The following answer to How to start reading Bhagavad Gita? is deleted by one of the moderators here. Is the moderator justified in deleting the entire answer just because it contains a link to one particular book? I don't think so. I actually found the answer very informative although it included some links to one particular interpretation of Bhagavad Gita. I want to get others opinions on this.
Answer that was deleted (as is):
In my humble opinion,
Srimad Bhagavath Gita is a nectarian, wonderful and most miraculously blissful pond of knowledge which guides the suffering to understand basic questions of life, such as :
- Who am I?
- Who is God?
- What is the relationship of Almighty God with me?
- What is the purpose in life?
- Are there many Gods or is God one?
- How should one act in his life to be achieve the goal of life?
For the question,
Can anybody suggest me how to get started with it? I know it's a sequence of dialogues between Arjuna and Lord Krishna. Do I've to go through the Mahabharata in order to understand Bhagavad Gita?
It is not necessary to read mahabharatha to understand the Gita. Gita literally means the song of God. It is sung by the supreme God to all living entities and as such can be read by any person in any walk of life at any point of time without any prior information. However it is very much necessary to read the bhagavad gita IN PROPER ORDER. we cannot skip one chapter or start from a middle chapter. That would be like skipping first grade and studying Quantum physics. Please read in the order in which Srimad Bhagavad Gita has been sung by the Lord.
In which language should I read ?
There are many translated versions available in ENGLISH, HINDI. But it is also necessary to understand that anyone who has written the translation must come through specific parampara otherwise the translation is not authentic. (This link might be helpful : bhagavad-gita.org/DiscipleSuccession/)
There are a few versions available in English are good/ understandable, websites are as follows:
This is a fantastic source where the explanations given by prominent acharyas in a valid parampara are provided for each verse:
This is another good site, which provides great translations and purports: asitis.com
Some hard copy sellers: http://www.madhwakart.com/shop/geeta-bhashya/ http://www.flipkart.com/bhagavad-gita/p/itme3dhz4eztwyw5?pid=9789171494375&otracker=from-search&srno=t_1&query=bhagavad+gita&ref=c9533ce6-43b7-479b-9b62-28089eabaaea
In my opinion the other Bhagavad gita translations that I've read were not as fulfilling/ understandable as the above two and as such I am quoting the ones I could understand ( The second one even has a supportive word by word sanskrit to english translation, which most others read but I don't) . Also many books have their own philosophy into the translations which completely changes the meaning of the Gita.
How will Bhagavad Gita change my life?I am not too religious but believe in things that makes sense.
If Bhagavad Gita is heard (or read) by a faithful person from a Guru who is self realized, then it will be all auspicious for the reader. And one of the main focal points to have while reading is the faith. And believe me, the Bhagavath Gita makes total sense, in a way nothing much else in the world can make sense.
- user1224 answered Feb 26 '15 at 10:05
Response by moderator when I flagged to undelete it:
Don't understand why this answer is deleted. What is "spammy" in this answer? – sv. yesterday
declined - Question is HOW TO READ and not WHERE to read. Other answer provides HOW TO READ unlike this answer which shares links to particular books (promoting) and hence sounds like spam.
Does this mean we are not allowed to add links to a website or book that subscribes to one particular philosophy we favor over others? And if we do, it means we are "promoting" or "spamming" this site with "our" opinions or philosophies?!
How are we supposed to answer questions like How to read Hindu Scriptures without leaving any links to books or websites?