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The Bhagavad Gita

Translated by Franklin Edgerton

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ISBN 9780674069251

Publication Date: 01/01/1972


224 pages


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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.—Peter Moore, The Times Higher Education Supplement

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.—Arthur Darby Nock, Harvard Divinity School Bulletin

The Gita is one of the most precious fruits of India… Professor Edgerton has a deep familiarity with that sacred text—he has read it word by word with many generations of students.Isis

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 exposé is full of well-chosen quotations and suggestive remarks.—P. E. Dumont, Journal of the American Oriental Society

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