Bhagavad Gita Online Class 58
The distinguishing features between matter and consciousness (chapter 8 verses 4 to 5)
•The definition of the domain of the elements as destructible nature, the definition of the domain of the gods as the cosmic spirit and the definition of the domain of Yagna as God.
•Shrimad Adi Shankracharyaji's explanation of the domain of the elements as everything that has been created.
•A study of the Keno Upanishad about how everything one listens to is not Brahman.
•The story of a game of wits between Indra (king of the gods) and a Brahmin
•Why agni (fire) is the god of speech and why you should preserve your speech.
•Why prithvi (earth) is the god of the nose and where all smells come from.
•Why chandra (the moon) is the mind and why according to Jyotishastra (Vedic astrology) people's intellectual capabilities multiply on the night of a full moon.
•The story in the Puranas at the beginning of creation when Brahma came out of the navel of Vishnu.
•The definition of Purush (consciousness) in the Shankarbhasya of Shrimad Adi Shankracharya
•A study about the meaning of Yagnya in the Taittriya Sahita, the Chandogya Upanishad and the Shruti Sahitya.
•The six phases of Brahman explained using the description of the water cycle.
•The importance of contemplation about death, preparing for death and what we should remember at the time of death. The example of answering a 20 mark question in an exam.
•Why death is the biggest fear. Why death is not impure but pure, beautiful and fortunate.
•Why one cannot get help from anyone apart from God at the time of death. The experiences of a doctor who watched many patients die.
•Why we should remember God at the time of death? When is the time of death? Do we not die every second as our bodies are always dying?
•Why the place where Gnaneshwar Maharaj left His body is called Muili Gnaneshwar. The experience of Samadhi (vision of God).
•How much do we remember in this life? Vinoba Bhave's explanation of how we collect Sanskar (imprints) throughout our lives.
Chapter 8 verse 4: http://youtu.be/mOEBBkzt68Q
Chapter 8 verse 5: http://youtu.be/SFI-rwYrP1o
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