Book Review: Bhagwad Gita by Chakravarti Rajagopalachari

Bhagwad Gita, also known as the Gita, focuses on the dialogue between Lord Krishna and Arjuna, who was one of the five Pandava brothers. Arjuna is in a state of despair and depression when he realizes that in the Mahabharata war, he will be killing his own cousins, gurus, and countless families of warriors he has known. Arjuna feels the war is pointless, even to the extent of being the greatest sin.


Lord Krishna tells Arjuna about the cycle of life and death; Krishna enlightens Arjuna on the duties that man has to perform.  Arjuna learns that if he does not participate in the war to regain his kingdom from his evil cousins, the Kauravas – then, the society will suffer on the whole.  In other words, the sacred book shows how man must correct the balance of good and evil.


Bhavan’s Book University has published a wonderful handbook for students, written by Chakravarti Rajagopalachari who was popularly known as Rajaji or C.R., the author of numerous books.  Rajaji’s Bhagwad Gita reveals the profound wisdom of Lord Krishna’s sermons.  Through such a book, the reader is inspired to go into the meaning of deeper thought. Indeed, Gita is considered, universally a unique piece of many treasures...  because it does not refer to one historical battle; it is much more than that...  it is about the eternal connectivity between the soul and God.


Bhagwad Gita by Rajaji makes a very fine handbook for readers who want answers for today’s time. We know that Gita is a chapter in the Mahabharata. This book gives easy grasp to learn the teachings of Lord Krishna.


Rajaji’s Bhagwad Gita has the power to invite and influence every generation, really.


The author was a scholar who had immense knowledge on varied subjects. He wrote in English and in pure Tamil which was his mother-tongue.  Bhavan has had the honour of publishing 18 books of Rajaji.


It is interesting to note that Rajaji was a great philosopher, statesman, patriot. He was a freedom-fighter and was also Chief Minister of Madras, Governor of West Bengal. He also served as Home Minister of India and as the first Governor-General of India.

Bhavan stands for reviving and introducing the Indian culture in the context of our present-day life without losing the original essence of the original works.


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