[Advaita-l] Shankara and Madhusudana

Sivakumar,Kollam sivanr8010 at gmail.com
Sun Jul 5 22:26:25 CDT 2015

Respected Sriramji,
 Please enlighten about the commentaries
on BG with Yoga sastra as the basis.

With praNAm,


On Sun, Jul 5, 2015 at 2:38 PM, Venkata sriram P via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Namaste,
> Several saints commented on BG from their philosophical perspective.
> Sri.Abhinava Gupta
> wrote from the perspective of "trika-siddhAnta"; Maharashtra Saint
> Sri.Jnaneshwar Maharaj
> wrote magnum opus "jnAnEshwari" which is based on "nAtha-sampradAya";
> Balga Gangadhar Tilak
> wrote from karma yOga perspective; Sri.Aurobindo wrote from "pUrNa-yOga"
> perspective etc.
> But, personally, I like two commentaries on BG. One is "sAdhak-sanjeevani"
> written by
> Swami Ramsukhdas Maharaj Ji which is published by Gita Press, Gorakhpur
> and another
> is Srimad Bhagavatgita with sAdhana vyAkhya by Sri.Sista Subba Rao Garu.
> The above two touched my heart.  The latter one ie., Commentary by
> Sri.Sista Shanta Subba Rao Garu has special place for me.
> Prof. Subba Rao was a great scholar of telugu, english & sanskrit and
> worked as english professor in Andhra University.  He was suffering from
> poor eyesight which
> turned out to be glaucoma. Eventually, he lost his eyesight and became
> totally blind.
> Not knowing what to do and having heard the greatness of Bhagavan Ramana
> Maharishi, came
> to Tiruvannamalai and approached Bhagavan.  After serving Him, pleaded
> Bhagavan for
> restoring the eye sight. Bhagavan turned deaf ears and later wrote on a
> small piece of paper
> and gave to Prof.Subba Rao.  It read as "develop INNER VISION rather than
> striving for
> OUTER VISION.  Inner Vision would take care of everything".
> This advice of Bhagavan was Upadesa for Prof.Rao and he performed intense
> sadhana in the
> presence of Bhagavan.   Later, he became steadfast in "Atma-vichAra" and
> wrote commentary
> on BG with his own anubhava.  Prof.Rao passed away on 20th April 1981 and
> cast off his
> mortal frame just like a ripe cucumber separates itself from creeper.
> Apart from these, Anandagiri, Sridhara Swami etc. wrote the commentaries.
> But to understand
> the advaita commentaries to BG, one must be good in it's concepts.
> Audio lectures of Swami Ranganathananda Maharaj (former President of
> Ramakrshna Mutt, Hyd)
> are available. Sri.Maharaj was also a great scholar and votary of Gita.
> Swami Chinmayananda Ji and Swami Sivananda Ji also wrote beautiful
> commentaries to BG
> that are simple & sweet.
> To start with the books of Sw.Chinmayananda Ji (Chinmaya Mission),
> Sw.Sivananda Ji (Divine Life Society) & Sw.Ramsukhdas Maharaj (Sadhak
> Sanjeevani of Gita Press) are wonderful books. Gita Press has published a
> book called "Gita Darpan" which is the essence of BG.
> However, it all depends on one's level of maturity to understand.
> regs,
> sriram
> --------------------------------------------
> On Sun, 5/7/15, Vivek <ammasfeet at icloud.com> wrote:
>  Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Shankara and Madhusudana
>  To: "Venkata sriram P" <venkatasriramp at yahoo.in>
>  Cc: "advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org" <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
>  Date: Sunday, 5 July, 2015, 6:50 AM
>  Hari Om,
>  Thanks for sharing that.
>  To take this one step further.
>  Which are the commentaries really worth studying on Gita
>  beside these two?
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