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.