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Barbara Stoller Miller's well-regarded translation of the Bhagavad-Gita retains hints of Advaitic philosophy, but these are sometimes vague and require secondary resources. A comparison to Adi Shankarcharya's commentary, translated by Swami Gambhirananda, demonstrates that Miller's philosophical integrity remains intact, and that this text is an appropriate accessory for those wishing to explore an Advaitic reading of the text. Advaita does not recognize but one deontological imperative, and all of Krishna's ethical utterances, in the Gita, can analyzed as working toward the end of Arjuna's impermanent existence. Arjuna's reluctance toward this project, initially signals a consequentialist philosophy, but his continued deference to Krishna's authority demonstrates emotivism, and this in turn de-values Arjuna's own moral and ethical utterances to that of a performance. “Chapter Eighteen” is especially important when considering Arjuna’s final performance of self-inquiry, which can be framed within Shankarcharya’s stages of the yoga of knowledge. These three stages relate to Krishna's display of deontological ethics, and the cumulative exploration of such by scholars such as Joshua Anderson, Eliot Deutsch, and Amartya Zen bolsters this connection. So, although Arjuna's performance has been discussed extensively by the likes of Hindu and secularist scholars alike, analyses of this performance in relation to an Advaitic reading of the text are currently scant. This work aims to fill this gap by referencing authoritative Vedantists in dialogue with opposing and contradictory philosophies.


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  • Subject
    • English

  • Institution
    • Gainesville

  • Event location
    • Nesbitt 2201

  • Event date
    • 13 March 2020

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

  • Additional information
    • Acknowledgements:

      Dr. Steve Pearson