BARBARA STOLER MILLER BHAGAVAD GITA PDF

Miller, Barbara Stoler. If the Gita were only advice about how to act during war, it could hardly have even a Miller, Barbara Stoler. If the Gita were only advice about how to act during war, it could hardly have even a minuscule part of the world-wide and timeless significance that it has. We can also see in her introduction and in the "key words" section following the text that her understanding of the Gita is mostly academic. She has not practiced at least not to any great extent any of the yogas central to the Gita. It cannot be emphasized enough that a true understanding of the Bhagavad Gita requires not only study but practice in one or more of the four yogas presented by Krishna, namely bhakti yoga, karma yoga, jnana yoga or raja yoga.

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Miller, Barbara Stoler. If the Gita were only advice about how to act during war, it could hardly have even a Miller, Barbara Stoler. If the Gita were only advice about how to act during war, it could hardly have even a minuscule part of the world-wide and timeless significance that it has. We can also see in her introduction and in the "key words" section following the text that her understanding of the Gita is mostly academic.

She has not practiced at least not to any great extent any of the yogas central to the Gita. It cannot be emphasized enough that a true understanding of the Bhagavad Gita requires not only study but practice in one or more of the four yogas presented by Krishna, namely bhakti yoga, karma yoga, jnana yoga or raja yoga.

Miller calls this, "The Fifth Teaching: Renunciation of Action," which is not exactly right since what is renounced are the fruits of action, not action itself, which according to the Gita, is impossible to renounce.

We always act; even in inaction we are acting. Just "Renunciation" would be a better title for the chapter. Miller uses the word "Simpletons" in the fourth verse as the converse of "the learned"; but this is just poor diction. The intent of the Sanskrit is "unlearned" or "immature. While hers is a literal translation of the Sanskrit "yogair," a more meaningful translation would be "Men of yoga. Zaehner, who translated the Gita for the Oxford University Press , uses "men of practice" although that too is not entirely agreeable.

Eknath Easwaran ; , who really knows yoga, has Krishna simply say, "The goal of knowledge and the goal of service are the same; those who fail to see this are blind. Swami Prabhupada, whose translation serves the further didactic purpose of promoting "Krishna consciousness," is also a man who has a deep understanding of the Gita.

He puts it this way: "One who knows that the position reached by means of renunciation can also be attained by devotional service, and who therefore sees that sankhya and yoga are on the same level, sees things as they are.

O, Lord. O Blessed Lord," and Zaehner tries to explain with "athlete of the spirit You, Blessed Lord. It is difficult to make strictly literal translations true to the spirit of the Gita because the Gita is poetic and is profound in a way not immediately apparent.

Miller worked hard at a literal rendition of the text, but she also sought to make it contemporary for a particular young American generation. No reasonable translation of this great spiritual work is in vain.

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Her translation of the Bhagavad Gita was extremely successful and she helped popularize Indian literature in the U. She was the president of the Association for Asian Studies in She was one of three children. Miller proceeded to earn a Ph. She was one of the last of the era of scholars trained by the W. Norman Brown and Stella Kramrisch , her two supervisors.

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