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Toward a new Hermeneutics of the Bhagavad Gītā : Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Aurobindo, and the Secret of Vijñāna

Toward a new Hermeneutics of the Bhagavad Gītā : Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Aurobindo, and the Secret... TOWARD A NEW HERMENEUTICS OF THE BHAGAVAD GT: SRI RAMAKRISHNA, SRI AUROBINDO, AND THE SECRET OF VIJÑNA Ayon Maharaj Departments of Philosophy and English, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University ayon@alum.berkeley.edu The Bhagavad Gt has inspired more interpretive controversy than any other religious scripture in India's history. The Gt, a philosophical and spiritual poem of approximately seven hundred verses, is part of the ancient Sanskrit epic, the Mahbhrata. In the Gt, the Lord Ka, who appears in the form of a charioteer, imparts spiritual teachings to the warrior Arjuna and convinces him to fight in a just war that entails the slaughter of many of Arjuna's own relatives and loved ones. akara, the great eighth-century champion of the Advaita ("nondual") school of philosophy, wrote the first extant commentary on the Gt. In this commentary, akara interpreted the Gt strictly in accordance with Advaita philosophy and attempted to refute various possible non-Advaitic readings of the text. akara's influential commentary on the Gt inaugurated a lively debate over how to interpret the Gt's philosophical teachings that continues to this day. Rmnuja, the eleventh-century proponent of the Viidvaita ("qualified nondual") school of philosophy, rejected akara's Advaitic interpretation of the Gt and claimed that http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Toward a new Hermeneutics of the Bhagavad Gītā : Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Aurobindo, and the Secret of Vijñāna

Philosophy East and West , Volume 65 (4) – Oct 23, 2015

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TOWARD A NEW HERMENEUTICS OF THE BHAGAVAD GT: SRI RAMAKRISHNA, SRI AUROBINDO, AND THE SECRET OF VIJÑNA Ayon Maharaj Departments of Philosophy and English, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University ayon@alum.berkeley.edu The Bhagavad Gt has inspired more interpretive controversy than any other religious scripture in India's history. The Gt, a philosophical and spiritual poem of approximately seven hundred verses, is part of the ancient Sanskrit epic, the Mahbhrata. In the Gt, the Lord Ka, who appears in the form of a charioteer, imparts spiritual teachings to the warrior Arjuna and convinces him to fight in a just war that entails the slaughter of many of Arjuna's own relatives and loved ones. akara, the great eighth-century champion of the Advaita ("nondual") school of philosophy, wrote the first extant commentary on the Gt. In this commentary, akara interpreted the Gt strictly in accordance with Advaita philosophy and attempted to refute various possible non-Advaitic readings of the text. akara's influential commentary on the Gt inaugurated a lively debate over how to interpret the Gt's philosophical teachings that continues to this day. Rmnuja, the eleventh-century proponent of the Viidvaita ("qualified nondual") school of philosophy, rejected akara's Advaitic interpretation of the Gt and claimed that

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