Bhagavad Gita Online Class 44
How to control the mind to achieve one-pointed concentration (chapter 6 verses 30 to 39)
•The definition of the word Rishi: a seer and a revolutionary
•Examples of people who came from humble backgrounds to become great devotees such as Goro Kumbhār (a potter) in Maharastra, Sautā Māri (a gardener), Khātki Chamār (a tanner) and Kabir (a weaver).
•The two types of bhajans (Divine Songs).
•How to see God in everyone: the last moments of Christ's life.
•How to make the vision go away from the body and become fixed on the soul: the story of how Astavakra outwitted the other wise people in King Janak's royal court.
•Arjuna's question about the five characteristics of the mind: fickle, impetous, strong, obstinate and as difficult to control as the wind. Two reasons why Arjuna asks his first question in the sixth chapter.
•The seven conclusions we can draw about what ShreeKrushna says about the mind in the Gita: the mind always creates illusions; if one tries to force or suppress the mind then they will have no luck; one should use their intellect to bring the mind under control; one should keep the mind free from fickleness and under control; the mind can only be free from fickleness when one renounces the desire to enjoy material objects in their mind; devotion to God gives one peace of mind; and after continous efforts one can control the mind.
•A study of the Kaushitaki Upanishad about knowing the mind in its entirety
•A study of the Sadhyapan about the relationship between meditation and the mind.
•A study of the Keno Upanishad about the fickleness of the mind.
•A study of the Chandogya Upanishad about how the mind can be made still.
•A study of the Brihadaranakya Upanishad about the potential of the mind.
•A study of the Maitriya Upanishad, the Amritvindu Upanishad about what the mind does during the waking and sleeping states.
•A study of the Gambabindhu Upanishad about churning the mind.
•A study of the Skanda Purana about cleaning the mind of dirt.
•The importance of positivity in controlling the mind. The story of the first people to climb Mount Everest
•Arjuna's mistake in comparing the mind to wind. An explanation of the substance and matter of the mind. How the mind is a by-product and does not have a solid existence.
•Why if something is fickle then it can become steady. How humans developed fingers through evolution
•The difference between the Sanskrit words chalat (fickle) and chanchalat (becoming restless over and over again)
•A study of the Amrutado Upanishad about the importance of constant practice in meditation
•A study of the Anu Gita in the Ashvameda book of the Mahabharata about how long it takes to attain the Supreme Soul through meditation
•The two things needed to attain non-attachment: the belief that you can change and improve no matter which situation you are in life; if you have helped other people then not to have the expectation that they will help you as well; and knowing that all faults arise because of an attraction to the material world
•The story of Ajamil in the Shrimad Bhagavad about what happens when you witness events that are not good for you
•The true meaning of the three monkeys that Mahatma Gandhi had
•Why Ganeshji's ears are shaped like a large winnowing basket: the importance of a leader in being discriminative about what he hears
•A study of people's body language and how this shows what they are thinking
•Arjuna's question about what happens to one who practices Yoga but fails to attain the goal in this body. A study of the example of the rent cloud.
•The meaning of the name "Krushna"
•A study of Kabirji's bhajan entitled Lali mere Lal ki
Chapter 6 verse 30: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhBOYDD59xM
Chapter 6 verse 31: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R7XGw6P3eY
Chapter 6 verse 32: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wlO5PbxGf0
Chapter 6 verses 33 and 34: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2dy-tTFukE
Chapter 6 verse 35: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJjGH19maUE
Chapter 6 verse 36: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=honnrpKs71w
Chapter 6 verses 37 to 39: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMEf4J_UEko
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