In this series of talks on the wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita, total five talks were conducted.
In the first talk, Swami Smarnananda Giri introduced the book God Talks With Arjuna, a new, unique interpretation of the Bhagavad Gita by Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda. Swamiji elaborated upon Paramahansaji’s commentary, explaining through analogies and anecdotes how the presence of Kauravas (bad tendencies) within us produces misery and impedes our spiritual progress; and how nurturing the Pandavas (good tendencies) within us will eventually bring about the defeat of those Kauravas in the inner battle of Kurukshetra, thus leading to unconditional joy and the attainment of the ultimate goal of Self-realization.
In the second talk, based on Paramahansa Yoganandaji’s interpretation of Verses 2 & 3 of Chapter I, Swamiji explained how to overcome bad habits by calm, inner light of intuitive awakening which can be cultivated by regular meditation.
In the third talk, Swamiji took up Verses 4, 5, and 6, and explained how the spiritual soldiers such as devotion, spiritual memory, discriminative intelligence, and pranayama come to the aid of the yogi to help him battle the evil soldiers of the sense mind.
In the fourth and fifth talks, Swamiji pointed out the Kauravas enumerated in Verses 7, 8, and 9, whom a devotee must be wary about as they represent specific principles that oppose spiritual progress.
Schedule for the Gita Discourses:
Winning the Battle of Life (Kurukshetra Within Me):
- Part I: Sat, June 12, 2021, 6.30 – 7.45 pm (IST)
- Part II: Sat, July 03, 2021, 6.30 – 7.45 pm (IST)
- Part III: Sat, July 17, 2021, 6.30 – 7.45 pm (IST)
- Part IV: Sat, July 31, 2021, 6.30 – 7.45 pm (IST)
- Part V: Fri, Aug 6, 2021, 6.30 – 7.45 pm (IST)
About the Scriptural Commentary
Paramahansa Yoganandaji, the author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, interprets the Bhagavad Gita with divine insight. In his interpretation, exploring its psychological, spiritual, and metaphysical depths — from the subtle causes of everyday thoughts and actions to the grand design of the cosmic order — Yoganandaji presents a sweeping chronicle of the soul’s journey to enlightenment.
Clearly outlining the Gita’s balanced path of meditation and right activity, Paramahansaji shows how we can create for ourselves a life of spiritual integrity, serenity, simplicity, and joy. Through our awakened intuition, we come to know the right course to take at every crossroad on the path of life, to determine what shortcomings are holding us back and what positive qualities are moving us forward, and to recognize and avoid pitfalls along the way.