Lesson 1 – Highlights

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  • Gita — Is a Song. A song of spiritual knowledge, dialogue between the Guru (Sri Krishna) and the sisya (Arjuna). This dialogue (between man and god) is from the Epic Mahabharata.
  • There are many Gitas (vidura-gita, rama-gita, hamsa-gita, guru-gita and siva-gita but most are only aware of Bhagavadgita.
  • It has been a universal book of guidance. Because it deals with universal issues of life — relevant at all times. It was also described as the “battlefield of life” and with examples.
  • Gita shows three main paths to the divine — the path of action (Karma Yoga), The path of devotion (Bhakti yoga) and path of knowledge (Jnana-Yoga).
  • It is said, Gita merged from the lord while in a state of meditation. Lord himself said — “gita me hrdayam partha – The Gita, O Arjuna is my very heart.”
  • It’s 18 chapters and 700 pearls of wisdom was created by veda vysa.
  • It is the largest epic in th world.
  • What does not exist in Mahabharata does not exist anywhere — root of all emotions and concepts.
  • Mahabharata is called Itihasa — loosely translated as history — meaning being “thus it happened.)
  • Lord Ganesha agreed to be sage Vysa Muni’s scribe on a condition.
  • Gita can be considered as both upanishad and as well as yoga sastra. Each and how it is considered both is elaborated.
  • Upanishads discuss knowledge about absolute truth and essential oneness with it.
  • Sastras are practical ways to guiding us how to attain truth and live fulfilled lives.
  • Yoga means to unite with the Higher. Note — Finally a meaning for “yoga” that I can agree with.
  • First chapter is called Arjuna visada-yoga. Arjuna’s grief became a trigger of his transformation.
  • Gita has been looked upon as Dharma-grantha, Pramamana -grantha, and adhyatmika-jnana – grantha, bhautika-jnana-grantha, marga-darsaka-grantha.  This was elaborated with examples.
  • Famous National leaders such as Lokamanya Tilak and Mahatama Gandhi turned to Gita for guidance. Mahatma Gandhi said, he has come to use it for guidance and it has never failed him.
  • Guruji Swami Chinmayananda 🙂 Calls it Art of Man Making.
  • Place of Gita in HIndu Scriptures. Sruti’s are knoweldge realized by the mantras. Example — the four vedas. Considered the fundamental source of Hindu Thought.
  • Smirti — Based on experiences and realization of the truth —- example Gita.
  • Purana — knoweldge that is ancient but “ever relevant” Bhagavatam 🙂
  • Chapter 2 text 7 — a very good verse on qualities of a good student.

Moving on with the highlights of lesson one….

  • Mahabharata is not just family feud between the cousins padavas and kuruvas for the Kingdom but also a war between dharma and adharma — between good and evil. And what own blood kith and kin is capable of.
  • God always supports the righteous and destroys the evil forces in the society. x
  • It is believed Arjuna was 60 years old when he heard Gita. Lived for 120 years.
  • Learn in Childhood the verses of Gita. In teenage years it’s word meanings; in youth it’s importance and in adulthood — through satsang, study, reflection and practice! 
  • The essence of Gita is path to right action *

There was more to lesson one than what was mentioned. My lesson one alone was 80 pages. I choose and mentioned what was important to me. 

About Iksvakave

I am on a quest to understand my religion --- Hinduism. I have decided to keep a log of my discoveries, and experiences and what I have come to learn in the process. I like to travel through people vicariously. To observe the working of the mind, body and spirit. And heart. The soul infact is what our bodies have and what we are ultimately or in the end! The pricelessness of the soul is a soul is only potentially divine. Our journey here is therefore to understand that divinity in our lives. The ideals of societies, language, culture religion, and spirituality, is what interests me. what we know and don't know and outside of our four walls, maybe the priceless truth of that journey here on earth also, our yoga to be learned and equally perfected in life. What this blog is about is the values of the mother tongue India. And the values and culture of India and my nationality America. Pricelessness of it one will come to know you see. The forehead, is the center of the Hindu conscious.

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