Proposal to start posting Bhagavat Gita Bhashya

Raghavendra Hebbalalu hs_raghavendra at YAHOO.COM
Mon Feb 28 11:54:45 CST 2000

In the Gita supersite at IIT Kanpur, they seem to be
having an Engish translation of the BGB by Sri
Shankara (with the Sanskrit prose too). That site has
been too slow for me to explore much. I don't know who
the translator is, but they seem to have the
Posting it in the original Sanskrit would be a great
thing to do.


> >According to the "fair use" provisions of
> international copyright law (The
> >Berne convention), it is legal to copy short
> passages ("short" being
> >rather vaguely defined) for educational purposes
> which this certainly is.
> >Copying entire articles or sections of a book is
> not allowed without the
> >express permission of the copyright holder.  Note
> this would only apply to
> >the translation.  The Gita and Shankaracharyas'
> Bhashya are in the public
> >domain.  After (I think) 60 years copyrights lapse
> and revert to public
> >domain.
> >
> >Another technique you can use is to paraphrase the
> translation in your own
> >words.  That's allowed.  In fact it could be highly
> educational to sit
> >down with a Sanskrit dictionary and attempt your
> own translation, using
> >Warrier's for comparison.  The language of the Gita
> is relatively quite
> >simple and even the bhashya is not as complicated
> as some of
> >Shankaracharyas'  other works.
> >
> I have written to RK Math and asked them for
> permission to use Sh. Warrier's
> English translations. I am still waiting on it.
> Unfortunately, my Sanskrit
> dictionary is back home in NJ (I am currently in
> Dallas). I hope that RK
> Math write back saying that they have no objections,
> pending which, I shall
> try and do what Jaladhar has suggested. Needless to
> say, my Sanskrit is just
> a shade better than my French :-) but I'll try
> because there is ample
> opportunity for being corrected here.
> ashish

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