I plan to write this series on the wisdom and messages from Bhagavad Gita that I have discovered. I am not including my interpretation of topics like Reincarnation, Soul, Karma Yoga and so on, although I fully believe in them. I am restricting myself to topics that I have not come across in any other Bhagavad Gita book or exposure that I have had otherwise through lectures, discussion sessions and so on. This can appear to be a bold statement, but it is not meant to be. In fact I want to confess from beginning that my exposure to Bhagavad Gita is rather limited. It is quite possible that whatever I write here has already been written in the past. In fact if that is the case, I will be truly grateful to any reader who can direct me towards such material.
The main source of this article is a book “Bhagavad Gita” by Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Arsha Vidya Centre, Chennai, India. In this book each Shloka is followed by English transliteration and translation. It is a pure translation and does not provide any commentary by Swamiji. Swamy Dayananda Saraswati needs no introduction. Due to his credibility, I have assumed the accuracy of translation in that I believe Swamiji would not have deliberately introduced his personal opinions about the topic in the translation. Some such bias introduced subconsciously, although, can’t be ruled out. Lacking detailed knowledge of Sanskrit, I had to depend on some such translation.
The second source I used was a book ‘The Holy Gita’, Swami Chinmayananda, Chinmaya Mission, Mumbai, India. The book is available online here . This book contains both translation and Swamiji’s interpretations. I used only the translation for the purpose of writing this article. At some places where the meaning was not clear to me or the meaning from the two books looked different, I took help of a friend of mine, who is well versed in Sanskrit and also possesses knowledge of Bhagavad Gita.
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As you would have noticed, I am talking of some very practical aspects. Bhagavad Gita is a store house of wisdom on many areas like organizational effectiveness, leadership, sales, marketing, parenting, social communication, human relationships and so on. This series is my humble attempt to express my interpretation of these concepts as found in Bhagavad Gita and compare and contrast those with corresponding modern wisdom on same subjects.
I welcome your opinions on any of the articles.