You may know that Google is tracking you, but most people don't realize the extent of it. Luckily, there are simple steps you can take to dramatically reduce Google's tracking. Let me get this point straight and clear: All the available commentaries on Bhagavad Gita, starting from Adi Shankara to what is written till date are valid and good. Why is his commentary regarded as the best? Adi Shankara presented his interpretation based on the Advaita Philosophy which he subscribed to and till date is considered as an authority in terms of Advaitic interpretation of Gita.
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You may know that Google is tracking you, but most people don't realize the extent of it. Luckily, there are simple steps you can take to dramatically reduce Google's tracking. Let me get this point straight and clear: All the available commentaries on Bhagavad Gita, starting from Adi Shankara to what is written till date are valid and good.
Why is his commentary regarded as the best? Adi Shankara presented his interpretation based on the Advaita Philosophy which he subscribed to and till date is considered as an authority in terms of Advaitic interpretation of Gita.
What is a Bashya commentary? By nature of this definition, any commentary can be termed bias on the other hand, the bias was not personal, but it was based on their philosophical orientation.
Does he differ a lot from what Krishna really meant? Let me be honest here. Who among us would know what Krishna really meant? Adi Shankara has produced his view on what Gita conveys and so has Ramanuja, Madhvacharya etc. What is essential here is our belief that our Acharya whoever it might be is guiding us on the right path. This is where I feel that we are facing the challenge of the lost Guru-Sishya tradition. No commentary can be the best or worst. Judgement is always relative.
Once upon a time, there lived six blind men in a village. One day the villagers told them, "Hey, there is an elephant in the village today. They had no idea what an elephant is. They decided, "Even though we would not be able to see it, let us go and feel it anyway. Everyone of them touched the elephant. They began to argue about the elephant and everyone of them insisted that he was right. It looked like they were getting agitated. A wise man was passing by and he saw this. He stopped and asked them, "What is the matter?
The wise man calmly explained to them, "All of you are right. The reason every one of you is telling it differently because each one of you touched the different part of the elephant. So, actually the elephant has all those features what you all said. There was no more fight. They felt happy that they were all right.
The moral of the story is that there may be some truth to what someone says. Sometimes we can see that truth and sometimes not because they may have different perspective which we may not agree too. The same is true with interpretations of the Bhagwad Gita. There are many great sages like Shakaracharya, Paramhansa Yogananda, Swami Vivekananda, Srila Prabhupada etc who have written their commentary on the vast subject. But each of them is just like the blind man in the story. They can see the fragments of the meaning of the text but they cannot see the complete meaning of Gita.
To know the complete meaning one has to intricately study ALL the interpretations from those great sages. With the blessings of the Lord, one can comprehend the mighty subject to a good extent. Though I am an Advaitin, let me start from the premise that Shankara wrote the Bhashya in the way that suited the philosophy he preached.
Why Bhagavad Gita? Bhagavad Gita was not particularly more famous than the rest before Shankara commented on it . Among all those texts, Shankaracharya chose Bhagavad Gita to comment on and expound his philosophy. This is an immediate point in favour of saying that the unbiased message of Bhagavad Gita is indeed Advaitic. Now, speaking as an Advaitin, I would again ar Now, speaking as an Advaitin, I would again argue that the Jnana pradhanatva is superior to Bhakti pradanatva.
Bhakti is a means to achieve chit-shuddhi, which is an essential quality for Sadhana. Put in layman terms, Bhakti-ish literature is equivalent to undergraduate education, that prepares you for more serious research PhD viz. So Dvaitic Bhakti is an initial step, towards Advaitc Jnana, which is the penultimate step that is followed by Mukti.
Thus Advaitc commentaries of not just Gita, but also Upanishads and Brahmasutra are superior to the stepping stones, namely Dvaitic and Visishtadvaitic commentaries. No commentary on the Bhagavad Gita is the best. In spirituality, nothing is the best. For a simple reason. The spirituality the spirituality treatises are here to reflect various levels of experiential knowledge of individuals as also various attitudes towards the spirituality.
Anyhow, not all individuals standing on Advaita attitudes have the relevant non-dual spiritual experiential knowledge. It could then be that with growing experiences, later, some other commentary can be the best for the same individual. In Indian spiritual continuity there are surely more commentaries, which could be pointed as those of the bests. Ultimately, I see him as reconciling texts to reveal what is really real.
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