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Ramana Gita by Kavyakanta Ganapati Muni - (1)
« on: July 30, 2008, 01:37:48 PM »
Ramana Gita has been written by Kavyakanta Ganapati Muni,
from out of the conversations, he and various other seekers,
had with Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi, on matters of spiritual
practice and self-realization.  This Gita comprises of 300 verses
and is divided into 18 chapters like Bhagavad Gita.  This work
was written between 29.12.1913 to end 1917, a period of about
4 years.  Unlike Bhagavad Gita, where the questioner is only Arjuna,
here, there are several questioners.  Again, while Bhagavad Gita
'upadesa' took place on a single day and this Gita is from talks
on various dates during the four years.

In the second chapter of RG, there is one sloka which is the
teaching of Bhagavan, which  Bhagavan Himself composed.
This is the famous 'sloka' - Hrudaya Guhara madhye...'. Again
the entire fifth and the sixth chapters are Bhagavan's own teachings. 

While BG gave rise to intepretations, as per non-dualism, dualism
and qualified dualism, so also RG is read and followed by devotees
of all faiths.

Ramana Gita was first published in 1935.  The first English translation
done by Sri Munagala Venkatramaiah (compiler of "Talks") in 1935.
The second edition revised by David McIver came in 1946.  Two fresh
English translations came in 1959 and 1966, from G.V. Subbramiah
and Krishna Bhikshu. One more translation by Prof. K. Swminathan
and Michael James, came later.  A detailed Sanskrit commentary has
been written by Kapali Sastri, disciple of Kavyakanta, and this has
been read out to Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi, and He has approved it.
S. Sankaranarayanan, has given an English translation of this Sanskrit
commentary. 

Grant Duff has written a beautiful forword for the first edition of
1935.

Arunachala Siva.