Bhagavad Gita Study
The Bhagavad Gita is a timeless Vedic truth teaching (Shastra). Coming to realize its teachings in our practical lives is a core aspect of our ashram's mission. It is comprised of 18 chapters and a total of 700 Sanskrit verses. Our study of the Gita includes reading an English translation of and then discussion of each verse. Besides including various commentaries on the Gita in our discussion, Swamiji adds his own insights - which are often crafted to meet the growth edge of attendees present and those watching the live stream.
From beginning to end, the study of the Gita takes several months. Each study session is integrated into our morning satsang and lasts approximately 30 minutes. Our current satsang study series may be in the Gita - or it may be exploring other topics. Your study in the Gita series can begin at any time because we are offering these recordings to you, that you may work with them however it is convenient for you.
Just below, we include Swami's Pilgrim's Gita - which contains the original Sanskrit of the Gita, an English translation and Swami's commentary. It can be read as a companion to the online series or as a stand-alone study guide.
Lastly, the Bhagavad Gita is the world's most read and revered spiritual work. We hope that you join in the study and that its timeless wisdom may be of benefit to you; we pray that it may bring a lilt to your life and help your discover of the timeless bliss which is your own True, yet veiled, nature. Namaste. 🙏
Gita Study Opening Invocation:
An English translation of the "Gita Dhyanam", or "Meditation on the Gita":
O Bhagavad Gita, by which Arjuna was illumined by Lord Krishna himself and which was composed of eighteen chapters within the Mahabharata by the ancient sage Vyasa;
O Divine Mother, Destroyer of rebirth, who showers the nectar of oneness on us; O Bhagavad Gita, my affectionate Mother, on Thee I meditate.
All the Upanishads are the cows, the milker is the cowherd boy, Krishna; Arjuna is the calf; people of purified intellect are the drinkers; the milk is the supreme nectar of the Gita,
My salutations to the Lord who is the source of supreme bliss, whose Grace makes the mute eloquent and the crippled cross mountains.