By Graham M. Schweig
The Bhagavad Gita is usually considered as the Bible of India. With a gripping tale and deeply compelling message, it really is undoubtedly the most renowned sacred texts of Asia and, in addition to the Bible and the Qur'an, essentially the most very important holy scriptures on the earth.
Part of an old Hindu epic poem, the discussion of the Bhagavad Gita occurs on a battlefield, the place a struggle for the ownership of a North Indian country is ready to happen among noble households comparable by means of blood. The epic's hero, younger Prince Arjuna, is torn among his responsibility as a warrior and his revulsion on the considered his brothers and cousins killing one another over regulate of the area. Frozen via this moral predicament, he debates the massive questions of lifestyles and loss of life with the perfect Hindu deity Krishna, cleverly disguised as his charioteer. via the top of the tale, japanese ideals approximately mortality and reincarnation, the imaginative and prescient and perform of yoga, the Indian social order and its obligations, kin loyalty, non secular wisdom, and the loftiest objectives of the human middle are explored intensive. Explaining the very objective of lifestyles and lifestyles, this vintage has stood the try of twenty-three centuries. it really is provided the following in a completely exact, illuminating, and gorgeous translation that's absolute to develop into the traditional for our day.
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Extra resources for Bhagavad Gita: The Beloved Lord's Secret Love Song
105 The stress is put upon the means of simultaneous access to both knowledge and liberation, by presenting, in terms that are ambiguous, a ‘discipline’ (yoga) based on scriptural sources (āgama) that is proper to the ‘way of energy’ (śak ̄ topāya), this latter also called the ‘way of knowledge’ (jñan ̄ opāya) — the way of interiorizing ritual that is characterized by ‘meditative realization’ (bhāvanā) and mantric practice, notably that based on the mantra SAUḤ ; description of the ji ̄vanmukta as a yogin embarked on the way of energy.
THE TWO PARAMĀRTHASĀRA 15 by verse 60 of Abhinavagupta’s Paramārthasāra, whose first hemistich is identical, but which shows śaivite modifications in the second: ‘Neither has liberation any abode, nor does it involve a going elsewhere. Liberation is the manifestation of one’s own energies realized by cutting the knot of ignorance’. 70 Similarly, Ādiśeṣa’s verse 81 71 is repeated verbatim as verse 83 of Abhinavagupta’s work — constituting one of the rare cases of word-for-word citation in the second Paramārthasāra: ‘Whether he gives up his body in a place of pilgrimage or in the hut of an outcaste, be he conscious or not, he goes [thence] to a condition of transcendent Isolation, his grieving at an end, for he was liberated at the very moment he acquired knowledge’.
5); his quotations of the Kālikākrama in the Sí vasūtravimarśini ̄ [SŚ V]; his auto-commentary ad PH 15, where he reverently cites ‘the Kramasūtras composed by ancient teachers in their own characteristic language’ (tad uktaṃ pūrvagurubhiḥ svabhāsạ m ̄ ayeṣu kramasūtreṣu), and ad 19, in which he refers again to the Kramasūtras, which he not only quotes, but explains at length, in dealing with the notion of kramamudrā, or mudrākrama; see also Sanderson 2007: 398ff. 483. 495).
Bhagavad Gita: The Beloved Lord's Secret Love Song by Graham M. Schweig