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Class #10 - February 10, 2019

posted Sep 9, 2018, 4:23 PM by Parshu Ananth

Who is God? 
Creation 
Life of Brahma 
God and Demigods 

Class #2 - September 23, 2018

posted Sep 9, 2018, 2:16 PM by Parshu Ananth

Teambuilding Event!!!

Class #1 - September 9, 2018

posted Sep 8, 2018, 7:45 PM by Parshu Ananth   [ updated Sep 9, 2018, 2:02 PM ]

Topic:  Balvihar Journey
1. What have I gained from Balvihar?
2. What have I learned from Balvihar?
3. What are my expectations from the Youth Group?

Debate:
Points to keep in mind:
Who is your audience?
Each team member should speak
Team members should share the work

Rubric:
1. Use facts and statistics to argue your case
2. Organize your thought process
3. Understand your topic; research; give references

Other ways to earn points:
Respect the other team
Information presented
Rebuttal

Debate Format:
5 min each: Present your case (Team #1 then Team #2)
3 min in all: Both teams ask questions (Crossfire)
2 min each: Rebuttal
1 min each: Final Statements
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Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita:
There was a king who had 3 sons.  Dhritarashtra, the oldest one, was born blind, so the next brother Pandu became the king.  Pandu had 5 sons: Yudhishtira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva.  Yudhishtira was the emblem of virtue whereas Duryodhana, Dhritarashtra's son was evil.
Pandavas : Kauravas = Good vs. Evil.
What happened before the war and what was the reason for the war?
Who is narrating the story of the war to Dhritarashtra?
Field of Sacred duty - Arjuna represents humanity - He is conflicted between acting as a soldier and as a human being - we are faced with choices every day in a similar way.  The Bhagavad Gita helps us to learn to make the right choices.
What do the words Bhagavad Gita mean?
In which section of the Mahabharata is the Bhagavad Gita in?  Bhishma Parva / Book of Bhishma
The timeframe when Krishna spoke the message of Bhagavad Gita was 3139 BCE.
The Bhagavad Gita was written in Sanskrit.
The Bhagavad Gita has 18 Chapters and 700 verses.

The Bhagavad Gita has 3 parts:
The first six chapters are about working with detachment from the fruits of work.
The second six chapters are on Bhakti / devotion to the Supreme i.e connecting with the Supreme through devotional service
The last six chapters are on Jnana yoga or Knowledge that connects with the Supreme.

Important: Bring your copy of the Bhagavad Gita to every class.

Introduction to Vedic Mathematics:

Class Introduction - August 26, 2018

posted Sep 8, 2018, 7:44 PM by Parshu Ananth


Class #14 - April 15, 2018

posted Apr 15, 2018, 5:46 AM by Parshu Ananth

Study guide attached

Class #13 - April 1, 2018

posted Apr 3, 2018, 6:49 PM by Parshu Ananth   [ updated Apr 8, 2018, 6:41 PM ]

Vedic Math file attached

Class #12 - March 18, 2018

posted Apr 3, 2018, 6:48 PM by Parshu Ananth   [ updated Apr 9, 2018, 5:14 PM ]

Karma and Yoga - Shankarananda Das

Karma:  Good activity (activity sanctioned in the Bhagavad Gita or scriptures)
Vikarma: Bad activity  
Akarma: Neither good nor bad - no personal interest and nothing to lose - doing because it needs to be done

In the scriptures, Akarma is also called Yoga.

                                                            Yoga
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Karma            Jnana                        Dhyan                        Bhakti

Karma Yoga(Action): Person doing his / her duty with the intention of Yoga (union with God)

Jnana Yoga (Knowledge): Study with the purpose of understanding God

Dhyan Yoga (Meditation): Also called, Ashtanga Yoga

Bhakti Yoga (Devotional Service)

Dhyan Yoga requires living outside the city.

Jnana Yoga: requires intense study

Karma Yoga: somewhat good.  However, it cannot give you complete understanding of God.

Bhakti Yoga: Only way one can have complete understanding of God.

B.G. End of 6th chapter: topmost is one who is practicing Bhakti

All of you can practice Bhakti daily:

1. Sravanam: Hearing anything related to God
2. Kirtanam: Chanting / Repeating / Singing what you heard about God.  For example, you may chant:
    a. Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
        Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare, or
    b. Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
3. Smaranam: Remembering God
4. Pada Sevanam: Serving the feet of the Lord
    e.g. sweeping the floor of the temple or a visit to Vrindavan
5. Archanam: Worshipping the deity form of the Lord
6. Vandanam: Prayer
7. Dasyam: (Das = servant of God) The relationship between God and his devotees is of love, not of exploitation.
8. Sakhyam: Becoming a friend of God
9. Atma Nivedanam: Offering yourself to God

Class #11 - March 4, 2018

posted Apr 3, 2018, 6:47 PM by Parshu Ananth   [ updated Apr 9, 2018, 7:12 PM ]

Karma

Three modes of material nature:

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna talks at length about the "three modes of material nature." These are subtle forces that influence our behavior as well as every aspect of our physical, mental, and emotional world. The Sanskrit term for these forces is guna, "rope," and the Gita explains how they pull us to act in various ways, even against our better judgment.

The effects of Sattva-guna, the mode of goodness, are seen when an atmosphere of peace, serenity, and harmony prevails in our environment and ourselves. Rajo-guna, the mode of passion, is felt as insatiable desire for temporary things, striving for more and more of them, and perpetual dissatisfaction. Tamo-guna, the mode of ignorance, is indicated when there's laziness, depression, intoxication, and insanity.

The fourteenth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita contains elaborate descriptions of the modes, their symptoms, how they affect us, and ultimately how to become free from their influence through the practice of bhakti-yoga

Mode of Goodness (Sattva-guna)
Mode of Passion (Rajo-guna)
Mode of Ignorance (Tamo-guna)

Karma

Karma is defined as activities conditioned by the three modes of nature under the purview of time.

According to Vedic literature, karma is the law of cause and effect. For every action there is a cause as well as a reaction. Karma is produced by performing fruitive activities for bodily or mental development. One may perform pious activities that will produce good reactions or good karma for future enjoyment. Or one may perform selfish or what some call sinful activities that produce bad karma and future suffering. This follows a person wherever he or she goes in this life or future lives. Such karma, as well as the type of consciousness a person develops, establishes reactions that one must experience.

Your association your mode of nature.  Therefore, it is important to associate with good people.

Discussion: Cultural identity is important for self-respect

Class #10 - February 25, 2018

posted Apr 3, 2018, 6:46 PM by Parshu Ananth   [ updated Apr 8, 2018, 7:01 PM ]

Who is God?

Bhagavad Gita 7.7

Bhagavad Gita 10.8

Creation

Life of Brahma

God and Demigods

Class #9 - January 21, 2018

posted Apr 3, 2018, 6:45 PM by Parshu Ananth   [ updated Apr 8, 2018, 6:58 PM ]

Slokas

2.40
2.41
2.44

Topic: Who am I?  Soul and its properties

Difference between body and soul
Analogies:
Car and driver
Apartment and Occupant

Where is the soul situated?

What is the difference in the size of the soul between elephant and ant?

Activities of the soul (through the body):
1. Takes birth
2. Grows
3. Stays
4. Produces offspring
5. Dwindles
6. Dies

Properties of the soul:
Neither birth nor death

More about the soul:
Is man just a powerful computer?  What is the difference between a human and a robot?
Am I God?
What is the difference between God and human?
What is common between God and human?

Is God eternal?  Is the soul eternal?
Why can't we become God?

Soul vs Supersoul

Jivatma                 vs.         Paramatma
Individual soul                    One Soul
- Many                                   - Same one situated in everyone
- Remembers this life            - Remembers past, present and future
- Anu (minute)                       - Vibhu (big in quality not size)
- Limited cognizance             - Fully cognizant
-Servitor                                 - Served (Supervisor - monitors activities of atma)

Two birds are sitting on a branch

Princess and the parrot

Discussion: Role models, Heroes and Mentors

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