Exploring the Bhagavad Gita: Philosophy, Structure and Meaning

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Routledge, Apr 15, 2016 - Religion - 172 pages
The Bhagavad Gita is a unique literary creation but deciphering its meaning and philosophy is not easy or simple. This careful study of the Bhagavad Gita approaches the ancient text with a modern mind and offers a unifying structure which is of a universal relevance. Combining the philosophical-theoretical with the ethical-practical, Ithamar Theodor locates his study within comparative theology and identifies the various layers of meaning. The full text of the Bhagavad Gita is presented in new translation, divided into sections, and accompanied by in-depth commentary. This book makes the Bhagavad Gita accessible to a wide variety of readers, helping to make sense of this great spiritual classic which is one of the most important texts of religious Hinduism.

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Pronunciation Guide
General Introduction
1 Setting the Scene
2 The Soul Dharma and Liberation
3 The Path of Enlightened Action Part I
4 The Supreme Persons Descent
10 Arjunas Change of Heart and the Divine Manifestations
11 The Cosmic Revelation
12 Stages of Devotion
13 The Vision of the Supreme in the Heart
14 The Three Gunas
15 The Journey from Bondage to Liberation
16 The Divine and the Demonic
17 The Manifestation of the Three Gunas in Human Life

5 The Path of Enlightened Action Part II
6 The Path of Classical Yoga
7 The Vision of the Supreme Part I
8 Quitting Ones Body the Ephemeral and Eternal Worlds
9 The Vision of the Supreme Part II
Taking Refuge in Krsna Alone

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About the author (2016)

Ithamar Theodor is a graduate of the University of Oxford and a life member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. He has published a Bhagavad Gita translation and commentary in Israel in Modern Hebrew, and is currently working at the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Haifa, as well as the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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