The Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita

Paperback Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)

Translated by W. J. Johnson

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 193mm x 15mm | 23g
  • Publication date: 21 September 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199538123
  • ISBN 13: 9780199538126
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Sales rank: 35,952

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'I have heard the supreme mystery, yoga, from Krishna, from the lord of yoga himself.' Thus ends the Bhagavad Gita, the most famous episode from the great Sanskrit epic, the Mahabharata. In its eighteen short chapters Krishna's teaching leads the warrior Arjuna from perplexity to understanding and correct action, in the process raising and developing many key themes from the history of Indian religions. The Bhagavad Gita is the best known and most widely read Hindu religious text in the Western world. It considers social and religious duty, the nature of sacrifice, the nature of action, the means to liberation, and the relationship of human beings to God. It culminates in an awe-inspiring vision of Krishna as God omnipotent, disposer and destroyer of the universe. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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'an excellent primer in the Hindu belief system' Daily Telegraph, October 1994 'freshly accessible to a Western readership...The presentation is both scholarly and inviting. Good Book Guide, January 1995