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Selected Bhagavad Gita Translations with Shankara Commentary and Sridhara Gloss

An aspirant after the highest knowledge has the right only to work, to work alone, to work without hankering after its results.

Gita 2.47
कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन ।
मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोअ्स्त्वकर्मणि ।।

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Translation:
To work alone you have the right, but not to the fruits thereof. Let not the fruits of action be your motive; nor let your attachment be for inaction.

Shankara Commentary:
कर्मणि एव अधिकारः, न ज्ञानानिष्ठायां ते तव । तत्र च कर्म कुर्वतः मा फलेषु अधिकारः अस्तु, कर्मफलतृष्णा मा भूत् कदाचन कस्यांचित् अपि अवस्थायां इत्यर्थः । यदा कर्मफले तृष्णा ते स्यात् तदा कर्मफलप्राप्तेः हेतुः स्याः, एवं मा कर्मफलहेतुः भूः । यदा हि कर्मफलतृष्णाप्रयुक्तः कर्मणि प्रवर्तते तदा कर्मफलस्य एव जन्मनः हेतुः भवेत् । यदि कर्मफलं न इष्यते, किं कर्मणा दुःखरूपेण ? इति मा ते तव सङ्ग अस्तु अकर्मणि अकरणे प्रीतिः मा भूत् ।।

Shankara Commentary Translation:
You have right for works alone, you are not qualified to undertake the discipline of knowledge. While doing works, you do not have the right to claim their fruits. You should never crave for the fruits of your works. If you crave for the fruits of your work, you will have to reap those fruits. When one works impelled by the craving for fruits, one has to reap their fruits, namely (re)birth in this world. You should not be attached to inaction either, thinking thus: of what avail are these painful works if their fruits are not to be desired.

Sridhara Gloss (source: Swami Vireswarananda, Sri Ramakrishna Math):
It may be urged: then considering that the results of all actions are attained simply by worshipping the Lord, one should devote oneself to that, (and what is the good of work?). Against this conclusion it is being stated; to work alone etc. You, who are an aspirant after the highest knowledge, have the right only to work. Never claim or hanker after its results, which are the cause of bondage. But, one may urge, an action done is sure to produce results, as eating gives satisfaction? Anticipating this, it is being stated: Let not the results of action be your motive. Be not one who is actuated by the results of actions. As heaven etc. result only when desired, being an adjunct of the person who is enjoined (by the Scriptures) to perform rites, what is not desired does not take place. This is the idea. Again, because work binds, be not attached, be not devoted, through fear, to inaction.

Dedication
वेदान्त केशरी स्वामी निरंजनाय समर्पयामि ।


Ashtavakra Gita Discourses:

1st Chapter, Shlokas   1 to 10 - Discourse 1

1st Chapter, Shlokas 11 to 20 - Discourse 2

2nd Chapter - Discourse 3

3rd Chapter - Discourse 4

4th Chapter - Discourse 5.1

5th Chapter - Discourse 5.2

6th and 7th Chapters - Discourse 6.1

8th Chapter - Discourse 6.2

9th Chapter - Discourse 7

10th Chapter - Discourse 8

11th Chapter - Discourse 9

12th Chapter - Discourse 10

13th Chapter - Discourse 11

14th & 15th (Part 1) Chapter- Discourse 12

15th Chapter (Part 2) - Discourse 13

15th (Part 3) & 16th (Part 1) Chapters - Discourse 14

16th Chapter (Part 2) - Discourse 15

17th Chapter (Part 1) - Discourse 16

17th Chapter (Part 2) - Discourse 17

17th Chapter (Part 3) - Discourse 18

17th Chapter (Part 4) - Discourse 19

18th Chapter (Part 1) - Discourse 20

18th Chapter (Part 2) - Discourse 21

18th Chapter (Part 3) - Discourse 22

18th Chapter (Part 4) - Discourse 23

18th Chapter (Part 5) - Discourse 24   Study-Guide 24

18th Chapter (Part 6) - Discourse 25   Study-Guide 25

18th Chapter (Part 7) - Discourse 26   Study-Guide 26

18th Chapter (Part 8) - Discourse 27   Study-Guide 27

18th Chapter (Part 9) - Discourse 28   Study-Guide 28

18th Chapter (Part 10) - Discourse 29  Study-Guide 29

18th Chapter (Part 11) - Discourse 30  Study-Guide 30

18th Chapter (Part 11) - Discourse 31  Study-Guide 31

18th Chapter (Part 12) - Discourse 32  Study-Guide 32

18th Chapter (Part 13) - Discourse 33  Study-Guide 33

18th Chapter (Part 14) - Discourse 34  Study-Guide 34

18th Chapter (Part 15) - Discourse 35  Study-Guide 35

18th Chapter (Part 16) - Discourse 36  Study-Guide 36

18th Chapter (Part 17) - Discourse 37  Study-Guide 37

18th Chapter (Part 18) - Discourse 38  Study-Guide 38

18th Chapter (Part 19) - Discourse 39  Study-Guide 39

18th Chapter (Part 20) - Discourse 40  Study-Guide 40

18th Chapter (Part 21) - Discourse 41  Study-Guide 41

Partial Summary          - Discourse 42

18th Chapter (Part 22) - Discourse 43  Study-Guide 43

18th Chapter (Part 23) - Discourse 44  Study-Guide 44

18th Chapter (Part 24) - Discourse 45  Study-Guide 45

18th Chapter (Part 25) - Discourse 46  Study-Guide 46

18th Chapter (Part 26) - Discourse 47  Study-Guide 47

18th Chapter (Part 27) - Discourse 48  Study-Guide 48

18th Chapter (Part 28) - Discourse 49  Study-Guide 49

19th Chapter (Part 1)   - Discourse 50  Study-Guide 50

19th Chapter (Part 2)   - Discourse 51  Study-Guide 51

Summary Discourse # 1 - Discourse 52

Summary Discourse # 2 - Discourse 53




21 Discourses on the Avadhuta Gita:

In the 2nd chapter, the AVADHUTA aptly comments in a verse:

VISHA VISHWASHYA RAUDRASYA MOHA MOORCHAA PRADASYA CHA

It means, this world is VISHA (or poison), it gives nothing but MOHA (delusion) and MOORCHAA (unconsciousness via a kick or a knock-out) via RAUDRA (scorching heat or cindering pain)...

Learn more on how to get past your sorrows and sufferings via the discourses below:

1st Chapter, Verses   1 to   9 - Discourse 1
1st Chapter, Verses 10 to 13 - Discourse 2
1st Chapter, Verses 14 to 19 - Discourse 3
1st Chapter, Verses 20 to 22 - Discourse 4
1st Chapter, Verses 23 to 25 - Discourse 5
1st Chapter, Verses 26 to 29 - Discourse 6
1st Chapter, Verses 30 to 33 - Discourse 7
1st Chapter, Verses 34 to 37 - Discourse 8
1st Chapter, Verses 38 to 41 - Discourse 9
1st Chapter, Verses 42 to 45 - Discourse 10
1st Chapter, Verses 46 to 49 - Discourse 11
1st Chapter, Verses 50 to 53 - Discourse 12
1st Chapter, Verses 54 to 57 - Discourse 13
1st Chapter, Verses 58 to 61 - Discourse 14
1st Chapter, Verses 62 to 65 - Discourse 15
1st Chapter, Verses 66 to 76 - Discourse 16
2nd Chapter, Verses 1 to 9    - Discourse 17
2nd Chapter, Verses 10 to 22 - Discourse 18
2nd Chapter, Verses 23 to 29 - Discourse 19
2nd Chapter, Verses 30 to 40 - Discourse 20
2nd Chapter Summary - Discourse 21




Katha Upanishad

Katha Upanishad is one of the important upanishads which impart "Brahma-Vidya" or the knowledge of Brahman. Brahmavid has translated the entire first chapter in the following three discourses for the benefit of knowledge seekers world-wide. From the fourth discourse onwards, the instructions by Yama (Lord of Death) to Nachiketas (the disciple, a nine year old boy) are dealt with in detail for the discerning listener who wants to move from digesting the information towards awakening the spirituality within:

Introduction, Chapter 1, Part 1 Discourse 1

Introduction, Chapter 1, Part 2 Discourse 2

Introduction, Chapter 1, Part 3 Discourse 3

Detailed Discourse, Chapter 1, Part 1, Mantras 19 to 29 Discourse 4

Detailed Discourse, Chapter 1, Part 2, Mantras 1 to 6 Discourse 5

Detailed Discourse, Chapter 1, Part 2, Mantras 7 to 11 Discourse 6

Detailed Discourse, Chapter 1, Part 2, Mantras 11 to 13 Discourse 7

Detailed Discourse, Chapter 1, Part 2, Mantras 14 to 18 Discourse 8  Study-Guide 8

Detailed Discourse, Chapter 1, Part 2, Mantras 18 to 21 Discourse 9  Study-Guide 9

Detailed Discourse, Chapter 1, Part 2, Mantras 21 to 25 Discourse 10 Study-Guide 10