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Family Vedanta Course II
July 22, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - July 28, 2018 @ 1:00 pm EDT
Muṇḍakopaniṣad 2.1.3- 2.1.10
Bhagavad Gītā 8.1 onward
Ṛṣi Aṅgiras, in imparting the vision of oneness to Śaunaka, uses the method of ‘cause-effect’ (kāraṇa-kārya). This method is the most crucial in teaching Vedanta, because through it non-duality (advaita) can be arrived at. And only in the understanding that there is no second thing here, only myself (sarvātmabhāva), is there release from the notion that I am a struggling individual. In this section, Ṛṣi
Aṅgiras elaborates fully on how everything has come from, abides in and resolves into the self, who is the being of everything. Knowing this, the ‘knots of the heart dissolve.’
This chapter begins with Arjuna asking Lord Krishna a series of questions. In two verses, Lord Krishna briefly answers all but one of them. Most of the rest of the chapter is the answer to Arjuna’s last question, “At the time of departure [from this body] how are you known by those whose minds are steady?” Along with the implications, Swamiji will teach Lord Krishna’s comprehensive answer to this question, so important to the one who is seeking freedom from all that is undesirable.
Brahmājī kṛta Stuti from Bhāgavatam Through the story of Lord Brahmā hiding the cows and cowherds who were enjoying the company of Lord Krishna, Srimad Bhāgavatam reveals some important elements in the pursuit of freedom from the pressure to become. Attitudes are highlighted that even the gods need to acquire. And the liberating vision and teaching that Lord Krishna gives to Lord Brahmā is the same that we see in the Bhagavad Gītā. The entire account, infused with devotion, shows us that no matter who we are, we need to cultivate the same attitudes and values, and understand the same non-dual teaching in order to be free. And all of that requires grace.