Swami Shivom Tirth. Shri Guru Gita: The Divine Song of the Guru—Meaning and Commentary. Pond Eddy, N.Y.: Swami Shivom Tirth Ashram, 2005. Paperback, 121 pp.
The Guru-Gita is a well-known tract celebrating the greatness of the spiritual preceptor, who is traditionally valued as an agent of grace and a gateway to liberation. This short work, which can be found in the Skanda-Purana. is couched in the form of a dialogue between Shiva and his divine spouse Parvati.
This book was originally published in Hindi in 1990. Thus, the English rendering of the Guru-Gita represents a double translation, but this should not deter readers from paying close attention to this work. Swami Shivom Tirtha’s traditional commentary, which is really the essence of this book, is not only very knowledgeable but also expressive of his deep wisdom.
This rendering of the Guru-Gita is accompanied by the transliterated Sanskrit text, but the transliteration is idiosyncratic and somewhat inconsistent. The Sanskrit-savvy reader would have been better served by a standard transliteration or by the text in the deva-nagari script. The reader who is ignorant of Sanskrit will anyway not be able to make use of the transliteration.
The editors have gone to great lengths to furnish English equivalents for the many Sanskrit terms found in Swami Shivom Tirtha’s commentary, which makes this work more accessible to Western readers.
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