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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, Dhritarashtra’s 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.

Selected 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.

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