First Published in 2000.This is Volume VII of fourteen of a series on India- its language and literature. The Bhagavad Gita is a Sanskrit philosophical poem, written in the usual verse form of the Hindu epic poems, and is an episode in the sixth book, or Bhlshma Parvan, of the Mahabharata, an epic poem devoted mainly to the deeds of the rival princes, who, though descended from a common ancestor, Kuru, fought as Kauravas and Pandavas for the kingdom of which Hastinapura was the capital
Table of Contents
Introduction; I. The Despondency of Arjuna; II. The Sankhya-Yoga (Doctrine); III. Devotion by Work; IV. The Devotion of Knowledge; V. Devotion by Renouncing Works; VI. Devotion By Self-Restraint; VII. Devotion Through Spiritual Discernment; VIII. Devotion to the Supreme Eternal Brahma; IX. Devotion Through the Royal Knowledge and the Royal Mystery; X. Devotion by the Divine Perfections; XI. The Manifestation of the Universal Form; XII. The Devotion of Worship; XIII. Devotion by the Separation of Matter and Spirit; XIV. Devotion by Separation from the Three Modes; XV. Devotion in Attaining to the highest Being; XVI. Devotion with Regard to the Separate State of Gods and Asuras; XVII. Devotion by the Threefold Kinds of Faith; XVIII. Devotion in Deliverance and Renunciation; Appendix.; I. On the Date at Which the Bhagavad G?t? was Probably Written, and on the Theory That It was Written Under an Influence Derived from a Knowledge of Christian Doctrines; II. The Traditionary Line of Descent of the Lunar Dynasty; III. Collation of Two MSS. with the Bonn Edition of the Bhagavad G?t?, and the Readings of Other Editions and MSS; Index;
John Davies, Member of the Royal Asiatic Society, of the Cambridge Philological Society and sometime Rector of Walksoken, Norfolk.