Program Type: Online Course
Date & Time: Offered as 8 weekly sessions on Tuesdays. Oct 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24 & Dec 1, 7:00-8:30pm EDT
Hours: 12 hours
What You’ll Learn:
What can we do to remove suffering from our own lives and the lives of others? If you desire to go deeper and look for answers join this course on the 4th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. The Bhagavad Gita is not simply a philosophical text, but a practical guide to daily life. It teaches us how to live in the world amidst suffering and still maintain a calm mind and joyful heart.
Rukmini Chaitanya has been teaching Bhagavad Gita in yoga teacher training for many years. She encourages group interaction and questions during course sessions and is also available during the week to offer individual guidance to students. Join her to learn about the true nature of the Self. Become a witness to the life being lived through you, and find peace and joy along the way.
Who is this course for?
This course is for those longing to know the real purpose of life and are seeking answers to existential questions such as — Why are we here? What are we here to do? Who am I? Why was I born? What is this world? Why is there suffering in the world? What can we do to remove suffering from our own lives and the lives of others?
It is for yoga teachers who wish to gain more knowledge of yoga philosophy in order to share with their students, yoga students who are seeking a deeper understanding of the yogic scriptures, and for those interested in Eastern philosophy, meditation, and spiritual practice.
Why should you take this course?
It is important to be in the company of other seekers and spiritual practitioners while studying the sacred texts. You will get to spend time with a teacher who has been treading this spiritual path for almost 20 years, receiving inspiration and guidance.
After these 6 weeks, you will have confidence, motivation and inspiration to continue more vigorously with your own practice of yoga, meditation and studying the scriptures. You will also be in a better state of mind, with an elevated mood and a sense of purpose in life. This will allow you to inspire family members and friends – not by preaching to them, but by your mere presence.
What you will experience during the course?
We will meet once a week for an hour a half. During the meeting, we will chant each verse in Sanskrit, read the English translation, explain the meaning of the verse and then go over the commentary of Swami Sivananda.
During these sessions, you will feel that your mind becomes clearer. This is because the teachings are based on great wisdom and are highly logical and clear. But you will also feel intuitive faith in these teachings because they come from an ancient lineage of great masters. These teachings go beyond reason and logic and touch the deepest levels of your heart. Even without understanding the Sanskrit words, chanting the verses is a very powerful experience. The English translation of Swami Sivananda is also very powerful and provides great inspiration to the listeners.
You are encouraged to ask questions during the live sessions so that your doubts are removed. You will spend time with like-minded people from all over the world who are sharing the desire to remove suffering, find joy and answers to the deepest questions of life.
Class 1: Glorification of the Gita and the lineage
Class 2: The Avatar
Class 3: The Knowledge of the Avatar and its results
Class 4: The wisdom of seeing inaction in action and vice versa (the characteristics of the wise)
Class 5: The Glory and the means of Knowledge
Class 6: The Benefits of Knowledge
Class 7: Qualifications and disqualifications for Knowledge
Class 8: Conclusions
Requirements & Recommendations:
Rukmini Chaitanya is a senior staff member of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat Bahamas. She is also the personal assistant to Swami Swaroopananda, the Acharya, or spiritual director of the Ashram. She is a knowledgeable and experienced teacher and practitioner of yoga and Vedanta. She teaches courses online and at the ashram on a variety of topics including yoga, meditation, positive thinking, and scriptures of yoga and Vedanta. She regularly teaches the Bhagavad Gita during the Sivananda Yoga Teacher training as well as other advanced courses on the Bhagavad Gita, scriptures and yoga philosophy.
Rukmini Chaitanya is known for her enthusiastic and inspiring teaching style as well as for her devotion to the lineage and the scriptures. She is also known for her dedication to each of her students and her desire to share knowledge with them. She brings a great deal of clarity to every topic and is highly appreciated for her capacity to unfold complicated topics and present them in a coherent and pure way.
At the ashram, she is in charge of programming, marketing and fundraising and assists Swami Swaroopananda with his administrative responsibilities both locally and internationally.