The Bhagavad Gita is a Song. It is a song Divine. It is sung by the Lord Himself and His dearest Devotee. Most of us in Bharata love to chant shlokas from the Gita. The mellifluous singing makes the atmosphere come alive.
This book gives each of the 700 Bhagavad Gita verses as found in standard editions of the Gita and also each verse in 4 padas. The pauses are correctly placed, using Sanskrit Grammar rules of sandhi and conjuncts. Visarga and Anusvara are correctly spelt at the pause. The Introduction is in English to help one understand the mechanics of Chanting and Grammar. The verses are in beautiful and clear set Devanagari font. This enables one to know where to pause during reading, and to help perfect a serious chanter in his Enunciation. It thus bridges the learning curve and makes proper recital of the Bhagavad Gita an easy task.
There are two sections in the book:
- Devanagari all 700 verses as found in standard editions of the Gita in two couplets with sandhis and conjuncts together, and again each verse with pauses at four quarters with appropriate changes to the Visarga (repha/shakara/sakara/ardhavisarga) so that while chanting the correct sound is produced. This will benefit beginners and help serious chanters in their pronunciation.
- Sanskrit Grammar Rules for changes to Anusvara, Visarga, Consonants from the Ashtadhyayi of Panini.
It has long been felt that most of us read only the translation or the essence of the verses, and rarely do we read aloud the Sanskrit Verses. This book is an effort to awaken interest in speaking the Sanskrit Verses also. Chanting correctly helps in many ways, including improvement in memory, confidence and concentration. It also realigns one to be more committed to wisdom.
A first of kind book that will deepen the interest in the Gita and appeal to readers of all backgrounds.