Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 18 – Part 1)

In this section on moksa-sannyasa, the significance  of the entire gita-sastra is summed up. Here Sri Krishna extensively praises Sarva Karma sannyasa, the renunciation of all actions by giving up the sense of doership. In keeping with the depth and clarity of Sankara Bhasyam, Swamiji will unfold the subject matter exhaustively. An Audio Course on …

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Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 17)

Arjuna asks what happens when a person has Shraddha (trust in the Shastra) but it is not able to follow the stipulations of the Shastra. Lord Krishna responds that a person is what his Shraddha is. He gives a nuanced description of the degrees of Shaddha (derived from Sattva, Tajas, and Tamas). He then talks …

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Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 16)

Lord Krishna further elaborates the important values he calls Jnanam, as well as their opposites, including the motives that drive them. By becoming alert to the thinking behind our behavior, we are better able to uncompromisingly cherish these values, which hold the promise of release from Samsara. An Audio Course on Vedanta Texts- Bhagavad Gita: …

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Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 15)

Purusottama, the whole person, is the topic of this chapter. Lord Krishna describes the tree of samsara, the nature of jiva (individual self), Ishvara, and finally purusottama, the substratum of all three. When we know this ultimate reality, we gain the fulfillment resulting from attaining all that is to be attained in life. An Audio …

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Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 14)

In this chapter, Lord Krishna explains the three Gunas (Satva, Rajas, and Tamas) that constitute the human personality. We learn how they appear to bind us and how we can become free from that apparent bondage. An Audio Course on Vedanta Texts- Bhagavad Gita: Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 14) by Swami Tattvavidananda Saraswati.

Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 13)

In this chapter,Verses 1-11 reveal the knowledge of the identity of the self with the Lord. They also teach the values and attitudes that are essential for this knowledge so essential, that they themselves are called knowledge by Lord Krishna. In verses 12-34, Krishna fulfills his promise to teach Arjuna the knowledge of Brahman, the …

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Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 12)

Responding to Arjuna’s question about who are the best yogis—those who worship the Lord with form or those who worship the formless—Lord Krishna discusses forms of devotion (bhakti), their results, and for whom they are suitable (according to disposition of devotee). He extols the characteristics of the highest form of devotee and praises the knowledge …

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Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 10)

In this Chapter of the Gita, Bhagavan taches the preparedness required for Brahma Vidya, the essential nature of that reality (Svarupa-Laksana) and the status of this reality as the cause of the Jagat (Tatstha-Laksnana). Then, at Arjuna’s request, Bhagavan elaborates on the latter revealing his manifest presence in the Jagat, hence the title of this …

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Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 9)

In the ninth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita Bhagavan Sri Krishna gives emphasis to revealing the non-dual vision of reality. It is called Raja Vidya, the ‘King’ of knowledge, because knowing this alone, one can be free from ignorance. It is caleed Raja Guhya, the ‘king’ of secrets, because one never suspects that it is …

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