BHAGAVAD GITA BHASHYAM

BHAGAVAD GITA BHASHYAM

শ্রীমদভাগবত গীতা [ Srimad Bhagavad Gita ]
শ্রীমদভাগবত গীতা [ Srimad Bhagavad Gita ]

BHAGAVAD GITA BHASHYAM

Blessings of Mahant Swâmi

In the Shikshâpatri, Lord Shree Swâminârâyana has acknowledged and accepted eight sacred scriptures as authoritative and has ordered His followers to strictly adhere to them.

The Shreemad Bhagavad Gitâ is indeed the direct manifestation of the divine voice of Bhagavân. Its greatness and glory are boundless and immeasurable. It is impossible for anyone to describe it properly in reality. Its greatness and glory has been sung at many places in the Itihâsas (historical epics), Purânas (ancient sacred narratives), and other scriptures.

However, all these praises put together fall short in representing the greatness and glory of the Shreemad Bhagavad Gitâ in total. The Gitâ is a supreme Shâstra containing the preaching of Lord Shree Krishna to His devotee Arjuna.

শ্রী গোপালানন্দ স্বামী [ Shri Gopalanand Swami ]
শ্রী গোপালানন্দ স্বামী [ Shri Gopalanand Swami ]

The essence of all the Vedas have been brought together in it. It has been composed in such a simple and beautiful manner that even after a small amount of study a person may grasp the basic principles.

But its true purport are so deep, so secret and so profound that even a lifetime of continuous study and contemplation would not be enough to reach its actual depth. Everyday new emotions, new feelings and new insights keep arising from within the Gitâ, and as a result it remains ever fresh and attractive.

If a person, endowed with faith and devotion, were to contemplate upon it with a focused mind, the supreme secrets contained in each and every word would be revealed directly.

The manner in which Bhagavân’s various virtues, splendor, essential truths, mysteries, modes of worship, as well as the description of Karma (action) and Gnyâna (knowledge) have all been revealed in this scripture, is rarely found in any other. The Bhagavad Gitâ is one incomparable and matchless holy scripture in which there is not a single word which is devoid of true teaching.

There is not a single word in the Gitâ which could be called baseless, disagreeable or not illuminating. Whatever has been stated in it is the utmost truth. To think of the possibility of there being anything disagreeable, baseless or false in the words of Bhagavân, who is the manifestation of truth itself, would be disrespectful to His utterances.

The Gitâ is merged with every Shâstra. It would not be an exaggeration to call it the treasure-house of all the Shâstras. If one acquires the knowledge of the Gitâ comprehensively, one would automatically get the true knowledge of all the Shâstras for which there would be no need to make a separate effort.

Hence, among the eight Shâstras declared as His favorites, Lord Shree Swâminârâyana, has duly included the Gitâ with great esteem and veneration. Along with this, He has commanded His Bhaktas (devotees)
to study, teach and listen to these eight Shâstras.

শ্রী গোপালানন্দ স্বামী [ Shri Gopalanand Swami ]
শ্রী গোপালানন্দ স্বামী [ Shri Gopalanand Swami ]

Explaining further, He says that the two commentaries are written by Shree Râmânujâchârya, one on the Vyâs Sutras (Brahma Sutras) called the Shree Bhâshya, and the other on the Shreemad Bhagavad Gitâ, called the Gitâ Bhâshya, are both Adhyâtma Shâstras or spiritual scriptures pertaining to Paramâtmâ (the Supreme Lord) and the Âtmâ (the Self or the soul).

In order to elucidate and make clear the tenets of Shree Krishna as contained in the Gitâ, Shree Hari’s contemporary, the extremely learned Yogirâj Shree Gopâlânanda Swâmi, has written a Bhâshya on Shreemad Bhagavad Gitâ.

At many places in his Bhâshya, Swâmi has made comments such as ‘Shree Râmânujâchârya has spoken thus’ or ‘Such is the doctrine or tenet of Shree Râmânujâchârya.’ By means of such references, the doctrines or tenets of the Paramguru (supreme preceptor) Shree Râmânujâchârya have been truly and properly accepted and given due assent.

The very first edition of Shree Gopâlânanda Swâmi’s Gitâ Bhâshya, along with its Gujarati translation, was published with the helpful guidance of the Shree Lakshmi-Nârâyandev Temple, Vadatâl. Through the years as the number devotees residing in England, America, Australia, Africa and other places have increased, there is a growing demand of scriptures translated into English. Living abroad, new generation devotees find reading Sanskrit, Hindi and Gujarati difficult.

So Shree Swâminârâyana Mandir Bhuj has taken up the initiative of publishing Shree Gopâlânanda Swâmi’s Gitâ Bhâshya along with its English translation. This publication should open up new passages to spiritual knowledge for many devotees who are serious about understanding the eternal elements.

শ্রী গোপালানন্দ স্বামী [ Shri Gopalanand Swami ]
শ্রী গোপালানন্দ স্বামী [ Shri Gopalanand Swami ]

It gives us great pleasure in publishing the English translation of the Gitâ Bhâshya of Shree Gopâlânanda Muni. We humbly request that devotees acquire this divine scripture and study it attentively in order to expand the knowledge of the Supreme Almighty Lord Shree Krishna and to strengthen one’s faith in Him.

We are grateful to all the devotees who have helped in any way in bringing this publication to print. The actual task of translating the Sanskrit text of the Gitâ Bhâshya into English is indeed very onerous.

The very learned scholars have invested great effort and time in translating the Sanskrit texts as accurately as possible. We would like to express our appreciation to you all and pray at the feet of Lord Nar-Nârâyandev that He may give you the strength to partake in such other virtuous deeds and grant you His divine bliss.

Jay Shree Swâminârâyana
Mahant Sadguru Purâni Swâmi Dharmanandan Dâsji
Shree Swâminârâyana Mandir, Bhuj

Analysis I
Analysis II
Analysis III
Analysis IV
Life of Sadguru Swâmi Shree Gopâlânanda Muni
List of Abbreviations
Summary of Gitâ Chapters
Gitâ Bhâshya of Sadguru Shree Gopâlânanda Muni
Chapter 1 – Lamenting the Consequence of War
Chapter 2 – The Yoga of Knowledge
Chapter 3 – The Yoga of Action
Chapter 4 – The Yoga of Renunciation of Action in Knowledge
Chapter 5 – Yoga of True Renunciation
Chapter 6 – Yoga of Meditation
Chapter 7 – Yoga of Knowledge and Realization
Chapter 8 – The Yoga of the Imperishable Brahma
Chapter 9 – Confidential Knowledge of the Ultimate Truth
Chapter 10 – The Yoga of Divine Manifestations
Chapter 11 – The Vision of the Universal Form
Chapter 12 – The Yoga of Devotion
Chapter 13 – Differentiation Between the Known and the Knower
Chapter 14 – The Three Qualities of Material Nature
Chapter 15 – Realization of the Ultimate Truth
Chapter 16 – The Divine and Demoniac Natures
Chapter 17 – The Three Divisions of Faith
Chapter 18 – Final Revelation of the Ultimate Truth
Glossary
Index of Sanskrit Verses

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