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Religions 2017, 8(8), 148;

Rebirth According to the Bhagavad gītā; Epistemology, Ontology and Ethics

Department of Religion and Spirituality, Zefat Academic College, Safed 1320610, Israel
Received: 22 July 2017 / Revised: 7 August 2017 / Accepted: 10 August 2017 / Published: 14 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Perspectives on Reincarnation: Hindu, Christian, and Scientific)
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This paper is engaged with the topic of reincarnation in the Bhagavad gītā, better termed “rebirth”. It first looks into the epistemological aspects of rebirth, and highlights the type of knowledge or terminology underlying the vision of rebirth, as opposed to a different type of knowledge that is not suitable for this purpose, and which leads to a different vision of reality. It then looks into the ontological aspects of rebirth, and having highlighted some Upaniṣadic sources, it highlights major Bhagavad gītā sections describing the soul and rebirth. Finally, it looks into the ethics derived from the concept of rebirth; it first characterizes these as “ethics of equanimity”, and then expands these into the “ethics of enlightened action”, which refer to action grounded in the idea of rebirth. View Full-Text
Keywords: Bhagavad gītā; reincarnation; rebirth Bhagavad gītā; reincarnation; rebirth
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Theodor, I. Rebirth According to the Bhagavad gītā; Epistemology, Ontology and Ethics. Religions 2017, 8, 148.

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