The Bhagavad Gita: The Yoga Of Meditation with Jnaneshwari Chaitanya – May 2024

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May 20 – August 5, 2024

The Bhagavad Gita: The Yoga Of Meditation

Jnaneshwari Chaitanya

12 WEEKLY SESSIONS, Mondays, 4:00-5:30pm ET

If you wish to encounter the most profound, sublime, and soul-stirring spiritual truths, this is the course for you!

“ 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

One of the most inspiring books in the world, the Bhagavad Gita is a dialogue between Lord Krishna and Arjuna, which took place about 5,300 years ago. This dialog is a universal gospel that appeals to all irrespective of age, race, or religion. It has a universality that embraces every aspect of human life and which suits and elevates every stage of human development.

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!

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This inspiring course will focus on chapter 6 which teaches the most profound teachings about Meditation and leading a balanced, healthy life!

Chapter 6 of the Bhagavad Gita is known as “Dhyana Yoga” or “The Yoga of Meditation.” This chapter delves into the profound practice of meditation and the qualities required for success in this spiritual discipline. It elucidates the path of meditation and self-discipline as crucial means to attain spiritual enlightenment and union with the Divine. It emphasizes the importance of controlling the mind, practicing detachment, and leading a balanced lifestyle to achieve inner peace and Self-realization.

Key Teachings: 

  • Importance of Meditation: Lord Krishna emphasizes the significance of meditation as a means to attain spiritual growth and union with the Divine. He describes meditation as a way to control the mind and senses, leading to inner peace and self-realization.
  • Steadiness and Discipline: Krishna explains that meditation requires discipline and regular practice. It involves withdrawing the senses from external distractions and focusing the mind on the Divine within.
  • Control of the Mind: The mind is depicted as both the friend and enemy of the self. Through meditation, one can control the mind and make it a powerful ally in the spiritual journey.
  • Yogi’s Lifestyle: The ideal lifestyle of a yogi is described, which includes moderation in eating, sleeping, and recreation. A balanced and disciplined lifestyle supports the practice of meditation.
  • Detachment and Equanimity: Krishna advises cultivating detachment towards material desires and possessions. By practicing detachment, one can attain inner peace and equanimity.
  • Path of Meditation: The chapter elucidates the process of meditation, beginning with finding a quiet place, sitting in a comfortable posture, and focusing the mind on the Divine through steady concentration.
  • Benefits of Meditation: Lord Krishna enumerates the numerous benefits of meditation, including inner joy, spiritual enlightenment, and liberation from the cycle of birth and death.
  • Stages of Yoga: The chapter also touches upon the stages of yoga, from preliminary practices to the ultimate state of self-realization.

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Join this course and learn how to apply the teachings in your daily life!! 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 6, an introduction will be provided so that everyone can move forward together!

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 12 weekly sessions on Mondays, May 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & Aug 5th from 4:00 – 5:30 pm 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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