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Abhinavagupta’s Commentary on the Bhagavad Gita (HB)

Abhinavagupta explains in his commentary that he undertook this work because he felt that his predecessors when commenting on the Bhagavad Gita had not understood its secret or esoteric meanings. With the main purpose to explain these esoteric meanings, Abhinavagupta elaborates the secret doctrine of the purification of the sense organs through the alternation of enjoyment of worldly objects and deep meditation. He claims that the continuous exchange of two contradictory experiences, i.e., gratification of the senses which brings satisfaction and samadhi in which sense organs are reduced to one's own atman, quickly brings the highest good.

Abhinavagupta’s Commentary on the Bhagavad Gita (PB)

Abhinavagupta, probably the greatest genius of India in the fields of philosophy, aesthetics, poetics, dramaturgy, Tantra and mysticism, is being rediscovered only in the last few decades. Although several scholars, in India and abroad, are engaged in studying his works, it is surprising that there are still few translations available.

Srimad Bhagavad Gita

Sridhar's commentary on the Gita through well known in Sanskrit, is not available in English. We have trerefore translated it to make it accessible to the English-Knowing public. We have followed the text of the Ananda Ashrama edition, except in a few places, where the text of other.

The Original Bhagavad Gita

The Original Bhagavad Gita contains the rare verses and the total number of verses in it is 745, which is in conformity with the Gitamana verse of the Bhishma parva of the Mahabharata. A millennium ago Abhinavagupta included some rare verses in his commentary on the Bhagavad Gita. The Kashmiri version of the Bhagavad Gita brought out by Schraeder in the early last century contained rare verses.