Bhagvada Gita: A Sociological Reading…

Devika Mittal of South Asian Univ has this nice short article on the topic.

She compares Bhagvad Gita principles/values with  other sociological texts of western thinkers like Weber and Burke.

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.

Basically and also expected, Bhagvad Gita stands the test of time…It is still relevant and helps understand many of the social changes etc..

I haven’t read any of these texts so have nothing to share..Just wanted to share this as it does point to some common areas between these texts written across time..

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