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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 under way 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.

Now you can start to access a verse by verse presentation of each Bhagavad Gītā Śloka online which will be further developed over time through added notes and commentaries from my in-depth word by word studies of the Bhagavad Gītā, these will also include notes from Desikachar’s study with his teacher T Krishnamacharya. Furthermore key words from each Śloka will be linked to the Yoga Texts Database so cross references can be accessed with other related Yoga texts as a further resource.

Thence you will be able to access a verse by verse presentation of each Śloka developed over time through added notes and commentaries from my in-depth word by word studies of the Bhagavad Gītā based on my many personal lessons with my Bhagavad Gītā teacher TKV Desikachar, these will include notes from Desikachar’s study with his teacher T Krishnamacharya.

They are offered with gratitude for what this learning has helped lead me towards.

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.

An overview translation of the Gītārtha Saṃgraha from my studies with TKV Desikachar is offered along with Romanised Sāṃskṛta and searchable cross references with selected words from the Yoga Sūtra Online and the Bhagavad Gītā Online notes and commentaries.

Relevant verse by verse references from the Gītārtha Saṃgraha will be provided as part of  the Art of Gītā Scripture Modules Two to Four Personal Sādhana Workshop.course manuals to help with our study. As such they will be a invaluable support for the study.

There are also personal 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.

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“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us is valuable,
worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch.
Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder,
spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit....”

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