Bhagavad Gita Fortnightly Class/ Discussion: May 20

BHAGAVAD GITA FORTNIGHTLY DISCUSSION – FRIDAY 20 MAY

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

Continuing Study of Chap 7, The Way of Knowledge & Realization – Verses 8 to 13

THEMES FOR DISCUSSION:

  • Righteous Enjoyment – Wishing to lead a spiritually oriented life doesn’t mean a joyless one. Pursuing righteous enjoyment means we’re not engaging in anything that will cause harm to us or harm to others. When it comes to enjoyment, we could sometimes ask ourselves: “”Is it necessary?””
  • Universe – A Projection, not a Creation: Vedanta philosophy has always maintained, in keeping with modern science, that the Universe is a projection, not a creation. It’s a manifestation of what was inherently there. It’s an endless cosmic cycle of manifestation and dissolution.
  • From Disturbance to Diversity: From a niggling disturbance, like an uncoiling spring, the Universe comes into being imbued with luminous Consciousness. This Consciousness sustains us and ultimately illumines us but entangled in a web of illusion, we remain ‘most ignorant of what we’re most assured.’ “

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.