The Bhagavad Gita: A Text and Commentary for Students

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Sussex Academic Press, 2012 - Religion - 368 pages
This student textbook provides a detailed commentary on the important Hindu scripture of the Bhagavad Gita, which is a dialogue between Arjuna the man and Krishna the God. Major Hindu concepts are examined in depth, and the background to the Gita is presented in a comprehensive introduction. Yoga is the key feature of the Gita, but it has its own interpretation of what that yoga should be. Thus, yoga features not only in each of the pathways of knowledge, desireless action, and devotion, but also in the way in which the divine is understood. The chapters of the Bhagavad Gita therefore describe Arjuna's despondency, followed by: The Yoga of Sankhya * Action * Knowledge * Renunciation * Meditation * Knowledge and Realization * The Imperishable Brahman * Royal Knowledge and Royal Mystery * Manifestation * The Vision of the Universal Form * Devotion * The Differentiation of the Kshetra and Kshetrajna * The Differentiation of the Three Gunas * The Supreme Purusha * The Differentiation of the Divine and the Demonic * The Differentiation of the Threefold Shraddha * The Yoga of Liberation and Renunciation. This book also contains detailed notes to the Gita chapters, a Further Reading section, a combined Glossary and Index of Sanskrit terms, and an Index of English words. (Series: A Sussex Library of Religious Beliefs and Practices)

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Jeaneane Fowler was the head of philosophy and religious studies at the University of Wales–Newport, and later an honorary research fellow. She is the author of several books, including Hinduism: Beliefs and Practices.

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