- The idea of presenting Bhagvad-Gita in
an illustrated form on computer disc came up in a friendly but serious discussion and I
was prompted to attempt a new kind of rendering of Gita. I was suppose to provide an
independent running commentary, short in nature, faithful to the text and explaining the
core contents of the Gita to commonplace but curious admirers. I started the work in right
earnest and the present book is the outcome of the humble adventure. Taking into account
the thousands of Gita-editions already made available by the great spiritual masters,
highly revered saints and renowned philosophers this work is like a drop in the ocean. My
aim is not to compete with scholarly works on Gita but to present a pragmatic view to
those who as beginners are eager to acquaint themselves with this great book with a desire
to learn some moral lessons. Since the Gita philosophy is nowadays becoming strange to our
own people, it can be safely presumed that this humble trial will also be useful to them,
especially to Indian youth who have lost their identity in the present day turmoil.
Original text of the Gita is a part
of the epic Mahăbhărata forming chapters 25 to 42 of Bhishma-parvan and its writer sage
Vyăsa has adopted a literary strategy in presenting this great treatise in the midst of a
terrible war. Sanjaya, Dhritarashtras charioteer is a medium through whom the
dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna is reported. Sanjaya experiences divinity in Krishna
and presents a verbatim report of his utterings. In my rendering, instead of first person
I have used third person narration to facilitate better understanding of the text. At
selected places, however, first person narration is retained for special emphasis.
Wherever possible short comments are added ( shown in italic) to explain the thought or to
connect the thoughts.The Gita-verses also are grouped topicwise for convenient reading.
explanatory notes are added, some in the beginning and some at the end as annexures to
facilitate the readers to have proper perspective for better understanding of the
greatness of the divine song.
In my search of right
interpretation and logical meaning I was guided by the great works of Dr. Sarvapalli
Radhakrishnan, the teacher-philosopher of the twentieth century and saint Dnyaneshwara,
the poet-philosopher of the thirteenth century. Lokmanya Tilak and Vivekananda also came
to my rescue whenever I was puzzled. They all have become my perennial source in the
journey of self discovery.
The book will remain
incomplete if I do not mention the service and advice rendered to me by Mr. C.
Radha-Krishnan who not only corrected the manuscript but suggested valuable improvements
to make the book attractive and perfect.
At the last but not the least let me
record with gratitude that Prof. Mahesh Vengurlekar was the real inspirer of this book. He
was instrumental in preparing the manuscript and its beautiful presentation. Still he is
not happy. He wants me to write a book in Marathi so that the journey becomes complete. I
have no other choice than to fulfil his wish, sooner or the later.