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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...
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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.

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Latest Episodes

Gita 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 talks I am amazed at my audacity in having dared to write on something about which I knew little more than nothing. But looking back over my life I see that I seem to have continued to dare to write on things about which I knew very little. I know now that my courage which I did not even question at any time, rose from the depths of my ignorance, which again I did not question. It was only because I did not question anything that I was made into a channel through which the divine charioteer chose to reveal Himself. I knew nothing and therefore I was an empty vessel like Arjuna and by His grace, I was chosen as one of the many bards who have sung the glory of the “Song of the Lord.” I feel sure that out of all the five Pandavas, H...

36 MIN2009 JUN 20
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Gita Intro Part A

Gita 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 these talks I am amazed at my audacity in having dared to write on something about which I knew little more than nothing. But looking back over my life I see that I seem to have continued to dare to write on things about which I knew very little. I know now that my courage which I did not even question at any time, rose from the depths of my ignorance, which again I did not question. It was only because I did not question anything that I was made into a channel through which the divine charioteer chose to reveal Himself. I knew nothing and therefore I was an empty vessel like Arjuna and by His grace, I was chosen as one of the many bards who have sung the glory of the “Song of the Lord.” I feel sure that out of all the five Pandavas, He ch...

37 MIN2009 JUN 20
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Gita Intro Part B

Gita 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 to the fighter- the man of action... life is the battlefield of Kurukshetra which each one of us has to learn to face and fight our way through, before we can reach the other side which is Dharmakshetra. Each chapter begins with the sanskrit chanting of the chapter the english discourse follows. Visit: www.vanamaliashram.org

50 MIN2009 JUN 20
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Gita Chapter 1

Gita 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 never die. It is pure consciousness and pure existence. That which is existent can never cease to exist. This is one of the laws of physics - energy can never be destroyed. it can only change its form. One body falls and the jivatman flits to another body through which it can best fulfill its destiny. Visit: www.vanamaliashram.org

50 MIN2009 JUN 20
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Gita Ch 2 Part A

Gita 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 never die. It is pure consciousness and pure existence. That which is existent can never cease to exist. This is one of the laws of physics - energy can never be destroyed. it can only change its form. One body falls and the jivatman flits to another body through which it can best fulfill its destiny. Visit: www.vanamaliashram.org

55 MIN2009 JUN 20
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Gita Ch 2 Part B

Gita 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 we find that even in the 6th chapter the Lord starts by reiterating what has already been said. “Anashrita karmaphalam … He who performs his swadharma without any dependence “anashrita” on the fruits of his action, he is both the karma yogi and the karma sannyasin. Meaning to say one who dedicates himself to perform the bounden duties of his life with no dependence of any type on their results is both a yogi and a sannyasi. Visit: Vanamali Ashram’s Home Page

51 MIN2009 JUN 19
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Gita Chapter 3

Gita 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 Avatar? Sri Krishna reveals the secret of action and the ideal of yajna or sacrifice. Mataji is the author of eleven wonderful books that share the ancient legends and timeless teachings of the Puranas and Vedas in English. Of these Sri Krishna Lila, which describes the exploits of the Blue god of Vrindavan from his birth to His disappearance is a classic. Her other books are Sri Rama Lila, Sri Shiva Lila, The Lilas of the Sons of Shiva, a translation of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Nitya Yoga: Essays on the Bhagavad Gita, Gurudeva and The Taste Divine which is a book on Indian vegetarian cooking (published in the US by Suny Press). Sri Krishna Lila has been published in the US under the name of The Play of God and Rama Lila as The Song o...

50 MIN2009 JUN 19
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Gita Chapter 4

Gita 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 who is not merely the witness, but the enjoyer of all action done as yajna. Visit: Vanamali Ashram’s Home Page

48 MIN2009 JUN 19
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Gita Chapter 5

Gita 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 Bhakti Yoga. Visit: Vanamali Ashram’s Bhakti Yoga Home Page

49 MIN2009 JUN 19
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Gita Chapter 6

Gita Chapter 7

The seventh chapter, The Yoga of Wisdom and Decernment, opens the door to the exhalted mansion of Bhakti Yoga.

51 MIN2009 JUN 19
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Gita Chapter 7

Latest Episodes

Gita 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 talks I am amazed at my audacity in having dared to write on something about which I knew little more than nothing. But looking back over my life I see that I seem to have continued to dare to write on things about which I knew very little. I know now that my courage which I did not even question at any time, rose from the depths of my ignorance, which again I did not question. It was only because I did not question anything that I was made into a channel through which the divine charioteer chose to reveal Himself. I knew nothing and therefore I was an empty vessel like Arjuna and by His grace, I was chosen as one of the many bards who have sung the glory of the “Song of the Lord.” I feel sure that out of all the five Pandavas, H...

36 MIN2009 JUN 20
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Gita Intro Part A

Gita 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 these talks I am amazed at my audacity in having dared to write on something about which I knew little more than nothing. But looking back over my life I see that I seem to have continued to dare to write on things about which I knew very little. I know now that my courage which I did not even question at any time, rose from the depths of my ignorance, which again I did not question. It was only because I did not question anything that I was made into a channel through which the divine charioteer chose to reveal Himself. I knew nothing and therefore I was an empty vessel like Arjuna and by His grace, I was chosen as one of the many bards who have sung the glory of the “Song of the Lord.” I feel sure that out of all the five Pandavas, He ch...

37 MIN2009 JUN 20
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Gita Intro Part B

Gita 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 to the fighter- the man of action... life is the battlefield of Kurukshetra which each one of us has to learn to face and fight our way through, before we can reach the other side which is Dharmakshetra. Each chapter begins with the sanskrit chanting of the chapter the english discourse follows. Visit: www.vanamaliashram.org

50 MIN2009 JUN 20
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Gita Chapter 1

Gita 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 never die. It is pure consciousness and pure existence. That which is existent can never cease to exist. This is one of the laws of physics - energy can never be destroyed. it can only change its form. One body falls and the jivatman flits to another body through which it can best fulfill its destiny. Visit: www.vanamaliashram.org

50 MIN2009 JUN 20
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Gita Ch 2 Part A

Gita 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 never die. It is pure consciousness and pure existence. That which is existent can never cease to exist. This is one of the laws of physics - energy can never be destroyed. it can only change its form. One body falls and the jivatman flits to another body through which it can best fulfill its destiny. Visit: www.vanamaliashram.org

55 MIN2009 JUN 20
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Gita Ch 2 Part B

Gita 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 we find that even in the 6th chapter the Lord starts by reiterating what has already been said. “Anashrita karmaphalam … He who performs his swadharma without any dependence “anashrita” on the fruits of his action, he is both the karma yogi and the karma sannyasin. Meaning to say one who dedicates himself to perform the bounden duties of his life with no dependence of any type on their results is both a yogi and a sannyasi. Visit: Vanamali Ashram’s Home Page

51 MIN2009 JUN 19
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Gita Chapter 3

Gita 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 Avatar? Sri Krishna reveals the secret of action and the ideal of yajna or sacrifice. Mataji is the author of eleven wonderful books that share the ancient legends and timeless teachings of the Puranas and Vedas in English. Of these Sri Krishna Lila, which describes the exploits of the Blue god of Vrindavan from his birth to His disappearance is a classic. Her other books are Sri Rama Lila, Sri Shiva Lila, The Lilas of the Sons of Shiva, a translation of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Nitya Yoga: Essays on the Bhagavad Gita, Gurudeva and The Taste Divine which is a book on Indian vegetarian cooking (published in the US by Suny Press). Sri Krishna Lila has been published in the US under the name of The Play of God and Rama Lila as The Song o...

50 MIN2009 JUN 19
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Gita Chapter 4

Gita 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 who is not merely the witness, but the enjoyer of all action done as yajna. Visit: Vanamali Ashram’s Home Page

48 MIN2009 JUN 19
Comments
Gita Chapter 5

Gita 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 Bhakti Yoga. Visit: Vanamali Ashram’s Bhakti Yoga Home Page

49 MIN2009 JUN 19
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Gita Chapter 6

Gita Chapter 7

The seventh chapter, The Yoga of Wisdom and Decernment, opens the door to the exhalted mansion of Bhakti Yoga.

51 MIN2009 JUN 19
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Gita Chapter 7