The Bhagavadgita: Doctrines and Contexts

The Bhagavadgita: Doctrines and Contexts

by Angelika Malinar
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Cambridge University Press

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The Bhagavadgita: Doctrines and Contexts

The Bhagavadgita is one of the most renowned texts of Hinduism because it contains discussions of important issues such as liberation and the nature of action as well as the revelation of the Krishna as the highest god and creator of the universe. It is included in the ancient Indian Mahabharata epic at one of its most dramatic moments, that is, when the final battle is about to begin. In contrast to many other studies, this book deals with the relationship between the Bhagavadgita and its epic contexts. On the basis of a thorough analysis of the text Angelika Malinar argues that its theology delineates not only new philosophical concepts and religious practices but also addresses the problem of righteous kingship and appropriate use of power. Malinar concludes by considering the Bhagavadgita's historical and cultural contexts and those features of the text that became paradigmatic in later Hindu religious traditions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521883641
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/31/2007
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Debates over war and peace in the Udyogaparvan of the Mahabharata; 3. The doctrines of the Bhagavadgita; 4. The doctrines of the Bhagavadgita: summary and systematic considerations; 5. Historical and cultural contexts.

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