with Rishi Chidananda
The Bhagavad Gita has profoundly influenced many modern-day thinkers and gives us an understanding of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence.
In the age of social media and technology, it becomes very difficult to be fully present in the moment. When we are not fully present, we loose focus and concentration in our daily jobs and relationships, which result in emotional stress, anxiety and pressure.
The Mindful Yogi is perfect for those that are curious about the Bhagavad Gita and looking to gain a deeper understanding of the teachings contained within it.
This series is an invitation to explore the role of the mind and discuss the techniques contained within the Bhagavad Gita that help guide mental behavior. Ultimately, by understanding our behavioral patterns and transforming the way we approach life, we find fulfillment and purpose.
Gain a deeper understanding of how to be in the present moment, build stronger relationships and enhance creativity.
Increase one’s focus and concentration through simple meditations techniques contained within the Bhagavad Gita.
Identify and transcend old behavioural patterns that are constantly repeating themselves and keeping us in a state of negativity.
Become part of the community that uplifts and supports each other emotionally and spiritually as we go through the ups and downs of life.
The Mindful Yogi: Curriculum
Session 1, September 15th | Essence of Hinduism 101
In Hinduism it is said the Truth is One, but the wise describe it in many ways. The original name for Hinduism is Sanatana Dharma, or the Eternal Path, and is a way of life that leads us to the realisation of our True Self. Within Hinduism, there are many teachings, practices, and teachers that speak about the way to the highest Truth. For those new to the teachings of Hinduism, it can feel a bit overwhelming when hearing about the various practices and rituals.
In this class, we break down the essence of Hinduism, how it originated, what are the core principles, and how to view the tradition in a more holistic way, which can help us gain a higher understanding of our life purpose.
Session 2, September 22nd | The Three Fundamental Aspects of Truth
The Enlightened Beings of time immemorial would meditate on the Truth, and strive to understand the relationship between the Atma (Soul) and Brahman (Supreme Consciousness) and what is it that causes us to be in ignorance of our True Self. The cause of human suffering is due to us not knowing our higher Self, and us choosing to interact with the world through out limited nature. By striving to grow on the spiritual path and sincerely practicing our spiritual practices we break free of the veil causing us to be in ignorance and find the peace we are all seeking.
In this class, we will provide the ground work for further insights into how we can strive to understand our Higher Self. We will begin by defining in detail, the qualities and attributes of Brahman (Supreme Consciousness), Atma (Soul), and Prakriti (Material Nature). We will also cover the underlying factors that cause the separation between Brahman and the Atma, leading us to be in ignorance of our True Self.
Session 3, September 29th | The Eternal Law of Karma
Many of us misunderstand karma and how it impacts our lives. We view karma in simple terms such as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ karma, but in reality the philosophy behind karma is very complex. Karma not only affects how we view the world currently, but also the types of experiences we will have in the future. Karma is classified into three categories, and each of these categories are responsible for all of the various life situations we find ourselves in. By understanding the law of Karma we can better deal with the ups and downs that life inevitably brings.
In this class, we will learn the philosophy behind the law of Karma and how it is responsible for binding us to the material world and making us forget our true nature. We will also speak about the three aspects of Karma and how we can break free from the cycle of birth and death through the teachings contained within the Bhagavad Gita.
Section 4, October 6th | Understanding how to do our Duty with Clarity and Purposes
The majority of people in this world are confused about their duty and purpose in life. In the same way, the great warrior Arjuna, in the Bhagavad Gita, is confused about how to do his duty properly. In this space of confusion, Arjuna turns to help from Krishna, who represents our higher Self.
The Bhagavad Gita is not just something which happened 5000 years ago on the battlefield, it is a representation of life. Arjuna is each one of us who are in ignorance of our true Self, Krishna represents the Divine Consciousness that is trying to help us remember who we are, and the battlefield represents life, where we work through our limitations and negativity so we can realise once again our True Self.
In this class, we cover the various Yoga techniques given in the Bhagavad Gita to help us find clarity and purpose in our duty. We uncover the cause of our confusion and how we can overcome it through the practice of Yoga. We will also learn specific meditations practices that can be practiced on a daily basis which are designed to ground us and allow us to internalise the teachings given in the Bhagavad Gita.
Rishi Chidananda has spent the latter part of his life as a monk, studying the philosophical traditions of India and gaining deep insights into their hidden meaning and timeless practices that are particularly relevant in this day.
Before taking initiation as a monk, he was a successful investment banker and entrepreneur. Since then, philosophical teachings contained within ancient scriptures such as the Bhagavad Gita have had a significant impact on how he views the world and have changed the way he approaches life.
Now, Rishi Chidananda uses his experience as a former investment banker and entrepreneur to easily articulate the philosophical teachings of India in a meaningful way for those looking to bridge the gap between western and eastern philosophies.