The Bhagavad Gita

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1972-06-01
  • Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr

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To most good Vishnuites, and to most Hindus, the Bhagavad Gita is what the New Testament is to good Christians. It is their chief devotional book, and has been for centuries the principal source of religious inspiretion for many millions of Indian. In this two-volume edition, Volume I contains on facing pages a transliteration of original Sanskirt and the autor's close translation. Volume II is Mr. Edgerton's interpretation in which he makes clear the historical setting of the poem and analyzes its influence on later literature and its place in Indian philosophy. Sir Edwin Arnold's beautiful translation, "The Song Celestial," is also includes in the second volume. Mr. Edgerton is the author of many books and articles in the fields of Egyptology and Oriental languages and literature. He is an editor of the American Journal of Semitic Languages and Literature.

Table of Contents

Notes on the Bibliography and Exegesis of The Gita
The Bhagavad Gita
Notes to the Translation
Interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita
Preliminary Chapters
The Origins of Hindu Speculation
The Upanisads, and the Funddamental Doctrines of Later Hindu Thought
Prehistory of the God of the Bhagavad
The Teachings of The Bhagavad Gita
Soul and Body
The Nature of God
Action and Rebirth
The Way of Knowledge and the Way of Disciplined Activity
The Way of Devotion to God
Attitude Towards Hindu Orthodoxy and Other Religious Beliefs
Practical Morality Third Part: Summary and Conclusion
Index of Words and Subjects
Index of Passages Quoted
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