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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?

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

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

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
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: