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September 19 – December 19, 2022

Ethical Teachings:

Practical Guide to Living a Good Life
with Rukmini Chaitanya

Rukmini Chaitanya

12 WEEKLY SESSIONS, Mondays, 12:30 – 2:00 pm ET

Zoom Link and Class Recordings

Course Description:


“Ethics is morality. Morality is the gateway to God-realisation. It is the master-key of religion. He who leads a moral or virtuous life, attains freedom, perfection, or moksha.”

– Swami Sivananda, “Ethical Teachings


Discover the foundation of every spiritual practice: ethics, also known as morality and the science of conduct. When we lead a moral and just life, progress on our spiritual path is unimpeded; it is quick and efficient. Living according to a set of values, living ethically, helps us feel aligned with our soul’s purpose.

When we feel aligned with our soul’s purpose, we do not resist the lessons that life gives us. Furthermore, we are overall happier, as our minds are not weighed down by self-deprecating thoughts and questions regarding our own moral characters — this being the stuff of nightmares that keeps many a man up at night or pushes him (or her) toward bad habits, dependencies, and other actions that lead to more misery, more suffering, and less spiritual practice.

Join this 12 week course with Rukmini Chaitanya to explore the conduct of right life and to discuss and receive the answers to such soul-stirring questions as What is ethics? and Who is Good and Virtuous? Discover the benefits of living a life aligned with your moral obligations and sentiments. Moreover, learn practical tools that will help you enact the life you deserve to live fully right here and now, a life of sweet speech, honesty and faith, moderation, tolerance, fortitude, and self-control. 

Students will have the opportunity to receive personal guidance from Rukmini Chaitanya on their studies.

What is the goal of life, if not to seek happiness? If you too are desirous of a state of perpetual happiness and joy, you must cultivate the state of mind that supports it. To cultivate that state of mind, you must first cultivate a character that can sustain such a state of mind.

We must be careful about what we feed the mind in terms of our actions, desires, and thoughts; this is where ethics come in as the foundation of the pursuit of a good life, a life of happiness. 

Ethics is a relative science; what is good for one man may not be good for another man and what is good at one time may not be good at another time and at another place. Thus, a deep study of what ethics is, is necessary for every human to contemplate and reflect upon. Partaking in deep rumination on morality is what enables one to be able to formulate their own path of virtue. This course has its source material taken from the concise manual on the subject matter, Ethical Teachings by Swami Sivananda. 

The state of mind found in a happy, successful man is one of complete Presence. Happiness, after all, is only found in one place: the present. Living an ethical life, a life marked by right conduct, helps keep the mind calm and peaceful. By living such a life, one finds that their mind is no longer tormented by mistakes committed in the past or concerns about faults found in possible futures; instead, the mind becomes rooted with certainty in the now. When this occurs, everything comes easily and even the hard times pass by without fanfare like clouds in the sky.

Such a life as the one described above isn’t only possible, it is owed to you. So grasp it; grasp it now by applying yourself to the study of ethics and take back your power to live a life of happiness, peace, and complete freedom.

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Additional Information:

  • Offered as 12 weekly sessions on Mondays from 7:00 to 8:30 pm ET on the following dates: September 19, October 3, 10, 17, 22, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21 & 28, Dec 5 & 12th. 
  • This program is offered live through Zoom webinar with the availability for students to interact through Q&A with the presenter.
  • For enrolled students, a video recording will be available after each class in the event you miss a class or would like to review the content.
  • It is possible to register and take the course at any time. You can catch up on any classes you miss with the recordings.

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Rukmini Chaitanya

Rukmini Chaitanya is a senior staff member of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas, and the personal assistant to Swami Swaroopananda, the Acharya, or spiritual director of the Ashram. She regularly teaches the Bhagavad Gita during the Sivananda Yoga Teacher training as well as other courses on the Bhagavad Gita, Vedanta, positive thinking, meditation, and yoga philosophy.

Rukmini Chaitanya is known for her enthusiastic and inspiring teaching style as well as for her devotion to the lineage and the scriptures. She is dedicated to each of her students and has an innate desire to share knowledge with them. She brings a great deal of clarity to every topic and is highly appreciated for her capacity to unfold complicated topics and present them in a coherent and pure way.

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