The Bhagavad Gita, a timeless and revered scripture of ancient Indian wisdom, stands as an extraordinary synthesis of spiritual discourse and profound poetry. Composed in the form of a sacred dialogue between Prince Arjuna and Lord Krishna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, it encapsulates the essence of life’s dilemmas and the eternal quest for truth and liberation.
The poetry in the Bhagavad Gita possesses a captivating beauty that transcends the boundaries of time and language, drawing readers into the ethereal realm of divine expression. Each verse weaves together eloquent words, rich metaphors, and evocative imagery, inviting us on a philosophical odyssey through the complexities of duty, righteousness, and the paths to self-realization. Its poetic brilliance is not only a testament to the wisdom of the ancient sages but also an eternal source of inspiration for seekers on the path of spiritual awakening and inner transformation.
The earliest attempt at translation of the Bhagavad Gita dates back to the late 18th century when Sir Charles Wilkins translated the Gita into English prose. However, it was the poetic translations of the 19th and 20th centuries that truly captured the imagination of readers worldwide. Renowned scholars, poets and seers like Swami Vivekananda, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and Swami Sivananda offered their poetic renditions, bringing the profound wisdom of the Gita to a global audience. Dr Srilakshmi Adhyapak’s book shedding light into the greatest of the spiritual wisdom of the East serves as the most contemporary work on the same.
“The Song Divine,” a collection of captivating verses by Dr. Srilakshmi Adhyapak, transports readers to an ethereal realm where poetic expression dances with emotions and intertwines with profound insights. Dr. Adhyapak, a distinguished medical doctor and esteemed professor, infuses her poetry with a unique perspective derived from her experiences in both the scientific and spiritual domains, creating a tapestry of emotions, wisdom, and spiritual truths.
From the very beginning, the invocation sets the stage for a spiritual journey, inviting readers to bow before the all-pervading Lord supreme. The cosmic consciousness, symbolized by a majestic serpent coiled upon a divine seat, awakens and fills the world with serpentine blessings, silencing evil and enveloping the virtuous with celestial bliss. With this poetic symphony, the stage is set for the protagonist, a prince burdened by duty and facing an impending battle.
Through the prince’s inner turmoil and search for guidance, we witness the divine intervention that occurs at a critical juncture. The Lord, in His divine presence, offers solace and imparts wisdom, reminding the prince of his valiant glory and urging him to embrace steadfastness in duty. The chapters that follow delve deeper into the Lord’s teachings, exploring themes of devotion, action, discipline, and the interplay between knowledge and action on the path to salvation.
Dr. Adhyapak’s words resound with spiritual wisdom throughout each chapter, weaving a tapestry of profound insights and timeless truths. The transformation of the prince unfolds before our eyes, reflecting the struggles, dilemmas, and eternal quest for meaning and liberation that define the human condition. Each poem within “The Song Divine” is like a precious gem, shining with its unique brilliance and revealing a facet of the divine truth.
The beauty of Dr. Adhyapak’s words carries readers away, immersing them in the melodic rhythm of her verses. Her keen insight, profound knowledge, and unwavering devotion guide readers on a spiritual pilgrimage, igniting contemplation and illuminating their path with timeless wisdom. “The Song Divine” serves as an invitation to embark on a transformative odyssey toward the eternal truth.
Being in an organisation that brings hundreds of writers and others in the field of creative expression, I personally meet a number of people on a daily basis. However, rarely do we find a poet like Dr. Srilakshmi Adhyapak who is an exceptional individual who has established herself as both a prominent medical doctor and a profound spiritual being.
As the head of the Department of Cardiology at St. John’s Medical College, she has displayed exemplary expertise and dedication to the field of medicine. Beyond her medical achievements, Dr. Adhyapak’s spiritual journey has found expression in her book, “The Song Divine,” where her poetic verses beautifully weave together profound insights and wisdom.
“The Song Divine” is a mesmerizing collection of poetry that combines the scientific and spiritual realms, offering readers a captivating journey into the depths of human existence and our connection with the divine. Dr. Srilakshmi Adhyapak’s eloquent verses resonate with spiritual wisdom, reflecting the struggles and yearnings of the human spirit. Embrace this divine song, allow it to ignite contemplation within you, and let its timeless wisdom guide you towards self-realization and liberation.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Preeth Nambiar, an Indian poet, journalist, and educationist, is a visionary leader in spreading humanitarian values through creative expression. The former department head of Cambridge University International General Certificate of Secondary Education ESL in the Maldives, he returned to India with a mission to imbibe values through the medium of literature. As the founder of the Writers Capital International Foundation, he has created a global platform for unity and understanding. His eloquent poetry reflects a blend of narration and mysticism, while his short stories captivate with their poetic essence. Advocating holistic education, he considers instilling universal values in the new generation must be a major aim of education. Through his organization, he organizes influential festivals and promotes minimalism and compassion.