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The Bhagavad Gita, meaning the Song of the Lord, is in the form of a poetic dialogue between Arjuna and Krishna. It is part of the great Indian epic The Mahabharata, and is one of the major religious documents of the world. It reveals how human beings accumulate Karma as a result of their actions in innumerable incarnations, and how to achieve liberation through devotion and knowledge.The dialogue, which takes place on the eve of an historic battle, probes the nature of God and what man should do to reach him. As The Bhagavad Gita unfolds, this majestic poem provides a fascinating synopsis of the religious thought and experience of India through the ages. This book offers the classic English verse translation by Sir Edwin Arnold (1832-1904), long admired for its evocation of the true feeling of the original poetry.About the Author:Sir Edwin Arnold (1832-1904), was an English author. After serving as principal of the government college in Pune, India, he joined (1861) the staff of the London Daily Telegraph. He won fame for his blank-verse epic The Light of Asia (1879), dealing with the life of Buddha. The poem was attacked for its alleged distortion of Buddhist doctrine and for its tolerant attitude toward a non-Christian religion. Besides other volumes of poetry, he wrote a number of picturesque travel books and translated Asian literature, inclding The Bhagavad Gita.
The Light of Asia by Sir Edwin Arnold is a classic, weaves through its poetic verses the life and philosophy of Prince Siddhartha Gautama who attained enlightenment under the bodhi tree and became the Buddha. Receiving high acclaim since its publication in 1879, Edwin Arnolds work was adapted from the Lalitavistara Sutra (The Unfolding of the Play.) In the time before this work came out, little was known about Buddhism or the Buddha outside of Asia.
"e;Being a discourse between Arjuna, Prince of India, and the Supreme Being under the form of Krishna"e;.This translation first published in 1900.According to Wikipedia: "e;The Bhagavad Gita, also more simply known as Gita, is a 700-verse Hindu scripture that is part of the ancient Hindu epic, the Mahabharata, but is frequently treated as a freestanding text, and in particular, as an Upanishad in its own right, one of the several books that comprise the more general Vedic tradition. It is revealed scripture in the views of Hindus, the scripture for Hindus represents the words and message of god, the book is considered among the most important texts in the history of literature and philosophy... Sir Edwin Arnold CSI CIE (10 June 1832 - 24 March 1904) was an English poet and journalist, who is most known for his work, The Light of Asia."e;
This study presents details about the life and philosophy of the founder of Buddhism, Prince Gautama of India or the Buddha, in the form of a poem as told from an imaginary Buddhist character. When originally published in 1926, little was known of Buddhism in Europe and Arnold aimed to inform the west of basic Buddhist concepts and the effects this had on India and Hinduism. This title will be of interest to students of Religion and Asian studies.
In this poetic masterpiece, Sir Edwin Arnold describes the life and teachings of Buddha. The man who was to become known as Buddha to the world was born as Prince Gautama of India but he rejected the worldly riches and abandoned the reigns of power when he embarked on a journey to discover the meaning of life. This poem reveals Buddha's life from the Buddhist perspective but you don't have to be a Buddhist to appreciate this poetic work. As you read about Buddhas journey you will embark on your own course of discovery.First published in 1879, the book has become a classic and has been published in many editions and many languages. Not only is it deeply philosophical in nature, but because of its poetic form and its narrative of the dramatic incidents in Siddharthas life, it is delightful and absorbing reading.ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Sir Edwin Arnold (1832-1904), was an English author. After serving as principal of the government college in Pune, India, he joined (1861) the staff of the London Daily Telegraph. He won fame for his blank-verse epic The Light of Asia (1879), dealing with the life of Buddha. The poem was attacked for its alleged distortion of Buddhist doctrine and for its tolerant attitude toward a non-Christian religion. Besides other volumes of poetry, he wrote a number of picturesque travel books and translated Asian literature, inclding The Bhagavad Gita.
This five thousand year old book of ancient wisdom teachings tells the story of what happens on a battlefield when Arjuna, a man fighting for the sake of his land and birthright, meets Lord Krishna, God in human semblance. Krishna proceeds to give to Arjuna the spiritual and philosophic instruction that has made this book an all-time classic of Eastern religious thought. It answers such pressing questions as What happens when we die?, and Do we live again? ; as well as the correct pathway to enlightenment and moral service to God. This timeless treasure of spiritual wisdom will not fail to serve as a fount of inspiration for both the seeker and the committed spiritual devotee. LARGE PRINT FOR EASIER READING.