Religious Studies | Exploring a Hindu Text: The Bhagavad-gita
R551 | 3802 | 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. Meets with R458.