Bhagavad Gita Discourses
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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 an old intelligence which in another age . . . had pondered and thus disposed of the same questions which exercise us.’ This is a series of discourses on the liberating teachings of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita (Song Celestial) by Mataji (Mother) Vanamali, Vanamali Gita Yogasram, Rishikesh, North India. Vanamali Mataji is the author of The Lila Hindu World Heritage Library. Her books include: a translation of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Nitya Yoga, a commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna Lila, Sri Rama Lila, Sri Shiva Lila, Sri Devi Lila, Sri Hanuman Lila, Lilas of the Sons of Shiva, Gurudeva and The Taste Divine. Sri Devi Lila is published in the U.S. as Shakti: Realm of The Divine Mother , Sri Hanuman Lila as Hanuman: The Devotion and Power of The Monkey God. Each talk is introduced with the Sanskrit invocations and chanting of the Gita chapter. Then Mataji Vanamali offers a line-by-line illumination of Shri Krishna's liberating teachings. We invite you to visit our website: www.Vanamaliashram.org and enjoy our Pilgrims Guide, Discourses and Book & Music store.
||CleanGita Intro Part A||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||6/19/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGita Intro Part B||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||6/19/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGita Chapter 1||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||6/19/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGita Ch 2 Part A||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||6/19/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGita Ch 2 Part B||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||6/19/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGita Chapter 3||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||6/18/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGita Chapter 4||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 Ava||6/18/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGita Chapter 5||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 wh||6/18/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGita Chapter 6||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 Bh||6/18/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGita Chapter 7||The seventh chapter, The Yoga of Wisdom and Decernment, opens the door to the exhalted mansion of Bhakti Yoga.||6/18/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGita Chapter 8||Yoga of The Impeirshable Brahman Sri Krishna explains the metaphysical concepts: Brahman, adhyatma, karma, adhibhuta... Visit: Vanamali Ashram’s Bhakti Yoga Home Page||6/18/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGita Chapter 9||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||6/18/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGita Chapter 10||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 o||6/18/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGita Chapter 11||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||6/18/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGita Chapter 12||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 teachi||6/18/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGita Chapter 13||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 whol||6/17/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGita Chapter 14||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 sinc||6/17/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGita Chapter 15||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 my||6/17/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGita Chapter 16||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 knowl||6/17/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGita Chapter 17||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.||6/17/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGita Chapter 18 A||Chapter 18. The Yoga of Liberation and Renunciation..... “Abandon all dharmas..give yourself to the Lord alone... Fix your mind on Me, be devoted unto Me, worship Me, prostrate unto Me. I give you my solemn pledge that you shall attain||6/17/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGita Chapter 18 B||Chapter 18. The Yoga of Liberation and Renunciation... “Surrender your ego which is a myth of your own making, together with the duties imposed on you by that ego to Me the Lord sitting within the chariot of your body and I will car||6/17/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSummary Nitya Yoga The Yoga of Constant Communion||Bhagavad Gita Summary-Nitya Yoga: The Yoga of Constant Communion. The purpose of the Gita is to fashion a God out of this mortal clay- to unveil the divinity within the humanity... "Abandon all dharmas..give yourself to the Lord alone... Fix your||6/17/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
Thank you for this podcast. Mataji's insight is mind boggling and it answers many of my doubts and reconfirms my little prior understanding. It is very unfortunate despite such great knowledge available in India, 95% or more of the Hindus do not have any interest in this! Because every one has been brought up with only rituals. It would have been nice if you separated the verse chanting from lectures. Hare Krishna Buddham sharanam!
Great to hace easy access to the most trascendental knowledge and wisdom in humanity directly from India, with music and chanting!