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Bhagavad Gita Course (18 Chapters): Weekly Class Lessons

May 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until June 29, 2021

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

Wish to join weekly webinars? Contact to express authentic intention for attending.

Classes comprise of entire Bhagavad Gita (18 chapters) in thorough detail with extended notes – including Sanskrit terminology.

Lord Krishna teaches Arjuna the final reality, understanding which the highest fulfillment is discovered within oneself.

The predicament of Arjuna, the search for permanent satisfaction, is faced by each of us. Hence this teaching gives us an insight into how to live our life more meaningfully and in harmony with the whole.

Program is based on Swami Paramarthananda, Swami Dayananda (Arsha Vidya) and Chinmaya International Foundation (Kerala) teachings.

Student is encouraged to attend whatever chapter we are on. Because we often revisit fundamentals, thus you are never too late to grasp the teaching.

Preview of discourses? See index.

Details:

How specifically can this program help me?
Advaita Vedanta or Upanishads, are the subject matter of the Bhagavad Gita. Their final teaching is, “Truth of self (you right now) is whole, complete, full, timeless, unchanging and limitless”.

However reader's experience is anything but this.

In fact everything about one's experience contradicts above lofty description. This is because fullness does NOT and logically can NOT apply to a decaying, mortal body-mind.

Meaning, as long as “I” is placed in the finite body-mind — of course you'll find the description challenging to relate.

For this reason, the aspirant takes refuge in various spiritual paths in hopes to discover this full “I AM”.

We certainly acknowledge that all sincere paths contribute to purifying and preparing the mind.

However one is expected to eventually grow out of the need to purify more. Because purification implies, “I am not pure”.

Once the aspirant has matured, the mind spontaneously takes interest in knowledge.

Aspirant rationalizes, “If ignorance of reality is the problem… then the ONLY solution is knowledge. Because knowledge alone opposes ignorance”.

Seeker then says…

“I need a teacher whose vision is already clear. One who can help me discover the truth in myself.”

Gaining and assimilating self-knowledge imparted by the acharya through the Bhagavad Gita — is the final means to the ultimate goal; liberation (moksha).

Since beginingless time — devotee's search for permanent freedom from limitation has finally fructified.

This is the very purpose of Bhagavad Gita and our classes — assuming student's mind has sufficient maturity.

Unfolding the vision of reality is a delicate process. Like performing heart surgery.

An immature mind resists being taught. It believes it can do a better job then a qualified heart-surgeon whose already integrated the reality of surgery in real life.

Similarly, Bhagavad Gita is like a heart-surgeon's manual whose essence only becomes ALIVE once taught by an ācārya.

The text has proven to work countless times. Her wisdom, ever fresh and new, perfected from every angle — prunes away one's beginingless ignorance (avidyā).

The student is systematically and carefully lead through a means of knowledge (pramāṇa). Only fresh open ears and willingness to inquire on the teachings is required.

To understand why everything has failed so far, read the next snippet below…

Why spiritual techniques have no power to liberate?
We typically apply a special technique in the present – to get “there” in the future.

Sound familiar?

Vipassanā, meditation, mantrās, rituals, channeling, healing modalities, various types of Yoga, etc…

The predicament with any technique or ritual performed is the “I” by which one's entire life rests on.

I meditate, I learn, I experience, I doubt, I do.

This subject ‘I', still does NOT know who or what it is.

Beginner seeker says “I have to do something to experience the Ultimate Truth”. This is impossible because one already IS the Truth. You can not experience what you already are. It's like space trying to experience space. Or water trying to merge with water. Bhagavad Gita removes false notion that separation between self, world and God is real. All is One without a second.
Who and what is this person whose actually doing the spiritual sadhana (practice)?

Hence no matter what is done or experienced — person's actions are resting on an unresolved foundation.

Even to disagree or agree with this statement, one says “I __”.

A limited person performing a limited action (technique), while expecting an unlimited result, is a mathematical impossibility.

Limitation can't bring about limitlessness. Just how…

Drop in the Ocean can't do some technique to magically “become” the entire Ocean.

This mistaken assumption is easily noticed in one's own behavior.

There is a need to constantly DO.

An insatiable desire to improve and become — materialistically or spiritually.

What drives us to constantly improve and become?

Sense of limitation.

Drive is caused by superimposing the limited body-mind onto the limitless self.

Thereafter to release ourselves from the inherent limitations – we end up building ourselves up. Increasing our physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual capacities.

More degrees. Greater comforts and security. New relationship. Hoarding things. Excessive socializing.

Out of our ignorance — we again repeat yesterday's activity today. While expecting a different result.

Therefore life becomes a story of chasing pleasures and avoiding pains.

This is saṁsāra. It sustains rebirth.

In samsara, you can neither Get nor Lose…

A billionaire works hard and enjoys recognition. Only to die later. His hard-earned money is be returned to the nation. His name is forgotten.

A pretty lady enjoys attention her youthfulness draws. Only to notice it quickly dissipating with age.

Where is the Roman Empire now? Were there not an unstoppable force?

Meaning…

One can neither lose nor win in this world.

A marriage comes with ups and downs.

Beauty has ups and downs. Constant attention becomes burdensome.

New relationship demands maintenance, time and energy.

Passionate businessman may suffers health issues later.

Sport team's happy win is other team's jealous loss.

In other words, it's a zero-sum game. Whatever loses or gains you add up, in course of time they cancel each other.

The solution is Bhagavad Gita…

Bhagavad Gita's function is two-fold…

  1. Show you how to intelligently navigate this relative life of up's and down's. Meaning we don't deny the mind, work, family, leisure. Without them, self-knowledge is dry and cerebral.
  2. Helps you recognize your essential truth – right now – is already free and complete. You will never be more in the future then what you are right now. It's our false notions that deny owning up to this basic fact. Once owned up, the devotee approaches the relative world more responsibly and cheerfully. While never forgetting the big picture.

Purpose of weekly classes?
Purpose of class teachings is to remove student's false sense of limitation about oneself.

Limitation means, “I am small, separate, imperfect, incomplete and mortal”. This identity misplacement causes one to endlessly seek for permanent fulfillment through impermanent experiences.

The teachings are expounded through a logical and systematic approach (A > B > C) to reveal the highest non-dual knowledge (bramavidya).

The result is shifting of “I” from the mortal, changing, limited Body-Mind… to the unchanging, limitless existence/awareness (brahman).

Guidelines:

  • Before attending – watch latest video (bottom of page) for sake of familiarity. Also wise to look over About page. It will help build rapport/trust with the teacher.
  • Student comes with humility. Meaning intellectual pride and past spiritual expertise is put away. Just like taking shoes off before entering a temple.
  • Student has a sincere desire for self-knowledge as expounded by the timeless Vedic scriptures.
  • Aspirant wishes to incorporate the vision of Bhagavad Gita into every day life. There is acknowledgment that anything worthwhile comes with persistent hard work. No shortcuts. No magic pills.

Logistics & Cost

Cost? Most essential to life like sunlight, air, plants are all free. While man made non-essentials, cost. Ironic indeed!

In the same way, eternal self-knowledge is essential, thus remains free — at least in Yes Vedanta. Teacher is financially self-sufficient.

Only payment student can deliver is your attention and willingness to learn from start to end of session.

Be ready to take notes. This is NOT a passive-listening satsang. Program is ongoing at least until 2023.

Ready to attend?

Contact to express your authentic intention for attending (webinar).

Details

Date:
May 11
Time:
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Organizer

Andre Vas
Phone:
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Email:
yesvedanta@gmail.com
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20 Comments

  1. James McAlpine on August 15, 2018 at 12:55 am

    Hi l am most interested in this -what would l need to bring in order to attend ?

  2. Pritpal Singh on August 23, 2018 at 1:58 am

    I am interested in joining the course

    • mm Andre V on August 23, 2018 at 9:27 am

      Excellent Pritpal. I’ll see you next week Tuesday then. 🙂 6:15 Sanskrit practice. Or 6:30 class starts. Andre.

    • Belinda Persoglia on July 28, 2019 at 5:12 pm

      Hi Andre,
      I have only just found Vedānta and yourself. Have watched the first 4 lessons on video and would like to say thank-you for sharing these beautiful teachings.
      I am in Sydney so please let me know if you ever travel this way to do a one-off talk or anything.
      Many thanks,
      Belinda.

  3. Angus on September 14, 2018 at 10:36 am

    would like to begin and will watch the 19 videos first

  4. Louise on September 22, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    I live outside geelong. Is there any similar thing run around that area? I am interested in this and will start with online videos. won’t be able to attend anything til end November.

    • mm Andre V on September 24, 2018 at 10:40 pm

      Hey, if nothing near your local area Louise, then indeed, video is refuge. However, physical attendance (no matter what subject) will always have a significant layer of depth/clarity.

    • Tracey Hughes on March 28, 2019 at 12:13 pm

      Hi Louise I also live outside Geelong and am thinking of attending Andre class over the school holidays where I will have more time. Are you interested in us sharing the travel load ?

  5. Rodney Olson on October 20, 2018 at 3:21 am

    I am willing to do the video course if that is possible plz . I have difficulty in travelling to Blackburn . Hoping to receive your reply Thank You for your peace

  6. Sreejith on January 1, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    I would like to join the session..
    Kindly let me know

    • mm Andre V on January 3, 2019 at 1:41 pm

      Welcome. Classes resume 8 Jan 2019, 6:15-8:00+pm.

  7. Paula Loughnane on January 15, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    I Would love to come on Jan 29. How do I get access to the videos, please?
    Regards Paula

  8. pam karouni on January 19, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    “Teacher has own job and doesn’t depend on teaching for financial support”
    Oh my God, I almost cried. NOT another “enlightened” teacher who sells “enlightenment” ; not even one who wants to get paid for his time; but one who sacrifices his time at the service of God/Self/Absolute, as tradition has it. God bless you, and the labour of your love!
    I don’t know if I qualify to attend physically; there is also a major obstacle that is distance, I live roughly one hour’s drive away, Truganina area (near Hoppers Crossing) and i don’t drive myself. I am familiar with the Scriptures you are expounding and the methodology is superb, the videos are a great help, I am watching as much as i can daily and feeling it!! yes, the real thing! I would love to attend physically though, and I am asking for your prayers with the firm conviction that the Lord who planted the tree will not leave it without water.
    Love and gratitude

    • mm Andre V on January 19, 2019 at 2:34 pm

      Indeed. All that is here belongs to God. None is mine. Including this short lived body-mind. All given back upon inevitable death. Noone even notices. World goes on. What difference will money/power make in span of Eternity.
      I encourage physical class attendance much as possible; only because from own experience know it’s unbeatable effectiveness over virtual.
      Appreciation. 🙂

  9. Sophia on January 20, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    I would love to attend but I live too far and don’t drive and have some health issues which at the moment prevent me being there physically. I would love the video series please if I may!!!! Can they be sent to my email????
    Will have to watch them on my phone as I do not have a computer!!!
    Thank you sophia

  10. Michael on May 9, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Wow – when the student is ready the teacher appears. Bless you Andre, I would love to attend next Tuesday.

    • mm Andre V on May 9, 2019 at 8:39 pm

      Excellent Michael. Meet you Tuesday, I shall.

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