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

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Index:

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

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

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…

Lesson 85 – Isvara Glories: Brahma Vidya, Karma, Letter ‘अ', Ganga, Prahlada, Samvada

March 4, 2020

Summary: Lesson 85 glories focus on stories and symbolism. Like space-time, wind, self-knowledge, karma phalam, mind, significance of letter अ. Source: Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 10: Verse 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33. Revision: This whole…

Lesson 84 – Bhagavan Glories: Himalaya, Omkara, Agni, Japa, Peepal/Bodhi Tree, Narada

February 26, 2020

Summary: Lesson 84 resumes with glories one can turn as objects of meditation, thus cultivating a focused & clear mind over time. We learn practical symbolism of Hindu deities & principles, like: OM, fire, japa…

Lesson 83 – Ishvara Glories: I AM, Sun, Moon, Wind, Sama Veda

February 19, 2020

Summary: Lesson 83 starts by Arjuna asking Krishna to reveal His glories. Krishna starts with how you are sat-cit (Existence-Awareness, I AM). Then continues with glories of various devatas presiding over sun, moon, wind. Also…

Lesson 82 – Adi Shankara's Dawn of Knowledge & Meaning of Bhakti

February 12, 2020

Summary: Lesson 82 shows how relationship to pleasant/unpleasant life events changes by knowing all world manifestations are of ONE Cause. Definition of words love, respect & reverence is given. Leading to bhakti. Finally, what is…

Lesson 81 – Brahman-Maya-Ishvara, Jagat-Jiva Relationship & How to Love Bhagavan

February 5, 2020

Summary: Lesson 81 shows how effect is never away from it's cause. Jiva is of Jagat. Jagat is of Ishvara. Ishvara has it's existence in Brahman. Also satya-mithya relationship is revisted to arrive to ultimate…

Lesson 80 – 9 Universal Laws & Orders for Spiritual Growth

January 29, 2020

Summary: Lesson 80 revises 3 stages of understanding definition of Ishvara. Then we see how Bhagavan's glories are working in your mind every day. Purpose is to discover love for Lord in one's own self.…

Lesson 79 – Intro to Bhagavad Gita, CH10 – Vibhuti-Yoga: Verse 1-3

January 22, 2020

Summary: Lesson 79 starts with revision of Ishvara's TWO natures, and THREE stages of understanding reality all bhaktas go through. Then Krishna states everything we are proud of is NOT ours. Not a single accomplishment…

Lesson 78 – Bhagavad Gita Chapter 9 Summary (Terms Recapped)

January 15, 2020

Summary: Lesson 78 covers main points throughout CH9. V1-3: How Self-Knowledge is superior to all other knowledges. V4-10: How All Knowledge/Power (Ishvara) is everywhere. V11: Why is there samsara (causing rebirth)? V12-19: Remedy for samsara.…

Lesson 77 – 5 Stages of Bhakti & Is Liberation Possible for Disadvantaged / Handicaps

January 8, 2020

Summary: Lesson 77 points out the invaluable benefits of devotion (bhakti). Even a jivanmukta benefits from devotion. We see a true bhakta's attitude towards life. Can mentally, physically, environmentally challenged people attain moksha? And brief…

Lesson 76 – Treating Insecurity and Guilt & Why Moksha is Rare

November 27, 2019

Summary: Lesson 76 compares sakama (selfish actions) & nishkam bhakti (self-less actions) to ensure student doesn't unsuspectingly mix them and hinder one's growth. What to offer to Ishvara during devotion (bhakti)? Do mistakes in worship…

Lesson 75 – 2 Types of Bhakti Practices (Finite vs. Infinite Devotion)

November 20, 2019

Summary: Lesson 75 expands on 2 types of devotion; worldly and God. First is sakama-bhakti (most common; instant gratification), who worships security in matter and entertainment (artha/kama), and leads to samsara/rebirth. Second is nishkama-bhakti, delayed…

Lesson 74 – How Do I Devote or ‘See' the Omnipresent Lord?

November 13, 2019

Summary: Lesson 74 purpose is to answer “How do I actually devote to omni-present Lord?”. Purpose of devotion is to weaken the grip of samsara. Verse 16-19 lists variously descriptions of Bhagavan for us to…

Lesson 73 – Samsara, Human Samskaras & Uninvolved Witness

November 6, 2019

Summary: Lesson 73 provides analogies to help define the undefinable Awareness (sakshi chaitanya; witness consciousness). Then we see the EXACT cause of human nature. If all is God, then is criminal also God? Finally we…

Lesson 72 – Dream World is Manufactured Out of ONE Waker Alone: Meaning of Oneness

October 30, 2019

Summary: Lesson 72 provides several metaphors to clarify “How is there ONE Awareness, when I experience many?”. We see what function does maya play in creating many appearances out of one Brahman. Purpose is to…

Lesson 71 – Brahman-Maya (Satya-Mithya) Relationship: Essence of Non-Duality in Upanishads

October 23, 2019

Summary: Lesson 71 revisits most important qualification, faith in Upanishads/Vedanta, without which tree of samsara can't be cut. Next we mention 5 glories/descriptions of Higher Reality (Awareness) and relationship with Lower Reality (apparently existent; maya).…

Lesson 70 – Bhagavad Gita CH8 Summary & Intro to CH9 (King of Knowledge: Raja Vidya)

October 16, 2019

Summary: Lesson 70 summarizes main points of CH8, including 2 types of upasana (meditation on God). 2 types of liberation (krama mukti & jivanmukti). How to sustain Divine thoughts throughout life. CHAPTER 9: Higher/lower nature…

Lesson 69 – Brahman in Beyond Manifest-Unmanifest & Time-Space

October 9, 2019

Summary: Lesson 69 revises 2 possible human goals: Finite & Infinite. The finite is defined as anything which manifests/unmanifests and is bound by time (maya). Logic how you (consciousness) are beyond finite. Then 2 paths…

Lesson 68 – What are 4 Yugas? And Dissolution / Age of Universe per Vedas

October 2, 2019

Summary: Lesson 68 starts with 3 defects pursuing limited-worldly goals leading to rebirth. Even heaven (subtler worlds) is limited. Meaning of 4 yugas is given (kali, dvapara, treta, satya) and used to calculate age of…

Lesson 67 – Process of Death & Dying: What to Utter In Last Breath?

September 25, 2019

Summary: Lesson 67 talks about the jiva who hasn't attained liberation while living on Earth owning to an unqualified gross mind or lack of health/finances or not finding a spiritual teacher. How specifically should such…

Lesson 66 – Importance of Thoughts, How to Die, Ishvara Upasana & Krama Mukti

September 18, 2019

Summary: Lesson 66 answers what is significance of remembering the highest reality at time of death and what difference it makes. We also analyze TWO different paths a spiritual aspirant takes depending on purity of…

Lesson 65 – What is Brahman, Atman, Karma, Maya, TOTAL Mind? And Why Creation?

September 11, 2019

Summary: Lesson 65 answers important Vedantic terms which further remove false notions of Creation on macrocosmic and microcosmic picture. Example why we get exactly what we deserve based on our daily actions. And how Karma…

Lesson 64 – Summary of Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 7: Matter & Consciousness

August 28, 2019

Summary: Lesson 64 uses logic to show how seeking immortality (‘I don't want to go out of existence') is actually seeking freedom from time (world of matter). Then entire CH7 is summarized in light of…

Lesson 63 – Reason for Beginningless Ignorance & Delusion: Maya Avarana Shakti, 3 Gunas, Apara-Prakriti

August 21, 2019

Summary: Lesson 63 provides answers to various doubts, like “If all is infinite Consciousness, then why does humanity constantly seek finite objects/experiences?”. Or “How can Consciousness be covered by maya, when there is only consciousness?”.…

Lesson 62 – How to Identify Finite Gods & ONE Infinite God? Two Types of Devotion/Bhakti

August 14, 2019

Summary: Lesson 62 corrects the thinking which gives birth to “My God is superior”. We also discover worldly ends can be gained by invoking specific deities, however we also see every material attainment has 3…

Lesson 61 – Conquering Rebirth of Samsara & Why So Many Gods/Deities?

August 7, 2019

Summary: Lesson 61 finishes remedies for removing grip of samsara. Then compares dvaita vs. advaita bhakti (dualistic vs. non-dual devotion). We then discover that one only ever loves oneself, because we always love for OUR…

Lesson 60 – Meaning of Maya and Overcoming it's Effects & 4 Types of Bhaktas / Devotees

July 31, 2019

Summary: Lesson 60 starts with antidote or solution to ‘escaping' or overcoming illusion of maya/mohini's trap of 3 gunas (tama, raja, sattva). Then we learn to identify 4 types of devotees (bhaktas) of God –…

Lesson 59 – Diagnosis of Root Cause of Suffering: Desire & Attachment (Samsara)

July 24, 2019

Summary: Lesson 59 defines differences between constructive & destructive STRENGTH. Positive & negative DESIRE. General & specific THOUGHT-cause.  Then summarizes what is Īśvara (God). Finally provides reason for eternal ignorance (avidya) by analyzing what is…

Lesson 58 – What Caused Ishvara? And How To See Divinity in All People/Objects?

July 17, 2019

Summary: Lesson 58 finishes with final physical stage of creation. Then explains that Ishvara is not caused by anything. Ishvara is beginningless. Thereafter we are shown how to recognize Ishvara (God) everywhere – and not…

Lesson 57 – Evolution of Creation from 2-Fold Nature of Ishvara (Para-Apara Prakriti)

July 10, 2019

Summary: Lesson 57 begins “Ishvara (God) alone existed before time/space/creation”. But what is God and how did creation come about? This is topic of verse 4-5. We also see 2-fold nature of Ishvara being para…

Lesson 56 – Direct & Indirect Knowledge of God / Ishvara

July 3, 2019

Summary: Lesson 56 introduces us into Brahman's Higher & Lower natures (para-prakriti & apara-prakriti). See 3 conditions required from the devotee to assimilate Ishvara jnanam (TOTAL knowledge of God). How to identify 3 levels of…

Lesson 55 – Chapter 6 Summary + Overview of Chapter 7-12

June 26, 2019

Summary: Lesson 55 highlights main points and teachings shared throughout Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2-6. Also summarizes Vedantic Meditation (Dhyana-Yoga / Nididhyasana). And introduces the 2nd section (CH7-12) which is all about Ishvara, maya, creation-dissolution process,…

Lesson 54 – How Spirituality Evolves in Life & Who is the Greatest Yogi?

June 19, 2019

Summary: Lesson 54 describes what happens to one who failed in past life to attain liberation or fails in this life, despite best, sincere efforts. Am I wasting my time? Am I doing it right?…

Lesson 53 – Solving Pessimism/Negativity In Spirituality: Krishna's Optimistic Logic

June 12, 2019

Summary: Lesson 53 shows us that even after 6 chapters of Self-Knowledge, the mind can fall into pessimism/negativity. “I can't. I don't deserve it. I'm too __”. Arjuna describes this universal sabotaging mechanism common to…

Lesson 52 – Overcoming Mind's Powerful Nature Through Discrimination & Dispassion

June 5, 2019

Summary: Lesson 52 mentions 4 universal obstacles contributing to turbulent mind throughout life/meditation. Arjuna also speaks about nature of our mind (powerful & stubbornly firm). Then Krishna the only 2 proper solutions: Viveka (discernment between…

Lesson 51 – Comparing Higher & Lower Devotion – Advaita vs. Dvaita Bhakti Puja

May 29, 2019

Summary: Lesson 51 compares lower (dvaita) and higher (advaita) forms of devotion (bhakti) and their purpose. How does a realized master worship? What is the point of puja/devotion/temples/church, if in truth “I” am never NOT…

Lesson 50 – What is Unconditional Cheerfulness & 3 Stages of Non-Duality

May 22, 2019

Summary: Lesson 50 explains why most aspirants don't enjoy unconditional, unceasing and highest contentment possible. Nididhyasana is the solution. How to definitively tell if Vedanta is working or not? And 3 Stages leading to absolute…

Lesson 49 – Do's and Don'ts During Vedantic Meditation and Dhyana/Nididhyasana Technique

May 15, 2019

Summary: Lesson 49 points out do's and don'ts during Vedantic meditation, and how to manage unceasing bombardment of thoughts/emotions in the mind. What exactly is to be meditated upon? Dhyana Meditation technique in 4 steps.…

Lesson 48 – How is Ananda of Self Known? And 7 Definitions of Nirvikalpa Samadhi

May 8, 2019

Summary: Lesson 48 brings further clarity/detail HOW to meditate to establish oneself permanently in Self as Self. We also remove myth of chasing mystical experiences, and answer what it ACTUALLY means to know oneself as…

Lesson 47 – Dharana, Dhyana, Savikalpa & Nirvikalpa Samadhi (Vedantic Meditation)

May 1, 2019

Summary: Lesson 47 lists 8 steps of Patanjali Yoga Sutras (ashtanga yoga) in light of Vedanta non-duality. Subject matter is Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (Meditation) and Samadhi (Absorption). And WHAT is to be done during meditation.…

Lesson 46 – Preparation Disciplines Before Meditation & Patanjali Yoga Sutras Intro

April 24, 2019

Summary: Lesson 46 lists IDEAL conditions of body-mind before attempting to meditate. Without these disciplines, dhyana-yoga yields little benefit. We also provide solutions to past/future habitual thinking. Finally intro to Patanjali's Asthanga Yoga (8 Steps…

Lesson 45 – Self/Truth is Always Experienced as Self-Evident ‘I'

April 17, 2019

Summary: Lesson 45 revises four necessary disciplines for sharpening, cleaning and preparing the mind for liberation. We also logically explain why self is never NOT available in everyone's experience. What is Consciousness and how to…

Lesson 44 – How To Know If Mind is Mature? Also Fate-Destiny & Freewill

April 10, 2019

Summary: Lesson 44 provides test if mind is sufficiently mature to fully pursue Self-Knowledge. If not, mind-calming is prescribed to cultivate the intellect and balance extreme joys/sorrows. Also Lord Krishna confirms reality of freewill –…

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