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Bhagavad Gita Online Class 51

The 8 components that make up the world: earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intellect and ego (chapter 7 verses 4 to 7)


•The eight components that the material world is made up of: earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intellect and ego. How each of these are more subtle than the previous ones. What we can learn from each of these.

•The two different types of nature: aparā (lower or material) and parā (higher or consciousness).

•How the process of creation if forever taking place in this world.

•How manufacturing is an unoriginal activity whereas evolving is an original activity.

•What is the ego? The two types of ego: the ego that gets its support from mineness and the pure ego.

•George Bernard Shaw's answer to the question "who is the greatest person in the world?"

•The story of how a Saint reacted when God offered Him a boon.

•A study of Shrimad Adi Shankracharya's Nirvana Shakatam about the autosuggestion of how God and you are not different.

•A description of Shakti and the explanations behind the events involving Shiva and Parvati in the Shiv Purana.

•The three types of Shakti in human beings: buddhi Shakti (intellectual power), sharīr shakti (bodily power) and vikta shakti (the power of wealth).

•Every religion says that God created the world but this is the uniqueness of Indian Rishis is in saying that That which dissolves the world is also God.

•The meaning of the word prabhav (dissolution) in Sanskrit.

•Why we have the holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.

•Why death is beautiful and the results of a study carried out on people's near death experiences.

•The difference in perspectives in looking at the world between Buddhism (as a place of sorrows) Vedic Sanatana Dharma (as a place of bliss).

•A study of Kabirji's dohas about death.

•Why there is nothing apart from God in the world and the beautiful example ShreeKrushna gives of rows of gems strung on a string.

•The reasons why God is the reasons why God is the nimitakāran (the creator) and the upādānkāran (the substance) of the world.

•The material world is a reflection and the Supreme Soul is the real thing. What people do is that they make the same mistake over and over again in trying to improve the reflection. Even after improving the material world and changing the material world, one does not get peace and steadiness.

•The more a person accepts those who oppose him then the less that this person is opposed. Only when one assimilates opposition does this person become unopposed. The mantras Brahmins chant at the beginning of worship ceremonies.

•How science searches for the meaning of the manifest whereas religion searches for the meaning of non-manifest.


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