Bhagavad Gita COURSE (18 Chapters): Entire Vision of Advaita Vedanta & Upanishads

4 Year+ program running weekly.

BG focuses on answering two fundamental questions:

  1. What are proper ways to live and respond to life situations which lead to success?
  2. Help me understand the big picture of the One Reality which leads to liberation.

Conducted via Zoom webinar. Structured lessons with interactive with Q & A. Every Tuesday 6:30pm – 8:00pm AEST. Or 2:00-3:30pm IST.

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Index:

BASED ON SESSION NUMBERS:
Teachings based on James Swartz, Chinmaya International Foundation

BASED ON VERSE NUMBERS:
Teachings based on Swami Dayananda (Arsha Vidya), Swami Paramarthananda, Chinmaya International Foundation

Lesson 135 – Values: Commitment & Mastery or Management of Mind

July 21, 2021

Summary: Lesson 135 is Value 7 & 8. Commitment to your highest value. Management of the mind. Source: Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 13, Verse 7. Revision: KṢĀNTI: Acceptance without resistance, choiceless situations of life. Meaning, intelligently…

Lesson 134 – Values: Purity of Your Mind & Purpose of Teacher/Guru

July 14, 2021

Summary: Lesson 134 is Value 6 & 7. Why service to teacher is important for self-knowledge. Keeping outer environment clean and inner mind pure. Source: Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 13, Verse 7. Revision: AHIṂSĀ: Deliberate thoughts,…

Lesson 133 – Values: Being Accommodating & Straightforwardness

July 7, 2021

Summary: Lesson 133 is Value 4 & 5. Learning to accommodate yourself and others. Being straight in your thoughts, words and actions. Source: Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 13, Verse 7. Revision: SUMMARY OF NAMES: V1: amānitvam:…

Lesson 132 – Values: Non-Injury & Accommodation

June 30, 2021

Summary: Lesson 132 is Value 3 & 4. Living an alertful life to avoid hurt wherever possible. Accommodating people/circumstances. Source: Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 13, Verse 7. Revision: So far… V1: amanitvam: Unrealistic expectations (How I…

Lesson 131 – Values: Absence of Pretense & Not-Hurting

June 23, 2021

Summary: Lesson 131 is Value 2 & 3. Not exaggerating past events. Avoiding hurt mentally, word (next session), and deed (next session). Source: Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 13, Verse 7. Revision: QUESTION: Why distinguish between Universal…

Lesson 130 – Values: Absence of Conceit (Demanding respect)

June 16, 2021
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Summary: Lesson 130 is Value 1: Absence of demanding respect for one's accomplishments or excessive pride. Source: Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 13, Verse 7. Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 13, Verse 7: Value 1: Amānitvam: Absence of conceit…

Lesson 129 – Introduction to Universal Values (BG CH13, Verse 7-11)

June 16, 2021

Summary: Lesson 129 sets the stage for Universal Values expounded in verse 7-11. Misinterpretation of values. Obligatory values. Personal values. Source: Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 13, Verse 7 Introduction to Universal Values: Last session, we mentioned…

Lesson 128 – Maya vs. Causal Body, Ishvara vs. Brahman, Infinite Jivas & Avidya

June 9, 2021

Summary: Lesson 128 answers question about maya, karana-sharira, ishvara-brahman, big crunch, hiranyagarbha. Shows comparison chart of Knower-Knower. Explains map of creation chart. And introduces Verse 7. Source: Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 13, Verse 5, 6, 7…

Lesson 127 – Why Creation? Purpose of Universe? Why Ignorance?

June 2, 2021

Summary: Lesson 127 answers: What is reason for creation? What is our role in it? How can Ishvara have a desire for the world? About Hiranyagarbha. Proofs for big-bang. Likes-Dislikes lead to pain/suffering. Source: Bhagavad…

Lesson 126 – Relating to All-Knowledge-Power & Brahman's Limitlessness

May 26, 2021

Summary: Lesson 126 covers how to bring Ishvara into one's life and how universe is formed. Source: Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 13, Verse 5 Revision: How to bring Ishvara to relatable level? FIRST: Understand Ishvara is…

Lesson 125 – Map of Existence Before Time-Space Came (Sankhya Philosophy 24-Model)

May 19, 2021

Summary: Lesson 125 maps out reality before time-space-objects came, according to Sankhya Philosophy 24-principles model. Source: Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 13, Verse 3, 4, 5 Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 13, Verse 3: tat kṣetram yat ca yādṛk…

Lesson 124 – Reality = Knower and Known (One Self Appearing as Cosmos)

May 12, 2021

Summary: Lesson 124 concludes BG CH13, Verse 2 by showing all forms known, experienced or observed – are modifications of the One content (Kshetrajna; Knower). Source: Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 13, Verse 2 Bhagavad Gita, Chapter…

Lesson 123 – Anandamaya Kosha (Causal Body): Source of Happiness & What is Ignorance?

May 5, 2021

Summary: Lesson 123 explains functions of Causal Body (karana sharira / anandamaya kosha), and answers question, “Why Bhagavan create ignorant jivas?”. Source: Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 13, Verse 2 (Revision) Intro: CH13 is discernment of Reality…

Lesson 122 – Clay-Pot Metaphor from Chandogya Upanishad

April 28, 2021

Summary: Lesson 122 explains Krishna's statement in Verse 2 “Know Me as the Kshetrajna (Knower) in all the Kshetras (Knowns)” using clay-pot metaphor from Chandogya Upanishad, CH6. Source: Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 13, Verse 2 Revision:…

Lesson 121 – Correcting Misplaced “I” Identity With Logic & Waking, Dream, Sleep Analysis

April 21, 2021

Summary: Lesson 121 shows 5 points of error where “I” is placed. 3 States of experience also depend on the Knower, thus can't be the Knower. Why we call everything the world, except this body.…

Lesson 120 – What am I Not? Disclosing 5 Levels of Superimposition (Pancha Kosha)

April 14, 2021

Summary: Lesson 120 shows properties about the 5 levels of error the “I” identifies with. Causal Body. Logic of rebirth. Sanchita Karma. Prarabdha Karma. Samskaras. Description of Consciousness (Knower). Source: Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 13, Verse…

Lesson 119 – Knower & Known – Intro to Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 13

April 7, 2021

Summary: Lesson 119 shows the structure of BG and main topics of previous chapters. About doer-enjoyer. 2-fold-Cause nature of Universe. Ksetram (material universe). Source: Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 13, Intro, Verse 1 Summary: B.Gita is divided…

Lesson 118 – Summary of Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 12 (Becoming a Jivanmukta)

March 17, 2021

Summary: Lesson 118 summarizes CH12 in context of seekers journey. It's a chapter about your endeavor from total ignorance to complete knowledge. It shows us the progression of devotion to the highest. Source: Bhagavad Gita,…

Lesson 117 – Mrityunjaya Mantra, Refining Your Speech for Wisdom

March 17, 2021

Summary: Lesson 117 opens with the famous Mrityunjaya Mantra and it's explanation. Then attributes of jnani are continued: Attitude in criticism, speaking wisely, easily pleased, no dwelling place, highest devotee. How to attain wisdom? Go…

Lesson 116 – How to Solve Problems & Change Habits? Ideal Attitude In Challenges

March 10, 2021

Summary: Lesson 116 revises importance of converting ownership (my __) to trusteeship. Lifestyle says nothing about your spirituality. How to change unproductive habits? Ideal attitude towards challenges in life. Your experience is made up of…

Lesson 115 – What is a Jivanmukta? (Integrated, Holistic Person)

March 3, 2021

Summary: Lesson 115 continues listing traits of perfected being called a jivanmukta. He or she is a contributor in society, while also knower of truth. How does he respond to challenges? Heart like a rock…

Lesson 114 – Your Interconnectedness & Attributes of a Jnani (Wise Person)

February 24, 2021

Summary: Lesson 114 shows it's impossible to ‘detach' since you're part of the system (grand order). Then attributes of a wise person: free of hatred, friend, lack of ‘mine' notion, mental shock absorber, accomodative, has…

Lesson 113 – How To Practice Karma Yoga & Which Sadhana is Better?

February 17, 2021

Summary: Lesson 113 explains the practice of Karma Yoga talked about in CH3 of Bhagavad Gita, and enters 2nd section of CH12; traits of a wise person (jnani). Source: Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 12, Verse 10,…

Lesson 112 – Self-Growth with Upasana Yoga & Ashtanga Yoga's 8 Steps

February 10, 2021

Summary: Lesson 112 covers practice of Upasana-Yoga Level 2 (bringing Lord in form of dharma in one's life – that's why last session was about dharma) — and Upasana-Yoga Level 1 (which is best captured…

Lesson 111 – Refining Thinking, Dharma is Relative, About Intuition, 5 Sadhanas

February 3, 2021

Summary: Lesson 111 gives pointers how to optimize our thinking process which helps the mind see deeper into things. Source: Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 12, General discussion. Summary: What is the aim of Bhagavad Gita? It…

Lesson 110 – Why Jnana-Yoga Alone Is Means to Moksha

January 27, 2021

Summary: Lesson 110 speaks about what is healthy thinking, proper way of thinking. Shows logically why only self-knowledge has power to enlighten the ignorant mind. And what is means to dedicate actions to the Lord.…

Lesson 109 – What is Brahman? How Can Formless Consciousness Be Known?

January 20, 2021

Summary: Lesson 109 gives definitions of technical words revealing nature of Brahman (formless consciousness). Sessions is specifically about jnana-yoga. Source: Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 12, Verse 3, 4. Summary: Title of CH12 is Bhakti-Yoga (Topic of…

Lesson 108 – Arjuna Asks How to Achieve Moksha & Best Spiritual Path

January 13, 2021

Summary: Lesson 108 gives overview what CH12 is about, what is Bhakti-Yoga? Arjuna asks who is the best kind of devotee (closest to liberation)? Krishna doesn't answer directly because question is faulty. Source: Bhagavad Gita,…

Lesson 107 – Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 11: The Cosmic Vision – SUMMARY

January 6, 2021

Summary: Lesson 107 summarizes the crux of Chapter 11. Cause of universe. Divya-cakshu. Wat it takes to be devoted? Limitation of my/mine. Why was Arjuna also fearful of Lord's universe? What is surrender and surrender…

Lesson 106 – Qualities of Bhakta Who Is Blessed By Moksha

December 16, 2020

Summary: Lesson 106 shows that with devotion alone the mind can capture the multifaceted nature of reality. But obstacle to devotion is notion of “me” and “mine”. They are reduced with viveka (discernment) and vairagya…

Lesson 105 – Without Devotion, Reality is Merely Intellectual

December 9, 2020

Summary: Lesson 105 logically shows how self-knowledge cannot be complete without devotion. Symbology of Father & Mother in scriptures. Why God can never be reached. Source: Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 11: Verse 36, 37, 38, 39,…

Lesson 104 – Dealing with Loss. Fatalism & Freewill. What is Will of God?

December 2, 2020

Summary: Lesson 104 speaks about your relationship to time, healthy attitudes towards loss/destruction, compares freewill-fate-fatalism and what it means to surrender to Will of God (dharma). Source: Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 11: Verse 32, 33, 34,…

Lesson 103 – Destructive Aspect of Lord (Old Age, Disease, Death, Time)

November 25, 2020

Summary: Lesson 103 shows that only admiring Creation & Sustenance is 2/3rd mature. Most stop here. But a fully mature person embraces Destruction also. Source: Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 11: Verse 19, 20, 21, 22, 23,…

Lesson 102 – Total Cosmic Form (Vishvarupa Darshana of Jagat/Virat)

November 18, 2020

Summary: Lesson 102 includes: Two qualities of excellent student, Symbolism of 4 arms, Effulgence of God is like 1000 suns, Divinity is about having a right attitude about an ordinary world, Logic for how consciousness…

Lesson 101 – BG CH10 Summary & CH11, Verse 1-8

November 11, 2020

Summary: Lesson 101 covers: Proper understanding of cause of universe, Stages to understanding God, Five standpoints of knowing Ishvara, Meaning of third eye (eye of wisdom). Source: Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 10 Summary + Chapter 11:…

Lesson 100 – Tat Tvam Asi Equation & Advaita Misconceptions

November 8, 2020

Summary: Lesson 100 reconciles apparent differences between limited individual and limitless Ishvara by showing they both resolves into one same Brahman. So far we've done two inquiries: 1) Who are you? You are that in…

Lesson 99 – Breakdown of Reality According to Upanishads

October 28, 2020

Summary: Lesson 99 shows what is the relevance of bringing Ishvara into your life. And further analysis to show how everything in the world resolves into All Knowledge, All Power. Also misconceptions about Ishvara. Summary…

Lesson 98 – Cause of Universe – How Did it All Begin?

October 21, 2020

Summary: Lesson 98 shows the cause of universe is both efficient and material cause. It is called maya when unmanifest (before universe began), and ishvara when manifest. In both cases, the one cause is “all…

Lesson 97 – Nature of ‘I' – Presence called Brahman

October 14, 2020

Summary: Lesson 97 goes into inquiry to discover nature of “I”. Presence called Brahman. SITUATIONAL VS FUNDAMENTAL: Arjuna asks “What will give final fulfillment?” Black-White vs Arjuna Thinking: Black-white: If X happens, good. If Y…

Lesson 96 – Essential Upanishad Understanding: Subject & Object

October 6, 2020

Summary: Lesson 96 introduces Subject-Object inquiry… the first process for establishing clarity of “I AM”. SITUATIONAL VS FUNDAMENTAL: What is connection between Krishna suddenly telling about nature of “I” to Arjuna… and Arjuna’s confusion whether…

Lesson 95 – Self-Imposed Limitations (Black-White & Linear Thinking)

September 29, 2020

Summary: Lesson 95 demonstrates that most hardships and undesirable conflict come from our own black-white and linear thinking. Two types of questions (situational/fundamental). Summary of Kurukshetra war. Significance of wave-water analogy. 3 Practical Learnings from…

Lesson 94 – Mahabharata: Negotiating with Difficult People (94)

September 23, 2020

Summary: Lesson 94 speaks about how to handle difficult people, and how mindset predicts success of failure. NEGOTIATIONS: Story continues: One day after 13th year, Duryodhana found them. Late by one day. But claimed within…

Lesson 93 – Mahabharata: Life Coping Methods, Surrender & Prayer

September 15, 2020

Summary: Lesson 93 defines what is surrender, purpose of prayer, conscious/unconscious mind, and coping methods during hard times. REVISION FROM LAST SESSION: Destiny/Karma revision: Destiny (prārabdha). Happens NOW. Karma means action. And implies puruṣārtha (self-effort/freewill).…

Lesson 92 – Mahabharata: Cause-Effect Relationship (Karma vs. Destiny)

September 8, 2020

Summary: Lesson 92 defines subtle difference between karma (action) and prārabdha (destiny). We also see how unwillingness to adjust our initial decisions leads to clashing with the present. REVISION FROM LAST SESSION: Law of Karma…

Lesson 91 – Mahabharata: Analysis Into Destiny/Fate

September 1, 2020

Summary: Lesson 91 touches on emotional distortions that need to be looked into because they weigh us down. Like: Being a people pleaser, past shame, jealousy. Then we undertake analysis of destiny/fate to help redefine…

Lesson 90 – Mahabharata: Setting Boundaries, Standing Up for Yourself

August 25, 2020

Summary: Lesson 90 points out all life difficulties generally are traced to our mini-negligences which could've been avoided if taken time to think before acting. Then we learn how to standup for ourselves, and life…

Lesson 89 – Mahabharata Symbolism: Pandu's Negligence of Shooting the Arrow

August 18, 2020

Summary: Lesson 89 speaks about negligence, what causes it, how to minimize it, and how it shapes our lives. We also speak of topic of bringing mindfulness/alertness into our lives. Topic since lesson 88 was…

Lesson 88 – Story and Relevance of Mahabharata in Today's World

August 11, 2020

Summary: Lesson 88 takes a fresh start after 4 month break. Before continuing Bhagavad Gita CH10, we first dive into the fascinating story of Mahabharata and how it's symbolism can teach us to manage life…

Lesson 87 – I am sat-cit (Existence-Awareness): Material & Intelligent-Cause of the World

March 18, 2020

Summary: Lesson 87 enumerates last glory sat (Existence), which from standpoint of world, becomes the material & intelligent-cause witnessed in-and-through all names and forms. Bhagavan is 6-fold limitless wealths. How to remove jealousy (superiority/inferiority traits).…

Lesson 86 – Gayatri-Mantra Meaning & Benefits, 4 Ways to Discipline, Gunas, Veda-Vyasa

March 11, 2020

Summary: Lesson 86 brings humility & removes subtle pride/arrogance. It shows us nothing is mine, like fame, knowledge, speech, memory, ability to contemplate, patience, capacity to forgive. What is a deva? Dangers of gambling? Glory…

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