Gunas, devotion and values – James Swartz – Yoga of Love, Bhakti Yoga, Bhakti Sutra, Narada

How to overcome tamas?

When you are rajasic and succesful you
have no time to pay attention to yourself. Stuck in sattva. Danger
of vanity and stop of growth. Verse 58: “Success is easier to attain
by informal devotion than by any other means.” If you bring
discipline into your life you do things that are good for you and
your self esteem grows. Verse 59: “Devotion is easiest because it
does not depend on any other authority; it is self-validating.” In
Vedanta you have to live according to the scripture. Verse 60:
“Furthermore, devotion is the embodiment of peace and supreme
joy.” Verse 61: “Once all worldly and spiritual duties are consigned
to God, the devotee need not worry about gain and loss.” Ishvara
takes care of your worldly affairs. Do the best every day and then
see what happens. Manusha the one who thinks and worry. Verse
62: “To attain non-dual devotion, do not abandon responsibilities
in this world, but surrender the results of all actions to the
Lord.”Expression of Karma Yoga. When you give the actions to the

Lord then your worry stops. Karma Yoga and gratitude. Gratitude
as a sadhana. Honesty and purity. Verses 63, 64: “Don’t chase
money or entertain yourself with sex. Don’t compromise your
values and don’t quarrel with others. Relinquish false pride,
hypocrisy and other vices.” Fearless moral inventory is necessary.
12 step program. Sorting out spiritual and material values. Fully
assimilate the good values, renounce the bad values. In the
Bhagavad Gita the values are called knowledge.

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The conscious principle – Vedanta, Self Growth and Self Discovery with Swami Nityabodhananda

Talk 4 of Swami Nityabodhananda at Yoga Vidya Center in Cologne, Sept 2019.

The conscious principle. All is in me. Consciousness and objects. One or several teachers. Path of action and path of renunciation.

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Human pursuits – Vedanta, Self Growth and Self Discovery with Swami Nityabodhananda

Talk 3 of Swami Nityabodhananda at Yoga Vidya Center in Cologne, Sept 2019.
Question and answers. Human pursuits. Roles in life and attitudes. Need for a teacher. Self inquiry. Vedanta and you are that. The tenth man. Sadhana.

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Karma Yoga and Devotion – Vedanta, Self Growth and Self Discovery with Swami Nityabodhananda

Talk 2 of Swami Nityabodhananda at Yoga Vidya Center in Cologne, Sept 2019.
Subject: Karma Yoga and results of actions. Prasadam. Attitude of Devotion to Ishvara. Roles in life. Vers 2:51 Bhagavad Gita. Clarity of purpose. Atma and body. Substance and form.

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The fundamental human problem – Vedanta, Self Growth and Self Discovery with Swami Nityabodhananda

The first of a series of 4 talks on Vedanta, self growth and self discovery by Swami Nityabodhananda.

He became a disciple of Swami Chinmayananda at the age of 24. In 1995 he attended the 3 years Vedanta course of Swami Dayananda. These talks were given in September 2019 in the Yoga Vidya Center in Cologne in Germany.  With german translation. In this first talk the subject is: Human birth. Fundamental human problem: Feeling of inadequacy. Human pursuits. Scriptures as guides. The Veda and Vedanta. Need for satsanga.

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Intuition of Reality – Vedanta Talk 7 by Ira Schepetin

Qualities of a real Bhakta according to Shankaracharya based on the Bhasya of Shankaracharya 11th and 12th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita.

 

 

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Intuition of Reality – Vedanta Talk 6 by Ira Schepetin

Prakriti and Gunas. Bhagavad Gita Chapter 7. Types of Devotees. Karma Yoga. Stages of Karma Yoga. Chapter 12, 8-20 Bhagavad Gita.

 

 

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Intuition of Reality – Vedanta Talk 5 by Ira Schepetin

Traditional study of the Bhagavad Gita. Different schools of Advaita Vedanta. Main Teachings and Defects according to Shankaracharya. Maya and other definitions.

 

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Intuition of Reality – Vedanta Talk 4 by Ira Schepetin

Qualifications according to the Bhagavad Gita chapter 13, 7-11. Story King Janaka, Katyayani, Matreyi. The Witness. The Self and deep sleep.

 

 

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Intuition of Reality – Vedanta Talk 3 by Ira Schepetin

Explanation of the Mantra Guru Brahma Guru Vishnur. Qualifications of a student according to the Brahma Sutras: Viveka, Vairagya, Shat Sampat, Mumukshuttva.

 

 

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Intuition of Reality – Vedanta Talk 2 by Ira Schepetin

History of the Vedanta Scriptures. Lack of qualification as a main problem to realise. Sadhana as the solution to be qualified. Meaning of Avidya according to Shankaracharya: mutual superimposition.

 

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Intuition of Reality – Vedanta Talk 1 by Ira Schepetin

The first of a series of 17 talks on Vedanta by Vedanta Scholar Ira Schepetin, one of the  great Experts on Vedanta. He was the first western disciple of Swami Dayananda and the only western disciple of Swami Satchidanandendra. He focusses especially on the views of Shankaracharya based on his original texts: bhasya on the Bhagavad Gita, bhasya on Brahma Sutras, bhasyas on the 10 main Upanishads and Upadesha Sahasri.

These talks were given in August 2019 in the Yoga Vidya Ashram in Bad Meinberg in Germany. The talks are based on the Bhasya of Shankaracharya on the Bhagavad Gita. Mainly chapter 13. It is an extraordinary opportunity to learn the original views of Shankaracharya.

In this first talk the subject is: Introduction. Definitions. One without a second. You are sat chid ananda. The witness.

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Bhakti Yoga – Meaning and Purpose

How to develop devotion? How to experience God?

Bhakti Yoga gives answers to these questions. Leela Mata gives the essence of Bhakti Yoga in a nutshell.

Leela Mata gives seminars on Bhakti Yoga at Peaceful Valley Ashram Pennsylvania and at Yoga Vidya Ashram Germany.

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Bhakti Sutra of Narada by Leela Mata

Short talk on the Bhakti Sutras of Narada, one of the important texts on devotion.

The essence is: All Joy comes from God. Awaken the inner love and knowledge by experiencing God. The Bhakti Sutra helps to reach it.

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