[Advaita-l] should we discuss adhyAya 1 verse by verse?

Ravisankar Mayavaram abhayambika at gmail.com
Wed Nov 9 09:50:29 CST 2005

Dear Amuthan:

Thank you.

If you have time, please go over adhyAya 1 verse by verse. Most
commentators do not emphasize much on this chapter. But there is a
significant exception: Paramahansa Yogananda spends over 200+ pages on
1st chapter. His commentary is based on the teaching of his parama
guru lahiri mahASayA. They explore and explain the names in the first
chapter and related it to an inner principle, such dhR^itarAShTra as
blind mind, sanjaya as impartial introspection and so  on. His
commentary is from the point of view of Raja Yoga.

You will be able to get his 2-volume gItA commentary in Chennai. Hard
bound edition is 600 Rs. I do not know much the paper back version is.
You can see the book info at:



On 11/8/05, Amuthan Arunkumar R <aparyap at yahoo.co.in> wrote:
> namo nArAyaNAya!
> dear list members,
> now that the avatArikA to gItA is over, we can move on
> to the gItA itself. but, as is well known, sha~Nkara
> begins his commentary only from 2.10. madhusUdana
> sarasvatI, however, has written a commentary on the
> entire first adhyAya. since there are not much
> bhagavad vachanam-s in the first adhyAya, i guess we
> can safely skip it. there is, of course, quite a lot
> to be learnt from the first adhyAya, but that can be
> summarized in a mail or two. please note that this is
> only for the first adhyAya. for the remaining, i plan
> to go verse by verse.
> i require feedback from the members (with the
> moderators' decision being final) on whether only a
> summary of the first adhyAya is required or whether
> the entire adhyAya is to be taken up verse by verse.
> i feel the former is sufficient, but the latter is
> also fine with me, though that may delay the main
> discussions. please bear in mind that the first
> adhyAya has 47 verses and it may take quite sometime
> before we finish it and move on to the core of the
> gItA :-)
> vAsudevaH sarvaM,
> aparyAptAmR^itaH.
> Amuthan Arunkumar R,

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