Can I write a commentary on Bhagavad Gita??

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What are the qualifications to write a commentary on Bhagavad Gita
a. Age
b.Knowledge of Vedas, Upanishad’s & other important Sastra’s
c.Reading and understanding of Commentaries by Saints
d.Reading and understanding of Commentaries by people other than saints.
e.Knowledge of Sanskrit / Other languages in which original version is written / commentary is written.

I feel that none of the above will make one qualified.

In the context of Bhagavad Gita
1.The person who is speaking or writing it (Lord Krishna)
2.The quality with which the person in speaking (Do the commentators know this?)
3.The person who is listening it (Arjuna)
4.The quality with which the person is listening/questioning it (Do the commentators know this?)
5.The words (Sure..The commentators know this but after all these years but there is a very remote probability that the words have changed during the course of time)
6.The context in which it is spoken (Do the commentators know this?)
To me, of the 6 points mentioned above, most of the writers go with 3 or at the maximum 4. Sorry 60% is no way near 100%.

Either you know it fully or you don’t.

Mostly it is a ego trip for the person who writes a commentary for Bhagavad Gita. He can claim “I have written a commentary”. That is all..

My view:
Already there are thousands and thousands of commentaries about Bhagavad Gita.

Even the commentaries written by Saints like Ramanuja, Madhavacharya and Shankaracharya have subtle differences. Saints are Saints, they do at the will of the GOD. If you are a Saint, please write.

If one does not know all the 6 mentioned above, please DO NOT write a commentary.

Though I have taken this for Bhagavad Gita, it applies for ALL commentaries on religious books/sayings.

Nathyogi's picture

Re: Can I write a commentary on Bhagavad Gita??

I think these qualities are required to comment on the Gita or any other scripture like the Bible, the Koran or any other.

1. One must be a favoured devotee of Lord.
2. He should have realized the truth mentioned in the scriptures.
3. The order of an angel or some divine being or God or one's Guru is a must.

Nathyogi | Mon, 11/30/2015 - 05:20