August 16, 2011.

I decided today to begin a blog that is my attempt to understand the Bhagavad Gita.

I can’t remember the exact date, but it was around 5 years ago that I chanced upon a television program in India where a prominent teacher of the Gita was conducting a discourse in English, stripped of all the usual pomp and ceremonial activities that usually accompany a discourse. As I watched that program, I realized that there is something here that is attracting me, but I could not quite explain why. I tried to watch that program as often as possible during my 3 month stay in India.

When I returned to the US to continue my work, those Gita discourses stuck in my head. I began to buy commentaries on the Gita from several authors, and eventually came across a teacher whose audio discourses resonated with me. Now I am looking at the end of the 18th chapter (the last chapter) of the Gita, and having gone through it over the course of 2 years, still feel a need to understand it deeply.

This blog is my attempt to restart my journey of the Gita, beginning with the first verse of chapter 1. But this time, I want to go deeper and understand each verse to the best of my ability. I will keep the language as simple as possible, and provide examples that I and most people can relate to.

You can leave feedback in the comments section of this page.

21 thoughts on “About”

  1. Subramaniam said:

    Dear Brother,

    Have you a write up on your thoughts about Gita Dhyanam. Please reply as I just started attending a gita satsang session in our centre here in Malaysia(just above Singapore). Your help will go a long way to help us understand this meditative prayer before starting to read the Bhagavad Gita. I will be waiting eagerly for your early reply. Thanking You in anticipation and MAY KRISHNA CONTINUE TO GUIDE AND BLESS YOU IN THIS DIVINE ENDEAVOUR.


    • Hello,

      Thank you for posting your comment. I have personally not studied the Gita Dhyanam, and I typically prefer to write on shlokas that I have studied. However I remember coming across a wonderful write up on it here: http://vijaythoughts.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/gita-dhyanam-1/. I hope it is useful to you.

      All I can do is offer some thoughts on it. Out of the 9 shlokas of the Dhyanam, perhaps the 4th shloka resonates with the student the most. It says that the Gita is the essence of the Upanishads and the Vedas, since it illustrates the Upanishads as a cow, Shri Krishna the cowherd who milks it, and Arjuna is the calf who prompts Shri Krishna to milk the Upanishads, and people of a pure mind are the drinkers.

      In other words, if someone with a mind free of selfish desires studies the Gita, it is as if they have studied all of the Vedas and Upanishads.

      Thank you.

  2. Rajkumar Trikannad said:

    Shri Marballi
    Namaskar-I was very happy to see your Blog.
    On Janmashtami my good wishes on this Mission
    Kind Rgds

  3. just came across this page and read the slokas and explanation of chapter 15.
    liked it a great deal
    I am looking for some good podcasts on gita — something that will take a topic and expand on it –something similar to zencasts where not being restricted to a chapter, concepts are clarified.
    thank very much for this site

  4. nitin jaiswal said:

    As a student of Gita myself i can appreciate the efforts you have put in your work and want to complement and congratulate you on doing some fantastic work on Gita. Enjoyed reading it. Best Wishes.

  5. Mrs.Tilottama Deepak Phadnis said:

    Guruji, I.Mrs.Tilottama D.Phadnis reside at Pune,maharashtra sate, India. I am studying Bhagwad Geeta and fortunate to come across with your Journey thru Bhagwad Geeta. I am following your teaching. The examples and vivaran is examplry ! Shree Hari !

  6. Very nice blog and translation. Really enjoy reading it. Thanks so very much!

  7. Lakshmiprasanna said:

    Great job!!!!
    Thank you so much your examples helped me alot…

  8. Great to see one more contemporary version of the Gita. In such a short period, you have covered so much. Is it possible to have this document in word format?

  9. Ashutosh said:

    I tried the books on Amazon india but these are not available. Is there another of getting the book?

  10. This blog has come into my life like a godhead! These days I was just hooked to the phone and was wasting my time in streaming through sites but now whenever I’ve an urge to see my phone I just open your blog and read one of the shlokas.
    It gives me immense peace and directs me back to my work!

    May God bless you! You’ve a treasure here on this blog… 😊

  11. is gkmdisc@hotmail.com is the correct email id to contact you!

  12. Jaideep Adhvaryu said:

    Hi (sorry i do not know your name).

    Last few weeks, i have started studying Gita, one shloka a day. I avoid reading long commentaries by any of the various swamis & authors and just reflect on the shloka based on my own life experiences and whatever level of development I have of my mental faculties. Once in a while i google certain unfamiliar concepts that come up which i do not understand.

    In one such search, i came across your blog and must commend that you have beautifully simplified the shlokas.

    Congratulations and thank you for your good work.

    Best regards

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