Philosophy of the Bhagavadgita
A Study Based on the Evaluation of the
Commentaries of Samkara, Ramanuja & Madhva

By S.M. Srinivasa Chari
June 2005
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers
ISBN: 8121511011
320 pages, 5 " x 8 "
$37.50 Hardcover

This scholarly work presents a comprehensive and authentic exposition of the philosophy of the Bhagavadgita as enshrined in the original text by according due consideration to the commentaries of Samkara, Ramanuja and Madhva. In the first part of the book, Dr. Chari makes an in-depth study of the selected verses from each adhyaya and discusses their philosophical implications with particular reference to the Vedanta doctrines and connected issues advanced by the commentators while interpreting the crucial verses.

This analytical and comparative study helps to understand how some of the basic tenets of Vedanta embedded in the Gita are explained differently by the commentators and also to assess the extent to which these are actually reflected in the original text. In the second part, the author has attempted to consolidate the various philosophical, theological and ethical ideas scattered all over the Gita and reconstruct them into coherent doctrines under three broad headings: Tattvas covering Paramatman, jivatman and jagat, sadhana comprising karma-yoga, jnana-yoga and bhakti-yoga, and parama-purusartha.

In the final chapter, Dr. Chari examines dispassionately the views of the commentators on these theories and comes to the conclusion with sufficient textual authority that some of the tenets of Samkara and also Madhva do not fully conform to the teachings of the Gita. This book, which is the first of its kind, throws new light on the philosophy of the Gita.


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