[Advaita-l] Bhagawat Gita an obscure text?
brahmavadin at gmail.com
Wed Nov 14 05:58:30 CST 2012
On Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 2:16 AM, Vidyasankar Sundaresan <
svidyasankar at hotmail.com> wrote:
> As for what Swami Vivekananda is supposed to have written about this:
> A look at
> http://www.ramakrishnavivekananda.info/vivekananda/volume_4/lectures_and_discourses/thoughts_on_the_gita.htmshows that all Swami Viivekananda said was to quote somebody else and note
> "some infer that Shankaracharya was the author of the Gita, and that it was
> he who foisted it into the body of the Mahabharata." He does not offer this
> as his own opinion. It is merely a verbal note of what some people,
> scholarly and otherwise, were saying at the time. From the 1700s onwards,
> there has been a lot of secondary literature in European languages on the
> Gita and its place in the Mahabharata. A wide variety of opinions has been
> offered by people, some insightful, some thought-provoking, some
> half-baked, some downright ignorant. All that Swami Vivekananda had said
> was to point to one such opinion about it. For Sri Phulgendu Sinha (quoted
> by Sri Abhishek Madhyastha) to make much more of it than this and to
> project it as if it is Swami Vivekananda's own view is neither accurate
> nor fair.
You are absolutely right. One has to be very careful while reading such
stray quotes from Sri Phulgendu Sinha and his ilk.
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