Bhagavad Gita Online Class 17
A manual for controlling the mind and the senses (chapter 3 verses 5 to 7)
This class covers:
•William Wordsworth's explanation for why one cannot go for a second without acting.
•An introduction to the threefold modes of nature (goodness, passion and dullness). Ramakrishnaji's famous example of the prince and three thieves.
•How the industrial revolution led to instability and worries piling up in people's minds.
•Why suppression is a mistake: a study of Freud, Schweitzer and Marx. The example of a padlocked house burning.
•What are the reasons for hypocricy? The fundamental differences between hypocrites and principled people.
•How to end hypocricy and how to make the mind and the body steady: an explanation of the schools of Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga.
•How negativism does not work with the mind. Kuwe's law of reverse effect in the field of psychology. The example of a cyclist and a rock.
•How to control the senses with the mind. The famous example in the Katho Upanishad of the senses as horses and the mind as a charioteer.
Chapter 3 verse 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-2_1VMvrMI
Chapter 3 verse 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTsOhswCjUw
Chapter 3 verse 7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_ZluIsYayc
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