We see quite clearly from the Bhagavadgita
that while the tradition upholds the ultimacy of non-violence, exceptions are made.
A weekly meeting when a Hindu family and a few neighbors recited and listened to expositions of the Ramcaritamanas of Tulsi Das and the Bhagavadgita
As important as the Bhagavadgita
is thought to be, it is strictly speaking not a scene of Krsna's biography as such, and more importantly is seldom graphically represented: "In the past century, both in India and the West, a great deal of interest has been focused on the Krishna whom we meet as the teacher of the Bhagavad Gita.
locates bhakti within a variety of faith and thought systems of India, including Vedanta and Buddhism, with special emphasis on such texts as the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Bhagavadgita
, the Bhakti Sutras and the Buddhist Sutras, focusing on the relation of bhakti as expressed in them with secular philosophy.
But in Hinduism this is only one of the ways of salvation; there are others, and the Bhagavadgita
actually commends another, the way of devotion to God (Krishna), or bhakti.
Among classical works of verse, Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival (1989), the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf (1990), Marlowe's Tragedies (1983), Quevedo's Poems (1987), and several fundamental works from the classical Oriental treasury (Lao-Tse, Confucius, the Bhagavadgita
, et cetera) were all rendered into Estonian.
only to be convinced by the sage Vasistha, in an argument reminiscent of that of the Bhagavadgita
, to hold back.
As Krsna himself says in the Bhagavadgita
, it is impossible to see him as he really is through any sort of virtuous action.
Warren Hastings may be accused of having done many objectionable things, but labeling him "a brute of the first order" when talking about his exalted preface to Charles Wilkins's translation of the Bhagavadgita
appears incongruous (p.
The issue of dharma in the Bhagavadgita
is a complex one (see, for example, the chapter on "Dharma in the purtcs[a.
There is also a journal devoted solely to the BhG: the Journal of Studies in the Bhagavadgita
In closing this valuable work, Proferes promises a future exploration of the theme of kingship, of rajavidya, with regard to Krsna in the Bhagavadgita
The world fame of this Sanskrit classic may go back to the eighteenth-century period of "Indomania," not the nineteenth-century era of "Indophobia" that the volume scrutinizes, yet it plays an important role still in the self-definition and self-representation of Hindus worldwide, as is evident in the very modern practice of placing a copy of the Bhagavadgita
(in or with English translation) next to, and in intended dialogue with, a Gideon Bible in nightstands of Indian hotels, and in the popularity of ethnic Bhagavadgita
reading groups on American college campuses.
221-54) intervenes in the opposing views of Arvind Sharma and Madhav Deshpande on the mutual relation of the Bhagavadgita
and the Anugita.
11-30 forms the Gita's "first samkhya layer," and one prior to the Gita's later philosophical unfoldings; see Przemyslaw Szczurek, "Some Remarks on the So-Called Epic Layer of the Bhagavadgita
," in Stages and Transitions: Temporal and Historical Frameworks in Epic and Puranic Literature (above n.