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September 5 – November 7, 2022

The Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God

Jnaneshwari Chaitanya

10 WEEKLY SESSIONS, Mondays, 5:00-6:30pm ET

“ In the whole world literature there is no book so elevating and inspiring as the Gita. It is an inexhaustible spiritual treasure. It is an ocean of knowledge. It is a universal scripture for people of all temperaments and for all times.”
Swami Sivananda

The Bhagavad Gita is a dialogue between Lord Krishna and Arjuna, which took place about 5,300 years ago on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. This dialog in the form of eighteen chapters and 700 verses, is a universal gospel that appeals to all irrespective of age, race, or religion. It has a universality that embraces every aspect of human action and which suits and elevates every stage of human development. Lord Krishna teaches Arjuna and reveals to him the most profound, sublime, and soul-stirring spiritual truths. The battlefield of the Bhagavad Gita symbolizes the ongoing inner battle which every spiritual aspirant faces when trying to become a better person and to evolve on the spiritual path.

This inspiring course will focus on chapter 16 and 17 of the Bhagavad Gita. These chapters present very important and instructive teachings for all who wish to attain happiness, prosperity and success in spiritual life. 

The sixteenth chapter presents the analysis of divine and devilish qualities that are present in every human being. Lord Krishna begins by listing all of the divine qualities such as harmleslessness and peacefulness. He then provides a similar list of devilish qualities such as hypocrisy and anger. He then explains the consequences of both, encouraging us to take to the divine path which leads to Self-realization or Bliss as opposed to the slippery slope of never-ending bondage and sorrow that is brought about by entertaining the lower qualities. The chapter ends with the message that our actions should be prompted by scripture, and not by our selfish desires. In chapter 17 Arjuna, understanding that not many people have access to the scriptures, asks about the state of those people who use faith to guide their actions instead of scriptures. Answering his question, Lord Krishna gives an inspiring teaching about three types of faith which, determined by our own nature, mold our life. He teaches us to recognize our svabhava – our own inherent nature –  through studying what food we eat, what actions we perform, and with which attitude we perform those actions.  All of these are classified into three types: sattvic (pure), rajasic (passionate) and tamasic (idle or inert). Through this chapter, we are urged by Lord Krishna to reduce and ultimately stop rajasic and tamasic actions, and cultivate sattvic actions. This will purify our mind and make us fit for imbibing the knowledge of the Self.

 

In this course we will learn about :

  • The divine nature vs the demonical nature
  • The undivine beings – their conduct and fate
  • The gates to darkness which must be avoided
  • The formula for peace and happiness
  • How to resolve doubts
  • The way to determine what needs to be done vs what needs to be avoided
  • The three types of faith and how faith affects our life
  • Cultivating the right attitude for facing all aspects of human life

This course will inspire and uplift your mind! You will understand more about yourself and the essence of spiritual life.

This Bhagavad Gita course has been ongoing for over two years now and it is welcoming new students. With over twenty years of ashram life and teaching experience, Jnaneshwari Chaitanya will guide you through the teaching of this sacred text with clarity, love, and enthusiasm. Before starting the immersion into chapter 15, an introduction will be provided so that everyone can move forward together!

Millions of people around the world study the Gita and daily find solace, meaning and inner peace through the teachings contained in it. Begin your study and enjoy the benefits!

What People Are Saying About Jnaneshwari Chaitanya...

"I have been studying the Bhagavad Gita with Jnaneshwari continuously in a small group setting for the past 2 years and it has been a transformative life experience for me. I am able to have more control of my emotions, feel less anxious about life, am less judgmental, and fully trust that all that happens to me is for my growth ultimately. The sublime teachings taught with repetition from week to week allows me to learn drop by drop, and Jnaneshwari makes it so enjoyable. Each week the class engages in a 90 minute discourse where we are free to ask as many questions as necessary to understand the language of the text. I have also learned that the study happens over time and each week’s teaching builds on the previous week. Patience, humility, understanding, forgiveness self and others, self-control, and trust are some of the virtues that have been improved in my life over the past 2 years. I look forward to this precious time weekly with my classmates new and old"
- Maya F.
"Thanks to her excellent instruction style and depth of teaching, I am happy to say that I now am in my fourth Bhagavad Gita class with Jnaneshwari Chaitanya and looking forward to the next. She brings a shining enthusiasm and extensive knowledge to every class. Even though I started in the middle of the Gita discourses, a very helpful overview was provided so that I never felt lost or confused. "
- Leslie S.
"I absolutely love Gita's course by Jnaneswari Chaitanya. Can't wait every Monday to hear her teaching. Her voice is so calming, when you listen to her, you feel like a reborn. My first course led by her was in February after I found an advertisement for the ashram on Instagram. 6 weeks later I was 100% sure that I would love to participate in the next course. And here I am : more peaceful, caring and loving woman on her spiritual path surrounded by great teachers as Jnaneshwari! Thank you! "
- Nelly M.
"I completed my yoga teachers training in 2000 at the Ashram in Bahamas and although the Bhagavad Gita was part of the curriculum, I can honestly say I didn't really understand or appreciate it. As life got more complex and and the world seemed increasingly fragile I felt drawn to spiritual teachings that could offer some explanation of our true purpose here, along with tools to separate things that are important from those which are not. I enrolled in the online course taught by Jnaneshwari Chaitanya , which explores the Gita, in-depth, chapter by chapter. Jnaneshwari is a compassionate teacher who can explain complex ideas clearly and at a pace that allows for a deep understanding of the concepts. It still amazes me that words that were written over five thousand years ago can help make sense of the struggles that the world currently faces, while giving us a blueprint for keeping our own equilibrium. Although it would be lovely to be able to be at the Ashram, the online course allows for a weekly "visit" without all the travel that a trip would entail. I highly recommend this course taught by Jnaneshwari."
- Sheila M.

Additional Information:

Offered as 10 weekly sessions on Mondays, Sep 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7 5:00-6:30pm ET

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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Jnaneshwari Chaitanya

Jnaneshwari Chaitanya is a senior teacher of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers. She joined the Sivananda organization in 2001 and was initiated into Brahmacharya in 2016.

An experienced and devoted practitioner of Yoga, meditation and philosophical studies, she regularly teaches Yoga and Vedanta in the ashram programs and the Bhagavad Gita in Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Courses. Jnaneshwari Chaitanya is known for her clear and pure way of communicating yogic knowledge and its application in daily life.

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