International Gita Forum, Singapore (IGFS) will be held on Sunday, 29 July 2018
Join us for a day of immersion in the Bhagavad Gita!
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Our Distinguished Speakers
|Prof Vladimir Yatsenko||Swami Atmatriptananda|
|Gita as an Integral Tool for
Living in the Modern World
|Values as Unfolded
in the Gita
Gita as an Integral Tool for Living in the Modern World
There are three fundamental approaches to human life and its values: The Path of Works (Will), the Path of Love (Heart) and the Path of Knowledge (Mind). Reconciling and harmonising them is the Way to Integral Perfection: Pūrṇa Yoga.
Karma Yoga is the Path of Works. It determines our efforts towards the realisation of ourselves. What is this realisation about? Sri Krishna says: “sarvaṁ karmākhilaṁ pārtha jñāne parisamāpyate”, “All the action without remainder ends in knowledge-experience” (BhG 4.33). So, all action is needed only for one thing: to know oneself better.
As a result, Bhakti Yoga is achieved, the fulfilment of our hearts, finding Love for the Divine in all forms. At the same time, the Path of Works and Knowledge continues, becoming richer and more profound, pervaded by the Presence of the liberated heart. So, the double path of Will and Knowledge becomes a triune way of life, where there is no more conflict between heart, mind and will of man.
Secret of living a successful life: What is success and what is failure? Gita says: ‘śreyān svadharmo viguṇaḥ paradharmāt svanuṣṭitāt’,(BhG 3.35) ‘better one’s own dharma without qualities than the dharma of others well performed.’ Gita introduces the vision of the subjective age and the need for individual self-realisation.
The fundamental psychological difficulty of our nature is based on the conflict between jñānendriyas and karmendriyas, perception and action. We can be either active or perceptive. It is difficult for us to be both. Therefore, the methods of Yoga were developed to become totally still in the mind, vital and body, to stop even breathing to achieve a deeper perception of the Self. But the moment we start acting in the body or mind we lose our deeper perception of the Self.
Sri Krishna offers the solution to this difficulty as three successive liberations through Karma Yoga:
a) Freedom from the Fruit of Action, b) Freedom from modality of Action, and c) Freedom from the notion of Actor.
It is the ancient path of the Sacrifice once revealed by Him to Vivasvat, the Lord of the Sun, who gave it to the King of the Solar Dynasty Ikshvaku, but in time this Yoga was lost. And now he brings it back to Arjuna, because he is his bhakta.
Sthitaprajñaḥ as the model of success. Equanimity is the fundamental quality of the wise man: ‘samatvaṁ yoga ucyate,’ ‘Yoga is called equality’ (BhG 2.42). It removes the preferences of raga and dveṣa, which are constantly clouding our perception of what is true and what is to be done, kartavyam karma. The Equanimity opens the door to the truer perception of our life and our role in it, moving away from the self-satisfaction of senses towards an inner bliss and truth.
Children's Art Competition: An art competition for children will be held on the same day. Click here for details.