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Teachings by Yogesvara (Joshua M. Greene). Here's an ideal course for enriching your yoga in the company of inspired teachers and students. Each session includes readings, analysis, audiovisuals, verse recitations and practical insights in India's essential wisdom text. Attendees will discover the message of the Gita, master basic vocabulary and concepts, and acquire skills for teaching and practicing Gita philosophy. For more information on attending one of our classes live please visit our website at www.atma.org/event/current-events Click here to like us on https://www.facebook.com/gitawisdomteachings?ref=bookmarks

Teachings by Yogesvara (Joshua M. Greene). Here's an ideal course for enriching your yoga in the company of inspired teachers and students. Each session includes readings, analysis, audiovisuals, verse recitations and practical insights in India's essential wisdom text. Attendees will discover the message of the Gita, master basic vocabulary and concepts, and acquire skills for teaching and practicing Gita philosophy. For more information on attending one of our classes live please visit our website at www.atma.org/event/current-events Click here to like us on https://www.facebook.com/gitawisdomteachings?ref=bookmarks
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Teachings by Yogesvara (Joshua M. Greene). Here's an ideal course for enriching your yoga in the company of inspired teachers and students. Each session includes readings, analysis, audiovisuals, verse recitations and practical insights in India's essential wisdom text. Attendees will discover the message of the Gita, master basic vocabulary and concepts, and acquire skills for teaching and practicing Gita philosophy. For more information on attending one of our classes live please visit our website at www.atma.org/event/current-events Click here to like us on https://www.facebook.com/gitawisdomteachings?ref=bookmarks

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Episodes

Gurus: Questions & Answers

5/20/2019
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What is a guru? Who is qualified? How does one find a guru? What is the relationship between guru and disciple? What are the qualifications of the disciple? And more. Week 31 of the Long Island Gita Wisdom Series recorded on May 9, 2019. Class notes available at www.gitawisdom.org/podcast. Questions? Join the Gita Wisdom Discussion Group on Facebook. We are reading from Bhagavad Gita As It Is by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Duration:01:02:19

The Psychic Roots of Karma [BG 4.16-4.18] Week 20

5/10/2019
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Action, forbidden action, and inaction and the resulting karmic reactions are covered. We discuss the different kinds of karma, how karma plays out over lifetimes, and whether or not we, as spiritual practitioners, are obliged to assume greater social responsibilities. Lastly, we touch on the psychology of karma. BG 4.16-4.18 Class notes available at www.gitawisdom.org/podcast. Questions? Join the Gita Wisdom Discussion Group on Facebook. We are reading from Bhagavad Gita As It Is by A.C....

Duration:00:45:13

Interview with Rabbi Michael White

4/4/2019
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Michael White is a senior Rabbi at Temple Sinai in Roslyn, NY. He joins our Gita class to talk about the role people of faith bring to social activism. -------------- gitawisdom.org/podcast

Duration:01:10:31

LI, Wk 19 - Priest, warrior, merchant, worker [BG 4.13-15]

10/4/2018
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Topics: -Varna-ashram system (the four castes and four life stages) -Vedic conception of work and distribution of wealth Additional topics: -Becker's "The Denial of Death" and it's parallels to the teachings of the Gita -Agha, the terrible demon Class notes available at www.gitawisdom.org/podcast. Questions? Join the Gita Wisdom Discussion Group on Facebook. We are reading from Bhagavad Gita As It Is by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Duration:00:54:48

LI, Week 16 - Interview with Shaunaka Rishi Das

8/30/2018
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Director of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, Shaunaka Rishi visits our class for an enlightening chat with Joshua about the Bhagavad Gita, Vedic culture, interfaith communication, dogma, and a variety of other topics.

Duration:00:30:19

Bhakti Bit: Deity worship, idols, and sacred objects

8/10/2018
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Deity worship is sometimes confused with idolatry. This brief Q&A addresses the differences and some of the history. Recorded during Long Island Series, Week 15 (August 9, 2018)

Duration:00:08:15

LI, Wk 15: Three Excuses for Avoiding the Spiritual Journey

8/9/2018
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Why do we become apathetic about spiritual practices? Rational excuses can disguise deeper causes. Bhakti practices, in particular, challenge us to confront our material discomforts—and often it is easier to pretend we are “One”. We should take care not to avoid the very relief we seek. [BG 4.9, 4.10] Topics include: - An explanation of "ego" or How material ego differs from the spiritual self - Why people reject the idea of an eternal self - Why people reject the idea of God as a person...

Duration:00:49:34

Long Island, Week 14: [BG 4.7, 4.8] Purpose of the Avatars

7/26/2018
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BG 4.7 explains that Krishna appears in this world when there is a decline in morality, a rise in violence, when leaders rule against the well-being of their citizens. The current state of the world seems to fit this description. So, where is Krishna now? Topics include: - Krishna’s purpose for appearing in the world - The different avatars of Krishna Additional topics include: - How do we know Krishna is the Supreme? Why take him at his word? - A brief telling of Krishna’s birth and the...

Duration:00:37:22

Long Island Series, Week 13: [BG 4.4-4.6]

7/12/2018
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Arjuna, who grew up with Krishna, questions how Krishna taught the science of the self to the sun god at the dawn of time. [BG 4.4 - 4.6] Topics include: - The role of karma in shaping our lives and bodies - Why we don’t remember our past lives - What happens when we are liberated - The story of Jada Bharata Additional topics include: - Three obstacles to chanting - The story of Kalman Shapira, the rebbe of the Warsaw Ghetto Class notes available at www.gitawisdom.org/podcast Questions? Join...

Duration:00:39:49

Long Island Series, Week 12: [BG 4.1-.3] In the Beginning...

6/28/2018
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Until now, Krishna has not given any hints as to his true identity. In Chapter 4 Krishna reveals he taught this ancient knowledge to the sun god at the dawn of the millennium. [BG 4.1 - 4.3] Additional topics include: - An explanation of the invocation om namo bhagavate vasudevaya - The power of the Gita teachings for good and evil - The role of faith in understanding the Gita Class notes available at www.gitawisdom.org/podcast Questions? Join the Gita Wisdom Discussion Group on Facebook...

Duration:00:29:46

Long Island Series, Week 11: Dhruva

6/21/2018
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Chapter 3 of the Gita points to the pathology of conditioned life and obstacles on the spiritual path. This class includes a summary of the Vedic story of Dhruva, the boy king who found God through meditation. Additional topics include: -How our spiritual knowledge can help us navigate life’s challenges -The role of guru Class notes available at www.gitawisdom.org/podcast Questions? Join the Gita Wisdom Discussion Group on Facebook We are reading from Bhagavad Gita As It Is by A.C....

Duration:00:47:13

Long Island Series, Week 9 - BG 3.21, Leadership

6/9/2018
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Bhagavad Gita 3.21: The importance of good qualities in a leader. Topics include: - Developing good qualities - Krishna’s instructions on meditation Class notes available at www.gitawisdom.org/podcast Questions? Join the Gita Wisdom Discussion Group on Facebook We are reading from Bhagavad Gita As It Is by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Duration:00:24:37

Long Island Series, Week 8: BG 3.6

5/21/2018
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Bhagavad Gita 3.6: Being honest about our spiritual capabilities. Topics include: - Realistically assessing our daily practice - A brief explanation of the four regulative principles - An explanation of the Hare Krishna mantra Class notes available at www.gitawisdom.org/podcast Questions? Join the Gita Wisdom Discussion Group on Facebook We are reading from Bhagavad Gita As It Is by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Duration:00:23:52

Long Island Series, Week 7: History of Science in One Verse

5/15/2018
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Third chapter Bhagavad Gita begins with a concise summary of how knowledge is attained and the formula for lasting prosperity (BG 3.3). Additional topics include: - The cycle of ages: satya, treta, dvapara, and kali yugas. - Why do some people resist pursuing what would make them happy? - Who are the demigods (devas), what do they do and what is our relationship with them? Class notes available at www.gitawisdom.org/podcast Questions? Join the Gita Wisdom Discussion Group on Facebook We are...

Duration:00:33:08

Long Island Series, Week 6: Empiric Knowledge or Revelation?

5/5/2018
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Are spiritual intuitions and rational thought antithetical or complimentary? Topics include: - Interviews with leading physicists on the existence of God - Questions and answers on the nature of devotional life Class notes available at www.gitawisdom.org/podcast Questions? Join the Gita Wisdom Discussion Group on Facebook We are reading from Bhagavad Gita As It Is by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Duration:00:34:55

Long Island Series, Week 4: Topic Summary, Brahma’s Creation

4/24/2018
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This week we summarized topics from the previous three classes. Topics include: - The purpose of yoga - The symptoms of life - The impersonal brahman - The distortion of Krishna’s pastimes Additional topics include: - Brahma’s creation story and the Govinda Prayers - How to show compassion to those we disagree with Class notes available at www.gitawisdom.org/podcast Questions? Join the Gita Wisdom Discussion Group on Facebook We are reading from Bhagavad Gita As It Is by A.C. Bhaktivedanta...

Duration:00:31:32

Long Island Series, Week 3: Three Levels of Realization

4/7/2018
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Personhood is critical to understanding the Gita. This class we discuss the personhood of the self and the Supreme and biases against personal divinity. Topics include: - Summary of last week’s class - The three levels of realization - The Bhagavad Gita and questions of religion - The challenges of a personal divinity Class notes available at www.gitawisdom.org/podcast Questions? Join the Gita Wisdom Discussion Group on Facebook at bit.ly/gitafbgroup We are reading from Bhagavad Gita As It...

Duration:00:31:10

Long Island Series, Week 2: The Mahabharata

3/31/2018
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To give the Bhagavad Gita context, in week 2 we talk about the Mahabharata and the backstory of events leading up to the Bhagavad Gita. Additional topics include: - Summary of last week’s class - The first teaching of Bhagavad Gita - you are not the body - Perspectives on the nature of the self Class notes available at www.gitawisdom.org/podcast Questions? Join the Gita Wisdom Discussion Group on Facebook We are reading from Bhagavad Gita As It Is by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Duration:00:54:54