Gita Talk #5: Sublimely Simple, Profound and Liveable
The reading for this week was Chapters 3-4, p. 61-80. Please tell us what you think. What did you like? What did you dislike? How does it relate to your life? What questions would you like to ask? Can you see the themes I outline in my thoughts below? Are there other big themes you think also deserve to be there?
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Here are my thoughts for the week:
The Bhagavad Gita is Sublimely Simple, Profound, and Liveable
Does this statement startle you?
I’m guessing that many of you feel the opposite about the Gita at this point–that it is complex, obtuse and perhaps even upsetting.
Last week we talked about complexity.
This week we’re going to talk about blinding simplicity.
What is the blindingly simple message of the Gita?
LIVE YOUR LIFE WITH LOVE AND PURPOSE,
DETACHING EGO FROM RESULTS
FOCUS THE MIND
EXPERIENCE THE INFINITE WONDER OF THE UNIVERSE
As they say about the Golden Rule, all the rest is commentary.
Here are the three cosmic truths underlying the Gita’s message:
Each of us is already infinitely wondrous—
miraculous, awe-inspiring, unfathomable
(divine if you prefer)
Our wondrous nature is the same as
the infinite wonder of the universe
We experience this infinite wonder
by waking up to reality
I hope you find this surprising and thought provoking.
I hope it helps give you a vision of where we’re going, so that you can better negotiate the challenges of the text.
If you are overwhelmed by the Gita, I hope you find it encouraging.
I suggest you come back to it often when you’re feeling confused.
And if you think I’m full of beans, I look forward to your critique.
The reading for next week is chapters 5-6, p. 81-98.
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