Shiva Gita Bhashyam by Sri Abhinava Nrisimha Bharati (1600 – 1623) of Sringeri

Dear Readers and Devotees of Uma-Maheshwara!

I wish you all a very happy Shiva Ratri. Today is such a great festival yet I could not devote any time to write anything detailing Shiva-tatwam. However, I have a good news to share with you all.

“Sri Abhinava Nrisimha Bharati Swami” who was the pontiff (1600-1623) of Sringeri Advaita Mutt, had written a Bhashya (commentary) on Srimad Shiva Gita from Padma Purana, and gave that to the then monarch of Mysore. I was told that Sringeri Peetham’s publishers have published the latest version of that Bhashyam recently. You all might have already read the running translation of Shiva Gita here in my works, but that has no commentary, whereas this book by Sringeri publishers would surely be a masterpiece because it is penned by no common man like me, rather it is written by the Acharya of Shankara lineage himself; hence that book is worth reading. I believe, that book which is published by such an established Mutt would surely be worth its weight in radium. Therefore, the interested readers may approach them (via their ‘contact us’ page) and may order that grand work.

Here in the below link you may read the story of Sri Abhinava Nrisimha Bharati Swami and other brief history of his life and works.

http://www.sringeri.net/jagadgurus/the-later-acharyas-2

Happy Shiva Ratri

May the dark night of ignorance get dispelled by the light of Brahmagyanam through the Agni-Linga of lord Shiva which manifests when Lingodbhava happens on Shiva-Ratri

|| namaḥ śivāya | namaḥ tripurasundaryai ||

Santosh Kumar Ayalasomayajula (षण्मातुरः)
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Santosh Kumar Ayalasomayajula (षण्मातुरः)

Santosh Kumar Ayalasomayajula, is 'षण्मातुरः' or 'षण्णां मातृणां पुत्रः' in detail, which means 'The son of six (divine) mothers' as he considers the six great goddesses viz. Parvati, Ganga, Lakshmi, Bhudevi, Saraswati, and Gayatri, as his own mothers, and sees himself as an infant in their laps. Together with their respective consorts he considers them as his own parents. He considers their children such as Ganesha, Skanda, Sanatkumara, Narada, Pradyumna etc., as his own siblings; in fact, not different from himself. He loves these six mothers very dearly, and equally loves the divine fathers; however, he has offered his 'devotion' only to Mahadeva! Hence he stands for lord Shiva safeguarding him from his haters. One would know him better from his writings.
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16 Comments

  1. Mahesh

    Sri Shivagita gives us great messages like Bhagavadgita. Some Slokas are same to same in Shivagita and Bhagavadgita. Sri Shivagita is in Padmapurana and discussed between Maharshi Agastya and Sri Rama. There is some Gloden Slokas in Shivagita. I have Telugu version Shivagitas old and new. I think Sri Shringeri Abinava Narasimha Bharati Swamy ji translation will have more deeply explanations. And I waiting for the Publish. Thanks for the news and Happy Maha Shivaratri.

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  2. Santosh Kumar Ayalasomayajula

    Yes, since both Shiva Gita and Bhagawad Gita, are derived from Upanishads, both have same slokas in many places.

    Happy Mahashivaratri to you too.

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  3. Shashwata Shasree

    Why is the gita told by krishna is called the bhagawad gita? Why not the lord’s siva gita? Why is gita acknowledged as an important part of prasthan traya but not shiva gita?

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    1. Santosh Kumar Ayalasomayajula (Post author)

      Bhagawad gita is the song of ‘Bhagawan’ and there is only one god “originally” called as Bhagawan i.e., Shiva. Later this word has become so colloquial that even Narada is called bhagawan 🙂 of course later in Puranas Vishnu received that title because of his gaining supreme position by the grace of Shiva. But originally Bhagawan word denotes the supreme brahman that is Shiva.

      When one acharya pioneers something, others simply follow! Originally Shankaracharya chose to write commentaries on Upansihads, Brahma-sutras and Gita, and these three were called prasthana traya. Since he had established Advaita using these three tools, other acharyas chose to use the same tools to establish their philosophies. That’s how everyone perhaps remained attached with these three as the primary objects for commentaries and that’s how the concept of prasthana-traya has got fixed in our minds. Otherwise, we do have many great Gitas around. Can we say Ashtavakra gita is any little than BG in teaching Atman-Gyana? So, it’s all by their choice and perhaps the necessity of explaining the meaning to the mankind which made those great personalities to pick some and not pick other texts.

      We need not worry too much on why some Gita was chosen and why not the other one, in fact those acharyas are not alive to answer :-). Hinduism is so vast that you cannot sit and write commentaries on all scriptures – 18 puranas, 18 upa-puranas, 2 itihasas, four vedas with all their angas, then we have tantras, agamas and further literature authored by sages. So, saying “since A is quoted from X-Purana and Y-Scripture is not quoted hence Y is a later day scripture” is a stupid arguement usually put by vaishnavas, simply ignore – don’t get bothered too much.

      There are around 28 Gitas and each of them is a marvelous masterpiece in its own right. We cannot say one is great and another is not. It all depends upon what the commentator selects for a commentary and what the Lord thinks also matters. for instance, legend goes like – Shankara wanted to write commentary on lalita Sahasranama, but his disciple brought Vishnu sahasranama 3 times in a row. Finding it a divine injunction he finally wrote a Bhashya on VS. So, it all depends on what the almighty wants finally.

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  4. Shashwata Shasree

    Usually the vaishnavas these days are getting more clever. I do not care if vaishnavas are getting popular or enlarging their group, but I am just worried about the fact that the more they increase the more they criticize against the lord’s supremacy.

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    1. Santosh Kumar Ayalasomayajula (Post author)

      vaishnavas were always more, only Shiva supporters were found scarcely. It’s not that shiva devotees were lesser, but one who would indulge in opposing Vaishnavite attack were less always.
      Anyway it doesn’t matter how many in number they are. If you know Hindi I think you would have heard about a saying, “sau sonar ki ek lohar ki”….So, need not worry. The more the criticism increases, hundred times more qualitative words would get generated by the lord’s grace. So, let us only crave for the lord’s grace, and everything would settle down in the right time. Nothing happens without the desire of Shiva (kenopanishad is a classic example) I have full faith that the dark clouds of “anti-shiva-feelings-and-ignorance” would surely go away one day.

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  5. Indranil Amal Dutta

    Hello there, if anyone willing to answer my question, please tell which part of the respective padma purana, of uttara khanda does Shiva gita belongs to, as in for example, Devi gita forms the last 10 chapters of the seventh book of Devi purana, I want the exact path to trace the Shiva gita, for I want to verify if it’s actually a part of padma, because, just for the sake of my heartily doubt, because uttara khanda all by itself is very large book, Because if shiva gita is really a part of padma, then it will a trident thrown towards those shankaracharya attackers who nonsensically say that “In padma purana shiva says he will incarnate as shankaracharya preaching advaita philosophy which will clouded buddhism, and is anti vedic”, because Shiva gita which is considered to an intrinsic part padma is wholly monistically Advaita, where Rama preaches Advaita, henceforward please please do reply…..

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    1. Santosh Kumar Ayalasomayajula (षण्मातुरः) (Post author)

      Padma Purana has two recensions – Bengal version and Southern version. In one of them Shiva Gita exists in Uttara-Khanda and in another it is a part of Patala-Khanda. In your interest you may locate the same. padma Purana’s attack on shankara is not to be taken seriously. Leave it, don’t bother about that.

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    2. Karthick

      Hi, You can read the below counter argument made by Advaita for the attacks on Bhagavat Pada Adi Shankara.

      http://www.advaita-vedanta.in/dispelling-doubts

      Moreover none of the verses directly name Adi Shankaracharya. If you read it you will know more.

      Regarding your doubt on Shiva Gita, it is present in the Patal Khanda of Padma Purana. Narada Purana contains the synopsis of all the 18 puranas chapter by chapter. I see a chapter dedicated for Padma purana (Section 4, Chapter 93 of Narada Purana) in which Sloka number 25 talks about the presence of Shiva Gita.

      Santosh ji,

      Please give me the Chapter numbers in Patal Khanda of Padma Purana for Shiva Gita. I know you replied saying locate the same in your interest to Indranil ji. I tried to locate it but not able to find. In your free time if possible please give me the Chapter numbers in Patal Khanda of Padma Purana for Shiva Gita.

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      1. Santosh Kumar Ayalasomayajula (षण्मातुरः) (Post author)

        I don’t have Padma Purana (any version) handy with me. Hence the reason I suggested to do self-service. Those who have the complete version in their homes in hard copy or in PDF format may check themselves. To give you the quotes I would have to purchase it first 😛

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        1. Karthick

          I did download from here https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/791/is-the-complete-english-translation-of-the-padma-purana-available-online actually. But still am not able to find where Shiva Gita is located.

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          1. Santosh Kumar Ayalasomayajula (षण्मातुरः) (Post author)

            I only browsed through the contents list. Somewhere we should see in the stories related to Lord Rama. I still would say we should be able to find it in printed versions of complete padma purana with sanskrit and translation. Nevertheless, don’t think that if you are not able to find it in this version, shiva gita is fake. No gita would emerge out fo the blue moon claiming to be from some Purana. If it claims, it must be there. Those who had located it, say that – In bengali version (containing 7 khaNDa-s) it is in uttara khaNDa while in south Indian version (consisting of 5 khaNDa-s) it is in pAtAla khaNDa. These claims wouldn’t arise out of nothing. Secondly, there are commentaries by eminent learned scholars of olden times on this Shiva Gita. For instance – Sri Sripad Pandit Aradhya, a great siddha Shivayogi of Vira-shaivism (1060 AD) wrote commentary on Shiva Gita, and Sri Abhinava Nrisimha Bharati (1600 – 1623) of Sringeri. There are few more commentaries as well.

  6. Karthick

    Hi Santosh Prabhu, may I know from which Upanishads are Shiva Gita and Bhagawad Gita derived? Also is Ishvara Gita which is part of Kurma Purana also derived from an Upanishad?

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    1. Santosh Kumar Ayalasomayajula (षण्मातुरः) (Post author)

      Namaste, All the Gitas teach the ‘essence’ of Vedanta. Vedanta means the stuff that is found towards the ending portion of Vedas and that stuff is upanishads. Therefore, all Gitas are the summary of what Upanishads say. However, not all verses of any Gita is ditto copy-paste of Upanishad verses. Even for Bhagavad Gita it is said that Upanishads are the cows, krishna is the milker, Arjuna is the calf and the milk of those cows is Bhagavad Gita. So, what does it say?- It doesn’t say those Upanishadic cows have become Bhagavad Gita but rather their “milk” is Bhagavad Gita. That means, it is the “essence” of Upanishads.

      Hopd I answered your question.

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  7. Karthick

    Thank you for your reply Prabhu. Your articles seems to unveil a lot of real facts about Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. All glories to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu

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    1. Santosh Kumar Ayalasomayajula (षण्मातुरः) (Post author)

      Thank you. All glories to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu! Vishnu is in fact more closer to me that the so called ‘vishnu devotees’. My upcoming articles (would take time though) would reveal even more finer truths about Vishnu tatwam. Let the world decide then who understands Vishnu in finer reality – me or them who call themselves ‘vaishnavas’!

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