COURSE DESCRIPTION

Bhagavad Gītā is likely the seminal pre-modern South Asian Sanskrit text; it has captured the imagination of popular and scholastic audiences in India and around the world for centuries. As a yoga text, it highlights the paths of devotion (bhakti), action (karma), knowledge (jñana), as well as that of meditation (dhyāna). The Gītā, as it commonly referred, has been translated in over seventy-five languages and is often referred to as a “spiritual classic.” But it is also a text with a rich history and specific literary context. It is not an independent literary work, but rather occupies a place within the great Indian epic, Mahābhārata. The Gītā has also played a central role in various political and theological movements. This course explores the content of Bhagavad Gītā—with a special emphasis of yoga—in addition to its Epic literary context, role in history, and its interpretation within commentarial traditions.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Become familiar with the literary context of the Bhagavad Gītā within the Mahābhārata
  • Become familiar with the rich and varied historical context of Bhagavad Gītā, specifically surrounding politics and religio-philosophical systems
  • Acquire knowledge about the different ways in which the text addresses yoga
  • Acquire knowledge of the fundamental metaphysical concepts of the text
  • Acquire knowledge about the text’s prescriptions for meditation
  • Acquire knowledge of Krishna’s doubleness and his final instructions at the conclusion of the text
  • Become familiar with the concept of the Sanskrit commentarial tradition and its importance in providing coherent yet varied interpretations of the text
  • Become familiar with the commentarial traditions of Śankara (9th CE ) and Rāmānuja (11th CE)

 

TEACHERS: Eileen Goddard & Robert Lindsey

 

REQUIRED TEXTS:

  • Dasa, Satayanarayana. “Preface.” In Yoga of Dejection, ix-xviii. Vrindavan, India: Jiva Institute, 2000.  
  • Davis, Richard. The Bhagavad Gita: A Biography. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2015.
  • Sargeant, Winthrop, trans. Bhagavad Gita. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2009.

 

DATES: ALL CLASSES WILL BE CONDUCTED ONLINE FROM 6:30-8:45 PM

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PREREQUISITES:  None

 

LOCATION:  Online

 

SELF INVESTMENT:  $245

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EARLY BIRD RATE:  $195

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TO REGISTER: Fill out an online application and then pay in full*!

 

If you have any questions, please contact Robert@yogavida.com

 

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