The Vedas were for the ancient Indians what Google is for we moderns. People referred to them for almost everything - and that included career advice, relationship counselling, happiness tips, and of course spirituality. These literary texts monopolized the 'market' for centuries, much longer than Google can ever hope to.
If you want to try out these tomes today, it can be a bit hard though. The challenge concerns language, and especially relevance. On the face these literature may seem to address a civilization far removed from ours, but if you look closer - through the lens of a Vedic expert - you can appreciate how they transcend the limits of time.
Bhagavad Gita is a collection of 700 verses found within the epic Mahabharath. It is the documentation of a conversation that evolved on a battlefield. Armies of two groups, the Pandavas and the Kauravas - who were close blood relatives - had assembled for a war. But just before the first arrows went flying, Arjuna, a commander of the Pandava clan broke down; he felt the war too overwhelming - emotionally. For counsel, he turned to Supreme Lord Sri Krishna, who was playing the role of his chariot driver. "I don't want a temporary stop-gap solution," Arjuna sobbed. "I want the mystery of life unraveled. Who are we? What makes life?What do we truly need to be happy? And how can we lead a purposeful, satisfying, and wholehearted life with meaningful relationships?"
Are't these questions relevant even today?
Through this introductory course, I bring to you the answers to these very queries.
Together we shall discover the building blocks that make life; we shall experience many aha moments together. A concrete life-transforming action plan will be chalked out. Everything I say will be elaborated upon with modern research findings, and illustrated through stories from the second world war and corporate America.
And you will witness Karma-Yoga emerge out as a promising path to personal transformation.
Since this is an introductory course, we WON'T be discussing the Bhagavad Gita verse-by-verse, chapter-by-chapter. Rather, we will overview the essence of Gita's teachings, while we hear selected verses of the Gita chanted in between.