The Bhagavadgita: Doctrines and Contexts

The Bhagavadgita: Doctrines and Contexts

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Angelika Malinar
Cambridge University Press, 12/6/2007
EAN 9780521883641, ISBN10: 0521883644

Hardcover, 310 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
Language: English

The Bhagavadgita is one of the most renowned texts of Hinduism because it contains discussions of important issues such as liberation and the nature of action as well as the revelation of the Krishna as the highest god and creator of the universe. It is included in the ancient Indian Mahabharata epic at one of its most dramatic moments, that is, when the final battle is about to begin. In contrast to many other studies, this book deals with the relationship between the Bhagavadgita and its epic contexts. On the basis of a thorough analysis of the text Angelika Malinar argues that its theology delineates not only new philosophical concepts and religious practices but also addresses the problem of righteous kingship and appropriate use of power. Malinar concludes by considering the Bhagavadgita's historical and cultural contexts and those features of the text that became paradigmatic in later Hindu religious traditions.

1. Introduction
2. Debates over war and peace in the Udyogaparvan of the Mahabharata
3. The doctrines of the Bhagavadgita
4. The doctrines of the Bhagavadgita
summary and systematic considerations
5. Historical and cultural contexts.