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The Bhagvadgita – A Lucid Presentation: Book Review

ByNeha Sharma

Mar 9, 2021
The Literature Times

Dr. Sachchidanand Padhy, author of the book ‘The Bhagvadgita – A Lucid Presentation’ has done a splendid job bringing out this easily comprehensible version of the divine ancient scripture.

He begins with describing the birth-and-death chakra and recycling of the soul in the first chapter. In the gist of this chapter of The Bhagavad Gita, he says that the wise never lament for the living or the dead. The soul experiences childhood, youth and old age. After death, it gets re-embodied.

Then he elaborates the working of the senses, saying that the contact of various objects with different senses, causes feelings – hot and cold, happiness and distress, etc.

He continues with mentioning that someone who can manage balance well between pain and pleasure, etc. never gets tormented. And this kind of personality is eligible for immortality.

The soul neither kills, nor is killed. The soul is neither born, nor dies. It is not affected but only the body is. Death is certain for the born, re-birth for the dead is inevitable, then why lament over the unpreventable. Any being, not manifested before birth, turns unmanifested after death.

The author has given some wise advice in this interpretation, like – You have the rights to perform your prescribed duty, but never claim over the fruits of your activity. Another one being that – Confused intelligence spoils reason and loss of reason causes destruction. Yet another wise advice is – The unasked enjoyments you desire are gifts bestowed by Nature. Do not enjoy without giving any return, be not a thief, of that divine obligation.

Dr. Padhy has used some smart metaphors to explain his viewpoint at places. Like, in the following – The fickle mind lacks wisdom and meditation. For the un-meditative, there is neither peace nor co-ordination. How the peaceless can enjoy happiness? As the wind pushes away a ship on the waters, similarly a person loses discrimination roving over senses.

Few of the greatest meaningful lines from the compilation go as –

In a human body,

senses are superior,

above the senses,

mind is greater,

compared to mind,

intellect is higher,

Supreme to intellect

the Aatman is topper.

And a glimpse of his interpretation of the most significant sloka of the scripture is here –

On decay of Dharma and rise of Adharma, I appear myself

for virtuous protection and wicked destruction, age after age, I am born. My divine birth and activity, he, who knows it’s reality.

Never reborn again, comes Me to join.

Reviewed By: Neha Sharma, The Literature Times

By Neha Sharma

Architect-turned-Author, Neha Sharma, has a flair for writing since childhood. She had written her first piece of poetry in an early primary class at school. Thereafter, her write-ups have got more and more recognition till date. Her writing skills have only enhanced over time. She's here to write interesting content in various genres of her choice. Her writing style is simple and easily understandable by even the beginners. Although not very religious by the general definition, she feels a strong connection with God and believes that He watches over her in all walks of life. She has always aspired to stand-out amidst the common and hence avoids following a herd-instinct as much as possible. Also a Featured Author at Momspresso, the popular motherhood and parenting app, Neha had got her debutante novella published about a couple of years ago. The novella 'Plus Minus' is about a group of friends, their respective families and depicts various phases of human life through their individual experiences. Through this story and its characters, she has attempted to convey the message that it is possible to succeed in life even without losing integrity, which seems tough these days. She intends to make this world a better place with her writings.

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