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Class 40: The path to Yoga: a study of the Yog Sutras of Patanjali (chapter 6 verses 1 to 5)

  • Why this chapter of the Gita is the favourite chapter for many Saints of India: the chapter for coping with the pace of the modern world.
  • The two ways in which attraction for the fruits of actions goes away.
  • How to perform actions without wishing for their fruits: rowing the boat without wishing for the shore.
  • The different categories of fruits of action and how to be free from them.
  • Pandit Shripad Damodar Satvekerji's commentary about the difference between the message ShreeKrushna gave in the Gita 5000 years ago and the state India is in today.
  • The definition of maya (illusion) by Tulasidasji in the Ramcharitmanas.
  • Doing the works that you ought to do: the difference between a materialist and a spiritualist. Duryodhana's quote in the Mahabharata showing exactly what adharma (unrighteousness) is
  • How Yoga is so close to us yet we are so far away from it.
  • Why people are addicted to smoking and ignore its bad consequences.
  • Why we light fires during religious ceremonies. A study of the 18th chapter of the Isho Upanishad.
  • Why one who does not use technology or machines can never become a person of renunciation. What our lives would be like if we did not have machines.
  • The power and potentiality inside the fruits of karmas.
  • How the mind creates wishes and dualities.
  • The two states of yogam ārurukshaha (one who wishes to attain to yoga) and is yogārura (one who has attained to yoga)
  • A study of the Yog Sutras of Patanjali. The first Sutra of how to perform works on the path of Yoga. The second sutra of why we perform these activities. The third sutra about the five types of klesha (colourings) that we must get rid of: Avidhyā (ignorance), Asmita (egotism), Rāga (attachment to objects), Dvesh (duality) and Abhinivesha (partiality)
  • A study of the faults of kām krodh lobh moh madha matsara ahamkār (desire, anger, greed, attachment, ignorance, jealousy and pride and egotism). How to control one's anger.
  • Why when that person starts travelling on the right path, becomes purified and approaches the peak of spirituality then a lot of temptations come his way, and it becomes easier for him to fall down.
  • A study of the life of Swami Akhandlal Saraswatiji about how to attain the quality of humility.
  • How to be non-attached to the objects of sense, how to become non-attached to works and how to renounce all purposes. A study of the Astavakra Gita.
  • Why the Self alone is a friend of the self and why the Self alone is an enemy of the Self.
  • Why people like shortcuts in everything in life but life in reality not like that. The stories of letter a student wrote to an examiner and the con artist who tricked intellectuals into having a "Divine Experience".
  • How to avoid the pious ego and getting pride as a result of doing good deeds.

Chapter 6 introduction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vb1XAFfVdOM

Chapter 6 verse 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=so3rBDjaLsI

Chapter 6 verse 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAX7lefTU8c

Chapter 6 verse 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yfvwjr8ff_E

Chapter 6 verse 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZydC1ZoP2w

Chapter 6 verse 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfkNxd_x75o

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