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==Significance of Suryagītā==
 
==Significance of Suryagītā==
Suryagītā is one of the minor Gitās composed in imitation of the well-known Bhagavadgītā. It forms a part of a bigger work, Gurujñāna-vāsistha-tattvasārāyana. It is spread over five chapters and has 376 verses. It is in the form of a dialogue between the charioteer Aruṇa and his master Surya. The philosophy is Śivādvaita, advaita centered round Śiva.
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Suryagītā is one of the minor Gitās composed in imitation of the well-known [[Bhagavadgītā]]. It forms a part of a bigger work, Gurujñāna-vāsistha-tattvasārāyana. It is spread over five chapters and has 376 verses. It is in the form of a dialogue between the charioteer [[Aruṇa]] and his master [[Surya]]. The philosophy is Śivā[[dvaita]], [[advaita]] centered round [[Śiva]].
  
 
==Content of Suryagītā==
 
==Content of Suryagītā==
Mukti is attained by the combined practice of jñāna,<ref>Jñāna means knowledge.</ref> karma<ref>Karma means action, rituals.</ref> and upāsanā.<ref>Upāsanā means meditation.</ref> For a sādhaka<ref>Sādhaka means spiritual aspirant.</ref> all the three are equally important. There is a nice description of the eternal attributes<ref>Eternal attributes are nityavibhutis.</ref> and the playful attributes<ref>Playful attributes are līlāvibhutis.</ref> of Śiva followed by the attributes of a perfected soul called karmiśreṣṭha. These are similar to those of the sthitapragña in the Bhagavadgitā.<ref>Bhagavadgitā 2.55-72</ref>
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Mukti is attained by the combined practice of jñāna,<ref>Jñāna means knowledge.</ref> [[karma]]<ref>[[Karma]] means action, rituals.</ref> and upāsanā.<ref>Upāsanā means meditation.</ref> For a sādhaka<ref>Sādhaka means spiritual aspirant.</ref> all the three are equally important. There is a nice description of the eternal attributes<ref>Eternal attributes are nityavibhutis.</ref> and the playful attributes<ref>Playful attributes are līlāvibhutis.</ref> of [[Śiva]] followed by the attributes of a perfected soul called karmiśreṣṭha. These are similar to those of the sthitapragña in the Bhagavadgitā.<ref>Bhagavadgitā 2.55-72</ref>
  
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
  
 
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[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]

Latest revision as of 20:20, 18 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Suryagita, SuryagItA, Suryagitaa


Significance of Suryagītā

Suryagītā is one of the minor Gitās composed in imitation of the well-known Bhagavadgītā. It forms a part of a bigger work, Gurujñāna-vāsistha-tattvasārāyana. It is spread over five chapters and has 376 verses. It is in the form of a dialogue between the charioteer Aruṇa and his master Surya. The philosophy is Śivādvaita, advaita centered round Śiva.

Content of Suryagītā

Mukti is attained by the combined practice of jñāna,[1] karma[2] and upāsanā.[3] For a sādhaka[4] all the three are equally important. There is a nice description of the eternal attributes[5] and the playful attributes[6] of Śiva followed by the attributes of a perfected soul called karmiśreṣṭha. These are similar to those of the sthitapragña in the Bhagavadgitā.[7]


References

  1. Jñāna means knowledge.
  2. Karma means action, rituals.
  3. Upāsanā means meditation.
  4. Sādhaka means spiritual aspirant.
  5. Eternal attributes are nityavibhutis.
  6. Playful attributes are līlāvibhutis.
  7. Bhagavadgitā 2.55-72
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore