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Vision of Bhagavad Gita: Verse-by-Verse (Essence of Advaita Vedanta)

September 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 17, 2020

Free
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Classes are running on Zoom webinar. Every Tuesday 6:30pm – 8:00pm AEST (Sydney/Melbourne time). Use time converter for your city/country.

Already attended? Private link was emailed. If didn't get, SMS/WhatsUp me at +61 413 681 429

Wish to attend? Must contact us to express intention for joining.

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 or sample recording.

Details:

How specifically can this program help me?
Essence of Advaita Vedanta and Upanishads, which is the subject matter within the Bhagavad Gita, says, “Truth of self is whole, complete, full, timeless, unchanging and limitless”.

However our experience is anything but fullness.

In fact everything about one's experience contradicts this lofty description. Because fullness that's unchanging and limitless can not and never will apply to the limited, decaying and mortal body-mind which we falsely assume to be ‘I'.

The ignorant ‘I' is called jīva, who in truth is satcitānanda (limitless self-aware existence).

But the jīva is unable to see how this is already true right now. Thus in hopes to realize the reality, jīva takes refuge in various spiritual paths like karma-yoga, bhakti-yoga, raja-yoga.

They all contribute to purifying and preparing the mind.

However one is expected to eventually grow out of the need to purify. Because that too reinforces further ignorance, “I am this limited-decaying mind”.

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

One rationalizes, “If ignorance of reality is the problem… the only solution is that which opposes ignorance… which is knowledge”.

Seeker has now reached a crucial and highest stage of spiritual maturity…

“I need a teacher whose vision is clear. One who can help me discover the non-dual nature of reality.”

Gaining and assimilating self-knowledge imparted by the acharya through the scriptures (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 fail 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 “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 sadhana/yajna?

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.

Our behavior alone reveals our previous actions failed to solve the beginningless problem.

In other words, the former act of improving and becoming failed to bring permanent satisfaction — which is what everyone is seeking.

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

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

This is saṁsāra. Cause of another death. Another birth.

The solution is Advaita Vedanta…

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 prety lady enjoys attention her beauty attracts. But rarely acknowledged within a decade.

Where is the Roman Empire now? Weren't they 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.

New relationship demands maintenance, time and energy from the other.

Passionate businessman suffers health issues later.

Sport team's happy-win is another's jealousy-loss.

Where is there one sided win or loss? It's a zero-sum game. Whatever loses or gains you add up, in course of time they cancel each other.

Vedanta works because it removes the false notion of separateness from the whole.

If ‘I' and the whole are not-two, then where is the question of pursuing wins and avoiding loses?

A common ignorant man only experiences plurality-duality. Love-hate. Likes-dislikes. And everything in-between.

But no experience in the world can add or subtract the totality of a liberated person (jnani / jivanmukta).

The self is unchanging, non-negatable, permanent and limitless. It is the ONE non-dual limitless consciousness (brahman).

This is the purpose of the Bhagavad Gita. To lead the student to the vision and assimilation of this ultimate reality.

Purpose of weekly classes in Melbourne?
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 (bramavidyā).

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

Guidelines:

  • Before first attendance – watch latest video upload to familiarize with terminology. Also look over About page. It will help build rapport/trust with ācārya. Both are mandatory.
  • 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.
  • Student wishes to incorporate the vision of Gītā into every day life. One understands anything worthwhile comes with persistent hard work. No shortcuts. No magic pills. Meaning you are keen to self-inquire in light of the teachings.

Logistics & Cost

advaita vedanta, bhagavad gita & upanishads teacher

 

Cost? Most essential to life like sunlight, air, plants are all freely available. While man made non-essentials cost. Ironic, isn't it. Eternal self-knowledge is essential. Thus too remains free. Teacher is financially self-sufficient. Only payment student can contribute is attention and participation from start to end.

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

Decided to attend?

Once register to mailing list above, we'll email when ready to resume. Hopefully in 2020.

There is fine assortment of chairs to sit on. If it's intimidating coming first time, advised to sit back of class.

We appreciate to send us a short SMS at 0413 681 4.29 or email – expressing consideration to come.

Organizer

Andre Vas
Phone:
0 4 1 3 6 8 1 4 2 9 (SMS only)
Email:
yesvedanta@gmail.com
Website:
http://www.yesvedanta.com

Venue

House in Blackburn
3 Anjaya Court
Blackburn, Melbourne, Victoria 3130 Australia
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Phone:
0 4 1 3 6 8 1 4 2 9 (SMS only)

21 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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