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The Gita within Walden

Author: Paul Friedrich
Publisher: Albany, NY : SUNY Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Friedrich, Paul, 1927-
Gita within Walden.
Albany, NY : SUNY Press, ©2008
(DLC) 2008005524
(OCoLC)191882157
Named Person: Henry David Thoreau
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Friedrich
ISBN: 9781435695498 1435695496 0791477479 9780791477472
OCLC Number: 299175742
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (x, 164 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: God --
Historical retrospect --
The case for shared absolutes --
Life symbols that essentialize --
Social and ethical absolutes --
Purity --
Reality and being --
Three ways to God --
The Gita within Walden expanded: a poetics for activism.
Responsibility: 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."--Jacket.

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