Critical Evaluation of the Gita-Rahasya

ISBN Number : 978-93-5495-192-3

Library Price : Rs.1250

Library Dollar Price : 50$

Book Edition : First

Year of Publication : 2021

No. Of Pages : 202

Book Weight :326

About The Book

The centenary year of Lokamanya Tilak's demise is being observed during 2020-2021. We know him as a statesman, journalist, leader of the masses, educationist, man of Mathematics, Astronomy, etc. But he is hardly considered as a philosopher. He has produced a purely philosophical treatise and has interpreted Bhagavad-Gita as Niskama Karma -Yoga-Sastra.

Gita as Karma-Yoga-Sastra is hardly known to the English-speaking world. The thesis is the first attempt to present the Gita-Rahasya as purely philosophical in spirit. Its duty-centric message has universal appeal across nations and continents, age and gender. Primarily, Gita-Rahasya spells out Hindu view on life, religion and morality. It is argumentative, logical, rational, analytic and is neither narrow nor dogmatic. Like Bhagavad-Gita, the spirit of synthesis discerned in the Gita-Rahasya is highlighted in the thesis which assimilates all odds and transcends all pairs of opposites-Tradition and Modernity, Faith and Reason, Altruism and Egoism, Spirituality and Materialism, Religion and Science. The thesis systematically proceeds elaborating Metaphysics described in the Gita, discussing various ethical issues centered around Arjuna's dilemma and the vision it imparts. The tenets are examined critically in the light of Applied Ethics, Meta-ethics, Hermeneutics, Post-Modernism and Comparative Philosophy. With critical appraisal, the thesis introduces Gita-Rahasya, a Marathi text in simple English and highlights its significance in facing challenging situations in the present times.


Contents -

Chapter I - Gita-Rahasya as Transcendent Metaphysics
Chapter II - Gita-Rahasya as Normative Ethics
Chapter III - Gita-Rahasya as Contemporary Ethics
Chapter IV - On Exploring Further Possibilities
References and Endnotes
Synopsis (Appendix A)
Pure Reason ani Shuddha Buddhi (Appendix B)

About The Author

Dr. Sharmila Jayant Virkar has excellent academic record of topping HSC Board, B.A. and M.A. examinations. She has been teaching Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, K.J. Somaiya College of Arts & Commerce, Mumbai (1991-2013) and at the Dept. of Philosophy, University of Mumbai (2013 onwards). With UGC Fellowship, she has obtained the Degree of Ph.D. in 2007. She has worked as a Chairperson of Research Ethics Committee, Hindustan Unilever Ltd., Bangalore for six years. She was a Member of Executive Council of "Maharashtra Tattvajnana Parishad" for two terms (2001-2008). She has presented papers in seminars and conferences at regional, national and international level for the last three decades at the centenary of Satyagraha in South Africa (2006), Greece (2011) and U.S. (2007). She has published several articles online and offline. Three students have completed research leading to Ph.D. and three M.Phil. Two more are on the verge of completion. She is associated with the updation of Marathi Vishwakosha. Maharashtra Tattvajnana Parishad has felicitated her with Ideal Teacher Award named "Pracharya Shivajirao Bhosale Adarsha Shikshak Puraskar" in November, 2018.

"Dr. Suryakant Ghugare Award" for the Best Research during the year has been conferred on 1st October, 2021 by Maharashtra Tattvadnyan Parishad in its 37th session at Palghar for her book entitled "Critical Evaluation of the Gītā-Rahasya" published by Himalaya Publishing House.

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