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Bhagavad Gita Online Class 33

The anatomy of desireless action: the key to performing work at a peak level (chapter 5 verses 4 to 7)


•A story from the Panchatantra that teaches us a lesson about the perils of blind-following and how people waste their whole lives in this only to realise this when they are 70 or 80. 


•Why ShreeKrushna is a revolutionary and why the Gita is a book of psychology. How all bondages to works go away on the path of action: the realisation that all works are futile. 


•The two ways of work: selfish work and desireless work. 


•A study of the ashram system of dividing life into four stages to ensure happiness throughout one's life and so that every day will not be a photocopy of the other. 


•Why karma Yogis are the most patriotic people. 


•A study of Patanjali's Yog Sutra about keeping the mind and body healthy. 


•Why actions are not as important as the attitude in the mind of the person performing the action. The difference in attitudes between a mother and a neighbour towards the mother's child. 


•Shrimad Adi Shankracharya's definition of the word Muni. 


•How to be free from desires and free from the ego. How one can be purified from the inside and how we can clear away the rubbish that comes on the inside.


•Four steps to become a master of your own Self: controlling the body, mind and intellect with the soul. 


•How Brahmachari does not mean celibacy (which is easy to achieve) but when one controls their intellect (which is difficult to achieve). A study of Lakshmanji (a Brahmachari even though he was married) in the Ramayan. 


•Before performing any action, how to ask your soul whether you should do that thing. How to make your soul your voice. 


•Until you have attained the soul then even if you have attained the whole world it is still useless. But if you attain the soul then even if you lose the whole world then will still be fulfilled. 


•A study of the word jitendriya meaning one who has won over his senses. The definition of this word in the Manusmriti 


•A story from the Shrimad Bhagavad of how to let the senses perform their functions without any attractions or repulsions being created as a result of this.Where does the strength of the senses come from. 


•How to see Brahman in everything. A story from the life of Swami Ramtirth during His travels in Lucknow. 


•The five reasons why bondages to karmas arise.


Chapter 5 verse 4: 


 Chapter 5 verse 6:


 Chapter 5 verse 5:


Chapter 5 verse 7:


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