Bhagavad Gita Fortnightly Class/ Discussion – 25 March 2022

Bhagavad Gita Discussion

Friday 25 March, 7.00 – 8.45 pm

Join us for Silent Meditation at Vedanta Hall, 15 Liverpool Road, Croydon, from 7 pm
or via Zoom from 7.30 pm:
Study of Chapter 7 Continues: – Verses 4 & 5.
 
Themes:
  • Lower & Higher Knowledge: By eagerly seeking knowledge of the external world, humanity has gained great material benefit and insights; but the Gita exhorts us to also pursue higher knowledge by tapping into that infinite consciousness/ intelligence that pervades all.
  • From Speculative to Experiential: From the ancient Greeks, the West inherited a speculative approach to the external world permeating the sciences and theology. Fueled by blind faith and religious dogma: scepticism, agnosticism, and atheism arose challenging religious orthodoxy. The Upanishadic sages of India avoided this conflict by asserting that with religion and spirituality, speculation should lead to experience.
  • Science of Values: How to bridge the gap between speculation and experience? Through the science of values. Vedanta advocates a disciplined, introspective approach to life, fortified by meditation – leading us from knowledge to wisdom.
  • Vedanta and Evolution: Until recently, science had restricted itself to a reductionist, materialistic, matter bound outlook. Gradually, more and more scientists recognise an underlying organising principle, an inherent intelligence permeating matter, an increasingly Vedantic view of creation.    Learn more in the discussion.”
Join the discussion led by Pravrajika Gayatriprana.
 

Bhagavad Gita:

Join our exploration of a spiritual classic that’s enriched cultures throughout Asia over the centuries and inspired leading figures in modern times from Mohandas Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Carl Jung, and Aldous Huxley to astronaut Sunita Williams who took a copy of the Bhagavad Gita to the international space station.

We’re dipping into Swami Ranganathananda’s 3 volume commentary: Universal Message of the Bhagavad Gita. The late President of the Ramakrishna Order, the Swami was a world thinker and cultural ambassador for India, sponsored by the Government to travel to over 50 countries around the world giving lectures.