Bhagavad Gītā: Chanting, Philosophy, and Sanskrit
Sundays, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov 17, Nov 24
1:00 - 2:30PM
$100 for all 4 classes (no drop-ins)
We will spend the first half of each class chanting and discussing the Bhagavad Gītā together. Then students will be broken into groups depending on experience and given individual Sanskrit instruction and assignments, learning from my textbook, Yogāvatāraṇam: The Translation of Yoga. Whether you are brand new to studying Sanskrit or have some experience - interested in learning proper pronunciation, reading the devanāgarī script, delving into meaning and grammar, or in just deepening your yoga practice - this class is open to all levels.
The Bhagavad Gītā or "Song of the Beloved Lord," is a dialogue between Arjuna, one of the five Pāṇḍava brothers, and the god Kṛṣṇa. Through Arjuna's external conflict of whether to fight his cousins, the Kauravas, in battle, the internal struggle in his Soul is revealed. Kṛṣṇa responds by teaching him yoga, both as a means to journey inward toward its ultimate stage of union with the Divine, and as a way of learning to act and fulfill one's dharma in the world. Through chanting and discussion, we will explore this dialogue and the events on this epic battlefield, which represent the age-old struggle between good and bad, right and wrong, truth and untruth and the Soul's search for meaning…