K. Kunhikrishnan

SRIMAD BHAGAVAD GITA - Aadhunika Vyakhyanam: Sarojini Nair; Mathrubhumi Books, Mathrubhumi Buildings, K.P. Kesava Menon Road, Kozhikode-673001. Rs. 175. THE IMPORTANCE and value of the Bhagavad Gita as an important and enduring summation of the spiritual evolution to the whole of humanity need no emphasis. There has been a plethora of analyses of the philosophy and principles of the Gita in Malayalam by very eminent thinkers, philosophers and saints who added new dimensions and enhanced the understanding from a spiritual angle. This volume is an outstanding elucidation of the Gita, encompassing several branches of science, philosophy, management and psychology. The erudition of the author comes out brilliantly in the interpretation of every verse. She quotes aptly from Plato, Socrates, Emmanuel Kant, Bertrand Russel, Fritjof Capra, S. Radhakrishnan, Grey Walter and Erwin Schrodinger to mention a few. The reader is taken on a detour of the fundamental principles of cosmic theory, quantum theory, magnetic field, gravitational force, psychosocial evolution, holistic view and many modern scientific principles. She quotes Grey Walter, "Man evolved a mechanism capable of a series of processes: observation, memory, comparison, evolution and judgment." The capacity to learn by experience reaches its highest development in man. Reading this book is a rich experience in understanding the Gita. The style and idiom are so simple and commendably cerebral.