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Three Gunas

Bhagwat Gita Three Gunas to Monitor One’s Spiritual Progress In Chapter 14 of Bhagwat Gita, Lord Krishna defines and describes the three gunas: Sattvic, Rajas and Tamas. In subsequent chapters, Lord Krishna classifies many of our daily actions and sadhanas into these three types. Swami Paramarthananda has translated Bhagwat Gita for use by his students. […]

Bhagawad Gita Summary Class Notes

Bhagavad Gita Chapters Chapter 1: The Yoga of Arjuna’s Dejection (arjuna-viṣāda-yoga) Chapter 2: The Yoga of Analysis (sāṅkhya-yoga) Chapter 3: The Yoga of Action (karma-yoga) Chapter 4: The Yoga of Knowledge (jñāna- karma-sannyāsa-yoga) Chapter 5: The Yoga of Renunciation (sannyāsa-yoga) Chapter 6: The Yoga of Meditation (dhyana-yoga) Chapter 7: The Yoga of Wisdom (jñāna-vijnana-yoga) Chapter […]

Chapter 3: The Yoga of Action (karma-yoga)

In the second chapter Lord Krishna taught karma yoga and Jñāna yoga, focusing more on Jñāna yoga.  Lord Krishna begins second chapter with Jñāna yoga and concludes the second chapter with sthira pragya.  In between the two, he discusses karma and asks Arjuna to do his karma, which is to fight the Mahabharata war.  Lord […]

Chapter 2: The Yoga of Analysis (sāṅkhya-yoga)

The actual teaching of Bhagavad Gita starts at Chapter 2 verse 11 and continues through Chapter 18 verse 66. Verses 1 to 10:  Arjuna’s saranakathi (surrender):  Attachment leads to sorrow.  When I am attached to something, I never want to lose it.  Samsara leads to raga (attachment), soga (sorrow) and mogaha (inability to decide between […]

Chapter 1: The Yoga of Arjuna’s Dejection (arjuna-viṣāda-yoga)

Factors for healthy life Objective Factors: Hygienic surrounding.Subjective Factors: My body should be strong enough to withstand challenges; extend this to mental health as wellIf any mind is sufficiently strong psychological disturbances like anger, jealousy etc.  will occur less.Intensity will also be lessThe duration will also be lessAfter effects will also be less Bhagavad Gita’s […]

Bhagavad Gita Summary

In these sections, I am reproducing my notes from classes that were given by Swami Paramarthananda as stand alone summary of Bhagavad Gita at Sanskrit College. These are the same classes that the students of Vedantic Study Group, Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago listened to online, starting in 2021. Please note that these notes are […]

Baghawad Gita, Class 202: Verses 9 to 14

Shloka 16.9: 16.9 Holding on to this view, (these people) who are of depraved character, of poor intellect, given to fearful actions and harmful, wax strong for the ruin of the world. Greetings, Continuing his teachings Swamiji said, In our scriptures, they talk about four goals of human life, known as purusharta’s. Purusha meaning human […]

Baghawad Gita, Class : Chapter , Verses 4 to 9

Shloka 16.4: 16.4 O son of Prtha, (the attributes) of one destined to have the demoniacal nature are religious ostentation, pride and haughtiness, [Another reading is abhimanah, self-conceit.-Tr.], anger as also rudeness and ignorance. Greetings, Continuing his teachings Swamiji said, In the 16th chapter of the Gita, Sri Krishna is talking about two types of […]

Baghawad Gita, Class 200: Chapter 16, Verses 2 to 4

16.2 Non-injury, truthfulness, absence of anger, renunciation, control of the internal organ, absence of vilification, kindness to creatures, non-covetousness, gentleness, modesty, freedom from restlessness; Continuing his teachings Swamiji said, in the beginning of the 16th chapter, in the first three verses, Sri Krishna is giving a list of virtues which He names daivi sampath; and […]

Baghawad Gita, Class 199: Chapter 16, Verses 1 & 2

Shloka # 16.1: 16.1 The Blessed Lord said Fearlessness, purity of mind, persistence in knowledge and yoga, charity and control of the external organs, sacrifice, (scriptural) study, austerity and rectitude; Greetings, Continuing his teachings Swamiji said, as I said in the last class, Sri Krishna is dealing with the way of life that a spiritual […]

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