[Advaita-l] Release of of the book "The Original Bhagavad Gita"
Sunil Bhattacharjya via Advaita-l
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Thu May 8 21:11:06 CDT 2014
Those particular slokas missing in the conventional version are to be best read along with the context of the other slokas. What this means is that their specific locations within the Bhagavad Gita has specific significance.
The Advaitavada is very clearly seen in the Original Bhagavad Gita of 745 verses. The great Gaudapadacharya took the verse "aadaavante - - - - - " from the Original Bhagavad Gita. Had Ramanujacharya and Madhvacharya access to the Original Bhagavad Gita, probably they would not have challenged the Advaitavada of Adi Shankaracharya.
On Tuesday, May 6, 2014 8:33 PM, kuntimaddi sadananda <kuntimaddisada at yahoo.com> wrote:
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
The fact that the Original
Bhagavad Gita has 745 verses has been mentioned in
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.
On , Sunil Bhattacharjya
<sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com>
The name of the publisher is
Office : 27 / 28, Shakti
Nagar, Delhi - 110007 (India)
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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>
>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
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
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.
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