Religious Studies | Topics in Hindu Religious Tradition: Exploring a Hindu Text:: The Bhagavad Gita
R458 | 27613 | D. Haberman


COLL A&H, CSA distribution (Eastern Religious Tradition for the
Religious Studies major)

The Bhagavad Gita is sometimes referred to today as the "Bible" of
Hinduism.  This text has been favored by many Hindus (it was
Gandhi's favorite text), and even non-Hindus such as the New England
Transcendentalists (Thoreau and Emerson).  Almost every major Hindu
thinker has written a commentary on the Bhagavad Gita.  This text,
however, was produced in a very particular cultural context and
expresses a very particular religious philosophy.  This seminar
involves a close reading and deep exploration of the Bhagavad Gita,
examining it for both universal themes and distinctive cultural
expressions.  It also aims to teach students to generate and pursue
textual questions, thereby empowering their reading of religious
texts.   We will plan to read and discuss every verse of the text in
seminar format.