It was in England as well

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It was in England as well, ironically enough, that Gandhi first seriously read the  Bhagavad-Gita , one of the great sacred works of his own Hindu tradition. He discovered  the work through some friends involved in theosophy, a faddish mélange of superstition  and Eastern then fashionable in Victorian society, and he was soon enthralled by its  poetry and message. Written between the fifth and second centuries B.C., the  Bhagavad-Gita  consists of a dialogue between Arjuna, a legendary Indian general, and  the hero Krishna, whom Hindus worship as a god. There have been many  interpretations of the work over the centuries, but Gandhi found in it the idea of  suppressing appetite, attachments, and desire itself in the pursuit of a larger good–an  idea that was to guide his later career. Gandhi studied hard to pass the bar–harder, a number of biographers have argued, 
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.

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