Vedanta Jyoti: Author’s Telescopic View

I am deeply indebted to Shri Partha Desikanji and Shri Rudraji for locating me in the maze of Websites and encouraging me to become a part of the Medhavi community – a medhavi in Sanskrit means an intellectual, a man of wisdom, a person possessing understanding. Although I have my own misgivings about my eligibility to come under this category, I feel greatly honored by their generous gesture.

I am grateful to them for allotting me a separate column under the title “Vedanta Jyoti” in the intellectual stimulant -‘Medha Journal’- and initiating my association with it by re-publishing my article ‘Ganapati Atharvasirsha’ on the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi (11-09-2010). After devoting considerable thought I felt that the obvious way to light the Vedanta Jyoti (The Light of Vedanta) is through the Jyotisham Jyoti (The Light of all Lights), the Bhagavad Gita. I am sure that the luminous glow of the Gita will not only promote an enduring bond between me and the Medhavis but will also add a bright feather in the shining cap of the Medha Journal.

The radiance of the Bhagavad Gita is being brought to the Medhavis under this column through the means of easy to handle tools. This arrangement consists of a series of essays covering the entire Gita in a simple, direct and interactive style employing the technique of a Distance Education Programme.

The presentation of each Chapter of the Gita will have
•    All transliterated Sanskrit Verses with a lucid translation and explanatory notes divided into different topics for a clear-cut grasp of the subject
•    A brief account of the issues and concepts involved
•    Strategies to put the ideas discussed into practice and
•    A questionnaire for self-assessment by the reader
The periodicity of posting these essays would be about once in a fortnight barring unforeseen circumstances. As a companion to this endeavor, a Power Point Presentation on the entire Gita is offered separately.

In preparing these essays I have steered clear off all the scholastic debates and controversies with a view to reach out to the average modern educated young people who require the strength of the Gita to wade through the current day troubled waters. My purpose is just to help them to understand the essential message of the Gita so that they will blossom into integrated persons full of equanimity of mind, speech and action. Their needs in the context of our present habits of study were fully kept in view in this process. If this effort ignites the minds of the readers and prepares them to take a dip in the Gita Ganga on their own, the objective of my mission would be accomplished. May Ganesha, The Lord of Wisdom, shower His grace on all of us in our voyage from darkness to light with the help of the Bhagavad Gita, the Essence of Knowledge itself?

Om asatoma satgamaya,

tamasoma jyotirgamaya,

mrityorma amritam gamaya

om shantih , shantih, shantih ||

T.N.Sethumadhavan

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