Bhagavadgita Discourse By Swami Nikhilananda

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The Bhagavad-Gita is the eternal message of spiritual wisdom from ancient India. Always being revered as a true source of spiritual knowledge it reveals the purpose and goal of human existence.

Swami Nikhilananda Saraswati is the Regional Head of Chinmaya Mission Delhi. A born teacher, logical and systematic, he opens the doors for understanding the Truth, as it is, reaching seekers at their own levels. Swami Nikhilananda is also featured in Speaking Tree where you can find videos of these Bhagavadgita discourses. The discourses were given in English from March 2010 to December 2011 at Chinmaya Mission Delhi.

The effort of this website is to make these valuable discourses available to everyone. You can listen to them direclty by using the audio player embedded in the website.

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Chapter 1 - Cause of Grief

A panoramic view of the battlefield - Arjuna's confusion, intense sorrow, loss of discrimination, false vairagya and justification for not fighting the war are depicted. Download YouTube

Chapter 2 - On Self Realisation

An overview of the Bhagavad Gita - The goal and the means are explained enabling us to look at life as a whole and lead a whole life.Download YouTube

Chapter 3 - Work as Worship

Sri Krishna shows us the importance of right actions performed in a spirit of yagna to reach the state of enlightenment. DownloadYouTube

Chapter 4 - Spiritual Practices

The nature of Avatara, the various spiritual practices and the importance of Knowledge is revealed.DownloadYouTube

Chapter 5 - Renunciation in Action

The link between Karma, Jnana and Dhyana is established. Attention focuses on how to gain the knowledge and experience of the Self.DownloadYouTube

Chapter 6 - On Meditation

The zenith of spiritual practices lies in dhyana or meditation, bringing the seeker to the final goal of Self Realisation.DownloadYouTube

Chapter 7 - On Knowledge and Wisdom

Sri Krishna reveals His nature as God, the one Supreme Reality and shows the path to God-Realisation.DownloadYouTube

Chapter 8 - On Life and Afterlife

Sri Krishna continues to reveal His nature, answering and clarifying Arjuna's questions. He unfolds the path to experience Him at the time of death.DownloadYouTube

Chapter 9 - On Devotion

The nature of God and simplicity of the path of Bhakti are shown.DownloadYouTube

Chapter 10 - God is in All

Here, the indicators to directly experience and know God are unfolded.DownloadYouTube

Chapter 11 - All are in God

Sri Krishna shows his universal form or Vishwarupa to Arjuna.DownloadYouTube

Chapter 12 - Who is a devotee

The path of Bhakti and the characteristics and qualities natural to a true devotee are revealed.DownloadYouTube

Chapter 13 - Nature of the Seer and the Seen

Purusha as the Seer and prakriti as the seen are explained. The recognition of and abidance as the Seer is liberation.DownloadYouTube

Chapter 14 - Moods of the Mind

Sattva, Rajas and Tamas, the three-fold qualities of prakriti seemingly bind the Purusha. The path to Enlightenment is by transcending these qualities.DownloadYouTube

Chapter 15 - The Cosmic Tree

Nature of the Self is revealed via the metaphor of an inverted Banyan tree.DownloadYouTube

Chapter 16 - On Good and Evil

The positive and negative qualities of the mind are explained. The positive qualities need cultivation and the negative need to be recognised and negated.DownloadYouTube

Chapter 17 - On Faith

The different attitudes to faith and types of faith are explained. The science of sadhana or practise leading to Enlightenment is revealed.DownloadYouTube

Chapter 18 - Essence of the Gita

Sri Krishna summarises the essential teaching of the entire Gita.DownloadYouTube

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