Gitamrtam: The Essential Teachings of the Bhagavad Gita

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Gitamrtam is a concise and insightful discussion of the central themes of the Bhagavadgita. Beginning with the Gita’s teaching about the nature and role of the incarnation, Dr. Rambachan identifies kama, a state of desiring and wanting, as life’s fundamental problem. The proper resolution of this human dissatisfaction is to be found in the understanding of oneself to be the full and complete self (atman). Such knowledge, Dr. Rambachan vigorously argues, enables one to act in the world from a deep sense of inward peace and fulfilment. Self-knowledge transforms human motivation and liberates us from the narrow confines of selfish action to the freedom of serving others. Dr. Rambachan establishes that the Bhagavadgita ideal is not indifference to the world and the severing of human relationships, but

love and compassion born out of the identity of oneself with all beings. In a lucid and accessible style, Dr. Rambachan shows how the Gita’s teaching makes possible a love which embraces all and infuses each act with compassion.

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ANANTANAND RAMBACHAN is an Associate Professor of Religion at St. Olaf

College in Minnesota. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Rambachan earned

his Ph.D. at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. He was awarded

Trinidad’s second highest national honor, the Chaconia Gold Medal, for

public service in 1987.

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Gitamrtam is a concise and insightful discussion of the central themes of the Bhagavad Gita. Beginning with Gita’s teaching about the nature and role of the incarnation, Dr. Rambachan identifies kama, a state of desiring and wanting, as life’s fundamental problem. The proper resolution of this human dissatisfaction is to be found in understanding oneself to be the complete self (atman). Dr. Rambachan vigorously argues that such knowledge enables one to act in the world from a deep sense of inward peace and fulfillment. Self-knowledge transforms human motivation and liberates us from the narrow confines of selfish action to the freedom of serving others. Dr. Rambachan establishes that the Bhagavadgita ideal is not indifference to the world and the severing of human relationships, but

love and compassion born out of the identity of oneself with all beings. In a lucid and accessible style, Dr. Rambachan shows how Gita’s teaching makes possible a love that embraces all and infuses each act with compassion.

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About the Author(s)

ANANTANAND RAMBACHAN is an Associate Professor of Religion at St. Olaf

College in Minnesota. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Rambachan earned

his Ph.D. at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. He was awarded

Trinidad’s second-highest national honor, the Chaconia Gold Medal, was for

public service in 1987.

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Weight 0.5 kg
Dimensions 10 × 11 × 12 cm
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Anantanand Rambachan

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