novel non-fiction) and translations in verses Bhagvad-Gita: Treatise of Self-help and Sundara Kanda: Hanuman’s Odyssey. Then entering the arena of non-fiction with a ‘novel’ narrative in , possibly a new genre, he ventured into the zone of translations for versifying the Sanskrit epics, Vyasa’s Bhagvad-Gita (Treatise of self-help) and Valmiki’s in contemporary English idiom. Later, ascending Onto the Stage with Slight Souls and other stage and radio plays, he returned to fictional form with and to finally reach the short story horizon with Stories Varied - A Book of Short Stories. While all his fiction had emanated from his conviction that for it to impact readers, it should be the soulful rendering of characters rooted in their native soil but not the hotchpotch of local and alien caricatures sketched on a hybrid canvas, all his body of work was borne out of his passion for writing, matched only by his love for language. His body of work as above is in the public domain as free ebooks

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