wisdom of the gita
a deeper dive into the spiritual essence of the Bhagavad gita
A 2 hour session once a week for nine weeks exploring the philosophical and spiritual wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita.
About the Course
The Bhagavad Gita is both a deeply spiritual and very practical scripture. It reveals the essential united nature of our existence and explains the practices and attitudes we can adopt in our daily lives to help us live in alignment with that essence and know it for ourselves.
This course is suitable for those who are already somewhat familiar with the Gita who wish to refresh and deepen their knowledge of it.
Themes will include:
- The Sanskrit of the Gita — the power contained in the sound of the original Sanskrit. You will learn to pronounce the original Sanskrit of several key verses and come to understand the meaning of some of the most important Sanskrit words.
- The Story of the Gita—what the characters really represent and how they relate to your own mind and existence. Inquiring into the real nature of the mind and ego as a means of deeply realising that you are not confined by them.
- Gyan Yoga — the yoga of the knowledge of the indestructible, indivisible nature of Existence. How can we know ourselves as the undivided whole when our experience is of individuality? We will explore how to remove the obstacles to the direct realisation of your true nature.
- Karma Yoga—the yoga of action, what it means to be a “non-doer” and to surrender the results of your actions yet, crucially, continue to act for good in the world.
- The Three Gunas — looking carefully at how the gunas affect each of our day to day lives and how more sattwa can be introduced. And why the gunas must ultimately be transcended.
- Bhakti Yoga —the yoga of devotion—what is it that you are actually devoted to in your life? How do you express that devotion? What does it mean to be devoted to Krishna, or to the Truth?
- Dhyan Yoga —the yoga of meditation. The real purpose of meditation is not just to calm your mind (though that’s a great side-effect) but to realise the one unchanging Being that is your own source. We will be exploring what technique of meditation should be used for this and how you can establish a regular meditation practice that works for you in your life.
- “The Field and the Knower of the Field”—exploring the knowledge of manifest existence (“the field”) and the one who witnesses this field (the Self) as described in chapter 13 of the Gita. True knowledge involves having knowledge of both of these aspects of existence.
There will be plenty of time for Self-inquiry and questions and answers so that the heart of this amazing scripture can positively impact not just your yoga/meditation practice but your daily life.
While there is no preparation or study required outside of the class, it will be suggested that students introduce certain practices into their lives during the course in order to allow the knowledge to be experienced directly.
This course happens once a year. The next course will start in March 2023. Exact date/time to be confirmed.
To register interest or if you have any questions about this course, please get in touch via my Contact page.