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Bhagavad Gita (2 Vols. in 1) (Paperback)

Price : $15.75
ISBN # : 9788120811492
Author : Franklin Edgerton
pages: 370
Edition : Paperback
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass
Published : 1996

The Bhagavad Gita is the principal source of religious inspiration for many millions of Indians. This two-volume edition contains transliteration of the original Sanskrit and its close translation. Edgerton's interpretation analyzes its influence on later literature and its place in Indian philosophy.

To most Visnuites, and to most Hindus, the Bhagavad Gita is what the New Testament is to 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 (bound in one), Volume I contains on facing pages a transliteration of the original Sanskrit and the author`s close translation. Volume II is 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.

Review 1:
As a revelation of divine incarnation and an attempt to harmonize the rival spiritual paths of action, knowledge and devotion, the Sanskrit poem Bhagavad Gita, ''Song of the Lord,'' itself incarnates all that is typically Hindu. Probably the most revered scripture outside the sacred vedas themselves, and certainly more influential than the latter in popular Hindu piety, the Gita--a self-contained fraction of the vast epic Mahabharata--has been translated innumerable times into many languages east and west....Edgerton's translation remains a solid piece of scholarship which no serious student of the Gita can afford to ignore. The same can be said of his chapters analyzing the historical setting and doctrinal content of the poem, which still constitute one of the best overall studies of the Gita ever published.
Source: --Peter Moore (Times Higher Education Supplement )

Review 2:
Professor Edgerton's name guarantees the scholarship of his translation...[His] interpretive essays...have an interest even wider than that which belongs to so great a classic of Indian religion, for they include observations on the mysticism shown in them, and these deserve the consideration of students of mysticism in general.
Source: Arthur Darby Nock, Harvard Divinity School Bulletin

Review 3:
It is a real pleasure to read 'India's favorite Bible' in this beautiful and very convenient edition...Edgerton analyzes the doctrines of the Gita with clearness and acuteness, and his expose acute;e is full of well-chosen quotations and suggestive remarks.
Source: --P.E. Dumont (Journal of the American Oriental Society )

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Tuesday 01 August, 2006.
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