Interpretations of the Bhagavad-Gītā and Images of the Hindu Tradition: The Song of the Lord

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Psychology Press, 2006 - Religion - 192 pages

The Bhagavad-Gita is probably the most popular - and certainly the most frequently quoted and widely studied - work of the Hindu scriptures. This book investigates the relationship between the various interpretations of the Bhagavad-Gita and the Hindu tradition.

Taking into account a range of influential Indian and western thinkers to illustrate trends in writing about the Bhagavad-Gita including Western academic; Indian activist; Christian theological; Hindu universalist; perennialist mystical and contemporary experiental accounts. Examining the ideas of such influential figures as F Max Muller, M K Ghandi, Bede Griffiths, Swami Vivekananda, Aldous Huxley and Swami Bhakivedanta, this book demonstrates the inextricable link between different interpretations of the Bhagavad-Gita and images of the Hindu tradition.

This accessible book aptly demonstrates the relevance of the Bhagavad-Gita for an understanding of Hinduism as a modern phenomenon.

 

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Contents

Academic and scholarly writing
37
Social and political activism
54
Christian theological and missionary critiques
71
Universalist visions
86
Romantic and mystical insights
104
Contemporary teachers and movements
121
the role and importance of
144
Bibliography
170
Index
187
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Catherine A. Robinson is Senior Lecturer in the Study of Religions at Bath Spa University; she is the author of Tradition and Liberation: The Hindu Tradition in the Indian Women's Movement (also published by Routledge).

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