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Bhagavad Gita | The Yoga Way of Life

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Bhagavad Gita | The Yoga Way of Life
Bhagavad Gita | The Yoga Way of Life

Bhagavad Gita | The Yoga Way of Life

Vedanta Society, San Francisco

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Swami Tattwamayananda’s class on Srimad Bhagavad Gita is held at the Vedanta Society of Northern California, San Francisco (founded by Swami Vivekananda in 1900) on Friday evenings in the First Universal Hindu Temple in the West (founded by Swami Trigunatitananda in 1905). Classes are held on Friday night at 7:30 pm. All are most welcome.The Srimad Bhagavad Gita is the most important spiritual classic of Hinduism.Swami Tattwamayananda, currently the Minister of the Vedanta Society of Northern California, San Francisco, (originally founded by Swami Vivekananda in 1900) served in various centers of the Ramakrishna Order in India as editor, publisher, and teacher of Sanskrit, Advaitic texts such as Sri Shankaracharya's commentaries on the 'Prasthanatraya' (the fundamental Sanskrit texts of Vedanta philosophy), Buddhism and Indian philosophy. He underwent traditional training in Hindu scriptures, Sanskrit, Vedic and Vedantic literature for many years, from his early days. Before coming to the United States in January 2012 he was teaching Sanskrit, Vedantic scriptures and Indian philosophy at the Training center in Belur Math, the institution that trains the monks of the Ramakrishna Order at the headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission, Kolkata, India. Apart from his traditional education, the Swami has also received modern University education in English literature, psychology, European history, and Western philosophy. He is frequently invited for lectures on Yoga, Vedanta, and traditional Hindu scriptures and for participating in interfaith dialogues.For more:Web: www.sfvedanta.orgLivestream: https://livestream.com/sfvedantaFacebook: www.facebook.com/sfvedantaYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SFVedantaAll Original Content © Vedanta Society of Northern California

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2013 Lake Tahoe Retreat 2 – You are Never Too Late in Spiritual Life | Swami Tattwamayananda

Verses: 2.55, 12.13, 6.37, 6.38, 6.40, 6.41, 6.42, 6.43, 6.44, 2.56-You can become a sage or a saint. Everybody can strive towards becoming a sthitaprajna. -Grace and Self-Effort: we make an effort to be able to make use of God’s grace when it comes.-We gain santushta (contentment) and krtarthita (the feeling that we have obtained that which was to be obtained), which cannot be taken away.-First, we listen, shrutiya, reason, yuktiya, and then gain our own experience, svanubhutiya.-Spirituality begins when we reach the experience level and it is the secret of the joy of spiritual seekers (Ananda), immortality (amrta), and the feeling that there is no other.-What happens if we do japa, meditation, and lead a pure life, but are not able to completely succeed in this life? (6.37 + 6.38)-Krishna answers Arjuna with great affection: Nothing is lost. All good actions leave a subtle residual effect (samskara) in our system. When we are reborn those good tendencies will manifest if a suitab...

93 MINAUG 6
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2013 Lake Tahoe Retreat 2 – You are Never Too Late in Spiritual Life | Swami Tattwamayananda

2013 Lake Tahoe Retreat 1 - Dynamism Without Anxiety | Swami Tattwamayananda

Verses: 18.73, 2.54, 4.1, 4.2, 2.55, 2.48, 2.50, 4.18-The Bhagavad Gita is a conversation between two great men of action. In verse 18.73, Arjuna has had his conflicts resolved.-We must win the battle within between the senses and the spirit. When we win the battle, we assert our true nature.-A sthitaprajna has had the real experience of Atman. In verse 2.54, Arjuna asks for the characteristics of a sthitaprajna.-We should not just imitate these characteristics, we need to imbibe and acquire them ourselves. -Samadhi is the focus of the mind on the all-pervading Atman. It is already our true nature. -Sankaracharya's definition of a sthitaprajna-A spiritual seeker who realizes he is not this psychophysical mechanism but is rather this Atman. This faith, conviction, experience, is very deep and therefore has very few conflicts-How does such a person behave when he comes out of the monastery or cave and has to interact in the world?-Verses 4.1 and 4.2 describe the ideal of a Rajarishi -...

85 MINJUL 18
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2013 Lake Tahoe Retreat 1 - Dynamism Without Anxiety | Swami Tattwamayananda

19 - Pathways to Peace and Happiness | Swami Tattwamayananda

Chapter 2 Verses 66-69. The lecture was given by Swami Tattwamayananda on June 28, 2019. -going beyond the tyranny of the senses and the sense-objects-how to be in peace with ourselves-the quest for tranquility of mind [prasada प्रसाद:]-going beyond infatuation/ fascination and aversion: keeping the senses under restraint: way to perfect tranquility of mind-Shankaracharya on प्रसाद:-“प्रसाद: प्रसन्नता स्वास्थ्यम्” (Shankaracharya’s commentary on BG.II.64)-Harmonizing the senses-The tragedy of human life: being driven around by the senses and sense-objects-Our actions reflect our mind-How the boat of life gets capsized by the stormy waves and fierce winds of the senses and sense-objects-Beyond likes and dislikes-How to be in peace with oneself-Quest for harmony within-Need of consistency in conviction and practices-Managing the mind through भावना (meditation) and linking the mind to the Transcendental-Poet Kalidasa on the dangers of posse...

68 MINJUL 4
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19 - Pathways to Peace and Happiness | Swami Tattwamayananda

18 - Turning the Mind into Our Friend | Swami Tattwamayananda

Chapter 2 Verses 64 - 65. The lecture was given by Swami Tattwamayananda on June 21, 2019. -The path to inner peace and freedom-प्रसाद:(Inner peace and tranquility) and प्रमाद: (delusion / ignorance) discussed-The four inner disciplines to obtain inner tranquility and stability of mind-Beyond attraction, aversion, and sorrows-Shama and Dama further elaborated-Two types of purification: the physical and the mental-How the mind becomes the slave of the senses-A deluded mind without a spiritual ideal compared to a ball falling down a ladder -further elaborated-There is no stopping midway-The ability to enjoy what we dislike-Our spiritual liberation is our own responsibility-The need for spiritual commonsense-Restraining the senses means sublimation, not repression-Attractions for what is obviously harmful and how to get rid of it-Desire is both the cause and the effect of प्रमाद:-Setting the right priorities-The right ideal for conserving our energy resources-Psycholo...

61 MINJUN 26
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18 - Turning the Mind into Our Friend | Swami Tattwamayananda

17 - Mind: Our Friend or Our Enemy? | Swami Tattwamayananda

Chapter 2 Verses 60 – 63. The lecture was given by Swami Tattwamayananda on June 14, 2019.- The mind: our master or our slave? - Why does the mind revolt? - When does our mind become our friend?- Can we program our mind?- Why we cannot program our mind.- We cannot disown our accumulated impressions and samskaras. - The problem of fragmentation of the mind.- The pull of the sense-objects, the senses, the visual and the audio objects, the internet, etc.- If the mind is dragged away from its ideal, it won't stop till it reaches rock-bottom. - The analogy from Sri Shankaracharya's 'Viveka-chudamani'. - The analogy of the ball falling down the ladder - The attraction of the senses. - ('Viveka-chudamani', an introductory text on Advaita Vedanta - verse: 326). - The enslavement of the mind when dragged by unrestrained senses.- A warning: we should never try to restrain the senses without first evolving a counter-focus.- The mind compared to a drunken monkey, possessed by a ghost and bitte...

62 MINJUN 20
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17 - Mind: Our Friend or Our Enemy? | Swami Tattwamayananda

16 - The Absolute and the Relative: the Need for Re-prioritization and Freedom from the Tyranny of the Senses | Swami Tattwamayananda

Chapter 2 Verses 57-59. The lecture was given by Swami Tattwamayananda on June 7, 2019.-The Absolute ('Paramarthika) and the Relative ('Vyavaharika'): -Their practical implication in daily life.-The need for setting new priorities in life.-For a स्थितप्रज्ञ: 'Buddhi' is free from all entanglements of mind (verse:55).-How, in the case of a स्थितप्रज्ञ:, mind reacts differently to the different stimuli: no excitement, no emotions (Verses: 56,57).-How 'Buddhi' and mind, linked to the 'Atman', always remains stable and steady.-In the case of a स्थितप्रज्ञ: senses ( इन्द्रियाणि) are completely withdrawn from the sense-objects (verse:58).-The illustration of the tortoise withdrawing its limbs in the presence of a danger (verse:58).-The ability to withdraw the senses where there is a problem is natural for a स्थितप्रज्ञ:-When the स्थितप्रज्ञ: does not welcome the senses, they retire permanently.-The internal (mental) 'filter...

60 MINJUN 13
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16 - The Absolute and the Relative: the Need for Re-prioritization and Freedom from the Tyranny of the Senses | Swami Tattwamayananda

15 - Description of a Person of Steady Wisdom (स्थितप्रज्ञ:) | Swami Tattwamayananda

Chapter 2 Verses 54-56. The lecture was given by Swami Tattwamayananda on May 31, 2019.- Characteristics of an illumined saint (स्थितप्रज्ञ:):- The qualities of a spiritually enlightened person (स्थितप्रज्ञ:) should serve as an ideal for the aspirant.- Spiritual awakening does not make you insensitive to the problems of others.- A spiritual man is not shaken by adversities and reverses.- He is never unhappy because he does not go after happiness.- A spiritual man is able to conserve his mental energy-resources by remaining even-minded in all situations.- He is free from desire and selfishness.- He remains in a state of perpetual bliss.- A man of steady wisdom ( स्थितप्रज्ञ:) according to different philosophers: Shankaracharya, Nilakantha and Madhva (Advaita and Dvaita schools of philosophers)- Sublimation of desires: The need for a higher ideal- Spirituality helps us to look up on every problem from a higher perspective.- The need to feed our mind wi...

58 MINJUN 6
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15 - Description of a Person of Steady Wisdom (स्थितप्रज्ञ:) | Swami Tattwamayananda

14 - Karma Yoga: Freedom from Anxiety and Tapping Our Hidden Potential | Swami Tattwamayananda

Chapter 2 Verses 49-54. The lecture was given by Swami Tattwamayananda on May 17, 2019.- Why does the mind refuse to cooperate? - The need for freedom from anxiety and worry- Extraordinary mental powers without a spiritual ideal conceal within them the seed of trouble- Great skills need a spiritual ideal to guide them- How do we develop spiritual characteristics?- The quest for real and lasting efficiency- What is real success?- Five states of the mind and its functions- There can be no inner serenity and contentment without equanimity of mind- Karma-yoga enables us to confront reverses and failures with a smile, and go ahead.- Unselfishness enables us to tap our hidden mental resources.

58 MINMAY 23
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14 - Karma Yoga: Freedom from Anxiety and Tapping Our Hidden Potential | Swami Tattwamayananda

13 - The 'Brahmana Ideal' & the Psychology of 'Karma - Yoga' | Swami Tattwamayananda

Chapter 2 Verses 46-48.The lecture was given by Swami Tattwamayananda on May 10, 2019. -'Brahmana' ideal: its universality -Ethical and spiritual implications (verse 46). -Shankara, Ramanuja and Madhwa on the 'Brahmana ideal'.-Buddha on the ideal 'Brahmana' -Our actions and their results: their unpredictability (verse 47).-We cannot predict how our mind will work, the way we can predict how a machine will work.-The psychological implications of the 'Karma-yoga' ideal. (Verses 47, 48).-The 'spiritually enlightened': the goal and the means.

51 MINMAY 16
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13 - The 'Brahmana Ideal' & the Psychology of 'Karma - Yoga' | Swami Tattwamayananda

12 - Beyond Reckless Pragmatism and Short-Term Goals | Swami Tattwamayananda

Chapter 2 Verses 45 - 47 The lecture was given by Swami Tattwamayananda on May 3, 2019. The evolution of the three gunas:-Tamoguna to Rajoguna to Sattvaguna-Karma-yoga in contrast to the karma-marga of the Mimamsaka philosophers-The importance of mental attitude in karma-yoga in contrast to the Mimamsaka’s insistence on the letter of the law and Arjuna's fascination for the latter -Sri Krishna corrects Arjuna.-The unknown and the unpredictable factor in our life, actions and results of our actions.-Reference to John Stuart Mill's book 'Utilitarianism'.-Beyond theoretical knowledge, towards experience.-A man established in sattvaguna is naturally calm, fearless, balanced and compassionate. He is also extremely sensitive towards his fellow beings. He has established a link to the transcendental.-Behind his unhurried movements and external aloofness, there is a dynamic humanism and spontaneous spirituality.-Who is an ideal Brahmana? The Gita is contrasted with Buddha's view ('The Dham...

60 MINMAY 9
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12 - Beyond Reckless Pragmatism and Short-Term Goals | Swami Tattwamayananda

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2013 Lake Tahoe Retreat 2 – You are Never Too Late in Spiritual Life | Swami Tattwamayananda

Verses: 2.55, 12.13, 6.37, 6.38, 6.40, 6.41, 6.42, 6.43, 6.44, 2.56-You can become a sage or a saint. Everybody can strive towards becoming a sthitaprajna. -Grace and Self-Effort: we make an effort to be able to make use of God’s grace when it comes.-We gain santushta (contentment) and krtarthita (the feeling that we have obtained that which was to be obtained), which cannot be taken away.-First, we listen, shrutiya, reason, yuktiya, and then gain our own experience, svanubhutiya.-Spirituality begins when we reach the experience level and it is the secret of the joy of spiritual seekers (Ananda), immortality (amrta), and the feeling that there is no other.-What happens if we do japa, meditation, and lead a pure life, but are not able to completely succeed in this life? (6.37 + 6.38)-Krishna answers Arjuna with great affection: Nothing is lost. All good actions leave a subtle residual effect (samskara) in our system. When we are reborn those good tendencies will manifest if a suitab...

93 MINAUG 6
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2013 Lake Tahoe Retreat 2 – You are Never Too Late in Spiritual Life | Swami Tattwamayananda

2013 Lake Tahoe Retreat 1 - Dynamism Without Anxiety | Swami Tattwamayananda

Verses: 18.73, 2.54, 4.1, 4.2, 2.55, 2.48, 2.50, 4.18-The Bhagavad Gita is a conversation between two great men of action. In verse 18.73, Arjuna has had his conflicts resolved.-We must win the battle within between the senses and the spirit. When we win the battle, we assert our true nature.-A sthitaprajna has had the real experience of Atman. In verse 2.54, Arjuna asks for the characteristics of a sthitaprajna.-We should not just imitate these characteristics, we need to imbibe and acquire them ourselves. -Samadhi is the focus of the mind on the all-pervading Atman. It is already our true nature. -Sankaracharya's definition of a sthitaprajna-A spiritual seeker who realizes he is not this psychophysical mechanism but is rather this Atman. This faith, conviction, experience, is very deep and therefore has very few conflicts-How does such a person behave when he comes out of the monastery or cave and has to interact in the world?-Verses 4.1 and 4.2 describe the ideal of a Rajarishi -...

85 MINJUL 18
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2013 Lake Tahoe Retreat 1 - Dynamism Without Anxiety | Swami Tattwamayananda

19 - Pathways to Peace and Happiness | Swami Tattwamayananda

Chapter 2 Verses 66-69. The lecture was given by Swami Tattwamayananda on June 28, 2019. -going beyond the tyranny of the senses and the sense-objects-how to be in peace with ourselves-the quest for tranquility of mind [prasada प्रसाद:]-going beyond infatuation/ fascination and aversion: keeping the senses under restraint: way to perfect tranquility of mind-Shankaracharya on प्रसाद:-“प्रसाद: प्रसन्नता स्वास्थ्यम्” (Shankaracharya’s commentary on BG.II.64)-Harmonizing the senses-The tragedy of human life: being driven around by the senses and sense-objects-Our actions reflect our mind-How the boat of life gets capsized by the stormy waves and fierce winds of the senses and sense-objects-Beyond likes and dislikes-How to be in peace with oneself-Quest for harmony within-Need of consistency in conviction and practices-Managing the mind through भावना (meditation) and linking the mind to the Transcendental-Poet Kalidasa on the dangers of posse...

68 MINJUL 4
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19 - Pathways to Peace and Happiness | Swami Tattwamayananda

18 - Turning the Mind into Our Friend | Swami Tattwamayananda

Chapter 2 Verses 64 - 65. The lecture was given by Swami Tattwamayananda on June 21, 2019. -The path to inner peace and freedom-प्रसाद:(Inner peace and tranquility) and प्रमाद: (delusion / ignorance) discussed-The four inner disciplines to obtain inner tranquility and stability of mind-Beyond attraction, aversion, and sorrows-Shama and Dama further elaborated-Two types of purification: the physical and the mental-How the mind becomes the slave of the senses-A deluded mind without a spiritual ideal compared to a ball falling down a ladder -further elaborated-There is no stopping midway-The ability to enjoy what we dislike-Our spiritual liberation is our own responsibility-The need for spiritual commonsense-Restraining the senses means sublimation, not repression-Attractions for what is obviously harmful and how to get rid of it-Desire is both the cause and the effect of प्रमाद:-Setting the right priorities-The right ideal for conserving our energy resources-Psycholo...

61 MINJUN 26
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18 - Turning the Mind into Our Friend | Swami Tattwamayananda

17 - Mind: Our Friend or Our Enemy? | Swami Tattwamayananda

Chapter 2 Verses 60 – 63. The lecture was given by Swami Tattwamayananda on June 14, 2019.- The mind: our master or our slave? - Why does the mind revolt? - When does our mind become our friend?- Can we program our mind?- Why we cannot program our mind.- We cannot disown our accumulated impressions and samskaras. - The problem of fragmentation of the mind.- The pull of the sense-objects, the senses, the visual and the audio objects, the internet, etc.- If the mind is dragged away from its ideal, it won't stop till it reaches rock-bottom. - The analogy from Sri Shankaracharya's 'Viveka-chudamani'. - The analogy of the ball falling down the ladder - The attraction of the senses. - ('Viveka-chudamani', an introductory text on Advaita Vedanta - verse: 326). - The enslavement of the mind when dragged by unrestrained senses.- A warning: we should never try to restrain the senses without first evolving a counter-focus.- The mind compared to a drunken monkey, possessed by a ghost and bitte...

62 MINJUN 20
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17 - Mind: Our Friend or Our Enemy? | Swami Tattwamayananda

16 - The Absolute and the Relative: the Need for Re-prioritization and Freedom from the Tyranny of the Senses | Swami Tattwamayananda

Chapter 2 Verses 57-59. The lecture was given by Swami Tattwamayananda on June 7, 2019.-The Absolute ('Paramarthika) and the Relative ('Vyavaharika'): -Their practical implication in daily life.-The need for setting new priorities in life.-For a स्थितप्रज्ञ: 'Buddhi' is free from all entanglements of mind (verse:55).-How, in the case of a स्थितप्रज्ञ:, mind reacts differently to the different stimuli: no excitement, no emotions (Verses: 56,57).-How 'Buddhi' and mind, linked to the 'Atman', always remains stable and steady.-In the case of a स्थितप्रज्ञ: senses ( इन्द्रियाणि) are completely withdrawn from the sense-objects (verse:58).-The illustration of the tortoise withdrawing its limbs in the presence of a danger (verse:58).-The ability to withdraw the senses where there is a problem is natural for a स्थितप्रज्ञ:-When the स्थितप्रज्ञ: does not welcome the senses, they retire permanently.-The internal (mental) 'filter...

60 MINJUN 13
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16 - The Absolute and the Relative: the Need for Re-prioritization and Freedom from the Tyranny of the Senses | Swami Tattwamayananda

15 - Description of a Person of Steady Wisdom (स्थितप्रज्ञ:) | Swami Tattwamayananda

Chapter 2 Verses 54-56. The lecture was given by Swami Tattwamayananda on May 31, 2019.- Characteristics of an illumined saint (स्थितप्रज्ञ:):- The qualities of a spiritually enlightened person (स्थितप्रज्ञ:) should serve as an ideal for the aspirant.- Spiritual awakening does not make you insensitive to the problems of others.- A spiritual man is not shaken by adversities and reverses.- He is never unhappy because he does not go after happiness.- A spiritual man is able to conserve his mental energy-resources by remaining even-minded in all situations.- He is free from desire and selfishness.- He remains in a state of perpetual bliss.- A man of steady wisdom ( स्थितप्रज्ञ:) according to different philosophers: Shankaracharya, Nilakantha and Madhva (Advaita and Dvaita schools of philosophers)- Sublimation of desires: The need for a higher ideal- Spirituality helps us to look up on every problem from a higher perspective.- The need to feed our mind wi...

58 MINJUN 6
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15 - Description of a Person of Steady Wisdom (स्थितप्रज्ञ:) | Swami Tattwamayananda

14 - Karma Yoga: Freedom from Anxiety and Tapping Our Hidden Potential | Swami Tattwamayananda

Chapter 2 Verses 49-54. The lecture was given by Swami Tattwamayananda on May 17, 2019.- Why does the mind refuse to cooperate? - The need for freedom from anxiety and worry- Extraordinary mental powers without a spiritual ideal conceal within them the seed of trouble- Great skills need a spiritual ideal to guide them- How do we develop spiritual characteristics?- The quest for real and lasting efficiency- What is real success?- Five states of the mind and its functions- There can be no inner serenity and contentment without equanimity of mind- Karma-yoga enables us to confront reverses and failures with a smile, and go ahead.- Unselfishness enables us to tap our hidden mental resources.

58 MINMAY 23
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14 - Karma Yoga: Freedom from Anxiety and Tapping Our Hidden Potential | Swami Tattwamayananda

13 - The 'Brahmana Ideal' & the Psychology of 'Karma - Yoga' | Swami Tattwamayananda

Chapter 2 Verses 46-48.The lecture was given by Swami Tattwamayananda on May 10, 2019. -'Brahmana' ideal: its universality -Ethical and spiritual implications (verse 46). -Shankara, Ramanuja and Madhwa on the 'Brahmana ideal'.-Buddha on the ideal 'Brahmana' -Our actions and their results: their unpredictability (verse 47).-We cannot predict how our mind will work, the way we can predict how a machine will work.-The psychological implications of the 'Karma-yoga' ideal. (Verses 47, 48).-The 'spiritually enlightened': the goal and the means.

51 MINMAY 16
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13 - The 'Brahmana Ideal' & the Psychology of 'Karma - Yoga' | Swami Tattwamayananda

12 - Beyond Reckless Pragmatism and Short-Term Goals | Swami Tattwamayananda

Chapter 2 Verses 45 - 47 The lecture was given by Swami Tattwamayananda on May 3, 2019. The evolution of the three gunas:-Tamoguna to Rajoguna to Sattvaguna-Karma-yoga in contrast to the karma-marga of the Mimamsaka philosophers-The importance of mental attitude in karma-yoga in contrast to the Mimamsaka’s insistence on the letter of the law and Arjuna's fascination for the latter -Sri Krishna corrects Arjuna.-The unknown and the unpredictable factor in our life, actions and results of our actions.-Reference to John Stuart Mill's book 'Utilitarianism'.-Beyond theoretical knowledge, towards experience.-A man established in sattvaguna is naturally calm, fearless, balanced and compassionate. He is also extremely sensitive towards his fellow beings. He has established a link to the transcendental.-Behind his unhurried movements and external aloofness, there is a dynamic humanism and spontaneous spirituality.-Who is an ideal Brahmana? The Gita is contrasted with Buddha's view ('The Dham...

60 MINMAY 9
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12 - Beyond Reckless Pragmatism and Short-Term Goals | Swami Tattwamayananda