Vancouver, British Columbia
Sharing the Gita
Through an Instagram message, one of the attendees remarked, “Incredible experience listening to Bhaktimarga Swami break down the Bhagavad-gita and end the day with a beautiful mantra and dance. Thank you for sharing your light and wisdom.”
And so it was that eighteen soon-to-be-certified yoga teachers had, included in their yoga training, a three-hour crash course with me. So I opened up by telling them the background of the Gita and the dialogue between the supreme mystic Krishna, and a warrior friend, Arjuna. It is a message of transcendence—of beyond the body (BTB)—and of moral obligation, both running parallel.
“Because we are made up of both the physical and the spiritual, this is referred to as atma.”
I discussed with the group other key words such as dharma, karma, samsara, and even the word yoga, and their meanings.
“The Bhagavad-gita” is a seven-hundred-verse poem, power-packed with the philosophy of life, which addresses topics of doubt, uncertainty, depression, the ways of nature, and how to overcome such apparent deficiencies. When applied through the channel of bhakti-yoga, amazing results are sure to follow.
One of the elements of bhakti-yoga is kirtan (chanting). This we did. And danced as well. The group was most enthusiastic. We did run into trouble—time. There was just not enough of it. The three hours went by in a flash.
I want to thank Emerson for inviting me to share what I know of the Gita. And thank you, Kevin.
May the Source be with you!