The Bhagavad Gita: A Text and Commentary for Students

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Sussex Academic Press, 2012 - Religion - 368 pages
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Jeaneane Fowler provides a text and detailed commentary on this important Hindu scripture, 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 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 Realisation, 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 and, finally, The Yoga of Liberation and Renunciation. The 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. The cover of the book is replete with symbolism. Krishna is always represented as blue in colour, hence the colour of the hands in the cover design. The chariot of Krishna and Arjuna is to be seen in the motif at the base, while the triple motif symbolises the triple paths of the Gita -- action without desire for results, knowledge and devotion.
  

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Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
vii
Introduction
xiii
Vedanta
xix
Authorship
xxvi
Means to God
xl
Moe9a
xlvi
The Baagavad Gita
18
FIVE The Yoga of Renunciation
91
ELEVEN The Yoga of the Vision of the Universal Form
189
TWELVE The Yoga of Devotion
207
THIRTEEN The Yoga of the Differentiation of the Kshetra and
216
FOURTEEN The Yoga of the Differentiation of the Three Gzmas
232
FIFTEEN The Yoga of the Supreme Purusha
243
SIXTEEN The Yoga of the Differentiation of the Divine and
253
SEVENTEEN The Yoga of the Differentiation of the Threefold Sbraddba
263
EIGHTEEN The Yoga of Liberation and Renunciation
273

SIX The Yoga of Meditation
106
SEVEN The Yoga of Knowledge and Realization
126
EIGHT The Yoga of the Imperishable Brahman
142
NINE The Yoga of Royal Knowledge and Royal Mystery
155
TEN The Yoga of Manifestation
172
Epilogue
304
THREE The Yoga of Action 50
313
Further Reading
337
Index of E nglish Words
360
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About the author (2012)

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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