The Bhagavad Gītā is now going online and linking to the Yoga Sūtra
Another important text allied to my inquiry into and around Yoga that I was privileged to be able to study word by word, Śloka by Śloka along with the commentaries of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar, within the intimacy and vitality of private lessons over 4 years of visits to Chennai, was the Bhagavad Gītā.
The first stage of the Bhagavad Gītā online resource project is complete with the entire text transcribed into a document with ‘proper’ Saṃskṛta notations. Now the second stage is under way with the setting up of the text as a live online and searchable chapter by chapter, word by word online resource in the same way as with the online Yoga Sūtra project with commentaries around each verse from study with my teacher on and around this particular text.
“How is it that we fail to to act right, see right, communicate right,
even though we have all the resources?
What are the indications of this failure?
What indicates that all is well?
Arjuna of the Indian epic Mahābhārata
represents the model of what clouds our consciousness
and what can break this cloud.”
– TKV Desikachar
Now you can start to access a verse by verse presentation of each Śloka which will be further developed over time through added notes and commentaries from my word by word studies of the Bhagavad Gītā, these will also include notes from Desikachar’s study with his teacher T Krishnamacharya.
Furthermore, as an additional resource, key words from each Śloka will be linked to the online Yoga Texts Database with its Saṃskṛta glossary with word meaning and Yoga Sūtra and Bhagavad Gītā cross references.
These studies also included a further two years word by word studies of the Gītārtha Saṃgraha of Śrī Yāmunācārya. Śrī Yāmuna was the grandson of the 9th century sage Śrī Nāthamuni and a forebear of T Krishnamacharya. His 32 verses offer an important commentary on the Bhagavad Gītā and very succinctly summarises each of its eighteen chapters into eighteen verses. It is seen as one of the most elegant and succinct commentaries available.
The Gītārtha Saṃgraha is now going online with selected words being linked to the Yoga Sūtra Online and the Bhagavad Gītā Online database and an overview commentary of each verse of the Gītārtha Saṃgraha from my studies with TKV Desikachar is offered along with Romanised Sāṃskṛta and searchable cross references.