TKV Desikachar Gītārtha Saṃgraha Study Quotes Collected and Collated
Śrī Yāmuna was the grandson of the 9th century sage
Śrī Nāthamuni and a forebear of T Krishnamacharya.
His 32 verse commentary on the Bhagavad Gītā
is called the Gītārtha Saṃgraha.
It is seen as one of the most elegant and succinct available.
This text, as with many texts in the Indian Tradition of Transmission,
was originally learnt through chanting as well as study and as such can
also be downloaded in both visual and oral form to aid heart level learning.
“The message of the Bhagavad Gītā is:
The vision of the lord is certain through
singular devotion developed by honouring ones Dharma
in a spirit that leads to clarity and detachment.”
– TKV Desikachar on Gītārtha Saṃgraha of Śrī Yāmunācārya Śloka One
“Devotion is the basis for seeing the truth.
This truth is, the Lord.
But devotion must grow from following ones duty
in a spirit of selflessness and search.”
– TKV Desikachar on Gītārtha Saṃgraha of Śrī Yāmunācārya Śloka Three
“What is most vital to a person for everlasting happiness
is to understand the nature of consciousness
and the Lord and his created entities.”
– TKV Desikachar on Gītārtha Saṃgraha of Śrī Yāmunācārya Śloka Four
“Action is best performed when it is for the good of the society,
with the spirit of dedication to the lord and
with freedom from the attitude of being the doer and the beneficiary.”
– TKV Desikachar on Gītārtha Saṃgraha of Śrī Yāmunācārya Śloka Seven