Krishna's Song: A New Look at the Bhagavad Gita

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007 - Religion - 172 pages
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Rosen offers Westerners an easy-to-read introduction to a sacred text, demystifying its considerable philosophy in a user-friendly way. This is not yet another translation, merely reiterating what the Gita itself has to say. It is rather an attempt to culturally translate the text, making use of concepts and categories to which Western readers are accustomed. By engaging familiar motifs--such as issues of modernity, pop-culture icons, and well-known philosophers in the West--the author brings the Gita into focus for non-specialists and scholars alike. Through a series of contemporary news references and insightful summaries, readers will finally understand the facts and personalities that make up the Bhagavad Gita.

Using his many years of Gita-centered research, Rosen unlocks the mysteries of the text's spiritual underpinnings. He provides an overview of the Gita's narrative and teachings alongside documentation of its traditional application and more modern ways in which the text can be understood.

Students and scholars alike will rejoice in how well this book lays bare the culture and the context of the Gita, resulting in a reader's deep familiarity with this most sacred of all the world's wisdom texts.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
5
Chapter 3
11
Chapter 4
21
Chapter 5
39
Chapter 6
45
Chapter 7
49
Chapter 8
55
Chapter 16
103
Chapter 17
109
Chapter 18
115
Chapter 19
121
Chapter 20
127
Chapter 21
135
Chapter 22
139
Chapter 23
143

Chapter 9
61
Chapter 10
67
Chapter 11
73
Chapter 12
83
Chapter 13
89
Chapter 14
93
Chapter 15
99
Chapter 24
149
Afterword
157
Bibliography
161
Index
165
About the Author
173
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About the author (2007)

Steven J. Rosen is the author of numerous books, including several volumes on the Bhagavad Gita, such as Gita on the Green: The Mystical Tradition Behind Bagger Vance (Continuum International, 2000) and Holy War: Violence and the Bhagavad Gita (Deepak Heritage Books, 2002). He is also the author of Essential Hinduism (Praeger, 2006) and the founding editor of the Journal of Vaishnava Studies.

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