note: The copies of the first edition of 'A Biological Introduction
to the Bhagavad-gita' (Part 1) is now out of stock. A revised edition
of the book, which will be brought out in the near future, will contain
a study of the first six chapters of the Bhagavad-gita , instead of
the two chapters contained in the present edition. We are planning to
bring out all the eighteen chapters of the sacred text with this perspective
in three volumes.)
makes a deep study of the concepts of India's spiritual heritage, one
realizes that they are not based on blind faith but on deep inquiry
and intuition. That is why India's traditional sciences and philosophy
reveal a remarkable scientific temper. One can find that basically many
fields of knowledge are so much highly interlinked that a study of some
of the aspects inspired even a well-known scholar in dialectical materialism
and a corresponding member of the erstwhile USSR Academy of Sciences,
Professor Alexander Spirkin to write the following lines in his book
'Dialectical Materialism': "The sages
of India discovered astonishingly subtle and profound psycho-biophysical
connections between the human organism and cosmic and subterranian processes.
They knew much that even today is beyond the ken of European scientific
thought, or that it ignores, often trying to conceal its helplessness
by asserting that oriental wisdom is mere mysticism, and thus showing
its inability to distinguish the rational but not fully understandable
essence from various figments of imagination....Does this not go to
show an astonishingly high level of culture that should arouse our admiration,
gratitude and desire to study! This knowledge could not have retained
its vitality if it had not again and again been confirmed by practice."
("Dialectical Materialism" by Alexander Spirkin Pp 339-340
,Progress Publishers, Moscow)
If explored into with an impartial outlook, these treasures of knowledge
would provide clues for modern science to evolve a greater vision of
life and universe.
Sugarcane Bow and the
Five Sense Arrows held by Divine Mother Sri Lalithaambika
science finds it difficult to explain how the electrical impulses
in the brain are converted into mental experiences. The pages
35, 36, 37 and 38 of the book contains an illuminating discussion
on how the symbolisation of the sugarcane bow and the five arrows
of sense-energy Thanmaathra-s (Thanmaathra means 'own content'
which signifies sense - information - energy packets) held by
the Divine Mother indicates the profound knowledge of the Rishi-s
about the nature of sense experience.
Sign Board to Bypass All Wars
the practical science of human evolution, was related to Arjuna
by Lord Krishna just before the great Mahabharata war broke out.
The unique Epic the Mahabharatha, which includes the Bhagavad-gita,
is really an anti-war classic and its basic purpose is to show
man the great avenue within him that would take him to a super
civilization of harmony and life's greater fulfilment.
But, is war the only means to protect
and to maintain Dharma?
As mentioned above, in fact, the Mahabharatha is an anti-war classic.
There is no other work in the world of literature that depicts
so touchingly and graphically the horrors, pains and suffering
brought about by a war. Then, does it suggest some way for a war
free world? Yes, certainly the Mahabharatha has a sign board in
it that points the way to a smoother evolutionary expansion of
human life, and that is the supreme message of this great Epic.
The Bhagavad-gita is that Sign Board.
is a bifurcation point in the realm of human thought. One trend
of thought process confines man in the commonplace realm of material
actions and reactions and keeps him conditioned by their limitations.
As long as these conditioning remains, violence and war will continue
to have a role in human affairs. The other, the expansive direction
of thought, if it becomes dominant in society, would lead to further
intensification of human consciousness. It will bring forth a new
civilization in which violence and war become irrelevant.
final dissolution of the universe when all the phenomena of the
universe dissolve into the ocean of cosmic energy, there remains
the self-contained, ever-fresh Supreme Intelligence, child Krishna
alone, the causeless cause of the ocean of Energy, of the cyclic
birth, dissolution and rebirth of the universe. Such profound
spiritual symbolisms relating to cosmic manifestation are explained
in the book.