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The Song Celestial unfolds a dialogue of the advice given by an avatar or God incarnate. The recipient of the message is Arjuna, the prototype of the struggling human soul who is ready to receive the great knowledge by his close companionship and increasing nearness to the divine Self within himself. This symbolic companionship of Krishna and Arjuna, the divine and the human soul is further dramatized by the fact that their dialogue takes place amidst the din and clamor of a battlefield. The teacher in the Gita is therefore not only the God who is transcendent but also the God in man who unveils Himself through an increasing knowledge... Vanamali, Nitya Yoga. Aldous Huxley, asserts that ‘The Bhagavad Gita occupies an intermediate position between scripture and theology; for it combines the poetical qualities of the first with the clear-cut methodicalness of the second. ‘The book may be described’ writes Ananda K. Coomaraswamy in his admirable Hinduism and Buddhism, ‘as a compendium of the whole doctrine to be found in the earlier Vedas, Brahmanas and Upanishads, and being therefore the basis of all the The later developments, it can be regarded as the focus of all Indian religion... ...But this focus of Indian religion is also one of the clearest and most comprehensive summaries of the perennial philosophy ever to have been made. Hence its enduring value, not only for Indians, but for all mankind’. The Bhagavad Gita (Song Celestial) offers an understanding of The Great Mystery, which has inspired many of the giants of the Western intellectual tradition. The transcendentalist poets Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman were students of The Bhagavad Gita. Thoreau wrote: ‘In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous cosmological philosophy of The Bhagavad Gita, in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial.’ Emerson, referring to the Gita, wrote: ‘It was the first of books. It was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of

The Song Celestial unfolds a dialogue of the advice given by an avatar or God incarnate. The recipient of the message is Arjuna, the prototype of the struggling human soul who is ready to receive the great knowledge by his close companionship and increasing nearness to the divine Self within himself. This symbolic companionship of Krishna and Arjuna, the divine and the human soul is further dramatized by the fact that their dialogue takes place amidst the din and clamor of a battlefield. The teacher in the Gita is therefore not only the God who is transcendent but also the God in man who unveils Himself through an increasing knowledge... Vanamali, Nitya Yoga. Aldous Huxley, asserts that ‘The Bhagavad Gita occupies an intermediate position between scripture and theology; for it combines the poetical qualities of the first with the clear-cut methodicalness of the second. ‘The book may be described’ writes Ananda K. Coomaraswamy in his admirable Hinduism and Buddhism, ‘as a compendium of the whole doctrine to be found in the earlier Vedas, Brahmanas and Upanishads, and being therefore the basis of all the The later developments, it can be regarded as the focus of all Indian religion... ...But this focus of Indian religion is also one of the clearest and most comprehensive summaries of the perennial philosophy ever to have been made. Hence its enduring value, not only for Indians, but for all mankind’. The Bhagavad Gita (Song Celestial) offers an understanding of The Great Mystery, which has inspired many of the giants of the Western intellectual tradition. The transcendentalist poets Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman were students of The Bhagavad Gita. Thoreau wrote: ‘In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous cosmological philosophy of The Bhagavad Gita, in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial.’ Emerson, referring to the Gita, wrote: ‘It was the first of books. It was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of
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The Song Celestial unfolds a dialogue of the advice given by an avatar or God incarnate. The recipient of the message is Arjuna, the prototype of the struggling human soul who is ready to receive the great knowledge by his close companionship and increasing nearness to the divine Self within himself. This symbolic companionship of Krishna and Arjuna, the divine and the human soul is further dramatized by the fact that their dialogue takes place amidst the din and clamor of a battlefield. The teacher in the Gita is therefore not only the God who is transcendent but also the God in man who unveils Himself through an increasing knowledge... Vanamali, Nitya Yoga. Aldous Huxley, asserts that ‘The Bhagavad Gita occupies an intermediate position between scripture and theology; for it combines the poetical qualities of the first with the clear-cut methodicalness of the second. ‘The book may be described’ writes Ananda K. Coomaraswamy in his admirable Hinduism and Buddhism, ‘as a compendium of the whole doctrine to be found in the earlier Vedas, Brahmanas and Upanishads, and being therefore the basis of all the The later developments, it can be regarded as the focus of all Indian religion... ...But this focus of Indian religion is also one of the clearest and most comprehensive summaries of the perennial philosophy ever to have been made. Hence its enduring value, not only for Indians, but for all mankind’. The Bhagavad Gita (Song Celestial) offers an understanding of The Great Mystery, which has inspired many of the giants of the Western intellectual tradition. The transcendentalist poets Emerson, Thoreau, and Whitman were students of The Bhagavad Gita. Thoreau wrote: ‘In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous cosmological philosophy of The Bhagavad Gita, in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial.’ Emerson, referring to the Gita, wrote: ‘It was the first of books. It was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of

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Gita Intro Part A

6/20/2009
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Introduction: The first in a series of 23 discourses on the Bhagavad Gita. These talks were given at a time when I was truly inspired by the charioteer of Partha. I was in a state of ecstasy and hardly knew what I was saying. Now when I look back on these talks I am amazed at my audacity in having dared to write on something about which I knew little more than nothing. But looking back over my life I see that I seem to have continued to dare to write on things about which I knew very...

Duration:00:36:02

Gita Intro Part B

6/19/2009
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Introduction: The first in a series of discourses on the Bhagavad Gita These talks were given at a time when I was truly inspired by the charioteer of Partha. I was in a state of ecstasy and hardly knew what I was saying. Now when I look back on these talks I am amazed at my audacity in having dared to write on something about which I knew little more than nothing. But looking back over my life I see that I seem to have continued to dare to write on things about which I knew very little....

Duration:00:37:30

Gita Chapter 1

6/19/2009
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The first chapter is called Arjuna Vishada Yoga: Union By Means Of The Despondency Of Arjuna. The word Yoga means union. Thus any activity which enables us to obtain union with the Divine can be called a yoga. ...The message of the Gita is thus addressed to the fighter- the man of action... life is the battlefield of Kurukshetra which each one of us has to learn to face and fight our way through, before we can reach the other side which is Dharmakshetra. Each chapter begins with the...

Duration:00:50:23

Gita Ch 2 Part A

6/19/2009
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The second chapter is called Sankhya yoga but actually it deals entirely with Vedanta. The eternal nature of the atman and the ephemeral mature of the body is revealed to Arjuna. "The atman is eternal, immortal, never born and therefor can never die. It is pure consciousness and pure existence. That which is existent can never cease to exist. This is one of the laws of physics - energy can never be destroyed. it can only change its form. One body falls and the jivatman flits to...

Duration:00:51:00

Gita Ch 2 Part B

6/19/2009
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The second chapter is called Sankhya yoga but actually it deals entirely with Vedanta. The eternal nature of the atman and the ephemeral mature of the body is revealed to Arjuna. "The atman is eternal, immortal, never born and therefor can never die. It is pure consciousness and pure existence. That which is existent can never cease to exist. This is one of the laws of physics - energy can never be destroyed. it can only change its form. One body falls and the jivatman flits to...

Duration:00:55:04

Gita Chapter 3

6/18/2009
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Karma yoga the yoga of action is the theme of the third chapter. This is one of the most difficult sections in the whole text and provides a key to understanding the whole message. Chapter 3, 4 and 5 of the Gita deal exhaustively with Karma yoga. However we find that even in the 6th chapter the Lord starts by reiterating what has already been said. “Anashrita karmaphalam … He who performs his swadharma without any dependence “anashrita” on the fruits of his action, he is both the karma...

Duration:00:51:29

Gita Chapter 4

6/18/2009
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The Yoga of Knowledge and Action is the title of the fourth chapter. All existence is a working out or evolving of the One Eternal Spirit. Every Atom...imbued with the will and intelligence of the Spirit... This being the case can we call every man an Avatar? Sri Krishna reveals the secret of action and the ideal of yajna or sacrifice. Mataji is the author of eleven wonderful books that share the ancient legends and timeless teachings of the Puranas and Vedas in English. Of these Sri...

Duration:00:50:51

Gita Chapter 5

6/18/2009
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The Yoga of Renunciation And Action. Is asceticism and non-action superior to action? This is one of the questions Shri Krishna addresses in this liberating teaching. ...once more the central idea of the Gita is postulated... an Infinite Being who is not merely the witness, but the enjoyer of all action done as yajna. Visit: Vanamali Ashram’s Home Page

Duration:00:48:21

Gita Chapter 6

6/18/2009
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The Yoga of Self Discipline. The divine Self is present in everything and is constantly beckoning to us... Detachment and practice are the keys to Self knowledge. Sri Krishna offers instructions for meditation. The chapter concludes extolling Bhakti Yoga. Visit: Vanamali Ashram’s Bhakti Yoga Home Page

Duration:00:49:08

Gita Chapter 7

6/18/2009
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The seventh chapter, The Yoga of Wisdom and Decernment, opens the door to the exhalted mansion of Bhakti Yoga.

Duration:00:51:46

Gita Chapter 8

6/18/2009
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Yoga of The Impeirshable Brahman Sri Krishna explains the metaphysical concepts: Brahman, adhyatma, karma, adhibhuta... Visit: Vanamali Ashram’s Bhakti Yoga Home Page

Duration:00:50:51

Gita Chapter 9

6/18/2009
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The Yoga of Sovereign Knowledge and Sovereign Secret. A powerful religious impulse permeates the ninth, tenth and eleventh chapters... Visit: Vanamali Ashram’s Bhakti Yoga Home Page

Duration:00:55:08

Gita Chapter 10

6/18/2009
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The Yoga of The Divine Manifestations The yoga of the Gita...is the gospel of the Divinity in man which forces him out of the encasing of his lower nature to an increasing awareness of the Divine within him and outside him, through the methods of yoga... visit www.vanamaliashram.org

Duration:00:53:50

Gita Chapter 11

6/18/2009
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The Yoga of the Vision of Cosmic Form ...the illusion that all things exist separate from God has been dispelled from his mind. He realized that all nature is but a revelation of that Godhead... Mataji’s love songs are translated at at the www.vanamaliashram.org Vanamali Love Songs page. Her Vanamali love Songs album is available at the Ashram’s on-line store. Visit: Vanamali Ashram’s Bhakti Yoga Home Page

Duration:00:53:52

Gita Chapter 12

6/18/2009
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The Yoga of Devotion Lord Krishna unites the triple strands of divine love, divine knowledge and divine works, Bhakti, Jnana and Karma and unites them into one. Creature, creator and creation blend into one... This is the supreme teaching of the Gita. Visit: Vanamali Ashram’s Bhakti Yoga Home Page

Duration:00:39:15

Gita Chapter 13

6/18/2009
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The Yoga of the Distinction Between the Field and the Knower of the Field. In the thirteenth chapter, Lord Krishna says that the entire universe is a field for the play of god. This field has two parts. On the universal level it includes the whole of cosmic manifestation and on the individual level it consists of the body, mind, intellect and ego. The first cannot be separated from the other. It is only now that western science is coming to understand this truth. The Gita describes this...

Duration:00:36:44

Gita Chapter 14

6/18/2009
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The Yoga of The Distinction Between The Three Gunas. What is Liberation? Who is it that is liberated and from what, when all is Spirit and Spirit alone. The special feature of the Gita is that it insists that "karma" or action has to be done since we live in an active universe and we cannot say that we will not act. Nature will force us to act. But this action has to be done without expectation of any personal rewards. In this way we will get out of the thrall of the law of karma. This is...

Duration:00:51:38

Gita Chapter 15

6/17/2009
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The Yoga of The Supreme Person The 15th chapter delineates three Purushas - The Kshara, the Akshara and the Uttama. The Kshara is the Kshetra of the 13th chapter - all of visible nature. The Akshara, He says "is an eternal portion of myself that becomes the jiva in this world". "Mamaivamso jivaloke, jivabhuta sanatana". This means that each person in his spiritual reality is the very divine, however partial its actual manifestation may seem to appear to our eyes. We call it the jiva...

Duration:00:50:46

Gita Chapter 16

6/17/2009
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The Yoga of The Distinction Between Divine and Demonic Qualities. ...the advice of the Gita is given by an avatar or God incarnate. The recipient of the message is Arjuna, the prototype of the struggling human soul who is ready to receive the great knowledge by his close companionship and increasing nearness to the divine Self within himself. This symbolic companionship of Krishna and Arjuna, the divine and the human soul is further dramatized by the fact that their dialogue takes place...

Duration:00:46:14

Gita Chapter 17

6/17/2009
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The Yoga of The Three Fold Faith Om Tat Sat is the mantra that embodies the sraddha or faith which can divinize our every action through a consciousness of the transcendence and eminence of Reality.

Duration:00:50:11