Bhagavadgita (c. 200 BC)

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The Bhagavadgita, perhaps the greatest and most beautiful of the Hindu scriptures, is the fourth part of 1 The conversation reveals not only Arjuna's moral dilemma about this battle, but also a deeper need for certainty about matters spiritual. Noting this need to understand, Krishna reveals himself as the god Vishnu. Their dialogue then examines ethical questions, the nature of God, the nature of the soul, and the ways in which man might best serve God and achieve immortality.


[1] Bhagavadgita 2:33.


Edgerton, Franklin, trans. The Bhagavad Gita. 2 vols. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1946.

Prabhavananda, Swami and Christopher Isherwood, trans. The Bhagavad-Gita. Hollywood: The Marcel Rodd Company, 1944.

Radhakrishnan, S., trans. The Bhagavadgita. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1948.

Prabhavananda, Swami and Christopher Isherwood, trans. The Song of God-Bhagavad Gita. New York: A Mentor Book, 1954-55.

Vireswarananda, Swami, trans. Srimad-Bhagavad-Gita, Mylapore: Sri Ramakrishna Math, 1948.


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