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Bhagavad Gita Online Class 31

Reverence, inquiry and service as the three steps to learn wisdom from a Guru (chapter 4 verses 34 to 42)


This class covers:


•The three steps by which one can learn wisdom from a Guru: humility, inquiry and service. What one can learn in the proximity of a Guru. 


•What the Mahabharata says about the difference between wisdom and information 


•How it is a very big thing to bow down: the example of the river and the pitcher. 


•How to attain the quality of humility. 


•A study of the different types of questions one can ask and what they show about the person. 


•The importance of service and close proximity with the Guru. How the pupil learns from the Guru and the Guru observes the pupil. 


•The differences between direct wisdom (having a Guru) and indirect wisdom (attending discourses). 


•How to find out more about yourself and who you are. A study of the Mahabharata. 


•How everybody in the world is limited by a guilt complex and how to remove it. The example of jumping into a river with a rock tied to you. How to remove guilt from your life. 


•Why, however much respected, knowledgeable or strong you are, not all people will praise you. 


•The difference between how sins our looked at in the West (as a reality) and in the East (as a dream). Why sin is not reality but a dream 


•Shree Krushna's formula of the four consequences of having wisdom. 


•The four qualifications needed to attain wisdom and how to attain these. A study of why the Gopis were able to experience the Divine Raas. 


•How one is not able to control the senses by suppressing them; once has to win over them with love. 

•Why a person who has no faith and is of a doubting nature perishes. What happens when we do not know ourselves? 


•A study of the last words of chapter 4: ātishta and utishta meaning "be steady" and "stand up" respectively. 


•Conclusion of chapter 4 of the Gita. 


Chapter 4 verse 34:


Chapter 4 verse 35:


Chapter 4 verse 36:


Chapter 4 verse 37:


Chapter 4 verse 38:


Chapter 4 verse 39:


Chapter 4 verse 40:


Chapter 4 verse 41:


Chapter 4 verse 42:



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