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Anu-Gita in the Mahabharata: Re-affirming Bhagavad-Gita's Message of Good-of-All

 
Satya P. Agarwal (Author) Urmila Agarwal (Author)
Synopsis

The purpose of writing this book is to make available to English-knowing readers, an easyto-read version of Anu-Gita. Although Anu-Gita is an important part of the Maha-bharata, it has so far not been presented in a simple form to common people, with the result that most people do not even know that such a book exists. The prefix 'Anu' denotes 'after', so Anu-Gita literally means 'Gita occuring after'. In the Mahabharata, Bhagavat-Gita occurs in Parva No. 14. (In all, there are 18 Parvas in the Mahabharata).

It is well known that the Gita was taught by Lord Krishna to Arjuna on the battle field of

Kuruksetra. So it was a time of crisis at the time of Anu-Gita. In fact, the Mahabharata war was over and peace was established in the Kingdom, under the rule of Yudhisthira (whom every one including Arjuna supported).

But the format of Anu-Gita is different from that of the Gita. In the Gita, there was dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna. On the other hand, in Anu-Gita, Krishna makes use of three ancient dialogues. Because of this, Anu-Gita has a lot of repetitions, which have made it longer than the

Gita. For example, Anu-Gita has thirty-six chapters (compared to eighteen chapters in the Gita), and 1040 shlokas (compared to 700 shlokas in the Gita). In order to present Anu-Gita in an easy-to-read version, the authors have omitted the repetitions, and have selected 400 shlokas. But they have retained all the main teachings of Anu-Gita.

Most people (even in India) have not heard the name of Anu-Gita. This is so because, although Anu-Gita is an important part of the Mahabharata, no scholarly study of it, in a simple language, has so far been published. This gap will be filled by this pioneering book, which explains under what circumstances was the Gita taught by Lord Krishna to Arjuna, for the second time. This book is divided into two parts. Part I presents the Sanskrit-shlokas of Anu-Gita, along with their translation in simple English. Part II explains the main points of similarity, as well as dissimilarity, between Gita and Anu-Gita.

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About the author

Satya P. Agarwal

Dr. Satya P. Agarwal is a social scientist.  His academic honours include five gold medals and numerous merit scholarships and research fellowships at various universities.  The Governor of the State of Maryland conferred upon him “The Governor’s Citation”, and also “Pravasi Bharat Sevak Award”, in recognition of his pioneering books as also his contribution to social service.  He is the author of ten books besides the present one which are widely acclaimed and appreciated by the discerning readers.  Some of these books are being translated into other languages too.  Other honours conferred on him include: (i) Kunti Goyal International Award, (ii) Special Award of Manas Sangam and (iii) International Tulasi Award.

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Bibliographic information

Title Anu-Gita in the Mahabharata: Re-affirming Bhagavad-Gita's Message of Good-of-All
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher New Age Books
Language: English
isbn 8178224682, 9788178224688
length viii+161p., 23cm.