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Class 37: The vision of samadarshinah (seeing with an equal eye) and how to obtain this vision (chapter 5 verses 18 to 21)

  • The vision of a Sage of samadarshinah (seeing everyone and everything with an equal eye).
  • A study of Narsihn Mehta's bhajans such as Vaishnav Janto and Akhil Brahmand Ma. Narsihn Mehta had not done a Ph.D. in Vedanta but there has never been a Vedanti like him.
  • Why Arjuna had lost his samadarshinah on the battlefield.
  • Why we only see pratyaksha (that which is in front of our eyes) and we do not see apratyaksha (that which is not in front of our eyes). We do not see the abstract inside the concrete because our perception is limited to sensual perception.
  • Why ShreeKrushna uses the word samadarshinah (seeing everyone equally) and not the word samavartina (behaving with everyone equally). Why behaviour towards everyone can never be the same.
  • A study of Shrimad Adi Shankracharya's Tattvo Upadesh about how equality should be applied: the feeling towards others is the same but the action is not the same. A man comes into contact with five different types of relations with women: mother, sister, wife, daughter or neighbour. If a man is in front of these five types of women then his behaviour towards all of them is going to be different.
  • What the intellect is and how to direct our intellects towards the Supreme Soul.
  • A story of Indra's encounter with a Brahmin and the game of wits.
  • The benefits of seeing the Supreme Soul everywhere.
  • How a Brahmin only becomes complete when there is courtesy together with knowledge. Knowledge is a very dangerous thing. No other possessions lead to as much egotism as does knowledge. That is why courtesy is needed with it.
  • What is needed to achieve success in one's studies: efforts and concentration.
  • How that which is not meaningful covers that which is meaningful.
  • Why the Jains called their idols jin (one who has won over his own nature).
  • The meaning of the word Mahavir, which is a name for Hanuman and also Mahavir Swami of the Jain religion.
  • The meaning of the name Hanuman.
  • The states of sachchitānanda (existence knowledge bliss) and Brāhmistiti (the state of Brahman).
  • How we all come into this world empty-handed and leave empty-handed. Alexander the great won over the whole world yet when he left this planet then he went away empty-handed.
  • Five qualities needed to attain the state of samadarshinah (seeing with an equal eye) that are set out in chapter 5 of the Gita: choicelessness (verse 20), detachment (verse 21), seeing the faults in running after objects (verse 22), resisting and becoming liberated from lust and anger (verse 23) and finding one's happiness and joy in the soul (verse 24).
  • How not to rejoice in obtaining what is pleasant and not to have sorrow on obtaining what is unpleasant. What is pleasant and what is unpleasant? A study of Bhagavati Kumar Sharma's ghazal.
  • A study of the word tataha in Buddhism meaning "suchness" and how to accept the world without complaints.
  • The Gita uses words carefully: it does not say that one should not use material objects; it says that one should not be attached to material objects.
  • Material objects do not make us attached; a person becomes attached himself. How Kabirji removed the attachment of one of his pupils.
  • How to get rid of vices, addictions and bad habits.
  • Saints say that there are two truths in life: one is pratikshā (waiting) and the other is samikshā (investigation). We always do pratikshā but we never do samikshā.
  • How to get the attitude of gratitude that whatever happens, happens for a good reason. The story of a king and his Prime Minister.

Chapter 5 verse 18: http://youtu.be/rvUA6dDWsQ8

Chapter 5 verse 19: http://youtu.be/5y6IRzG3g3s

Chapter 5 verse 20: http://youtu.be/A6QgySjiY7k

Chapter 5 verse 21: http://youtu.be/soi_Dm4jVTE

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