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Alf Hiltebeitel

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834661

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834661.001.0001

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Dharma in the Bhagavad Gītā

Dharma in the Bhagavad Gītā

(p.109) Chapter 8 Dharma in the Bhagavad Gītā

Alf Hiltebeitel

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines dharma in the Bhagavad Gītā. The Bhagavad Gītā makes a number of philosophical points, and no one would deny that it also deserves a reputation as a text about dharma. Yet it really says only a few things about dharma per se. Most of its prominent references to dharma occur in what will be called an informal ring structure: not a formal ring of the type appreciated by folklorists, where a text exhibits a self-conscious geometry of units and themes converging on a central nugget, but one that allows the Gītā to be also about other things to which dharma is kept pertinent through deepening reminders of its relevance.

Keywords:   dharma, Bhagavad Gītā

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