19th Akshauhini answers all the questions about the Gita that are plaguing minds. You can read more about the book here.
Let us get to know the mind behind this book.
1. 19 th Akshauhini is a book that in a way explains the complex concepts of Gita in a very scientific manner. How did you get an idea of using various analysis techniques and linking it to Gita?
Analysis is a pre-requisite for using data for decision making to test hypothesis and prove or disprove beliefs, theories etc. This is widely accepted amongst the believers, nonbelievers and the un-decided whereas scriptures are acceptable only to some persons and further restricted to the denomination to which they subscribe or the creed to which they belong. The various analysis was essential in view of the need to broadcast God’s words even among the latter two categories of people along with the believers.The need gave birth to the idea.
2. What is the motivation behind writing this book?
To please God and earn His love, appreciation,grace was the prime motivation.
However the initial motivation was to express my say which remained unsaid during the course of discussions with my brother.
3. The book also utilizes illustrations to explain certain concepts. How did the idea of using these illustrations come to you?
Around 3 decades ago many readings (of Gita) later and many books later, I was none wiser. Than came the mega serial “Krishna” of Ramanand Sagar,The Gita episodes therein made me understand many things. I am not proficient in Video making etc, besides it would be construed as an entertainment venture more than a spiritual endeavor. My daughter is a good artist and I spoke my mind to her and thus the illustrations were born. What I could not convey in reams of paper was conveyed by her in a single sketch.
4. If you had to tell one fun fact about you book, what would it be?
The Illustration wherein a mother with a child hanging across her shoulder and searching for the child everywhere except her shoulder juxtapositioned with a person searching for God everywhere except within was really fun. It is a powerful picture and hits the nail on the head. Then there is this picture where I am trying to analyse Gita with mundane tools and Narada Muni is laughing at my endeavour is another powerful presentation and filled with fun.
5. Gita is an essential part of Mahabharata. It has been categorised in both mythology and spirituality genre. Is there a difference between the two?
The categorising Gita as mythology is wrong. It tantamounts to classifying Mahabharata as fiction and the sublime Gita as a figment of imagination. Mythology is just Myth or unreal and imaginary. Spiritual is that which belongs to the spirit andnot to the realm of matter. In fact description of Gita as a religious scripture too is a misnomer and restricts/confines Gita within a boundary of four walls. Actual Gita is a scripture for Universal family (Vasudaiva Kutumbham with Vasudev (Krishna) as Karta or the head of the Family). My book aims to fathom this essence of spirit instead of having a parochial view.
6. You have mentioned various FAQs that people ask about GITA, what is the most interesting question that you have encountered? And why was it so interesting to you?
The single most interesting answer in FAQ to the two fascinating questions about Gita is
o How is a forty minute discourse complete knowledge ?
o Gita is not relevant and it’s teaching is obsolete and not keeping up with times.
The next interesting question is How is Gita NOT sectarian, partial ,divisive and communal.
These questions are interesting because it is challenging and difficult to give an answer which satisfies the doubtful. I found the answers very convincing and satisfying because it can be cross checked and tested with our experience.
7. Did you encounter any fact about GITA that you were previously unaware of or did you discover something about yourself in the course of the research of this book?
The core of the book, i.e. the 18 principles or the algorithm were always staring at me but I was blind. During the course of my writing, it became visible. I could also co-relate verses from different chapters (which I used to view in isolation earlier) Which shed light on God’s sayings to unravel new perspectives.
About discovery of myself, I found that God is playing GOD with me and chose me as favourite. How ? The 18 principles always existed in the modern times for the past 5300+ years and remained unnoticed till now and came to my notice first (by God’s infinite grace).
8. Are you a reader yourself? Can you name some of your favorite books?
I was an avid reader till two decades ago. My Job left me with a little time for my personal activities or hobbies. About my reading days , my all time favourite is Mahabarata and Gita. In the same genre , I love Bhagavata & Uddhav Gita . Uddhava Gita titled “Krishna’s other song “ by Steven Rosen is very lovable. Ayn Rand’s “Fountainhead”, “Hawaii”by James Michnener, All of Arthur Hailey’s books , Gardner’s Perry mason series were engrossing.Back to present,for light reading, I prefer Chetan Bhagat’s books.
9. Are you working on your next project?
Presently No, but I may start the same in beginning of 2017, after completing my commitments. I wish to do the following.
o Sequel to my book with additions and modifications
o Uma Maheshwara Samvada(Conversations between Lord Shiva & his consort, UmaDevi Matha )
o Illustrated version of entire The Gita
The last one would be very challenging but fulfilling and depends upon my daughters priorities – for Illustration work.
10. How can readers discover more about you and your work?
There is nothing worth while about me warranting their curiosity. I would advise them to discover Him through His own words which would be really fulfilling and give them escstacy.
I thank the author for his time. Readers can buy his book here.