The Song of the Divine – The Song Divine
-Bodywork: Yogic approach
-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
-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
-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
BGII: 11-30: Sankhyayoga (the Yoga of Knowledge) described
BGII: 31-38: The Ksatriya’s duty to engage himself in fight
BGII: 39-53: Karmayoga (the Yoga of Selfless Action) described
BGII: 54-72: Marks of the man of stable mind and his glories described.
Krishnateaches 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
-Bhagavad Gita The Yoga of Action
Chapter III-Karmayoga, or the Yoga of Action
necessity of performing sacrifices, etc.
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
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,
the feeling that He alone, indeed, is the Doer, through
Lesson IV: The Yoga of Wisdom
dance- full senses
-Meditation: Observation- Detachment and Meditation
-Bhagavad Gita The Yoga of Wisdom
Chapter IV- The Yoga of Wisdom
The glory of God with attributes; Karma yoga, or selfless action,
IV: 19-23: The conduct of Yogis
and sages, its glory described.
IV: 24-32: Different forms of
sacrifices described with their fruits.
IV: 33-42: The glory of Knowledge
Seeing inaction in action,
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
Sankhyayoga and the Yoga of disinterested action described.
Marks of sankhyayogi and Niskama Karmayogi- their glories described
V:13-26: Jnanayoga, or the Yoga of Knowledge
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;
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
or the Yoga of disinterested Action, described; marks of one who has attained
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.
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)
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)
(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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