Dates: 01/05/2017 - 02/07/2017
Mode of Delivery: Online
Bhagavad Gita – Yoga of knowledge (Chapters 13-18). How is it possible that Krishna, after saying to Arjuna (Bg. 9.1), “I shall impart to you this most confidential knowledge and realization” then says (Bg. 14.1): “Again I shall declare to you this supreme wisdom, the best of all knowledge, knowing which all the sages have attained the supreme perfection”?Is more knowledge than that given in the “bhakti section” (Chapters 7-12) required, or is a repetition of the knowledge required? After discussing the processes of yoga in Chapters 1-6 and after presenting the goal of all yoga processes -bhakti – in chapters 7-12, Krishna reveals how this goal can be achieved. After a section about karma (action) and a section about bhakti (devotion), we come to a section about jnana(knowledge). Please prepare yourself for receiving knowledge, which will help you go home, back to Godhead.
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Week One - Chapter Thirteen
Nature, the Enjoyer, and Consciousness
One who understands the difference between the body, the soul and the Supersoul beyond them both attains liberation from this material world.
Week Two - Chapter Fourteen
The Three Modes Of Material Nature
All embodied souls are under the control of the three modes, or qualities, of material nature: goodness, passion and ignorance. Lord Krishna explains what these modes are, how they act upon us, how one transcends them, and the symptoms of one who has attained the transcendental stage.
Week Three - Chapter Fifteen
The Yoga of the Supreme Person
The ultimate purpose of Vedic knowledge is to detach oneself from the entanglement of the material world and to understand Lord Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. One who understands Krishna’s supreme identity surrenders unto Him and engages in His devotional service.
Week Four - Chapter Sixteen
The Divine And Demoniac Natures
Those who possess demoniac qualities and who live whimsically, without following the regulations of scripture, attain lower births and further material bondage. But those who possess divine qualities and live regulated lives, abiding by scriptural authority, gradually attain spiritual perfection.
Week Five - Chapter Seventeen
The Divisions of Faith
There are three types of faith, corresponding to and evolving from the three modes of material nature. Acts performed by those whose faith is in passion and ignorance yield only impermanent, material results, whereas acts performed in goodness, in accord with scriptural injunctions, purify the heart and lead to pure faith in Lord Krishna and devotion to Him.
Week Six - Chapter Eighteen
Conclusion – The Perfection of Renunciation
Krishna explains the meaning of renunciation and the effects of the modes of nature on human consciousness and activity. He explains Brahman realization, the glories of the Bhagavad-gita, and the ultimate conclusion of the Gita: the highest path of religion is absolute, unconditional loving surrender unto Lord Krishna, which frees one from all sins, brings one to complete enlightenment, and enables one to return to Krishna’s eternal spiritual abode.