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Bhagavad Gita Ch. 1 “Yoga of Arjuna’s Grief” Verses 7 through 12

Lecture discusses Duryodhana’s assessment of the strengths of the two armies. He feels even though his army is larger it is insufficient while Pandava’s army though smaller is sufficient.

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Bhagavad Gita Ch. 1 “Yoga of Arjuna’s Grief” Verses 1 through 6

Lecture discusses Dhritarashtra’s anxiety and Duryodhana’s insecurity when the two armies were facing each other just before the great Mahabharata war.

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Bhagavad Gita Ch. 18 “Yoga of Liberation through Renunciation” Verses 74 through 78

Lecture discusses   Sanjaya’s concluding remarks and final statement that where there is Krishna, the Lord of Yoga and Arjuna, a man of action there are prosperity, victory, growth, and steady policy.

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Bhagavad Gita Ch. 18 “Yoga of Liberation through Renunciation” Verses 71,72 & 73

Lecture discusses the significance of studying the teachings of Bhagavad Gita and how even listening to the knowledge with faith can liberate one from the bondage of limitations.

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Bhagavad Gita Ch. 18 “Yoga of Liberation through Renunciation” Verses 68, 69 & 70

Lecture discusses the importance of sharing the knowledge of Bhagavad Gita as teaching is twice learning.

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Bhagavad Gita Ch. 18 “Yoga of Liberation through Renunciation” Verses 62 through 67

Lecture discusses the most quoted verse “ Sarva Dharman Parityjya Mamekam Sharanam Vraj – Abandon all Dharmas  and seek refuge in me.” The verse is considered to be the summary verse of Bhagavad Gita.

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Bhagavad Gita Ch. 18 “Yoga of Liberation through Renunciation” Verses 59,60,61

Lecture discusses the presence of Ishvara in the hearts of all beings. His power of Maya  causing all beings  to act as if they are mounted on a machine.

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Bhagavad Gita Ch. 18 “Yoga of Liberation through Renunciation” Verses 56,57,58

Lecture discusses how by devotion to the supreme one can overcome all obstacles in life and achieves supreme bliss but by egoism if one decides to go against one’s essential nature one ends up doing what he avoids doing.

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Bhagavad Gita Ch. 18 “Yoga of Liberation through Renunciation” Verses 53, 54, & 55

Lecture discusses the state of becoming aware of the supreme self that gives joy in pursuing the path of performing actions without attachment and desires.

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Bhagavad Gita Ch. 18 “Yoga of Liberation through Renunciation” Verses  49,50, 51 & 52

Lecture discusses physical and mental control as the preparation for meditation to realize one’s true nature.

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Bhagavad Gita Ch. 18 “Yoga of Liberation through Renunciation” Verses  46,47 & 48

Lecture discusses the technique of performing actions according to one’s own nature to achieve success and happiness.

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Bhagavad Gita Ch. 18 “Yoga of Liberation through Renunciation” Verses  43,44,45

Lecture discusses the appropriate fields of actions for the four different types of people found in any society.

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Bhagavad Gita Ch. 18 “Yoga of Liberation through Renunciation” Verses  40,41,42

Lecture discusses four different types of people in any society and why they are different from each other.

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 Bhagavad Gita Ch. 18 “Yoga of Liberation through Renunciation” Verses  36, 37, 38 & 39

Lecture discusses three types of Sukha - Happiness.  Satvika – Sukha feels like poison in the beginning but in the end it feels like nectar.  Rajasika – Sukha feels like nectar in the beginning but in the end it feels like poison Tamasika – Sukha  feels like poison in the beginning and in the end also it feels like poison.

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Bhagavad Gita Ch. 18 “Yoga of Liberation through Renunciation” Verses  33, 34,& 35

Lecture discusses three types of Dhruti - Fortitude.  Satvika – Dhruti will make the mind focus, optimize the physiological functions in my body and will give capacity to overcome obstacles.  Rajasika – Dhruti may give me success in life but not happiness & Tamasika – Dhrutii will not let me get out of fear, depression and arrogance.

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 Bhagavad Gita Ch. 18 “Yoga of Liberation through Renunciation” Verses  29, 30,31 & 32

Lecture discusses three types of intellect.  Satvika – Buddhi will let me see things as they are and will guide me to right things.  Rajasika – Buddhi will make me do things that will cause more sorrows and unhappiness and Tamasika – Buddhi will make me do things which are completely inappropriate.

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Bhagavad Gita Ch. 18 “Yoga of Liberation through Renunciation” Verses  26, 27 & 28

Lecture discusses three types of doers.  Satvika – doers act without getting affected by success or failure, Rajasika – doers act because of desire to enjoy fruits of actions and Tamasika – doers act without any firm commitment or purity of purpose.

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Bhagavad Gita Ch. 18 “Yoga of Liberation through Renunciation” Verses  22, 23, 24 & 25

Lecture discusses three types of actions.  Satvika – actions create bliss and harmony, Rajasika – actions create agitations and Tamasika – actions create destruction and pain.

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Episode 340: Bhagavad Gita Ch. 18 “Yoga of Liberation through Renunciation” Verses 19, 20, & 21

Lecture discusses two of the three types of knowledge.  Satvika – Pure knowledge leads to the understanding of unity, and Rajasika – Passionate knowledge creates duality.

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Bhagavad Gita Ch. 18 “Yoga of Liberation through Renunciation” Verses 16, 17 & 18

Lecture discusses three propellers of actions - Knowledge, the object to be known and the knower and three enablers of actions i.e. the instrument, the action and the doer. 

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