The Art of Gītā Scripture
Search your Heart in the Quest for Relationship with the Beyond
From Paul’s Bhagavad Gītā Studies in India with TKV Desikachar
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.
“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
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 underway with the setting up of the text as a live 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 my many years of study on with my teacher on and around this particular text.
These studies also included a further two years on Śrī Rāmānuja’s Gītā Bhāṣya and 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.
A translation of the Gītārtha Saṃgraha from my studies with TKV Desikachar is being added along with Romanised Saṃskṛtā and searchable cross references with selected words from the Yoga Sūtra Online and the Bhagavad Gītā Online notes and commentaries.
There are also Bhagavad Gītā chapter by chapter, verse by verse PDF workbooks available as downloads for all interested students, but especially suitable for students studying within the Art of Gītā Scripture Modules Two to Four Personal Sādhana Courses.
They are offered with gratitude for what this learning has helped lead me towards.