Chapter

The Sthitaprajna as the Foundation of the Nation

Nagappa K. Gowda

in The Bhagavadgita in the Nationalist Discourse

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780198072065
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080748 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198072065.003.0002
The Sthitaprajna as the Foundation of the Nation

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The nationalist leader and social reformer Bal Gangadhar Tilak's thoughts on the Bhagavadgita based on his book Gita Rahasya are discussed in this chapter. It suggests that Tilak saw the Bhagavadgita as a work on ethics that upheld a morality of disinterested action and he believed that the moral foundation for the Indian nation could be built on the basis of the Gita. It explains that Tilak also suggested that the masses are entitled to their entry into politics even as bhakti allows them admission to the high realms of religion. It argues that Tilak also believed in the importance of Sthitaprajna (Steady-in-Mind) as the foundation of nationalism.

Keywords: Bal Gangadhar Tilak; Bhagavadgita; Gita Rahasya; ethics; morality; Indian nation; politics; bhakti; Sthitaprajna; nationalism

Chapter.  17226 words.  Illustrated.

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