NOTE : Due to COVID constraints all lectures and religious functions are to be followed online only until further notice. Visitors are discouraged from attending live classes until conditions are favourable.
a. श्री अष्टावक्रगीता Śrī Aṣṭāvakragītā
This text is the teaching that Aṣṭāvakra Muni gave to King Janaka in his palace. The teaching is in the form of a dialogue between the Muni and the King and primarily unfolds the pāramārthika tattva, absolute truth. The emphasis of the text is on knowledge of the self in the form of discrimination of self and non-self. Śrī Viśveśavara, a learned person, has provided ṭīkā on this text. Pujya Swamiji expounds the profound teachings in this text and exposes the seeker to various ways for contemplation on the self. These lectures are currently delivered online all weekdays, morning 7 to 8 am.
b. श्रीमद् भगवद्गीता (शंकरानंदी टीका) Śrīmad Bhagavadgītā (Adhyāya 9) - Śankarānandī ṭīkā
Swami Śankarānanda’s ṭikā on Śrīmad Bhagavadgītā is one of the three most well-known commentaries on Bhagavadgītā. Swami Śankarānanda is considered to be one of the great Ācāryas of Vedānta, who is believed to have lived around, 1275 – 1350 AD. Many scholars consider Swami Śankarānanda’s ṭikā as nididhyāsana. Pujya Swamiji in this series of Vedānta classes expounds the teachings of Śrīmad Bhagavadgītā exposing the seekers to a new viewpoint to allow for a different kind of contemplation. This commentary is addressed to uttama adhikārī, who already possess the necessary four-fold qualifications of mind to acquire knowledge of the self. Arjuna here is considered to be uttama adhikārī, possessed of viveka, vairāgya and tranquility of mind, and qualified to receive brahma vidyā, knowledge of the oneness between the self and Brahman. This commentary considers imparting Brahma vidyā to be the intent of Bhagavadgītā. Currently, the 9th Chapter of Śrīmad Bhagavadgītā, Śankarānandī ṭīkā, is being taken up. The teachings are in Gujarati, and the classes are currently delivered online all weekdays except Tuesday and Friday, in the evening between 6 to 7 pm.
c. Amrutbindu :
Amrutbindu series is an initiative started by Pujya Swamiji to inspire, motivate and navigate all seekers in the right direction during these difficult times of lockdown associated with the COVID situation. These inspirational talks inspires seekers to become more sensitive to the world, to become large hearted and ultimately gain the subtleness of mind. Not only do these talks inspire us to come together as a community in spite of the isolated conditions, but it also invokes the seeker in us to look for the infallible truth, the quest we as humans are born with. This short 10 – 15 minutes talk follows the evening Bhagavad Gita lecture at around 7:30-7:45pm.