Session 3 stars with invocation from Kena Upanishad “āpyāyantu mamāngāni” invocation – with first line explained in detail – including:
How to use our speech (vāk), Life force (prāṇaḥ), eyes (cakṣuḥ), ears (śrotram) to help us with Self-Realization and Actualization of Brahman.
Four essential attitudes for communicating properly – per Vedic agreements: (summarizes every communication course of modern age)
- satyam vadam: I speak only what I absolutely understand. Integrity. You speak what you are. Opposite: holding back, not saying what you truly want to say out of denial, fear of hurting or desire to manipulate. This is passive-aggressive.
- rutam vadam: I speak only what I have thoroughly investigated or researched I refuse to engage or add opinions about things I don't have comprehensive knowledge of. Opposite: Narrow minded Opinions about something or someone just for sake of “having your say”.
- priyam vadam: Mindful satyam & rutam vadam. Attitude of how it is said and proper timing. Opposite: Telling a widow at the morgue that her dead husband is Mithya; an appearance made of matter and there is only Consciousness! This may hold some truth, but it's totally inappropriate.
- hītam vadam: Engaging in conversation that leads to some learning. Attitude is from Judgemental TO Curious. This way, you ALWAYS LEARN something from another when you're CURIOUS. Opposite: Chit-chat, entertainment. Or waiting for them to finish, so I can jump in (instead of asking a question that would lead to your learning and their: “What would you have to believe about __, to cause you think that way?“)
Then we proceed to official start of Bhagavad Gita chapter 2 – when Lord Shri Krishna begins advising Arjuna (spiritual seeker) how to get out of the confusion about reality, oneself, world, God… and see Reality as it IS… instead of seeing it as it is NOT.
At end (1:24h), we have a spontaneous informative FAQ discussion on application of Karma Yoga and a reality-check about Enlightenment (not all rosy as some believe).
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15 May 2018