BHAGAVAD GITA

 The Song of the Divine – The Song Divine

Introduction 

 -Bodywork:                      Yogic approach  
 
-Meditation:                     Meditation  
 -Bhagavad Gita                Introduction            

"The content of the text is a conversation between Krishna and Arjuna taking place on the battlefield of Kurukshetra just prior to the start of a climactic war. Responding to Arjuna's confusion and moral dilemma, Krishna explains to Arjuna his duties as a warrior and Prince and elaborates on a number of different Yogic and Vedantic philosophies, with examples and analogies. This has led to the Gita often being described as a concise guide to Hindu philosophy and also as a practical, self-contained guide to life. During the discourse, Krishna reveals his identity as the Supreme Being Himself (Bhagavan), blessing Arjuna with an awe-inspiring glimpse of His divine absolute form. " 

Lesson 1: The Yoga of the Despondency of Arjuna

                    -Bodywork:                      Body-Mind Control  
                   -Meditation:                     Mind control Meditation  
                   -Bhagavad Gita                The Yoga of the Despondency of Arjuna          

The Battle of Kurukshetra

BG I:1-11:    Description of the principal warriors on both sides with their fighting qualities

BGI:12-19:  Blowing of conches by the warriors on both sides

BG I:20-27:  Arjuna observes the warriors drawn up for battle

BG I:28-47:  Overwhelmed by infatuation, Arjuna gives expression to his faint-hearted-ness, tenderness and grief.

 

"The war of Kurukshetra is the incessant inner battle  

in the mind between the good and the bad,

which only concludes with the ultimate liberation"

Lesson 2: The Yoga of Knowledge

                   -Bodywork:                      Holistic Body-Mind-Spirit  
                   -Meditation:                     Karma Yoga  Meditation 
 
                   -Bhagavad Gita                The Yoga of  Knowledge 

Chapter II: Sankhyayoga, or Yoga of Knowledge 

 

 BG II: 1-10:   Arjuna and Sri Krsna discussing Arjuna’s faint-heartedness       

 BG II11-30:  Sankhyayoga (the Yoga of Knowledge) described

 BG II: 31-38:  The Ksatriya’s duty to engage himself in fight

 BG II: 39-53:  Karmayoga (the Yoga of Selfless Action) described

BG II: 54-72:  Marks of the man of stable mind and his glories described.

" Krishna teaches that only the body may be killed, while the eternal self is immortal. He appeals to Arjuna's warrior  duty that should  engage him in fight, even with his relatives in equanimity."

Lesson 3:  The Yoga of Action

 -Bodywork:                      Spine flexibility  
 -Meditation:                     Meditation 
 
 -Bhagavad Gita                The Yoga of  Action  

Chapter III-Karmayoga, or the Yoga of Action 

 

BG III:1-8:      Importance of the performance of duty, in a detached way, according to both Jnanayoga and Karmayoga

BG III:9-16:    The necessity of performing sacrifices, etc.

BG III:17-24:  The necessity for action on the part of the wise, and even on the part of God Himself, for the good of the world

BG III:25-35: Marks of the wise and the unwise; instruction about performance of action without attraction and repulsion.

BG III.36-43:  how to overcome desire. 

 

A person must act in this world: not with ego-motivation,

but as a God-given duty,

with the feeling that He alone, indeed, is the Doer, through  His instrument.  

 

Lesson IV: The Yoga of Wisdom

                   -Bodywork:                      Free dance-  full senses perception  
                   -Meditation:                     Observation- Detachment and Meditation 
 
                   -Bhagavad Gita                The Yoga of   Wisdom    

                     
Chapter IV- The Yoga of Wisdom   

 

BG IV:1-18:    The glory of God with attributes; Karma yoga, or selfless action, described.

BG IV: 19-23:  The conduct of Yogis and sages, its glory described.

BG IV: 24-32:  Different forms of sacrifices described with their fruits.

BG IV: 33-42:  The glory of Knowledge described.

 

                                             Seeing inaction in action,
                            Seeing action in inaction–
                            Such a man is wise among men:
                            A yogi–doing all action. (18)

                            Acting with the body alone,
                            Without wish, thought and self restrained,
                            Abandoning all thoughts of gain,
                            Though acting he incurs no fault. (21)


   
             I (as mind-body) did the action, I (as Self-Atman) didn’t do it.

 

Lesson 5: The Yoga of Renunciation of Action

 

               -Bodywork:                      Ida , Sushumna , Pingala  breathing  
                   -Meditation:                     No dimension   Meditation 
 
                   -Bhagavad Gita                The Yoga of  Renounciation od Action 

 
                    
 Chapter V- The Yoga of  Renunciation of Action     

BG V:1-6:      Sankhyayoga and the Yoga of disinterested action described.

BG V:7-12:    Marks of sankhyayogi and Niskama Karmayogi- their glories described

BG V:13-26: Jnanayoga, or the Yoga of Knowledge

BG V:27-29:  Dhyanayoga, or meditation, together with Devotion, described. 
   

                         Whoever lets go attachment to the fruits of his actions

                   and instead dedicates his actions to God,

                   is not touched by sin,

                   like the lotus leaf is not touched by water.(10) 
   

                   When you see the stainless unity of God  everywhere;

                    you become established in Brahman

                   and rise above the constant changes of this world.(19)

 

Lesson 6: The Yoga of Meditation

 

  -Bodywork:                     Twin to One body     
  -Meditation:                    The Meditation 
 
  -Bhagavad Gita               The Yoga of   Meditation  

Chapter VI- The yoga of meditation- The Yoga of self-Control 

BG VI:1-4:      Karmayoga, or the Yoga of disinterested Action, described; marks of one who has attained Yoga
BG VI: 5-10:    Urging one to uplift the self; marks of the God-Realized soul.
BG VI: 11-32:  Detailed description of Dhyanayoga
BG VI: 33-36:  The question of Mind-control discussed
BG VI: 37-47:  The fate of one who falls from Yoga, the glory of Dhyanayoga described.

Then the Lord said: O mighty Arjuna, undoubtedly the mind is restless and very difficult to control. But with steady practice (abhyasa) and non-attachment (vairagya), it can be controlled (35)

 

As your mind becomes harmonized through yoga practices, you begin to see the Atman in all bengs and all beings in your Self; you see the same Self everywhere and in everything. (29)

 

That (purified) yogi rises beyond the ascetics, those with psychic knowledge, and even those who do meritorious works. Therefore, Arjuna, be that yogi! (46)


 

    

 

 

 

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