Modern Indian Interpreters of the Bhagavad Gita

By Robert N. Minor

Subjects: India And South Asian Studies
Series: SUNY series in Religious Studies
Paperback : 9780887062988, 280 pages, September 1986
Hardcover : 9780887062971, 280 pages, October 1986

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Table of contents



1. A Lesson in Allegory: Theosophical Interpretations of the Bhagavadgita
Ronald W. Neufeldt

2. Bankim Chandra Chatterji's New Hinduism and the Bhagavadgita
Ajit Ray

3. Tilak and the Bhagavadgita's Doctrine of Karmayoga
Robert W. Stevenson

4. Sri Aurobindo as a Gita-yogin
Robert N. Minor

5. Gandhi and the Bhagavadgita
J. T. F. Jordens

6. Vinoba Bhave's Talks on the Gita
Boyd H. Wilson

7. Swami Vivekananda's Use of the Bhagavadgita
Harold W. French

8. The Bhagavadgita in Radhakrishnan's Apologetics
Robert N. Minor

9. Swami Sivananda and the Bhagavadgita
David M. Miller

10. Swami Bhaktivedanta and the Bhagavadgita "As It Is"
Robert D. Baird






This is a collection of careful, objective, historically sensitive studies of modern commentators on the Bhagavadgita, one of the basic scriptures of Hinduism, and one which has been widely read in the modern West. Experts on modern Indian religious thought show how Ghandi, Vivekananda, Radhakrishnan, Bhaktivedanta, Aurobindo, Tilak, Bhave, Sivananda, the Theosophists, and Bhankim read, used and interpreted the Gita. Collectively, the essays display the different backgrounds and orientations of the major Indian thinkers of our time. An Introduction and a Conclusion provide a perspective on the thinkers and identify common themes which are part of modern emphases.

Robert N. Minor is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas. He has written books and articles on modern Indian thinkers and the Gita.