Namaskaar. Today we begin a short series on a very interesting, and sometimes neglected, topic of GITA DHYANA SHLOKAS a bouquet of just 9 verses. We will follow the commentary by Smt. Jaya Row who has explained each verse in great detail. This commentary is taken ab verbatim from her website Vedanta Vision. I must hasten to add that not a single word in the commentary is my own, I have just collated it and put up here for my own benefit and for seekers to read, just like I have put up several other topics.
The Dhyana Shlokas are prayer verses and must necessarily be recited each time before starting the study of Bhagavad Gita, just as we have a particular Shanti Mantra to be recited before each Upanisad study session. These 9 Shlokas are not from the Bhagavad Gita but were added much later by a learned person Madhusudan Sarasvati when he wrote the commentary on the Gita, a monumental work called Gudhartha Dipika literally meaning Illuminating the deep purport of the verses of the Bhagavad Gita. Subsequently there have been many commentaries on this very commentary, the most popular one being by Swami Gambhirananda. Just shows that an intense study is required. In other words, we all need to be alert and fit, both mentally as well as physically, to receive this sublime knowledge and so a humble prayer is required for before commencing study. Its a sort of invocation to the Lord to help us in every way to successfully complete the study of the entire Gita, comprising more than 700 verses. Typically, a regular weekly Bhagavad Gita study class can go on for about 3+ years and so we need the inner strength on our spiritual path. These 9 beautiful melodious verses provide just the right setting and inspiration, as we will see as we study them one by one.