The "Bhagavad Gita": A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books)

The "Bhagavad Gita": A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books)


The Bhagavad Gita, possibly the main well-known of all Indian scriptures, is universally considered as one of many world's religious and literary masterpieces. Richard Davis tells the tale of this venerable and enduring ebook, from its origins in historical India to its reception at the present time as a non secular vintage that has been translated into greater than seventy-five languages. The Gita opens at the eve of a robust conflict, whilst the warrior Arjuna is beaten by means of depression and refuses to struggle. He turns to his charioteer, Krishna, who counsels him on why he needs to. within the discussion that follows, Arjuna involves detect that the real conflict is for his personal soul.

Davis highlights where of this mythical discussion in classical Indian tradition, after which examines the way it has lived on in various settings and contexts. He appears to be like on the medieval devotional traditions surrounding the divine personality of Krishna and lines how the Gita traveled from India to the West, the place it discovered admirers in such figures as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Aldous Huxley. Davis explores how Indian nationalists like Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda used the Gita of their struggle opposed to colonial rule, and the way modern interpreters reanimate and practice this classical paintings for audiences today.

An crucial biography of a undying masterpiece, this booklet is a perfect creation to the Gita and its insights into the fight for self-mastery that all of us needs to wage.

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