The Bhagavad Gita or Song of God is a spiritual classic of ancient Indian philosophy. The Sanskrit text consisting of eighteen chapters ranges over a wide array of religious doctrines, metaphysical concepts and devotional practices. Beginning with the text’s historical/cultural context, we will explore the central ideas of karma (action), dharma (duty) and atma (soul/self). We will also focus on the underlying concept of moksha (liberation) as it is understood in Indian religious traditions. By reading and analyzing important verses in English translation, the course will proceed in an interactive, discussion-based modality. All are welcome.
Class is taught by Professor Srinivas Reddy.