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Bhagavad Gita

A Sublime Hymn of Dialectics Composed by the Antique Sage Bard Vyasa by: Nataraja Guru

Standing tall in the field of Bhagavad Gita commentaries, this book is the result of the revolutionary treatment given by Nataraja Guru to this ancient masterwork of the human race to be appreciated as a universally applicable psychology of life and living.

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ISBN: 9788124604502
Year Of Publication: 2011
Edition: 2nd
Pages : xx,783
Bibliographic Details : Indices
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 1250

Overview

Nearing its fiftieth year of being continuously in print, Nataraja Guru’s monumental analysis of one of the greatest philosophical classics of Planet Earth is now available in a new edition. Generations have benefited from its unique angle of vision, which introduces a universal framework that does not depend on faith to impart its message of infinite potential for every human being. The Guru’s wry humor, fresh insights, and fearless challenges to prevailing orthodoxies, are clear marks of his style. His analysis is radical by any measure, yet it must be noted that much of the scientific and philosophic community has evolved over the same half century toward a similar global, broad-minded outlook to the one which the Guru brings to bear in these pages, and which not coincidentally is advocated by the Bhagavad Gita itself.

Contents

Introduction to the Second edition
Preface
Note on Sanskrit Transliteration
Introduction
I. The Dialectical Conflict of Arjuna
II. Unitive Reasoning
III. The Unitive Way of Action
IV. Unitive Wisdom
V. Unitive Action and Renunciation
VI. Unitive Contemplation
VII. The Unitive Way of Wisdom-Synthesis
VIII. The Unitive Way in (General) Spiritual Progress
IX. Unitive Contemplation as a Royal Science and Crowning Secret
X. The Unitive Recognition of Positive Values
XI. The Unitive Vision of the Absolute
XII. Unitive Devotion and Contemplation
XIII. Unitive Understanding of the Distinction between the Actual and the Perceptual
XIV. The Unitive Way of Transcending the Three Nature Modalities
XV. The Unitive Approach to the Paramount Person
XVI. The Unitive Way of Discriminating between Higher and Lower Values
XVII. The Unitive Recognition of the Three Patterns of Faith
XVIII.The Unitive Way in Behaviour Patterns
Gita-Dhyanam (Meditation on the Gita)
Sanskrit Word Index
General Index

Meet the Author
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1895-1973
Nataraja Guru is the disciple-successor of Narayana Guru (1854-1928), whose dialectical revaluation and restatement of Sankaracarya’s Advaita Vedanta conformed for the first time to the requirements of a normative or experimental science, to the extent that will probably ever be possible. Sankara himself may be said to be a continuator of Vyasa, who in his turn revised and restated the wisdom of the Upanishads as understood in his time. Nataraja Guru is thus a representative of the same pure, direct and vertical line of succession of philosophical revaluators extending back through time to the most ancient phase of the recorded history of human thought. The Guru may thus be seen to be uniquely qualified to undertake the present work, which he did at the instance of Narayana Guru himself. Sent by Narayana Guru to study in the West, Nataraja Guru was awarded the D. Lit. degree from the University of Paris. In 1923 he established the Narayana Gurukula, with headquarters at Varkala in Kerala State, a Guru-disciple foundation which welcomes all who seek the wisdom of the Absolute in open and living terms. The Guru has translated into English and commented on all of the major works of Narayana Guru, and has written on a wide variety of subjects, employing throughout a protolinguistic or structural approach which could be said to be his unique contribution to the perennial wisdom heritage of mankind.
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