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Bhagavad Gita classes

 

Jai ShreeKrushna!

 

BEGIN THE COURSE

You can begin the course and go through this unforgettable journey class by class by clicking on the links below.  Each link will take you to a page that will contain a summary of the teachings of the class and the class videos.  The houndouts for the classes can be found by clicking on the "Handout" page above.

Class 1: An introduction to the Bhagavad Gita: The difference between spirituality and materiality (chapter 1 verses 1 to 3)
Class 2: The essence of teamwork: the order in which the conches were blown (chapter 1 verses 4 to 21)
Class 3: The three states of thoughtlessness, thoughtfulness and toughtfreeness (chapter 1 verses 22 to 31)
Class 4: Four reasons that motivate any human being to perform any action (chapter 1 verses 32 to 47)
Class 5: The importance of having a Guru in one's life and the greatness of a Guru (chapter 2 verses 1 to 7)
Class 6: The mortality of the body and the immortality of the soul (chapter 2 verses 8 to 13)
Class 7: How to tolerate pleasures and pains (chapter 2 verses 14 to 22)
Class 8: The eight step method to attain peace of mind and to face set-backs (chapter 2 verses 23 to 30)
Class 9: Explanation of the varna (not caste) system: eliminating history's biggest minsunderstanding (chapter 2 verses 31 to 38)
Class 10: The three questions that come up in a person's mind before they perform any action (chapter 2 verses 39 to 46)
Class 11: The link between actions and their fruits and between free will and destiny (chapter 2 verses 47 to 53)
Class 12: Attaining a steady intellect by removing selfish desires and being content with the Self (chapter 2 verses 54 to 60)
Class 13: The eight psychological steps that lead to the downfall of any human being (chapter 2 verses 61 to 68)
Class 14: The journey from self-confidence to self-esteem to self-valour to self-bliss (chapter 2 verses 69 to 72) 
Class 15: The difference between what is right and what is pleasurable (chapter 3 verses 1 to 2)
Class 16: The differences between the path of action and the path of wisdom (chapter 3 verses 3 to 4)
Class 17: A manual for controlling the mind and the senses (chapter 3 verses 5 to 7)
Class 18: The three ways of performing actions: the Worker, the Artisan and the Perfortmer (chapter 3 verse 8)
Class 19: Yagna: the science behind how the world works (chapter 3 verses 9 to 10)
Class 20: The great game of life: the will to win and the 10 steps of how a human becomes a dev (god) (chapter 3 verses 11 and 12)
Class 21: The effect that food has on thoughts, and why we worship cows and the Tulasi plant (chapter 3 verses 13 to 18)
Class 22: Why people do a PhD entirely on a topic of Lokasamgraham (the maintenence of the world) (chapter 3 verses 19 to 24)
Class 23: An explanation of the three modes of nature and the 26 departments of the modes (chapter 3 verses 25 to 30)
Class 24: Two tests to discover your unique purpose in life and to reveal your gift within (chapter 3 verses 31 to 43)
Class 25: Reincarnation explained: the three bodies we have (physical, subtle and causal) (chapter 4 verses 1 to 6)
Class 26: The five reasons why God becomes incarnated and a study of the word avatar (incarnation) (chapter 4 verses 7 to 9)
Class 27: Four questions one should ask themselves if they wish to apply the Gita in their lives (chapter 4 verses 10 to 13)
Class 28: Fluency in action: the relationship between actions and their consequences (chapter 4 verses 14 to 18)
Class 29: The qualities one needs in order to become free from the bondage of karmas (chapter 4 verses 19 to 23)
Class 30: A study of the different types of Yagnas that enable us to achieve success in our lives (chapter 4 verses 24 to 33)
Class 31: Reverence, inquiry and service as the three steps to learn wisdom from a Guru (chapter 4 verses 34 to 42)
Class 32: How to acquire the quality of being decisive in life (chapter 5 verses 1 to 3)
Class 33: The anatomy of desireless action: the key to performing work at a peak level (chapter 5 verses 4 to 7)
Class 34: Spirituality applied to materiality: how to attain Yoga while enjoying material objects (chapter 5 verses 8 to 12)
Class 35: The art of vashi (self-control) and the secret to self-confidence (chapter 5 verses 13 to 14)
Class 36: The difference between rituals, religion, God, philosophy, morality and spirituality (chapter 5 verses 15 to 17)
Class 37: The vision of samadarshinah (seeing with an equal eye) and how to obtain this vision (chapter 5 verses 18 to 21)
Class 38: How to become free from the mental imprints that material objects leave (chapter 5 verses 22 to 24)
Class 39: The seven qualities needed to be liberated from the cycle of birth and death (chapter 5 verses 25 to 29)
Class 40: The path to Yoga: a study of the Yog Sutras of Patanjali (chapter 6 verses 1 to 5)
Class 41: Attaining a state of mind where nothing on the outside can affect your inner peace (chapter 6 verses 6 to 12)
Class 42: The goal-posts to measure how much you are succeeding in your meditation (chapter 6 verses 13 to 22)
Class 43: Attaining peace of mind by steadying the mind on the Self and the consequences of Yoga (chapter 6 verses 23 to 29)
Class 44: How to control the mind to achieve one-pointed concentration (chapter 6 verses 30 to 39)
Class 45: Never does one who does good, dear friend, tread the path of woe (chapter 6 verses 40 to 47)
Class 46: Guided meditation session 1: breathing technique
Class 47: Guided meditation session 2: activating the chakras
Class 48: Guided meditation session 3: chanting the Aumkar
Class 49: The relationship between science and spirituality (chapter 7 verse 1)
Class 50: Wisdom after knowing which there remains nothing left to be known in the world (chapter 7 verses 2 to 3)
Class 51: The 8 components that make up the world: earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intellect and ego (chapter 7 verses 4 to 7)
Class 52: Love and marriage: the revolutionary nature and greatness of ShreeKrushna (chapter 7 verses 8 to 11)
Class 53: The divine maya (illusion) of God: its purpose, its origin, its features and why it is divine (chapter 7 verses 12 to 15)
Class 54: The four types of devotees that come to God (chapter 7 verses 16 to 17)
Class 55: Why Idol worship is human nature and 5 qualities that come to one who worships God's Idol (chapter 7 verses 18 to 23)
Class 56: Why God is both manifest and non-manifest: the Supreme Consciousness inside the form (chapter 7 verses 24 to 30)
Class 57: The seven questions that form the foundation of spiritual thinking (chapter 8 verses 1 to 3)
Class 58: The distinguishing features between matter and consciousness (chapter 8 verses 4 to 5) 
Class 59: The power of the human mind and how we can remember God at the time of death (chapter 8 verses 6 to 8) 
Class 60: How to free yourself from the prison of your thoughts through yogbal (the power of Yoga)  (chapter 8 verses 9 to 12) 
Class 61: The mathematics, science and history of Aum and the 23 main effects of meditating on Aum (chapter 8 verse 13) 
Class 62: The formula for happiness for human beings and the link between vasna (desires) and time (chapter 8 verses 14 to 16) 
Class 63: Time and relativity in the universe: why there are less written accounts of history in the East (chapter 8 verses 17 to 19) 
Class 64: The seven questions that form the foundation of spiritual thinking (chapter 8 verses 20 to 22) 
Class 65: A study of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad about the two paths that beings take after death (chapter 8 verses 23 to 28) 
Class 66: Only one who does not cavil attains the royal secret.  The penances Parvati performed for Shiva (chapter 9 verse 1) 

Class 67: Characteri​stics of the Royal Wisdom and the Royal Secret: a study of the Yog Vashista Ramayan (chapter 9 verse 2) 
Class 68: The foundation​s of shradha (faith): the works of Adi Shankracha​rya and Ramanunjac​harya (chapter 9 verses 3 to 6) 
Class 69: The six principles that govern the universe and a study of prakruti (nature) and its two parts (chapter 9 verses 7 to 10) 
Class 70: Lessons from the Mahabharata on how to defeat people who do you wrong (chapter 9 verses 11 to 13) 
Class 71: The lives of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Srimad Vallabacharya who glorified God's name (chapter 9 verses 14 to 15) 
Class 72: 12 ways in which we can see God and how they give us support in any situation (chapter 9 verses 16 to 18) 
Class 73: How worship of God brings attainment of what one has not got and security in what one has (chapter 9 verses 19 to 25) 
Class 74: Four things God accepts from us: patram (leaf), pushpam (flower), falam (fruit) or toyam (water) (chapter 9 verses 26 to 27)  
Class 75: The story of Buddha's famous pupil Pattachara and the removal of the human guilt complex (chapter 9 verses 28 to 31) 
Class 76: Reversing the effects of centuries of discrimination on a woman's mindset (chapter 8 verses 32 to 34)
Class 77: Shirdi Sai Baba's ability to see God's vibhuti (divine manifestations) in each and every creature (chapter 10 verses 1 to 5)  
Class 78: A study of the Vayu Purana about the seven qualifications needed to become a Great Sage (chapter 10 verses 6 to 9)  
Class 79: The perfect love that is without reasons and without satiation: the relationship of Ram and Sita (chapter 9 verses 10 to 18)  
Class 80: The unique symbolism of Lord Shiva: a study of Pushpadanta's Mahimna Stotram  (chapter 10 verses 19 to 23)  
Class 81: The life of Shree Ramakrishna Parahams, how to chant a mantra and a study of Narada (chapter 10 verses 24 to 26)
Class 82: What we can learn from sage Dadhichi, Prahlad and Meera about staying true to one's principles (chapter 10 verses 27 to 30) 
Class 83: Why we worship Lord Ram and how one's life becomes purified by bathing in the River Ganga (chapter 10 verses 31 to 33)
Class 84: A study of the Devi Bhagavad and the life of Vidhyaranya Swami about the Gayatri mantra (chapter 10 verses 34 to 36)
Class 85: Mahashree Vyasa: all wisdom in whatever branch of learning has already been said by Vyasa (chapter 10 verses 37 to 42) 
Class 86: Can we see God? A study of Swami Vivekananda. The greatest mystery in the field of spirituality (chapter 11 verses 1 to 4) 
Class 87: Guided meditation session 4
Class 88: Guided meditation session 5
Class 89: The beautiful moment when  ShreeKrushna gives the divya chakshu (divine vision) to Arjuna  (chapter 11 verses 5 to 8) 
Class 90: Arjuna has a vision of and beholds the entire universe in the vishvaroop (Universal Form of God) (chapter 11 verses 9 to 15) 
Class 91: Arjuna sees the vishvaroop (Universal Form) of God as guardian of the eternal Sanatana Dharma  (chapter 11 verses 16 to 21) 
Class 92: Arjuna now begins to see the future through the vishvaroop (Universal Form) (chapter 11 verses 22 to 30) 
Class 93: Verses that will lift you up in the most adverse of circumstances. Verses on whose support Saints have been living. Verses that came directly from the mouth of the vishvaroop (Universal Form) of God (chapter 11 verses 31 to 34) 
Class 94: The prayer chanted by Arjuna to the vishvaroop (Universal Form of God) that has become a mantra to remove all one's fears and to give one courage in the midst of adversities  (chapter 11 verses 35 to 38) 
Class 95: The ultimate test of true love towards God or a person: Arjuna's feelings of intense love and his plea for forgiveness from ShreeKrushna (chapter 11 verses 39 to 46) 
Class 96: The sutra (formula) for bhakti (devotion) (chapter 11 verses 47 to 55)
Class 97: The foundations of bhakti (devotion): God is here, God is now, God is in me and God is mine (chapter 12 verses 1 to 2) 
Class 98: Why we worship forms of God and why it is straightforward for the mind to become concentrated on a form of God (chapter 12 verses 3 to 7) 
Class 99:   Practical techniques to concentrate the mind and the intellect  (chapter 12 verses 8 to 12)
Class 100: The first and second sets of qualities of an ideal devotee: He who has no ill will to any being, who is friendly and compassionate, free from egoism and self-sense, even-minded in pain and pleasure, forgiving, ever content, self-controlled, unshakable in determination, and with mind and understanding given up to the Supreme Soul (chapter 12 verses 13 to 14) 
Class 101: The third and fourth sets of qualities of an ideal devotee: He from whom the world does not get shrink and who does not shrink from the world, who is free from joy and envy, fear and agitation, having no expectation, being pure, skilful in action, unconcerned, and untroubled and giving up all initiative (in action) (chapter 12 verses 15 to 16) 
Class 102: The fifth, sixth and seventh sets of qualities of an ideal devotee: He who neither rejoices nor hates, neither grieves nor desires, who has renounced good and evil, He who (behaves) alike to foe and friend, also to good and evil repute and who is alike in cold and heat, pleasure and pain, who is free from attachment, he who holds equal blame and praise, who is silent (restrained in speech), content with anything (that comes), who has no fixed abode and is firm in mind, and he who with faith, holding God as their supreme aim, follows this immortal wisdom (chapter 12 verses 17 to 20) 
Class 103: Who am I? An introduction to the field and the knower of the field. A study of the three bodies and the five sheaths through the Taittriya Upanishad (chapter 13 verse 1) 
Class 104: The knower of the field in all fields and why knowledge of the field and its knower are true knowledge. A study of the Adhyātma Upanishad, Bradhānyak Upanishad and Chandogya Upanishad (chapter 13 verse 2) 
Class 105: What the field is, of what nature it is, what its modifications are, why it has formed, what he (the knower of the field) is, and what his powers are (chapter 13 verses 3 to 5) 
Class 106: A study of the 81 different types of ahimsa (non-violence) and how we can apply them in our lives. The first set of qualities of gnyan (wisdom):  humility (absence of pride), integrity (absence of deceit), non-violence, patience, uprightness, service of the teacher, purity (of body and mind), steadfastness and self-control (chapter 13 verses 6 to 7) 
Class 107: A study of the 700 holy verses by the Saint Gnyaneshwar about the 20 qualities of gnyan (wisdom) and the teachings of the Saint Eknath about how to have constant equal mindedness towards desirable and undesirable happenings (chapter 13 verses 8 to 10) 
Class 108: A study of the Katho Upanishad: the difference between the gnyata (the knower), gnyan (knowledge) and gneha (That which is to be known) (chapter 13 verses 11 to 15) 
Class 109: The process of self-mastery: a study of prakrti (nature) and Purusa (the soul), the five great gross elements, the five senses of action, the five senses of knowledge, the five sense objects, the intellect, the ego and the mind (chapter 13 verses 16 to 24) 
Class 110: The key to becoming totally involved in the work that you are doing. The solution to becoming free from prakruti (nature) and how the Purush (soul) neither acts nor is tainted (chapter 13 verses 25 to 34) 
Class 111: The supreme wisdom, of all wisdom the best, by knowing which all sages have passed from this world to the highest perfection.  How those who resort to gnyan (wisdom) become of like nature to God (chapter 14 verses 1 and 2) 
Class 112: A guide to three gunas (modes of nature): sattva (goodness), rajas (passion), and tamas (dullness) (chapter 14 verses 3 to 5) 
Class 113: Practical techniques to achieve deep and effective sleep and the difference between necessary and unnecessary sleep: lessons from great historical figures including Bhagavan Mahavir, Bhagavan Buddha and Arjuna (chapter 14 verses 6 to 8)
Class 114: A study of the Srimad Bhagavad about the 10 agents, means and causes that can increase the amounts of each of the gunas (modes of nature) (chapter 14 verses 9 to 10) 
Class 115: A study of the ShreeKrushna Ashtakam by Shrimad Adi Shankracharya and an explanation of what happens in our lives when there is an increase in each of the three gunas (modes of nature) (chapter 14 verses 11 to 13) 
Class 116: From the fact that we have been born as human beings, how we can tell what our previous births and lives were like? (chapter 14 verses 14 to 19) 
Class 117: Shree Ramakrishna Parahamsa's example of how to become free from the three modes of nature and the seven steps of the path of Yoga described in the Yog Vashishta Ramayan (chapter 14 verses 20 to 27) 
Class 118: The imperishable asvattham (peepal tree) of the material world with its roots above, branches below and with its leaves as the Vedas (chapter 15 verse 1) 
Class 119: How to cut off the firm-rooted peepal tree of the material world using the strong sword of non-attachment. The step-by-step explanation of Vedanta of how all bondages are created out of ignorance. All bondages come as a result of karmas, all karmas come from wishes, wishes come from a sense of incompleteness, incompleteness comes from envy, envy comes from attraction and repulsion, attraction and repulsion come from ignorance of forgetting that you are Brahman (the Supreme Being)(chapter 15 verses 2 to 3) 
Class 120: A study of the Chandogya Upanishad about the qualities needed to attain the Purushottam (Primal Person): being free from pride and delusion, conquering attachment, having all desires stilled, being ever devoted to the Supreme Spirit, being liberated from the dualities known as pleasure and pain and being undeluded (chapter 15 verses 4 to 5) 
Class 121: How to create a shield around yourself when the world gives you difficulties and a study of the Panchadashi of Vedanta about how we are fragments of the Supreme Soul and become living beings in the world that draw to us the senses and the mind that rest in nature (chapter 15 verses 6 to 7) 
Class 122: The two powers of the individual soul: the power of life and the power of wishes.  A study of the Sarvasar Upanishad about the nature of wish-fulfilment and the effect that wishes have on the astral body (chapter 15 verses 8 to 10) 
Class 123: The revelation of the most secret doctrine of the Bhagavad Gita by ShreeKrushna: the wisdom by knowing which a person will have fulfilled all their duties (chapter 15 verses 11 to 20) 
Class 124: The first set of qualities of a divine person: fearlessness, purity of mind, wise apportionment of wisdom and concentration, charity, self-control and sacrifice, study of the scriptures, austerity and uprightness (chapter 16 verse 1) 
Class 125: The second set of qualities of persons with divine endowments: non-violence, truth, freedom from anger, renunciation, tranquillity, aversion to fault finding, compassion to living beings, freedom from covetousness, gentleness, modesty, steadiness (absence of fickleness), vigour, forgiveness, fortitude, purity, and freedom from malice and excessive pride (chapter 16 verses 2 and 3) 
Class 126: The endowments of a person with a demonaic nature: hypocricy, arrogance, excessive pride, anger, harshness and ignorance.  How to remove these characteristics from our lives (chapter 16 verses 4 to 8) 
Class 127: Inspiration for the faint-hearted. The story of the bird trapped in a businessman's cage and the one solution to becoming liberated from this world (chapter 16 verses 9 to 15) 
Class 128: The gateway leading to the ruin of the soul is threefold: lust, anger and greed. Therefore these three, one should abandon (chapter 16 verses 16 to 24) 
Class 129: How, when and in what circumstances the scriptures should be followed in determining which actions we undertake in life and the nine types of shradha (faith) (chapter 17 verses 1 to 9) 
Class 130: A guide to the types of food we should eat and the physical, mental, spiritual, societal and environmental benefits of a pure vegetarian diet (chapter 17 verses 10 to 16) 
Class 131: Aum Tat Sat- the threefold symbol of Brahman by which were ordained of old the Brāhmins, the Vedas and the Yagnas. (chapter 17 verses 17 to 28) 
Class 132: The mistake in considering "renunciation" to mean giving up life because this will lead to good people being more and more inactive and wrong people becoming more and more active in society. The true nature of "renunciation" as the giving up of works prompted by desire and the true nature of "relinquishment" as the abandonment of the fruits of all works (chapter 18 verses 1 to 11) 
Class 133: The five factors in the accomplishment of all actions: the seat of action, the agent, the instruments of various sorts, the many kinds of efforts and providence. A study of the impact of free will and destiny during the French revolution and in the discovery of steam energy by James Watt. (chapter 18 verses 12 to 21)
Class 134: The story of the last moments of Socrates' life and how he passed away with a feeling of being a witness and with utter self-consciousness (chapter 18 verses 22 to 28) 
Class 135: Immanuel Kant's teaching of there being two types of the intellect: pure reason and practical reason. Pure reason is the pure intellect, which the Gita calls the intellect fixed in determination. And practical reason is the practical intellect, which the Gita calls the intellect not fixed in determination. (chapter 18 verses 29 to 35) 
Class 136: If a person cannot become happy in the present, then there is a very big doubt about  whether such a person can become happy in the future. How happiness is not dependent on your circumstances but on you (chapter 18 verses 36 to 37) 
Class 137: What is my duty? How to work out the unique purpose for which you are here by studying your root nature and characteristics (chapter 18 verses 38 to 44) 
Class 138: How each person can attain perfection by being devoted to their duty. Better is one's own law though imperfectly carried out than the law of another carried out perfectly. One should not give up the work suited to one's nature, though it may be defective, for all enterprises are clouded by defects as fire by smoke (chapter 18 verses 45 to 57) 
Class 139: Thus has wisdom more secret than all secrets, been declared to you by Me. Reflect on it fully and do as you choose. ShreeKrushna has put so much trust on our intellects by saying that we should reflect on this fully and do what we think is right. This is ShreeKrushna's greatness. Being wise, powerful, opulent and strong and yet not imposing Yourself is true greatness (chapter 18 verses 58 to 71) 
Class 140: Wherever there is Krushna, the Lord of yoga, and Partha (Arjuna), the archer, there will surely be fortune, victory, welfare and morality (chapter 18 verses 72 to 78) 






























  

 

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