The Bhagavad Gita / Edition 1

The Bhagavad Gita / Edition 1

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by Franklin Edgerton, Edith Allard
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674069250

ISBN-13: 9780674069251

Pub. Date: 01/28/1972

Publisher: Harvard

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 inspiration for many millions of Indians. In this two-volume edition, Volume I contains on facing pages a transliteration of original Sanskrit and the

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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 inspiration for many millions of Indians. In this two-volume edition, Volume I contains on facing pages a transliteration of original Sanskrit and the author’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 included in the second volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674069251
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
01/28/1972
Series:
Harvard Paperbacks Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
982,943
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Notes on the Bibliography and Exegesis of The Gita

PART I: THE BHAGAVAD GITA

Notes to the Translation

PART II: INTERPRETATION OF THE BHAGAVAD GITA

First Part: Preliminary Chapters

1. Introductory

2. The Origins of Hindu Speculation

3. The Upanisads, and the Funddamental Doctrines of Later Hindu Thought

4. Prehistory of the God of the Bhagavad Gita

Second Part: The Teachings of The Bhagavad Gita

5. Soul and Body

6. The Nature of God

7. Action and Rebirth

8. The Way of Knowledge and the Way of Disciplined Activity

9. The Way of Devotion to God

10. Attitude Towards Hindu Orthodoxy and Other Religious Beliefs

11. Practical Morality

Third Part: Summary and Conclusion

12. Summary

13. Conclusion

Index of Words and Subjects

Index of Passages Quoted

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The Bhagavad Gita 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Edgerton's translation, while not poetic, is clear and straighforward, useful for navigating difficult passages. Furthermore, unlike some translators of the Gita, Edgerton does not have a specific religious viewpoint or agenda that he's trying to further. Finally, his interpretive essay (included at the end of this volume) is simply superb and worth the price of the book. If you want to read the Gita for pleasure or devotional purposes, Edgerton is not for you, but this is a fine translation for the educated layperson. As a director of religious education at a Unitarian Universalist church, I consistently recommend Edgerton's translation to individuals wanting to read the Bhagavad Gita for the first time. There's a reason it's been in print so long -- it's a good, solid translation!