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Bhagavad Gita Shankaracharya Commentary in English – Read Gita Bhashyam of Sri Shankaracharya

The commentary of Sri Shankaracharya on the Bhagavad Gita is one of the most popular commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita. Now you can read online the English translation of Sri Shankaracharya 's Sanskrit Commentary by Swami Gambhirananda. The Sanskrit version of the Shankaracharya Gita Bhashyam is also available on the website. The translation is provided by Gita Supersite.

Important note – click on the enter key on the site. Then select the Shankaracharya  Gita Bhashya

Bhagavad Gita Shankaracharya Commentary In Nutshell

Shankaracharya's commentary on the Bhagavad Gita can be distilled into a few key points:

Advaita Vedanta: Shankaracharya emphasizes the non-dualistic philosophy, asserting that the individual self (atman) and the universal consciousness (Brahman) are ultimately one and the same. This realization is central to spiritual liberation.

Maya: He discusses Maya, the power of illusion, which veils the true nature of reality and leads individuals to perceive a world of duality and multiplicity. Understanding Maya is crucial to transcending it.

Karma Yoga: Shankaracharya explains the path of Karma Yoga, which involves selfless action without attachment to the results. By performing one's duty without desire for personal gain, one can attain spiritual growth and ultimately liberation.

Jnana Yoga: He also delves into Jnana Yoga, the path of knowledge, which involves discerning the distinction between the eternal self (atman) and the transient world of appearances. Through study, contemplation, and self-inquiry, one can realize the ultimate truth and break free from ignorance.

Bhakti Yoga: Though less emphasized, Shankaracharya acknowledges Bhakti Yoga, the path of devotion, as a valid means of spiritual realization. Devotion to a personal deity can lead to the dissolution of the ego and union with the divine.

Renunciation: Shankaracharya advocates for detachment and renunciation of worldly desires as a means to attain spiritual liberation. By relinquishing attachment to transient phenomena, one can realize the eternal nature of the self.

Overall, Shankaracharya's commentary on the Bhagavad Gita emphasizes the importance of transcending the illusion of duality, realizing the non-dual nature of reality, and practicing selfless action, knowledge, and devotion as paths to spiritual liberation.