Bhagvada Gita: A Sociological Reading

4 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2013

Date Written: January 20, 2013

Abstract

Bhagavada-Gita is roughly 2,000 years old yet it has retained its importance as one of the most valuable Hindu scripture. It consists of the sermon of Lord Krishna that was delivered to Arjuna during the mythical Mahabharata war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas. Krishna recited the meaning of “dharma”, the path to liberation from the material word and to attain “nirvana” or salvation. In this paper, an attempt has been made to cull out the social values embedded in the text. The paper also attempts to relate these prescribed values to the theories of 19th century sociologists like Emile Durkheim, Max Weber and Edmund Burke to determine if similarities can be drawn between a 2,000 year old and some 2 centuries year old texts.

Keywords: Sociology of Religion, Bhagvada Gita and Sociology, Bhagvada Gita

JEL Classification: Z00

Suggested Citation

Mittal, Devika, Bhagvada Gita: A Sociological Reading (January 20, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2203632 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2203632

Devika Mittal (Contact Author)

South Asian University ( email )

Akbar Bhavan
Chanakyapuri
New Delhi, IN Delhi 110021
India

HOME PAGE: http://devikamittal.wordpress.com

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