BHAGAVAD GITA – YOUR HANDBOOK FOR SELF- UNDERSTANDING AND REALISATION REALISATION.
“When the mind becomes still, by the sincere and persistent practice of yoga and meditation, the True Self (Atman) reveals itself to the individual consciousness. In this state, the yogi is beyond the influence of material mental activity and now enjoys permanent joy, understanding and peace in all circumstances, for no reason.” BHAGAVAD GITA (6:20)
The Bhagavad Gita is part of the epic The Maha Bharata. Within the Maha Bharata is a bloody war between two families of cousins, which involves the entire family.
As the two armies line up opposite each other to commence this bloody battle, Sri Krishna drives the chariot of the great warrior Arjuna and stops right between the two opposing armies. This is the scene of The Bhagavad Gita.
This is the moment of Arjun’s uncertainty, this is the moment of our uncertainty – with all our fears, and unhappinesses etc.
Thus begins the great dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna. It is an ancient sanskrit text on the subject of Brahma Vidya, the Science of Consciousness (Awareness) and turns out to be the greatest instruction on how to live the yogic life moment to moment in everyday life. It does not tell you that you need to give up everything and become a monk, or disappear and retreat in the forest or the Himalayas – it does not tell you not to either! But it does provide very clear instructions on how one can live life within all situations, including raising the family, work and living in society and still become Self Realised.
So when Sri Krishna stops Arjuna’s chariot, between the two warring families – he is really parking the chariot right in the middle of your Mind – between all the warring contradictions of your Mind. Krishna then begins to reply to all Arjuna’s questions and uncertainties and gives suggestions/instructions on how to live within this very life of so much confusion. If one becomes diligent in practice then the clouds will pass and you will have more clarity in your life, resulting in your hidden, innate happiness arising within you. Then the real Journey of Awakening begins, the Journey of Self Realisation, the Journey of Self-Understanding.
Why don’t you join Anand Nigam this Winter and Spring – on this unique, in-depth, on-line, course of personal, self-study, enquiry and meditation.
DATES AND TIMES
10 Thursday evenings (7.30 pm to 9 pm from 28th January to 8th April 2021) study of The Bhagavad Gita.
2021 – 28/1, 4/2, 11/2, 18/2, 4/3, 11/3, 18/3, 25/3, 1/4, 8/4.
PLUS the following 10 Tuesday morning (7 am to 8 am 2 nd February to 13th April) brief pointers from previous Thursday lesson followed by silent meditation together.
2021 – 2/2, 9/2, 16/2, 2/3, 9/3,16/3, 23/3, 30/3, 6/4, 13/4.
As an optional extra this study is completed with a three-day Silent Residential Meditation Retreat in Doorn on Weekend Friday 28th May to 30th May 2021.