Bhagavad Gita Fortnightly Class/ Discussion: December 10

Friday 10 December, 7 to 8.45 pm

Vedanta Hall, 15 Liverpool Road, Croydon

From 7 pm at Vedanta Hall for Meditation
OR From 7.30 pm join via  ZOOM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88434388900

Group discussion led by Pravrajika Gayatriprana, a senior nun of Sri Sarada Math of the Ramakrishna Order.

Continuing Study of Chapter 6, The Yoga of Meditation – Verses 37 – 42

THEMES FOR DISCUSSION:

  • Death – Not a Full Stop but a Comma: Do we really ‘die’ when the body does? Are we here for just one round, just one short, sharp fling, either striking it lucky landing in the home of a prosperous, well-balanced family; or striking out – born into the midst of a poverty-stricken famine? Apart from being immensely unfair, the ancient sages dismissed the whole idea as their deep meditations unveiled glimpses of past lives.
    Humanity is on a long, evolutionary journey spanning many lives – they assert – some lives more fruitful than others, some more comfortable than others, but all will get their share of pleasure and pain, triumph and failure.
  • Impulses from the Past: Can genetics explain away the differing tendencies and abilities found in one family? Vedanta says we’re born with latent interests and skills garnered from many lives. But if we’ve been here before, how is it we can’t remember our previous lives? What’s to wonder at that, the sages say. How much do we remember from this life?
  • Atmosphere of Yoga: What if we stray from the path of Yoga through lack of zeal or distraction? Nothing is lost, we’re assured. We’ll get a ‘reset’ born into circumstances helpful for our spiritual path.

Learn more in the discussion.

Bhagavad Gita:

We’re exploring 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.