The Charm And Power of The Gita

The Charm And Power of The Gita

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Item Code: IDH355
Author: Swami Ranganathananda
Publisher: ADVAITA ASHRAM KOLKATA
Edition: 2004
ISBN: 817505218X
Pages: 103
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.4" X 5.2"
Publisher's Note

The Charm and Power of the Gita, by Swami Ranganathanandaji, currently President, Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, consists of two parts: Part one, 'An Introduction to the Study of the Gita', was formerly published as a small booklet to introduce the Bhagavad Gita to thinking people of the modern world who are busy with the various duties of their different vocations. Part two,' The Charm and power of the gita', was an illuminating talk given on this great scripture.

The three chapters in Part one were originally lectures delivered by the author in February-March 1946 under the auspices of the now defunct Ramakrishna Society, Hyderabad, Sind, Pakistan. They subsequently appeared in May and June 1946 and February 1947 issues of the Vedanta Kesari, a monthly journal of the Ramakrishna Order published from Sri Ramakrishna Math, Mylapore, Chennai. Later, in 1950, these articles were put together and published as a booklet by the Ramakrishna Mission, Shillong. In 1969 this booklet was republished by the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, and finally in 1991 by us. Part two is a highly informative introductory chapter from the author's Universal Message of the Bhagavad Gita, a three-volume lecture-based work (now being published) containing verse-to-verse exposition of the whole scripture in the light of modern thought and modern requirements.

We believe that this published in this new form will give the readers a comprehensive idea of the Gita and its message, and enable them to find strength and inspiration to face the varied problems in their day-to-day lives.

CONTENTS
Publisher's Note3
Hints on Transliteration and Pronunciation7
Introduction to the Study of the Gita
The Bhagavad Gita: A Universal Gospel9
Arjuna's First Lessons in Discipleship20
Sri Krsna: The Ideal Teacher32
The Charm and Power of the Gita
India's Erstwhile Misunderstanding of the Gita43
First English Translation of the Gita46
Greatness of the Gita Revealed through Adi Sankara47
Gata Dhyana Slokas48
Significance of Jnana-Mudra50
Meaning and Significance of Tapas54
Adi Sankara's Introduction to his Gita Commentary58
Two Paths of Human Life: Pravatti and Nivrtti60
Two Fruits o these Paths: Abhyudaya and Nihsreyasa62
Evils Arising from the Predominance of Sensate Values69
Brahmanatva: The goal of Human Evolution71
Bhagavan Buddha on the Brahmanatva Ideal72
Vivekananda on the Divinity of Sri Ramakrishna78
Indian Concept of Sruti and Smrit 82
Role of a divine Incarnation in Advancing Human Evolution85
Is America on Decline and how it can be Avoided88
How India has Experienced Many a Decay but Avoided Death92
Cultural Decay Avoided by Cross-fertilization of Cultures93
Conclusion102
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