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“Ancient thought accepted this starting point so far as it could see it by scrutiny of the universe. The old Upanishads saw it very clearly and phrased it with an uncomprising thoroughness which will have nothing to do with any honeyed glosses or optimistic scuttling of the truth. Hunger that is Death, they said, is the creator and master of this world, and they figured vital existence in the image of the Horse of the sacrifice. Matter they described by a name which means ordinarily food and they said, we call it food because it is devoured and devours creatures. The eater eating is eaten; this is the formula of the material world.” (Essays on the Gita, pg 40-41)

5. SABCL vol 13 – Essays on the Gita

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Essays on the Gita - Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo's collection of Essays on the Gita is a deeply autobiographical document, marking his transition from the Swadeshi commitment to an ethical politics that assumed the standpoint of indigenous society, to a post-Swadeshi commitment to a cosmopolitanism that transcended the social. This is, however, a transition that cannot be grasped as a movement from particularism to universalism.

Essays on the Gita by Sri Aurobindo (free ebook)

A is now being published. Also, a CD-ROM of his selected works is available from , which contains the following works: The Life Divine, The Synthesis of Yoga, Essays on the Gita, Savitri: A Legend and a Symbol, Letters on Yoga, The Human Cycle, The Ideal of Human Unity, War & Self-Determination, Essays on Philosophy and Yoga, Essays Divine and Human, The Renaissance in India (includes Foundations of Indian Culture), The Secret of the Veda, Upanishads, Sri Aurobindo: A Life-Sketch.

This book is a chapter-by-chapter summary of Sri Aurobindo’s Essays on the Gita and serves as a companion-guide to aid its study.
Many years ago she read a book written by the great spiritual Master, Sri Aurobindo. The book, Essays on the Gita, is about Sri Krishna's conversations with Arjuna in the Bhagavad-Gita. Sri Krishna was the divine soul and Arjuna was the aspiring human soul. We have many, many scriptures in India, but the Bhagavad-Gita is our matchless scripture. The quintessence of all our other scriptures can be found in the Bhagavad-Gita; it is India's Bible. Sri Aurobindo wrote some most beautiful, luminous essays on the Bhagavad-Gita. Once Margaret Wilson happened to find and read the book. She was extremely moved and wanted to meet the author. But in those days the author of the book was in complete seclusion; he never left his room. But nevertheless, Margaret Wilson went to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and stayed there permanently. Four times a year she used to see the Master, as others did, for two or three seconds each time. But she was deeply moved by Sri Aurobindo's books, by Sri Aurobindo's philosophy, by Sri Aurobindo's yoga. So she stayed in his Ashram.A series of essays on "The Lessons of the Bhagavad Gita" which, too, were published serially in that Journal, are also included in the present volume.
6. Aurobindo, Sri, Essays on the Gita, Pondicherry, India: Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, 1972 pp. 574, 575

Editions of Essays on the Gita by Sri Aurobindo - Goodreads

The translation of the Gita presented here was compiled mainly from Sri Aurobindo's Essays on the Gita. It first appeared in The Message of the Gita, edited by Anilbaran Roy, in 1938. Sri Aurobindo approved this book for publication; however, he made it clear in one of his letters that the translations in the Essays were "more explanatory than textually precise or cast in a literary style". Many of them are paraphrases rather than strict translations. Sri Aurobindo also wrote that he did not wish extracts from the Essays "to go out as my translation of the Gita". This should be borne in mind by the reader as he mattes use of this translation, which has been provided as a bridge between the Gita and Sri Aurobindo's Essays.

This book is a chapter-by-chapter summary of Sri Aurobindo’s Essays on the Gita and serves as a companion-guide to aid its study.

Essays on the Gita, New U.S. Paperback Ed.

“We must acknowledge Kurukshetra; we must submit to the law of life by Death before we can find our way to the life immortal; we must open our eyes, with a less appalled gaze then Arjuna’s, to the vision of our Lord of Time and Death and cease to deny hate or recoil from the Universal Destroyer” (Essays on the Gita pg 46)


Thoughts on The Gita (A Study of Sri Aurobindo's Essays on The Gita)

“What the great, the supreme word of the Gita is, its mahavakya, we have not to seek, for the Gita declares it in its last utterance, the crowning note of the great diapason “With th Lord in thy heart take refuge with all thy being; by His grace thou shalt attain to the supreme peace and the eternal status. So have I expounded to thee a knowledge more secret than that which is hidden. Further hear the most secret, the supreme word that I shall speak to thee. Become my-minded, devoted to Me, to Me do sacrifice and adoration; infallibly, thou shalt come to Me, for dear to Me art thou. Abandoning all laws of conduct seek refuge in Me alone. I will release thee from all sin; do not grieve.”(Essays on the Gita pg 34)