Tantra Yoga Meditation: The Bhagavad Gita
24 January to 28 March 2018 FULLY BOOKED (please let us know if you'd like to be notified if a place becomes free due to cancellation)Allerton Park, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Wednesdays, 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Wednesdays, 7.30pm to 9.30pm
£120 including course materials and recordings of the complete course.
In this evening class we will combine meditation practice with deep inner enquiry using the philosophical and spiritual guidance of the Bhagavad Gita from the Tantric perspective. The Gita is a revered and major text which can be approached on many levels: as song or poem; as the story of the warrior Arjuna and his beloved friend and spiritual teacher Krishna; but primarily as a deep enquiry into the nature of consciousness, and how to find liberation from the suffering and perpetual spinning of the mind and identities we call 'ego'. The Gita is also a very practical guide for how to lives one’s life on a path of consciousness.
Each week we will focus on a key passage or chapter of the Gita and explore it through discussion, inner enquiry, meditation and mantra. We will approach it particularly through the Tantra Yoga path to conscious awakening.
The Bhagavad Gita is a core spiritual and philosophical text of many Hindu traditions, including the non-dual Tantra traditions, and by exploring it in-depth we can gain insight and realisation into our own being and into the nature of our place in the universe. Through studying and meditating on the Gita we can gain insight into:
- the Tantra and yoga vision of consciousness, reality and our place in the cosmos
- the ethical precepts of Tantra and yoga
- the Tantric theory of mind and its functioning
- key interplaying concepts such as karma (action) and dharma (harmony) or bhukti (enjoyment) and mukti (liberation).
- The path of knowledge and the path of action as ways to liberate our consciousness and release us from suffering; and how to integrate our spiritual insights into our actions in the world.
- How yoga can be a path of the heart, bringing love, service and devotion into our actions and releasing us from the mundane and self-cherishing perspective of the limited ego.
Why study the Bhagavad Gita? From the point of view of yoga the outer world of our mundane actions and the inner world of our conscious exploration are not separate – they are two sides of the same coin, part of the one whole, each influencing the other. The philosophy is very practical – it addresses not only our personal liberation from limitation and suffering, but also how we can live in this world, and do all we need to do, with more awareness, wisdom and compassion; and also how the power of our evolving consciousness can inform our worldly actions, and our worldly lives, for the better.
The more we practice meditation the more these themes interest us as we come to appreciate the wider impact of our choices, lifestyles and decisions, and to see how our states of mind inform and influence our outer lives. Our meditation practice is not separate from our lives as a whole and we need a view, a helpful outlook, to inform our choices and to give meaning to our practice.
The passages from the Gita that we will explore in this evening class are crucial to integrating the fruits of our meditation practice into our lives in a skilful and aware way. They also give us a lot of helpful guidance in deciding what is important to us and how we want to live, which of course will continue to evolve and change the more we practice.
To take these classes at least one year of practice in meditation (any type) and/or yoga and/or a related discipline (e.g. other personal development work; Tai Chi) is required. If you are unsure whether you have the necessary or appropriate experience please contact us and Zeenat will get in touch with you.