Namaskaar. Moving on to Part 10 of our ongoing series Introduction to Bhagavad Gita. Pujya Swamiji now explains in detail the Guru Shishya Paramparaa and how and why one should necessarily study the scriptures under a Guru, Teacher. So enjoyable and enlightening to read and learn in this way.
UNDERSTANDING THE GITA
To know what the Glta says requires inquiry, vicara. In the introduction to his commentary on the Gita, Sankara says:
तदिदम् गितासास्त्रम् समस्त वेदार्थ सार संग्रहभूतम् दुर्विञेयार्थम्
tadidam gitaasastram samasta-veddrtha-sara-saragrahabutam durvijneyartham
The sense of the gita-sasatra, which is in the form of the essence of the meanings of all the words of the Vedas, is difficult to grasp.
तदर्थ आविषकरणाय अनेकैः विव्रुत् पद पदार्थ व्यक्यार्थ न्यायम् अपि अत्यन्त विरुद्ध अनेकार्थत्वेन लौकिकैः ग्रुह्यमाणम् उपलभ्य अहम् विवेकतः अर्थनिर्धारणार्थं संक्शेपतः विवरणं करिश्यमि
tadartha aviskaranaya anekaih vivrta pada padartha vakyartha nyayam api atyanta viruddha anekdrthatvenala ukikaih grhyamanam upalabhya aham vivekatah arthanirdhdranarthamsa nksepatahv ivaranam
By many commentators, in an effort to clearly expound its meaning, this has been expounded in the form of treatises that deal with the words of this text, the meanings of the words, the meanings of the sentences, the logic involved, etc. Seeing that they are fraught with vagueness and contradictions, in order to ascertain the correct meaning with due discrimination, I am writing this brief commentary. Continue reading