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Bhagavad Gita according to Gandhi



Book The Yoga of Wisdom: the Bhagavad Gita according to Gandhi, with comments in Spanish (Sivananda) translated by Pedro Nonell

In the book The Yoga of Wisdom, the life of Mahatma Gandhi is analyzed, an example of a life based on Nonviolence (Ahimsa) and harmony between religions: his stay in South Africa (where he developed his vision of devotion to the truth or Satyagraha), his contacts with Tolstoy, Henry Thoreau or Martin Luther King and his role in the peaceful independence of India.

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For Gandhi, the central teaching of the Bhagavad Gita is detachment from the fruit of actions.

Detachment from the fruit of actions (Gandhi) Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Philosophy

«The central teaching of the Bhagavad Gita is detachment, abandonment for the fruit of action. And there would be no room for this abandonment if one preferred the duty of the other to one's own. Therefore, it is said that one's own duty is better than another's. What matters is the spirit in which the duty is performed, and its detached performance is its own reward.
It makes absolutely clear the spirit and nature of right action and shows how true knowledge must be expressed in acts of selfless service.» Gandhi.

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Book II: Gandhi: a life based on Nonviolence and the Bhagavad Gita
Book II: Bhagavad Gita and Mahatma Gandhi

Telugu recognition Pedro Nonell translation Bhagavad Gita

Chapter II-III of the book is titled “Gandhi: A Life Based on Non-Violence" and is composed of the following topics:

  1. The Mahatma (Great Soul)
  2. Early years. Stay in London. Henry David Thoreau
  3. South Africa: essay on non-violence and Satyagraha
  4. Return to India: the road to independence (1915-1947)
  5. The influence of Gandhi and the Bhagavad Gita on the world

Each chapter of the Bhagavad Gita begins with an introduction to it by Gandhi and Swami Sivananda.

Book I: Srimad Bhagavad Gita Upanishad according to Gandhi,
with Comments by Sri Swami Sivananda, Translated into Spanish:
Bhagavad Gita I: Yoga of the Despondency of Arjuna

Gandhi and Mahadev Desai:
Gandhi and Mahadev Desai (commentator and translator Bhagavad Gita)

Book Yoga of Wisdom:
Mahatma Gandhi: Nonviolence (Ahimsa) and Harmony between religions:
Mahatma Gandhi, Nonviolence (Ahimsa) and Harmony between religions

Interview by journalist Alexandra Di Stefano with Pedro Nonell on the Bhagavad Gita

Below you can see the introduction to chapter II of the Bhagavad Gita: The Yoga of Knowledge (Sankhya Yoga).

Sri Swami Sivananda, Kurukshetra (battlefield) Bhagavad Gita

It also includes Gandhi's numerous comments on certain shlokas of the Bhagavad Gita that will undoubtedly help the reader understand and/or deepen the Bhagavad Gita:

Comments by Gandhi Bhagavad Gita

It is curious to observe how Gandhi discovered the Bhagavad Gita from the translation of an English poet.

«My first acquaintance with the Bhagavad Gita was in 1888-89 with Sir Edwin Arnold's verse translation entitled The Song Celestial: A Poetic Version of the Bhagavad Gita. While reading it, I felt the desire to read it in Gujarati, but after reading several works, I thought it was necessary to make this version of the Bhagavad Gita with commentaries. This version is intended for women, servants (Shudras) and others, who have little or no literary preparation» M. Gandhi.

Henry Thoreau and Gandhi. Book Yoga of Wisdom: Bhagavad Gita

«Every morning I wash my intellect with the stupendous and cosmogonic philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita.. In comparison with these teachings, our modern civilization and literature seem petty and trivial to me.» Henry David Thoreau.


Gandhi, in the introduction of the book, in the Message of the Bhagavad Gita presents the key concepts:

Ahimsa Satyagraha - Gandhi. Bhagavad Gita Book

«Truth (Satya) implies love, and firmness (Agraha) generates strength. Then I began to call Indian movement Satyagraha, that is, the Force that is born of Truth and Love or non-violence, and I stopped using the phrase “passive resistance".» Gandhi.

For Gandhi, the Bhagavad Gita teaches us how to recognize a perfect man, and none coincides with that of the warrior:

Arjuna said:

Bhagavad Gita (Yoga Philosophy) I 32. The Yoga of the Despondency of Arjuna
Yoga of the Despondency of Arjuna

According to Gandhi:

Gandhi: Every personified life (Krishna) is an Incarnation of God

«Krishna, is perfection and true knowledge personified, but he is still a portrait. In Hinduism the incarnation is attributed to one who has performed some type of extraordinary service to humanity. Every personified life is actually an incarnation of God.»

In chapter The Yoga of Action of the Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna tells Arjuna:

«Just as the unenlightened perform all actions with attachment, the enlightened man should act without attachment, desiring the welfare of humanity» Bhagavad Gita III-25.

Act without attachment, desiring the well-being of humanity. Bhagavad Gita III-25

For Gandhi, Ahimsa (non-violence) long predates the Bhagavad Gita, but is essential in his teachings. Ahimsa is one of the pillars of the Bhagavad Gita, but it is not one of its conclusions.

Gandhi claimed that the Bhagavad Gita was the source of inspiration for his vision of Nonviolence (Ahimsa) to achieve the independence of India, one of the most important events of the 20th century, and a precursor to the independence movements of almost all countries. colonized countries of Africa and Asia.

Bhagavad Gita (Yoga Philosophy) according to Mahatma Gandhi

“Every action must be done in a spirit of complete dedication to God. Because alone is the only reality. Only that which is dedicated to Him counts”. Gandhi.

«You cannot find knowledge without seeking it, nor tranquility without effort, nor happiness without adversity. “Everyone who seeks has to experience, at some time or another, a conflict of duties, a turning in his heart.» Gandhi.

Chapter VIII will analyze the influence of the Bhagavad Gita and Gandhi on some Indian companies. How Gandhi inspired one of India's greatest Muslim businessmen: Doctor Yusuf Khwaja Hamied.

Influence of the Bhagavad Gita on the companies. Gita Courses-Ramakrishna Institute. Book

Book Yoga of Wisdom:
influence of the Bhagavad Gita in some companies
Influence of the Bhagavad Gita and Gandhi in some Indian companies

«Shastra does not refer to the rites and formulas established in the so-called Dharmashastra, but to the path of self-control established by sages and saints.» Gandhi.




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