Religious Studies | Exploring a Hindu Text: The Bhagavad-gita
R458 | 3791 | Haberman


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 of the Bhagavad Gita, exploring it for
both universal themes and distinctive cultural expressions.  Prerequesite - R358 Hinduism or the approval of instructor.