Online Vedanta course - Bhagavad Gita, Upanishad and Yoga Sutra classes

Online Bhagavad Gita class

Online classes on Vedanta (Bhagavad Gita, Upanishad and related texts) are held on Saturdays and Sundays. Classes are conducted through Zoom.

Bhagavad Gita classes are conducted online on Sundays from 7 - 8 AM IST. We are currently in the Chapter 18. Each verse of the Gita is dealt with elaborately in keeping with the commentary of Adi Sankara. Gita will be started from the beginning immediately after the completion of this cycle which will be around September 2020.

Classes on Viveka Chudamani (Crest jewel of discriminative knowledge), on Saturdays from 7 - 8 AM IST. This is a very popular text used in the tradition of Advaita Vedanta to understand the basics of the pursuit of Self Knowledge like the need to pursue Self Knowledge, the qualifications required, the process, necessity of a teacher, attitude towards the teacher and the knowledge itself. This is a very good introductory text and would be helpful to anyone seriously interested in this pursuit.

Classes on Taittiriya Upanishad, on Saturdays from 6:30 - 7:30 PM IST - started July 4, 2020. Though the class will be fully in English we will closely follow the commentary of Adi Sankara. The Upanishad has 3 sections - the first section deals with topics like phonetics, eligibility of a student, disciplines to be followed for a spiritual aspirant and general advisable behavior in one's life. The second and third sections deal purely with Self Knowledge and this Upanishad is well known for the pancha kosha (5 layers of the human personality) analysis.

Bhaja Govindam, Sadhana Panchakam, Atma Bodha etc - Sundays 6:30-7:30 PM IST - started July 5, 2020. Some introductory texts of Advaita Vedanta (Prakarana Granthas), attibuted to Sankaracharya, will be explained. This will help give a glimpse of the knowledge contained in the Upanishads and Gita as well as give a good grounding in the fundamentals of Vedanta. It will help immensely in the pursuit of Self Knowledge.

Why should I take regular classes on Vedanta? -

The subject matter of Vedanta (Bhagavad Gita & Upanishad) is such that unfortunately it cannot be studied independently by anyone. If it could be, it would have been possible to gain this knowledge by just "Googling". But that is never the case. Even if one manages to know a little from varied sources, the understanding is inevitably full of gaps that have to be necessarily filled in by a qualified teacher. So, the knowledge has to be unfolded by a competent teacher, who himself has systematically studied from another teacher. Also one has to expose himself/herself to this teaching systematically for a reasonable length of time. This has been the way innumerable generations in the past have gained this knowledge and preserved it to this day.

Some frequently asked questions about the study of Vedanta.

The online classes are traditional, in keeping with the Advaita tradition. And contemporary because by its very nature the knowledge is timeless and eternally valid. Classes are in English and conducted by Swami Sarvananda Saraswati, a disciple of Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati.

Listeners are expected to have a reasonably good Broadband connection and a video camera, so that the teacher can also see the listener. There is an interactive Q & A session at the completion of each class, where the students can get their doubts clarified. You can find audio recordings of a few classes here.

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