by N.A. Deshpande | 1951 | 23,843 words | ISBN-10: 8120838297 | ISBN-13: 9788120838291
The English translation of the Bhagavad-gita Mahatmya, taken directly from the Padma Purana: one of the largest of the eighteen major puranas. The Gita-mahatmya praises the Bhagavadgita using a series of illustrative stories showing the spiritual value of latter. It contains eighteen chapters corresponding to the eighteen chapters of the actual Bha...
Introduction (from the Padma-purāṇa)
[Note: this book was extracted from the translation of The Padmapurāṇa]
From the preface of the eighth volume:
The last ten chapters of this part praise the first ten chapters of the Gītā and show how a recitation of each wholly or partly, intentionally or accidentally elevates a wretch to the highest spiritual position. While praising chapter sixth for its efficacy the famous Chāndogya story of king Jānaśruti and sage Raikva is reproduced with a slight variation in these names making them Jñānaśruti and Raikya respectively.
From the preface of the ninth volume:
The first eight chapters eulogize the saving power of the last eight chapters of the great Bhagavadgītā supported by illustrative stories.