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V. R. Narla (1908-1985) was an ardent skeptic and humanist advocate, who edited two Telugu daily newspapers in India—Andhra Prabha and Andhra Jyothi—and lectured in several Indian universities. Among his many publications was a book of his aphoristic sayings, Gods, Goblins, and Men.
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  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (July 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616141832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616141837
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,480,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ashok on February 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
"The Truth About The Gita" by the famous journalist and rationalist V.R.Narla is one of the rare books critical of the so-called Song Celestial or Bhagavad Gita. V.R.Narla may be rightly described as the H.L.Mencken of India, and shared the latter's iconoclastic spirit and courage. The Bhagavad Gita is an over-rated text which is unsuited to the modern era. V.R.Narla has correctly described it as "anti-human rights and anti-human values". The Bhagavad Gita degrades women, Vaishyas and Sudras [effectively 80% of India's population] by terming them "persons of sinful birth"; it extols the hideous caste system; it exhorts Arjuna to kill, to kill in cold blood, to kill as a matter of caste duty. It is a bundle of impossibilities and absurdities; for example, it claims that Yagnas or sacrifices can induce rainfall! It is full of interpolations, inconsistencies and contradictions, and reads like a hotch-potch, a cut-and-paste job. And yet, through a kind of Goebbelsian propaganda, this work has been made out to be a 'fount of wisdom' and has a long list of apologists from B.G.Tilak to M.K.Gandhi to Aurobindo Ghose to S.Radhakrishnan! V.R.Narla has done well to cut through the hype and expose the Bhagavad Gita for what it truly is. It is a pity that the book is not easily available in Indian book stores. Every Indian student must read Narla's invaluable book.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MPower on September 18, 2011
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I am not a Buddhist. But I respect some of its ideals the same as I respect some of other religions. Off late, there has been a trend of Buddhism to wrest its lawful place from Hinduism. To this end, they have slowly started sowing the seeds of suspicion among the followers of Hinduism by asking them to believe in archeology and related sciences in an attempt to disprove the edifice in which Hinduism stands. Some do it subtly by insinuations without directly attacking Hinduism. Whereas some others mince no words. The latter is rarely done, while most of the literature from Buddhism employs indirect way of denying Hinduism in the guise of professionalism, science, and archeology.

Really, while the other religions are busy squabbling with each other about who is superior, the Buddhists are quietly making plans for world domination.

This book, however, is more direct and the author seems to be rather bold in his assertions. It was published after the author passed away. It deserves couple of stars for boldness, but suffers greatly on the veracity of the claims as well as suffers from the correct knowledge of the Gita. It may be claimed by the loyals that the author is not a Buddhist to make the book comes across as neutral, but his effort shows his fondness for this faith.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful By guido on September 26, 2010
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what authority does the writer have to speak outside his own area of knowledge? This book is pure speculation and of no value. A closer and more accurate look at the significamce and meaning of the gita would be to approach the literature in its original vedic context not neo-"hindu" misconceptions. Thanks Narla for perpetuating ignorance in the world of academia.
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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful By sam ilangovan on August 21, 2010
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The Bahavat Githa is proclaimed as the Bible of the Hindus.The words were uttered by the Almighty God,Lord Krishna himself to a reluctant Arjuna who does not want to fight and kill his own kith and kin on the opposite side.The whole idea of this happening in the battlefield, the size and the sheer number described of the different forces in the army and every thing is utterly unbelievable.Yet,the Hindus believe this and any one speaking one word against is a villain.Mahatma Gandhi himself said like this is not historic fact but depicts the inner battle going on in every one's mind every day .The Gita was brought to light from dustbin to eradicate the prevailing teachings of Buddha and to re establish Hindu Varna "Chadur varana maya shriustam" I created the four varnas and even I cannot re write any one's varna.It is great work that some one with a stature of Narla has brought out the Truth and let the whole world analyze critically what is "Only for blind belief and not for questioning or even doubting ".This is a must read for students of Hinduism world over to understand the utter inhuman caste system and the difference of "All are created equal" in the Dravidian culture and the Buddhist philosophy of Love.
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