Online classes on Gita, Upanishad and other Advaita texts

Online Bhagavad Gita class

Bhagavad Gita

Systematic, structured and elaborate Bhagavad Gita classes adhering to Advaita Vedanta on Sundays from 6:40 - 8 AM IST. These classes are designed to learn and understand the meaning of the Bhagavad Gita in a fundamental way that is also traditional. Each verse of the Gita is taught elaborately in keeping with the commentary of Adi Sankaracharya. You can find recordings of the first few classes here.

Viveka Chudamani - This is a very highly regarded introductory 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 are on Saturdays from 6:50 - 8 AM IST.

Mandukya Upanishad - Though the class will be fully in English we will strictly follow the commentaries of Gaudapada of Adi Sankaracharya.  One needs to have been exposed to Vedanta for a reasonable length of time before listening to the Upanishads. Classes are on Saturdays from 6:25 - 7:30 PM IST.

 

Ashtavakra Gita - This a dialogue between Rishi Ashtavakra and King Janaka on Self Knowledge. Classes are on Sundays from 6:25-7:30 PM IST.

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 weekly online classes are in keeping with the traditional Advaita Vedanta. And eternally valid because by its very nature the knowledge is timeless. Classes are in English and conducted on Zoom 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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