To most good Vishnuites, and to most Hindus, the "Bhagavad Gita"
is what the New Testament is to good Christians. It is their chief
devotional book, and has been for centuries the principal source of
religious inspiretion for many millions of Indian. In this
two-volume edition, Volume I contains on facing pages a
transliteration of original Sanskirt and the autor's close
translation. Volume II is Mr. Edgerton's interpretation in which he
makes clear the historical setting of the poem and analyzes its
influence on later literature and its place in Indian philosophy.
Sir Edwin Arnold's beautiful translation, "The Song Celestial," is
also includes in the second volume.
Mr. Edgerton is the author of many books and articles in the
fields of Egyptology and Oriental languages and literature. He is
an editor of the American Journal of Semitic Languages and
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