Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Paper – I: Fundamental Concepts of Bhagavadgita




Certificate Course in Bhagavadgita

Paper – I: Fundamental Concepts of Bhagavadgita


Theory – 80 Marks

Internal Assessment – 20 Marks

Total – 100 Marks

Time Allowed – 03 Hours


Objectives: The course is designed in order to create awareness in Society about the Universal teachings of Bhagavadgita and Socio-ethical relevance of Gita’s teachings in modern times.


Instructions: Out of Four units Eight questions will be set. From each unit two alternative questions equitably distributed all over the unit will be set .The examines will have to attempt five questions in all, selecting at least one question from each unit. All questions carry equal marks.


Unit – I. Srimadbhagavadgita and its background. Necessity of Gita’s teachings. Jnana Yoga, Understanding the Truth about self and supreme, Characterisrics of individual soul (Jiva). Sthitaprajna as an Ideal Person of Gita.


Unit – II. Karma;  Kinds of Karma; Karma Yoga and its importance; Contemporary relevance of Karma Yoga; Sakama Karma and Niskama Karma Yoga. Karmyogi as an Ideal Person of Gita. Qualities which endevour to the supreme; Divine and demoniac qualities ( Aasuri-sampad and daivi-sampad ).


Unit – III. Nature of Purush(Self) and Prakriti and its three modes; Time (Kala) and its influence; Dhyana Yoga; Instruction about flicker nature of mind. Science and ne-Science ( Vidya and Avidya ).


Unit – IV. Bhakti Yoga and its practices; Attaining the most confidential knowledge (raja guhya Yoga ); Six qualities of God & realization of supreme person (God). Relevance of Bhakti in modern times. Enlightenment (Liberation)as the Ultimate goal of Man’s Life.


Suggested Books:-

I.              Srimad-Bhagavadgita: Original Text.

II.            Srimadbhagavatam 10 Vols.: A.C. Prabhupada, BBT, Bombay, NewYork.

III.           Bhagavadgita as it is – His Divine Grace: A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami      Prabhupada, Bhaktivedanta Book, Mumbai, 2009.

IV.          Srimadbhagavadgita Sankara Bhasya (Hindi), Gita Press, Gorakhpur.

V.           Srimadbhagavadgita Rahasaya: B.G. Tilak, Tilak Brothers Publication, Poona.

VI.          Essays in the Gita: Sri Aurobindo,Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pandichery.

VII.         Kant and Gita: K.M.P. Verma, Classical Publication, New Delhi.

VIII.       Bhagavadgita for Executives: V. Ramanathan,Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan,  Bombay.

IX.          The Gita in the light of modern Science:R.B.Lal, Somaiya Publication,Bombay