The prestigious Columbia University Press has recently released a ground-breaking volume, the first-ever comprehensive concordance of the Bhagavad Gita, authored by Dr. Graham M. Schweig (Garuda Das), PhD.
Entitled “Bhagavad Gita Concordance: A Comprehensive Word Reference with English and Sankrit Indexes,” the new work has been hailed by scholars and students alike as a monumental achievement. It “fills a major lacuna in scholarship and will become a standard reference book and resource for millions of scholars and practitioners,” said Dr. Gopal Gupta of Aurora University in Illinois.
What is a concordance?
A standard concordance provides an alphabetical list of words or terms found in a particular text, accompanied by their respective locations or occurrences within that text. It serves as a helpful tool for researchers, students, or readers to quickly locate specific words or phrases and explore their usage within the given context. It’s most often used to facilitate in-depth study, analysis, or cross-referencing of a particular text.
Given that there are well over a dozen concordances just for the Bible (not to mention many other ancient and modern writings), it is a significant milestone that this kind of resource is finally available for one of the greatest literary and spiritual treasures of the world, the Bhagavad Gita. The Preface notes that while there were some earlier offerings by scholars, “this book is the first truly comprehensive concordance reference work for the Bhagavad Gita that lists every word of the original along with related words as well as Sanskrit and English word indexes.”
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