Unit 4: The Bhagavad Gita

Students receive 50 credit hours every time they take or repeat this unit. If a student completes 500 hours of course work with us they will be awarded a 500 hour certificate.

When: Oct. 20 – 29, 2020

Venue: This unit will be hosted at the beautiful Land of Medicine Buddha, a retreat center in Soquel, California. USA

Room, board and tuition: $2510 double occupancy, $3125 single occupancy.

Registration:  If you would like to register for this course,  please contact with Margaret Hartman, our teaching training coordinator.

email Margaret for information about Unit :  Unit 4: Bhagavad Gita. Oct. 20 – 29, 2020.

Prerequisites: Unit 1: Bones, Muscles, and Poses

Required text: The Bhagavad Gita translated by Eknath Easwaran.

Suggested text: “God Talks with Arjuna” by Paramahansa Yogananda

Course description: The Bhagavad Gita is a religious poem that is presented as a conversation between a troubled warrior and his beloved friend. It is full of beautiful passages of philosophical depth and spiritual inspiration. It has been read and studied for over two thousand years. There is also an allegorical reading of the Gita that assigns psychological qualities to its main characters. This allegory reveals both the ancient sankhya philosophy of the mind and the secret science of chakra meditation.

Morning lectures will focus upon the allegory of the Gita. This allegory is elaborately explained in “God Talks with Arjuna”, a two volume commentary on the Gita by Paramahansa Yogananda. This magnificent work is suggested as a reference book for serious students.

Afternoon lectures will focus on reading Eknath Easwaran’s translation. This translation brings out much of the poetical beauty of the Bhagavad Gita .

We approach the Bhagavad Gita on three levels:

We chant important verses in sanskrit.

We read the entire text in English.

We study the first chapter in depth. It is this chapter that outlines the allegory.