Interpreting Gita in a new light, with logic and science
‘THE LOGIC OF SRIMAD BHAGWAD GITA’ by Pramendra Srivastava
Gita has been interpreted in many ways by hundreds and thousands of rishis and saints. Even today, scholars find something new in every page they turn. Gita is not just a holy book or a religious scripture but the words of God himself that make it a true bible of knowledge, vision, direction and way of living, and perhaps much much more.
Though a lot has been said and written about Srimand Bhagwad Gita but it has never been the last word – and it will perhaps never be. But scholars continue to explore new depths in SBG and discover its application in every time and place.
An Indian Institute of Technology Alumni IIT-Kanpur, Pramendra Srivastava talks about the Gita with science and logic, challenging some of the conventional understanding in his new book, ‘THE LOGIC OF SRIMAD BHAGWAD GITA’.
“Sanatan Dharma was the first attempt to move the man from the wilds to the civilized world and gave birth to the world’s religions as we see the core similarities in them, though shaded by local culture and traditions,” he says as he settles down to talk about SBG and how Sanatan Dharma is the mother of all world religions.
Christianity and Islam, two major world religions, have their root in Sanatan Dharma and Srimad Bhagwad Gita captures the essence of life.
Did you ever compare the essence of Yoga and the concept of Trinity in Christianity? Did you know why Prophet Mohammad was meditating in the Hera Caves, and how knowledge was revealed to Him? Do you see similarities in Indian Gods and myths to those in Greek? Do you know that Big bang theory of creations has a mention in scriptures, from the smallest atom to infinitely expanding universe? Pramendra has many questions and perhaps answers too in THE LOGIC OF SRIMAD BHAGWAD GITA.
So factually, according to Pramendra, Christianity is a subset of Sanatan Dharma, given its core principles, though with contemporary localization of narrations, myths and heroes. “The Concept of Trinity in Christianity states that The God, the father and the Holy spirit are the same and represent each other. This is quite akin to concept of Brahman, and the individual soul, and the Para-Brahmm,” he explains.
“Islam too has numerous similarities with Sanatan Dharma, says Pramendra, who finds that Prophet of Mecca, a Spiritual being who demonstrated a very high level of consciousness but His actions in Madina are mysterious and a challenge to psychologists,” he adds.
“The soul of Prophet of Madina is not the same as of Prophet of Mecca. Pre-52 Prophet Mohammad can be described in Bhagwad Gita Terminology as “Moha-Aham-Mukt”, and sometimes his behavior matches more with the virtues in Sanatan Dharma than the mentions in Uthmanic Quran, he writes in the book published by Notion Press.
“It is well known fact that Prophet (PBUH) of Mecca used to go to Hera Caves to seek isolation, and obviously people seek isolation to concentrate, not to sleep, for which he had much better facilities at home. He was married to richest women in Mecca for 27 years as monogamist.
“Prophet choked for breath, as Gabriel held him before the revelation. First of all, we all know that such angels do not come to life and hold people physically, and it remains a mystery.
“Secondly try and see on what condition one would have felt choked. Conditional analysis points to the fact that he might have met a Sanyasi or Guru, whom was later pronounced as Gabriel, and he taught him Kumbhak, Purak, Rechak Kriya, which is slow breathing, holding and slow exhaling. Through this Ashtang-Yog technique he might have achieved the yogic states and realized Knowledge. His sermons in Mecca are very close to mentions in Bhagwad Gita,” Pramendra adds in an exclusive interview to Capt M K Tayal of The Correspondent.
And Pramendra breaks many stereotypes in his book. For instance, he says the real name of Lord Krishna is not Krishna, the black but Kritsna, the ‘holistic Brahmm’. Kritsna became Krishna over thousands of years of malapropism and semantic corruption, Pramendra explains.
The writer, who is working in the oil industry, feels that this book’s biggest revelation is that caste system is faulty and it was Qualitative personalities and action based, rather than Linage based. In addition, he feels that the Kayastha (the conscience keepers of the society, not by linage) are the fifth pillar of the four-pronged caste system as they were born of Brahma’s soul (figuratively) while other four are from Bodies and are far more honest and truthful than Brahmans.
Unfortunately, the beautiful psychology of humans got converted to today’s castes. Such laws are truly eternal and apply to entire humanity, not just Hindus, irrespective of the fact, whether anyone believes on it or not. Gravity was still present when people did not know about it, and Earth revolved around Sun always, even before heliocentric era.
“Sanatan Dharma was the first beginning of today’s sciences. Its spirituality applies to all irrespective of which religion people are born,” Pramendra says in the exclusive interview.
The Correspondent carries the interview in a series.