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The Bhagavad Gita : a biography, Richard H. Davis

Label
The Bhagavad Gita : a biography
Title
The Bhagavad Gita
Title remainder
a biography
Statement of responsibility
Richard H. Davis
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The Bhagavad Gita, perhaps the most famous of all Indian scriptures, is universally regarded as one of the world's spiritual and literary masterpieces. Richard Davis tells the story of this venerable and enduring book, from its origins in ancient India to its reception today as a spiritual classic that has been translated into more than seventy-five languages. The Gita opens on the eve of a mighty battle, when the warrior Arjuna is overwhelmed by despair and refuses to fight. He turns to his charioteer, Krishna, who counsels him on why he must. In the dialogue that follows, Arjuna comes to realize that the true battle is for his own soul. Davis highlights the place of this legendary dialogue in classical Indian culture, and then examines how it has lived on in diverse settings and contexts. He looks at the medieval devotional traditions surrounding the divine character of Krishna and traces how the Gita traveled from India to the West, where it found 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 in their fight against colonial rule, and how contemporary interpreters reanimate and perform this classical work for audiences today. An essential biography of a timeless masterpiece, this book is an ideal introduction to the Gita and its insights into the struggle for self-mastery that we all must wage."--Jacket
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1951-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Davis, Richard H.
Dewey number
294.5/92409
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BL1138.66
LC item number
.D38 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Lives of great religious books
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hinduism
  • RELIGION
  • RELIGION
  • RELIGION
  • RELIGION / Hinduism / General
  • RELIGION / History
  • RELIGION / Hinduism / History
Label
The Bhagavad Gita : a biography, Richard H. Davis
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Bhagavad Gita in the time of its composition -- Krishna and his Gita in medieval India -- Passages from India -- Krishna, the Gita, and the Indian nation -- Modern gitas : translations -- The Gita in our time : performances -- The Bhagavad Gita in great time -- Glossary of Sanskrit terms -- Select English translations of the Bhagavad Gita
Control code
877364296
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
x, 243 pages
Isbn
9780691139968
Lccn
2014023890
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
  • 40024209681
  • 9780691139968
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)877364296
Label
The Bhagavad Gita : a biography, Richard H. Davis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The Bhagavad Gita in the time of its composition -- Krishna and his Gita in medieval India -- Passages from India -- Krishna, the Gita, and the Indian nation -- Modern gitas : translations -- The Gita in our time : performances -- The Bhagavad Gita in great time -- Glossary of Sanskrit terms -- Select English translations of the Bhagavad Gita
Control code
877364296
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
x, 243 pages
Isbn
9780691139968
Lccn
2014023890
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
  • 40024209681
  • 9780691139968
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)877364296

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