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Quest for the Original GITA

Quest for the Original GITA
$29.00
Item Code: IDG551
Author: Dr. G S Khair
Publisher: SOMAIYA PUBLICAITONS Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 1997
ISBN: 8170392152
Pages: 289
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.7" X 5.7"
weight of the book is 470gm

About the Book :

The Bhagavad Gita embodies within itself much of what is best in earlier Hindu traditions and at the same time speaks to the Hindus of different times and levels of intelligence. It stands out as a historical landmark in raising the level of moral and religious insight. It helped transform a morality and religion emphasizing ceremonial magic into one appealing to intellectual assent. It aided in promoting changes from ideas of self-seeking to ideals of transcendence. It allegorically generalized tribal and ritual examples into universal, philosophical principles, thus broadening and elevating the perspectives and goals of a great people, Small wonder, then, that the Gita is one of the most written-about classics in the world.

The book "THE QUEST FOR THE ORIGINAL GITA" is not just another verse by verse commentary on the Gita nor is in essentially a philosophical examination and interpretation of its massage, though it certainly does contribute, in a very vital way, to such an understanding. It is the author's view that many an earnest student of the Gita is confused by a certain multiplicity of concepts and the advocacy of different paths in different portions of the Gita, while what he expects is a simple central massage, as one might expect from a single, organised treatise on single theme. It is Dr. Khair's thesis that this situation arises from the fact that the Gita was written not by one but by at least three authors who wrote at different periods, their respective portions reflection the conditions and ideas of and the tasks set by their respective ages.

 

About the Author:

Dr. G.S. KHAIR was a well-known educationist, social worker and a student of the Gita since 1920. Born in 19898, he struggled against poverty for his education. After graduation he joined the Poona Anath Vidyarthi Griha as a life-member and worked there for fifty years-first as secretary and later as chairman. He stayed and traveled in the U.S.A, Europe, Japan and other countries for studying their social problems and educational systems. Dr. Khair worked as the Headmaster the Maharashtra Vidyalaya and also as honorary professor of Comparative Education for the M.Ed. Course in the Universities of Poona, Bombay and Karnatak. He was a member of several educational committees, boards and teachers' organizations. After retirement, he had devoted himself solely to research and interpretation of the Gita, and to spread it s teachings through hooks, articles, leatures and classes all over India.

Dr. Khair was an independent Member of Bombay Legislative Council from 1952 to 1958. He died on 29.8.1986.

Among his several books in Marathi and English is The Quest for the Original Gita

 

CONTENTS
  INTRODUCTION VII
  PECULIAR FEATURES OF THE THREE AUTHORS VII
I ORIGIN OF THE PROBLEM 1
II PROBLEMS CONCERNING THE TEXT 8
III METHODS AND TOOLS OF INVESTIGATION 19
IV ANALYSES AND INFERENCES 26
V SURRENDER THYSELF OT ME' 35
VI THREE AUTHORS AND THEIR PECULIARITIES 43
VII DIVERSITY IN STYLE, EXPOSITION AND DICTION 55
VIII DIVERSITY IN CONCEPTS 66
IX SOME MORE DIVERSITIES 80
X THE MAHABHARATA AND THE UPANISADS 99
XI DARSANAS, MYTHOLOGY AND HISTORY 116
XII CRITERIA OF INTERPOLATION 132
XIII INTERPOLATIONS-PURPOSE AND EFFECT 139
XIV OBJECTIVES AND RESULTS OF INTERPOLATIONS 163
XV COMPOSITE IMPACT OF THE GITA 178
XVI DOUBTS, DIFFICULTIES AND CONTRADICTIONS CAN BE SOLVED 186
XVII THE GITA AND THE MODERN AGE
TRIKALA GITA
195
206
  APPENDICES 241
I ANNOTATED REFERENCE TEXT 243
II A SPECIMEN OF CHAPTER-ANALYSIS 244
III SPECIMEN OF VERSE-ANALYSIS 245
IV A TIPIC-WISE MAP OF THE GITA 246
V REPETITION OF TOPICS 248
VI TERMS AND CONCEPTS INDICATING
ULTIMATE GOALS

249
VII EPITHETS OF PERFECT INDIVIDUALS 250
VIII ENTERPOLATIONS OF FIRST PERSON SINGULAR 252
IX EPITHETS AND NAMES ADDRESSED TO KRSNA 253
X EPITHETS AND NAMES USED FOR ARJUNA 254
XI IMPERATIVE AND POTENTIAL MOODS 255
XII PROBABLE AUDIENCE AND READERS OF THE GITA 256
XIII SPECIMEN OF TWO MIXED CHAPTERS-SHOWING DIFFERENCE IN VOCABULARY 258
XIV CLASSIFIED VOCABULARY OF AUTHORS AND TOPICS 259
XV COSMOLOGICAL CONCEPTS 262
XVI DIVERSITY OF RELIGIOUS PRACTICES 264
XVII BIBLIOGRAPHY OF RELEVANT BOOKS 267
  INDEX 271

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