N R Panchapakesan

Nerur Ramanathan Panchapakesan was born into an orthodox family in Tamil Nadu. He is an ardent devotee of Pujya Guru Swami Dayananda and is also a devout follower of Swami Paramarthananda. In his desire to learn Bhagavad Gita, he attended all the discourses of the Acaryas of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam for thirty years. After serving in various industries all over India for more than four decades, he moved to the US and settled down with his daughter in Danville, CA. The study of Gita kindled his passion to gain adequate knowledge in Sanskrit and he pursued his study of Sanskrit in the USA. He is still engaged in teaching spoken Sanskrit and Bhagavad Gita for adults and children of San Ramon. He also teaches chanting of Sahasranamas and various other hymns through Skype. The children love to listen to the stories he narrates in Sanskrit, with a briefing in English. Recently, he was felicitated by the Mayors of San Ramon and Milpitas for his dedicated service to the community.


Books by N R Panchapakesan

All of us want freedom. The key question is from what?

Some of us want freedom from boredom, relationships, poverty, politicians, insecurity, fear of old age and a zillion other things. Even if we manage to free ourselves from one issue, the next one crops up. Is there no end to this cycle? How would it be, if we free ourselves from one issue and the rest of the problems disappear? Sounds very interesting and tempting, does it not?

The trials and tribulations that we undergo, which is Samsara, are because we think we are bound to this world and its attendant sorrows but the truth is we are not bound. We are already free but we don’t know this. How does one get out of this illusion? Only with knowledge. This is precisely what the Bhagavad Gita teaches us through a great conversation between Lord Krishna and Arjuna. This book attempts to give a concise version of the profound truth in simple terms. Abstract of the various sadhanas like Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Jnana Yoga have been discussed to inspire the reader for a more comprehensive study of these texts.

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