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Gnyan Yog (The Yoga of Wisdom)


The chapter 4 study classes will cover:


•The three bodies we have: the physical body, the subtle body and the causal body. What is the origin of each of these bodies? 


•How the past and the future do not exist; the only thing that exists is the present. 


•A study of the Isho Upanishad about the qualities of the mind, the intellect and the soul. What Buddha taught to His brother and disciple Anand about how to control the mind. 


•The two most unique concepts of Indian culture explained: Idol worship and reincarnation. 


•The five reasons why God becomes reincarnated and the meaning of the word Avatar. How can you tell if someone is a reincarnation of God? 


•If we have nuclear weapons now, will will the next incarnation of God (Lord Kalki), coming in approximately 12,000 years, have a horse and a sword? Albert Einstein explains the answer. 


•A study of the three worlds described in the Gayatri mantra: bhur (earth), bhuva (space) and swaha (heaven). 


•How anyone can attain God and how God never closes His doors to anyone: the examples of Rishi Valmiki and Narada. 


•Why true devotees never ask for liberation. Why Shrimad Adi Shankracharya, Narsihn Mehta and the Saints of Maharastra asked for birth after birth. 


•How to see the good in everything in the world: how Yuddhistir and Duryodhana reacted in the test given to them by Drona. 


•How your varna (not caste) is not determined by your birth but by your nature. How the Saint Vishvamitra (born in a warrior's family) became a Brahmin who gave the Gayatri mantra to the world. 


•A study of the Garuda Purana. How each of the five senses lead to our downfall through the example of five animals that get swayed by each of them to their deaths. 


•The story of King Harishchandra who never departed from telling the Truth. 


•Vinoba Bhave's formula to tell the difference between action, inaction and wrong actions. Why you cannot give a prima facie judgement on whether an act is good or bad. 


•How one does not become a Samnyasin because of their outer qualities but because of their inner qualities. How the Saint Kalidas outwitted the other priests in the royal court. 


•A study of the five fundamental principles of Jainism: apigraha (giving up all possessions in the mind), satya (truth), ahimsa (non-violence), brahmachariya (celibacy in the mind) and akrodh (refraining from getting angry). How Mahavirswami used to sleep at night. 


•How to be free from jealousy. How envy only exists in our circumferences: the bigger the gap between the haves and the have-nots then the less the amount of envy. 


•An explanation of the different types of Yagnas and the three things we can give to others: water, food and good thoughts. Which is the best and most effective out of the three? 


•A study of the Mahanarayan, Prashno, Maittreya and Mandukya Upanishads: the definition of tap (austerities). 


•A study of Shrimad Adi Shankracharya's Shiv Manas Puja: how to become a Yogi while living a material life. 


•There have never been psychologists as great as the Rishis of India. The spiritual, scientific and medical reasons why we fast and why we bathe in the River Ganga.


•The relationship between a Guru and a pupil and the three ways in which a pupil can get wisdom from a Guru: humility, inquiry and service. What one can learn from proximity with a Guru and what the Mahabharata says about the difference between wisdom and information. 


•ShreeKrushna's formula of the four consequences of us having wisdom. How the fire of wisdom reduces all works to ashes.


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