Type of Event
This six week course is an introduction to understanding the message of the Bhagavad Gita. We will examine its profound metaphors, its mythic and allegorical structure, its practical advice and its liberative vision of human existence arising out of the conflicts, crises and battles of our day-to-day life. Offered in six consecutive weeks
The Bhagavad Gita is one of the most beloved texts of the Yoga tradition and has inspired millions in its nearly 3,000 years of existence. Though it has been praised by such luminaries as Aldous Huxley, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Swami Vivekananda, Carl Jung, Ghandi, Hermann Hesse and many others, it seems to play a minor role, if any at all, in the Yoga world today. Other than an inspiring verse here or there quoted in isolation of the whole text, it is rarely read and can be quite difficult to understand when it is.
Taking the form of a dialog between a warrior prince and his charioteer just moments before a battle is to begin, this story tells the timeless tale of human crisis and freedom. The Gita is primarily an "archeology" and "alchemy" of circumstance, of life as it is lived in the dramatic and passionate moments of our life. Each chapter of the Gita is named after, and presents, a Yoga: The Yoga of Action, The Yoga of Knowledge, The Yoga of Meditation, The Yoga of Devotion, etc. But most importantly it begins with The Yoga of Crisis, a deep existential crisis faced by the warrior Arjuna in the midst of his immediate circumstance. Arjuna’s crisis is our own as well. Faced with fear, uncertainty and doubt about who he is, what is happening in his life, and how he is to act, Arjuna turns to his charioteer for help. As one philosopher once wrote, the Gita (which means ‘song’) is “the most beautiful, perhaps only true philosophical song existing in any tongue… perhaps the deepest and loftiest thing the world has to show.”
The Gita is through and through a relevant and profound book for our lives today. But since it was written a long time ago in a vastly different culture than our own we have to learn how to read it before it gives up its brilliant wisdom. This six week course is an introduction to understanding the message of the Bhagavad Gita. We will examine its profound metaphors, its mythic and allegorical structure, its practical advice and its liberative vision of human existence arising out of the conflicts, crises and battles of our day-to-day life.
If your interest in Yoga extends beyond the wonderful practice of asana and you want to know more about it please consider attending this course. Offered in six consecutive Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm beginning March 16th, the format is lecture and discussion. Contact Mission Yoga for registration details.