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Parth Saxena

The Gita as it was - Rediscovering the Original Bhagavadgita by Phulgenda Sinha


Indian and Hindu Texts

Publisher: Open Court Pub Co (December 1, 1987)
ISBN: 978-0812690255
Paperback: 288 pages
About: The author makes a provocative suggestion that Bhagavad-Gita is highly interpolated. He claims that the original Gita written by sage Vyasa at about 400 B.C. was only about 84 verses long and the rest of 616 verses were added much later perhaps by Shankara. His arguments are gravely flawed since he uses wrong facts and erroneous conclusions. His purported examination includes the monotheism of Gita; devotion and love for God (bhakti yoga); and finally the Sankhya and Yoga philosophies mingled with Vedanta. He argues that much of the ideological conflicts in Gita are due to interpolation that occurred during the revival of Brahmanism. In this book, the author observes the following: The original Gita had 84 verses and began at verse 28 of chapter 1 and covers the first three chapters; the last 15 chapters of Gita and few verses in the first three chapters were introduced to create a link with Vedanta and monotheism; the original Gita was altered during the time of Brahmanical revivalism around 800 A.D. to promote the doctrine of dualism and Vedanta. The author also states that the Sankhya Karika of Kapila and Yoga Sutra of Patanjali were interpolated to fit the interpolations in the Gita...