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by Madhusudana Sarasvati,Swami Gambhirananda
Publisher: Advaita Ashrama
Price (INR):Rs 300.00
Price (USD): $ 7.50
Madhusudana Sarasvati's most famous work, Advaitasiddhi, helped to establish monism on a logical basis by refuting all criticisms of it by other schools. In his commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, however, he set forth a philosophy of life which also recognized other ways of spiritual development-such as Yoga, devotion to God, and the analytical penetration of Samkhya. Here, Madhusudana gave the highest place to the cultivation of devotion. According to him, devotion is the most effective means of God-realization and Sri Krishna is the highest manifestation of the Divine. Krishna is the source of all blessedness, his heart's sole resting-place, and his life's joy. Once Madhusudana wrote that those who can worship the inscrutable Unmanifested may well do so; but for him there is nothing greater than the thought of surrender to Sri Krishna and nothing sweeter than love of Sri Krishna.
The present work of Madhusudana, the Gudhartha Dipika (an Annotation Revealing the True Import of the Gita) is probably the greatest of his many literary works. Though there are many classical commentaries on the Gita, this work stands next only to Sri Shankaracharya's commentary as regards clarity, depth, and originality.
This book is a valuable addition to our publications and is highly recommended to serious readers of Indian philosophy and religion.
Shankara's commentary on the Gita is, without doubt, one of the greatest examples of Indian scholarship. This translation is particularly important in that the translator has been faithful to the original without in any way losing its spirit and clarity. In the Introduction the translator discusses various topics such as the Mahabharata War, which provided the background for the Gita; the historicity of Krishna; the importance and influence of the Gita; and the date of Shankara. A Sanskrit 'Word Index' to the Gita, included at the end, is an invaluable addition to the work.
Key to Transliteration and Pronunciation;
I. INVOCATION AND INTRODUCTION :
1. Melancholy of Arjuna
2. The Aphoristic Presentation of the Gita
5. Realization of One's Own Nature 6. Meditation on the Self
7. Brahman as an Object of Knowledge and Meditation
8. Discourse on the Immutable Brahman
9. The Sovereign Knowledge and Mystery
10. The Divine Manifestations
11. Revelation of the Cosmic Form
13. Discrimination between the 'Field' and the 'Knower of the Field'
14. Classification of the Three Gunas
15. The Supreme Person
16. The Divine and the Demoniacal Attributes
17. Exposition of the Three Kinds of Faith
18. Exposition of the Yoga of Monasticism
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