[Advaita-l] Release of of the book "The Original Bhagavad Gita"

kuntimaddi sadananda via Advaita-l advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org
Tue May 6 05:33:56 CDT 2014

Sunilji - PraNAms and congratulations. 

Very Interesting. If I may suggest can you take up those particular sloks that are missing in the conventional version an give us the essence of those for the benefit of many readers. 


On Mon, 5/5/14, Sunil Bhattacharjya via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

 Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Release of of the book "The Original Bhagavad Gita"
 To: "A discussion group for Advaita Vedanta" <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>, "bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com" <bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com>
 Date: Monday, May 5, 2014, 11:26 PM
 Dear Bhashkarji,
 The fact that the Original
 Bhagavad Gita has 745 verses has been mentioned in the
 Gitamana verse in the Mahabharata itself.  According to the
 Gitamana verse 620 verses are attributed to Lord Krishna.
 The presently available version has only 575 verses of Lord
 Krishna. Forty five verses of Lord Krishna are missing from
 the presently available version of the Bhagavad Gita. There
 are internal evidences  also, which show that certain
 verses were present in the Original version. All these have
 been discussed in detail in the book. For example, any keen
 reader must have observed that the Lord says tin the
 Bhagavad Gita that he would speak about the Parampada but in
 the version with 700 verses ,what Lord said on the Parampada
 is missing. There are quite a few such pointers in the
 Bhagavad gita, which the scholars seem to have ignored.
 One cannot say that the Great
 Adi Shankaracharya did not know about this fact.  In fact
 the complete version with 745 verses was treated as an
 esoteric version and its circulation was confined to close
 circles which must have included the past Shankaracharyas.
 Adi Shankaracharya spoke about the difficulty the earlier
 commentators had in explaining certain seemingly conflicting
 verses and it is quite possible that he wanted to popularize
 the Bhagavad Gita with the verses which would be suitable
 for common consumption. It is also possible that the early
 acharyas of the Vishistadvaita abd Dvaita schools did not
 have access to the version with 745 verses and they devoted
 their time and energy only to contest Adi
 Shankaracharya's explanations. However there are
 evidences that some later scholars of the Ramanuja school
 was aware of some of he rare verses.
 Sunil KB
 On , Sunil Bhattacharjya
 <sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com>
 Namaste friends,
 The name of the publisher is
 Parimal Publications
 Office : 27 / 28, Shakti
 Nagar, Delhi - 110007 (India)
 Retail Outlet
 : 22/3, Shakti nagar, Delhi - 110007 (India)
 On Tuesday, May 6, 2014 1:21 AM, Neeraj
 Sukhavasi <neeraj.sukhavasi at gmail.com>
 Kindly let me know
 how I may get a hard copy of this book. I heard a couple of
 times about missing verses but glad some one had it. You
 mean this version of gita has more slokas than Jnaneshwari
 or Shankar Bhashyam.
 Thanks and Regards
 On Mon, May 5, 2014 at 7:47
 AM, Sunil Bhattacharjya via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
 Dear friends,
 >I am glad to inform
 you that the book "The Original Bhagavad Gita" of
 745 verses (including the rare verses, in conformity with
 the Gitamana verse of the Mahabharata), with translation and
 commentary by me will be released in Delhi on the 19th May,
 2014, under the auspices of WAVES. This book also has a
 lengthy introduction dealing with several nagging issues
 connected with the Bhagavad Gita, which baffled a number of
 modern scholars and many of them began to doubt even the
 length of Vulgate version of 700 verses..The invite for the
 same is attached. 
 >As regards the book the eminent Indologist,
 scholar and writer Prof. Klaus Klostermaier, has written his
 Foreword to the book as follows:
 >Sunil kumar Bhattacharjya is one of those
 remarkable Indian scientists who not only keep personally
 close to their religious heritage but also become religious
 scholars after their retirement from  their worldly
 profession. As he writes in his Foreword (Preface) he
 spent several decades in researching and writing of this
 volume. His ambition had been to restore a number of lost
 verses to the Bhagavad gita and to publish the Original
 Bhagavad Gita in 745 verses, instead of the customary 700.
 The lengthy introduction goes into the literary history of
 the Mahabharata and the vicissitudes of the Bhagavad Gita.
 The various redactions and the scholarly discussions
 concerning the length of the original Gita. In the process
 he also reviews the opinion of a number of recognized
 scholars, who have dealt with this issue. He also answers
 questions like "How could the discourse on the Bhagavad
 Gita  be given in the battle-fleld?", by explaining
  the rules of
 > ancient
 Indian warfare.- apparently a much fairer and more
 chivalrous affair than our modern all-devastating wars.
 >The main body of the
 book gives the Sanskrit text in Devanagari and a
 transliteration that does without diacritics and a very
 readable English translation. The author / editor has
 clearly marked the verses that are not contained in the
 commonly available editions : an invitation to the scholars
 to study these in particular. Occasionally the author has
 inserted some commentaries of his own, helping the
 uninitiated to understand the difficult portions of the
 text. An alphabetized verse-index concludes the handsome
 >This is a genuine enrichment to the large
 literature on the Bhagavad Gita and it will certainly arouse
 the interest of both scholars and General readers.
 >Sunil KB
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