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Note by Swami Gaurangapada

We have a great desire to personally translate the greatest commentary on the great scripture Bhagavad Gita known as the Sarartha Varshini commentary by Shrila Vishvanatha Chakravati Thakura and also the commentary by our Ishta Guru Seventh Goswami Shrila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura. But due to a paucity of time and other important writing, translation and composition service we are not able to take it up presently.

His Holiness Bhaktivedanta Narayana Goswami Maharaja has already very nicely translated Shrila Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakura's Gita commentary mentioned above in the form of Bhavanuvada and also given his commentary which is based a lot on Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura's commentary in the Gita.

The depth of Shrila Vishvanatha Chakravarti's commentary on the Gita cannot be described in words. It can be stated without hesitation that without reading Shrila Vishvanatha Chakravarti's Sarartha Varshini commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, any study of the Bhagavad Gita is incomplete, because the factual penetration into the deep esoteric mysteries of the Bhagavad Gita is almost impossible without reading this commentary.

Shrila Baladeva Vidyabhushana is the Tattva (Philosophical) Acharya and Shrila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada's Bhagavad Gita As It Is draws more from the superexcellent Tattvic commentary of Shrila Baladeva Vidyabhushana. Shrila Baladeva's Guru Shrila Vishvanatha Chakravarti is famous as the Rasa (Mellows) Acharya and thus his commentary which is presented in this edition is full with the sweet nectarean mellows of the pastime between the Supreme Lord Krishna and His eternal associate Shrila Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Through Shrila Vishvanatha's commentary, we get the most deep and intimate glimpse, peek and vision of the internal transcendental feelings of the Supreme Lord Krishna and Shrila Arjuna during this great conversation.

The lucid translations and commentary of His Holiness Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja with extensive use of the original Sanskrit terminology certainly bring out the depth of the commentary of Shrila Vishvanatha Chakravarti to a considerable extent and thus the Gita edition by His Holiness Narayana Maharaja is the most desirable and recommended reading of the Gita after one has read the beautiful commentary Bhagavad Gita As It Is by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada which is a must for all spiritual aspirants.

The links to Shrila Prabhupada's commentary Bhagavad Gita As It Is online are given for each Verse and Chapter so that a reader can read and study both commentaries simultaneously and enter deep into the mysteries of the Bhagavad Gita.

We would say that any attempt to scrutinizingly study the Bhagavad Gita would not be fully satisfying, fulfilling and complete without the study of this edition of Bhagavad Gita with the commentaries of Shrila Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakura and Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura as very nicely translated and commented on by His Holiness Narayana Maharaja.

If you want to properly search this Bhagavad Gita eBook and Website for words which contain diacritic marks, you have to copy and paste the exact words with the Sanskrit diacritics in the Search box to find them in the book.

We also like to thank to Ishvara dasa of Torchlight Publishing for the Mahatmya (Glories) of each Chapter of the Gita and the General Glories from Vaishnaviya Tantra Sara and Shankaracharya.

Yours in the service of the Holy Names of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna,
Tridandi Bhikshu Bhaktiratna Sadhu Swami Gaurangapada.