How Does Kṛṣṇa Teach?

How Does Kṛṣṇa Teach?

Before offering an outline of the weekend’s philosophical and theological content, we will reflect on the manner and methods of Krishna’s instruction to Arjuna and the dynamics that transformed a breakdown to a breakthrough. We examine how Kṛṣṇa revives Arjuna’s lost sense of self. And keeping the focus on Kṛṣṇa as educator and counsellor, we consider the […]

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Arjuna, Acyuta and the Strategic Structure of the Gītā

Bhagavad Gītā is a masterpiece not only in terms of its content, but also in terms of the relationship between its content and its form. The Lord’s Song exhibits a sophisticated structure, one adopted to guide interpretation. This presentation first charts the structure of the Bhagavad Gītā in light of the ‘dharmic double helix’, showing […]

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Divinity and the Divine in Bhagavad Gītā

The significance of the Bhagavad Gītā largely stems from how it draws together the earlier wisdom of the Upaniṣads and the devotional expressions of Indian religion that increasingly come to the fore in later centuries. In this talk, we will move focus from the Gītā as a Yoga text to the insights into the divine […]

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The Self and the Body in the Gītā

We explore notions of self and body in the Gītā as expressed through the text’s narrative and metaphors. The Gītā presents three different senses by which the self can be contrasted with the body. The first, an elementary contrast between a perennial self and temporary body, is presented as a direct consequence of Arjuna’s grief […]

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Gītā For 2021

One of the great ideas of Hindu traditions is the cyclical nature of the world. The Bhagavad Gītā too speaks of the ocean of saṃsāra. In worldly existence this teaching implies there is nothing new under the sun, just old ideas reframed in new contexts. In this session we challenge the Gītā to address three pressing issues of […]

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Bhagavad Gītā’s Answers to the Mahābhārata’s Questions

The Mahābhārata raises fundamental questions about how we should live in the world, about the nature of the Deity, and about liberation from rebirth, and it is in the Bhagavad Gītā that we find comprehensive answers offered to these fundamental questions. In this talk we will consider how the Bhagavad Gītā is best understood in […]

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How the Gītā Changed Yoga

The Bhagavad Gītā plays an influential role in yoga history. Rejecting the asceticism of early practitioners, it advocates engagement in worldly affairs and describes a variety of spiritual paths. The highest of these is devotion to a personal deity who is present in everything – combining ideas from the early Upaniṣads with seeds of inspiration […]

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Found in Translation: Sanskrit in the Bhagavad Gītā

The Bhagavad Gītā has perhaps been more widely translated and commented on than any other Sanskrit text and with good reason. Many of its words lend themselves to multiple interpretations. By looking at and chanting key verses, and examining common terms, such as jñāna, buddhi, karma, and dharma within the text, we will explore how this work continues to inspire. Looking directly […]

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