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Re: REQUEST : Bhagavad Gita commentary
Posted By Rajan P. Parrikar (parrikar@spot.Colorado.EDU)
Sat, 11 Jan 1997 15:03:31 -0700 (MST)
In article <ghenE3toyM.firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Michael Tandy <email@example.com> wrote:
>In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, parrikar@spot.Colorado.EDU
>>email@example.com (Michael Tandy) writes:
>>>In article <ghenE3LwHz.F3v@netcom.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org says...
>>>>Can anyone tell me if there are any Bhagavad gita English commentaries
>>>>other than by Swami Prabhupada ?
>>> Frankly, I have found that, almost without exception, other Gita
>>> commentaries introduce ideas that are dubiously supported by or
>>> explicitly rejected by the text of Gita itself. It's therefore hard
>>> for me to recommend these commentaries as authoritative or
>>> authentic. I just thought I'd mention it.
>>I also just thought I'd mention that this sounds very similar
>>to the standard ISKCON blather I've often encountered.
> Thank you, Rajan. Would you like to add some substantial
> response to what I posted?
If I were responding to something substantial in the first place,
I would. Furthermore, people who dismiss all the versions of The Gita
(other than the one written by their own AchArya) so glibly as dubious,
inaccurate, spurious etc are hardly in any position to ask others for
"substantial" additions. Do you understand this simple point?
> I would like you to tell us
> what you feel you've learned about Gaudiya Vaisnavism in
> three years, and specifically define "ISKCON blather" and
> explain whatever objection if any you have to it.
I have posted here in the past my impressions of my interactions
with the ISKCON fellas and it is in the GHEN archives. If you want
a copy of the same let me know via email and I shall send you one.