The Gita within Walden

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Title: The Gita within Walden
Author: Paul Friedrich
ISBN10: 0791476170
ISBN13: 978-0791476178
Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr (November 6, 2008)
Language: English
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Size PDF: 1825 kb
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Pages: 164 pages
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The Gita within Walden by Paul Friedrich


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This book explores and interprets the myriad connections between two spiritual classics, Henry David Thoreau's Walden and the Bhagavad-Gita. Evidence shows that Thoreau took the Gita with him when he moved to Walden Pond, and the books have much in common, touching on ultimate ethical and metaphysical questions. Paul Friedrich looks at how each work speaks to fundamental problems of good and evil, self and cosmos, duty and passion, reality and illusion, political engagement and philosophical meditation, sensuous wildness and ascetic devotion. His examination moves through several stages, from an analysis of key symbols, such as the upside-down tree, to an exposition of social, ethical, and metaphysical values, to a consideration of the many sources of these syncretic works.