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Sarva Gita Sara 2012 Edition by Swami Sivananda

Sarva Gita Sara 2012 Edition by Swami Sivananda

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The crown and glory of Indian philosophy is the Advaita
vedanta. The genius of India is specially distinguished for its
rare tolerance and universality. "Ekam sat viprah bahudha
vadanti" the scripture declares. Even while asserting emphatically
that TRUTH is ONE, yet, simultaneously allowance is made for
varied expressions of the one Truth. Truth is the Goal and
Destination of humanity. As such, the highest Truth is for even the
least amongst men. But sage-wisdom perceived that neither
capacity nor fitness to receive was alike in all beings. Thus it came
about that the rich spiritual lore of India has come to contain within
its wide range numerous shades and grades of revelatory and
expository works. Different works embodied a different style and
presentation, so as to be accessible to and assimilable by different
types of minds. The Infinitude of rruth was never allowed to get
stifled by the cramping confinement of a single severe style and a
set mode of rigid expression.
Now the most difficult and obscure of works are the
upanishads and the Sutras. These tough treatises touch the
highest peak-points of the sublime Vedanta philosophy. But
even as the lofty philosophy they deal with, these works
themselves are equally inaccessible to most men. The reasons
are that, first of all, their language itself is obscure and archaic.
Secondly, their style is severely terse and aphoristic. Few
indeed can understand them without explanation and
elaboration. Then the strict orthodox social convention allows
only the Sannyasin to take to Upanishadic study. The ordinary
layman, thus, finds it impossible to ascend to the height of
supermundane knowledge.
Hence came the Smritis, the Itihasas, the puranas and such
simple and easy texts as these numerous Gitas collected in this
present volume. The chain of Gitas served admirably to
surmount this barrier and bring to all seekers and aspirants, to
whatever Ashrama they belong, the sustaining inspiration and
grandeur of the highest Absolutistic Monism.
(7)
In these Gitas are found the loftiest flights of grand
Advaita-Vada. With their comprehensive range, these Gitas
present us with the essence of all philosophy, religion,- spiritual
Sadhana, Dharma andpsychology. What is more, this they do in
a language easily intelligible to the layman. Further these are not
d.y to .eid, brrt on the other hand beautiful poetical c-ompositions,
so fine and inspiring that unconsciously one finds oneself
committing them to memory without much effort.
Sri Swami Sivananda has ever been striving to simplify
even the highest of philosophy and present it in forms suitable
and acceptible to every sort of person and temperament. He is
well known to the readers as one who has successfully
undertaken the important task of presenting to the modern man
the essence of Indian Philosophy and spirituality in concise
form and convincing style. The philosophy of voluminous
scriptures is found in these Gitas in a nutshell.
This is the special value of these works which commends
them to the general majority of the readers and spiritual
aspirants. In the present book we have sought to bring out the very
..iurn of the various beautiful Gitas contained in the sacred
scriptures. The contents will thus be found to be inspiring,
informative, illuminating and of immense practical help and
guidance. It is at once a precious text-book and companion on the
ipiritual path, for the constant study of one and all. We have no
doubt tMt it will shower rains of peace and joy upon one and all.
-THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY
The crown and glory of Indian philosophy is the Advaita
vedanta. The genius of India is specially distinguished for its
rare tolerance and universality. "Ekam sat viprah bahudha
vadanti" the scripture declares. Even while asserting emphatically
that TRUTH is ONE, yet, simultaneously allowance is made for
varied expressions of the one Truth. Truth is the Goal and
Destination of humanity. As such, the highest Truth is for even the
least amongst men. But sage-wisdom perceived that neither
capacity nor fitness to receive was alike in all beings. Thus it came
about that the rich spiritual lore of India has come to contain within
its wide range numerous shades and grades of revelatory and
expository works. Different works embodied a different style and
presentation, so as to be accessible to and assimilable by different
types of minds. The Infinitude of rruth was never allowed to get
stifled by the cramping confinement of a single severe style and a
set mode of rigid expression.
Now the most difficult and obscure of works are the
upanishads and the Sutras. These tough treatises touch the
highest peak-points of the sublime Vedanta philosophy. But
even as the lofty philosophy they deal with, these works
themselves are equally inaccessible to most men. The reasons
are that, first of all, their language itself is obscure and archaic.
Secondly, their style is severely terse and aphoristic. Few
indeed can understand them without explanation and
elaboration. Then the strict orthodox social convention allows
only the Sannyasin to take to Upanishadic study. The ordinary
layman, thus, finds it impossible to ascend to the height of
supermundane knowledge.
Hence came the Smritis, the Itihasas, the puranas and such
simple and easy texts as these numerous Gitas collected in this
present volume. The chain of Gitas served admirably to
surmount this barrier and bring to all seekers and aspirants, to
whatever Ashrama they belong, the sustaining inspiration and
grandeur of the highest Absolutistic Monism.
(7)
In these Gitas are found the loftiest flights of grand
Advaita-Vada. With their comprehensive range, these Gitas
present us with the essence of all philosophy, religion,- spiritual
Sadhana, Dharma andpsychology. What is more, this they do in
a language easily intelligible to the layman. Further these are not
d.y to .eid, brrt on the other hand beautiful poetical c-ompositions,
so fine and inspiring that unconsciously one finds oneself
committing them to memory without much effort.
Sri Swami Sivananda has ever been striving to simplify
even the highest of philosophy and present it in forms suitable
and acceptible to every sort of person and temperament. He is
well known to the readers as one who has successfully
undertaken the important task of presenting to the modern man
the essence of Indian Philosophy and spirituality in concise
form and convincing style. The philosophy of voluminous
scriptures is found in these Gitas in a nutshell.
This is the special value of these works which commends
them to the general majority of the readers and spiritual
aspirants. In the present book we have sought to bring out the very
..iurn of the various beautiful Gitas contained in the sacred
scriptures. The contents will thus be found to be inspiring,
informative, illuminating and of immense practical help and
guidance. It is at once a precious text-book and companion on the
ipiritual path, for the constant study of one and all. We have no
doubt tMt it will shower rains of peace and joy upon one and all.
-THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY

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