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July 18- August 15, 2022

The Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God

Jnaneshwari Chaitanya

5 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

This inspiring course will focus on chapter 15 of the Bhagavad Gita. In this chapter the material world is compared to an upside-down peepul tree ! On the branches of this mysterious tree, the embodied souls wander up and down, from lifetime after lifetime.
By describing in detail the symbolism of the upside-down tree, this chapter conveys the concept of how in ignorance of this tree of material existence, the embodied souls become bound to the material world, unaware of the reality of the Self.

This chapter teaches us that in order to realize the Truth, our own Self, we must first cut this tree of material existence with the ax of non-attachment or dispassion. Then we must look within and find the root of this tree which is no other than the Supreme Lord Himself !

In this course we will learn about :

  • How the embodied soul, ignorant of its divine nature, savors the material objects of the senses and becomes bound to materialistic life
  • The nature of Samsara or worldly life
  • How the soul transmigrates to a new body at the time of death and how it carries with it the mind and senses; from the present and previous lives.
  • The eye of knowledge – how it allows the Yogis to see clearly the presence of the soul in the body when alive and at its departure upon death. The ignorant, however, do not see this.
  • The glories of God shine forth all around us in this world. By recognizing them, we can realize His existence.
  • The real nature of Brahman, the Supreme Self, the Light of all lights
  • The three aspects of the divine existence: the world of matter called the perishable, Maya Shakti – the illusory power of the Lord – called the imperishable and the eternal Supreme Being.

This course will inspire and uplift your mind! You will understand the truth about creation and about the soul. You will understand the true meaning of detachment or dispassion and its purpose.

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 5 weekly sessions on Mondays, Jul 18, 25, Aug 1, 8, 15  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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