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Extraordinary parallels

H. Ramakrishnan
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Bhagavath Geetha with Valluvar Path. Author: R. Shanmugapriyan.
Bhagavath Geetha with Valluvar Path. Author: R. Shanmugapriyan.

BHAGAVAD GITHAIYUM VALLUVAPPATHAIYUM

Era. Shanmughapriyan. Mathangi Pathippagam, 3, Vivekananda Nagar, Woriyur, Tiruchi 620003. Rs.50.

The tenets of the Bhagavad Gita help one to lead a perfect life and obtain a permanent solution to life’s problems. Similarly, Tiruvalluvar’s Tirukkural offers direction for the uplift of humanity. Though the two great works are products of different yugas and different settings, there are a few similarities here and there. The author has endeavoured to focus on such parallels.

The 58th sloka of the second chapter of the Gita, starting with ‘Yadaa Samharate’ explains that he who withdraws his senses from the attraction of their objects - just as the tortoise draws its limbs within its shell - attains perfection. The same idea is reflected in the 126th Kural that starts with ‘Orumaiyul Aamai Pola.’ It is a coincidence that both the verses use the example of a tortoise.

Similarly, the 55th sloka of the second chapter starting with ‘Prajahaaati yadaa’ states that ‘he who gives up desire and pride and moves through the world without aspiration, possessing nothing, attains peace.’ The same thought is reflected in the 361st Kural which begins with ‘Ava enpa ellaa.’

The author has quoted over 40 such verses from the Gita and the Tirukkural. In addition, he has included portions of the Krishna-Arjuna dialogue in the first six chapters and various Tirukkurals on a range of subjects in the concluding chapters.

The author deserves praise for bringing a sense of direction and priority to an otherwise unwieldy subject. The entire material is presented with sensitivity, evincing his skill as a researcher.

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[There seems to be real greed for materialism and money everywhere, from the taxi drivers to the politicians.] What's new? Ancient literature like this makes it clear that the world has always been this way, otherwise what would have been the need to preach?

from:  Ashu
Posted on: May 14, 2012 at 09:42 IST


Would like to thank Hindu first for promoting such books & work which will help acquire the
life skills for many. Author deserves lot of praise to bring out such work to society.
Can you please let me know details how do I buy this being outside India

from:  Sundar Rengaswamy
Posted on: May 12, 2012 at 02:13 IST

Many Thanks for "The Hindu" and the author of this book to give some useful and meaningful work to help the humanity at large. Many Thanks for "The Hindu" for publishing this...Keep it up !

from:  Naveen
Posted on: May 11, 2012 at 12:31 IST

I feel there is a difference between the Tortoise's act of withdrawing and human attempts to control the senses.Humans have the five senses which are needed for the existance as well as for the growth.But Gita wants those same senses to be controlled by shear practice and delibrate withdrawals.They gain self composure and clean peaceful life.In the case of Tortoise ii is an act of instinct,just to save its life from perils.There is no intention to lead a pure life.Adakkal in the case of humans is more significant than Adakkal in the case of Torttoise.The same Tortoise in the story of "Hare and tortoise" is being shown as an
example of Slow and steady winning the race,which is also not correct.since it was the hare that slept helped it to win the race.

from:  seshachalam gopalakrishnan
Posted on: May 11, 2012 at 10:42 IST

Dear editor, thanks posting this article. Such should be encouraged in the midst of untiring politics, crime and violent news.

Dear R Shanmugapriyan, thanks for coming up with this book and thanks to the publishers as well. This will help many generations to come.

from:  Jeeva
Posted on: May 10, 2012 at 22:17 IST

Really nice philosophy, problem is in today's world and the hustle and bustle of India's cities, this philosophy is not being followed.
There seems to be real greed for materialism and money everywhere, from the taxi drivers to the politicians.

from:  vipul dave
Posted on: May 10, 2012 at 21:06 IST
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