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Family Vedanta Course III
July 29, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - August 4, 2018 @ 1:00 pm EDT
Kaṭhopaniṣad 2.1 onwards
Lord Yama, having found Naciketas a fit student, fulfills his third boon in this section, answering Naciketas’ informed question about the nature of the self (1.2.14)—a question about which even the Gods have
doubts. First stressing the need for discrimination and clarity of purpose, Lord Yama reveals the nature of the self, knowing which one is free from grief and fear. Using the traditional methods mentioned in this section, Swamiji will unfold Lord Yama’s teaching to Naciketas.
Bhagavad Gītā 8.1 onward
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.
Selected verses from Narada Bhakti Sutra
These sutras, attributed to the sage Narada, define true devotion and discuss the nature of the supreme love of Isvara. They also provide instruction for the dedicated seeker to achieve a mind that can sustain this devotion and thereby assimilate the vision of the sastra as oneness with the reality of Isvara. Swamiji will unfold selected sutras.