Lesson 1 of our Advaita Vedanta course starts with Bhagavad Gita story in reference to the inner-war or conflict every human being silently experiences within.
It's a conflict between morality (what is fair, appropriate and leads to your spiritual growth), and immorality (what is unfair, irrational or excessively self-centered). Long as the blur between the two isn't continuously discerned and acted upon — one's successes are short-lived and illusionary — leading to further dissatisfaction, criticism and confusion.
In a sense, we all have Pandava and Kaurava tendencies. Noone is just one or the other. The former evolves us to spiritual status of a wise person (jnani / jivanmukta). While later regresses one to mere survival and competition.
As Arjuna loses his resolve just before the most crucial moment of fighting on the battlefield (acting in the world), he is suddenly unable to follow through due to confusion, fear and lack of knowledge of what is the appropriate thing to do. That's when Krishna beings guiding him the “King of knowledge, King of secrets”.
Program is taught in line with Adi Shankara's bhashyams (commentaries), systematically, step-by-step. Examples, stories and metaphors from all major Upanishad have been employed for absolute clarity of your nature, origins of the universe and your relationship to God.
Program quickly changes tone by week 30 from simple English to more advanced Upanishadic teachings, explaining the technical Sanskrit words to comply with the parampara (tradition of Advaita Vedanta).
This program stretches the pinnacle of human intellect by delving into hair-splitting details of how universe came about, what is true definition of God, science, biology, comparisons between 6 schools of Indian philosophy, purpose of religion — with 3000+ pages of detailed notes on every facet of life.
ABOUT Bhagavad Gita:
The Bhagavad Gita is perhaps the most important text in Vedanta. It’s one of the three main source texts. Upanishads and Brahma Sutras being the other two.
It draws its main ideas from the Upanishads (the highest knowledge which can't be contradicted from any angle). It encompasses; Karma Yoga, Bhakti and Jnana-Yoga.
It is a dharma-shastra (how to live a relatively successful life in modern times) and moksha-shastra (how to remove beginningless ignorance that “I” am this small-limited, separate individual).
For this reason, the Bhagavad Gita remains an eternal-evergreen text, as both dharma & moksha shastra are sought by every living human being — in past, present and future.
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Download “Essence of Vedanta” manual we'll be using in class.
30 April 2018