Bhagavad Gita, as an art | Sunday Observer

Bhagavad Gita, as an art

Living is an art, skill and technique, that needs to be learnt and practised. The Bhagavad Gita enunciates the ancient philosophy of Vedanta, which presents the eternal principles of life and living which transcend race or religion. The principles equip one with a strong intellect to meet the challenges of the world and achieve success and peace in all aspects of one’s life – official, social and domestic. Above all, it ushers one towards ultimate perfection, the goal of spiritual enlightenment.

Chapter XVIII of the Gita defines sannyasa, renunciation and tyaga, relinquishment. A detailed analysis of the causes, incentives and constituents of action follows. The different aspects of action are further classified into the three gunas, qualities of sattva, rajas and tamas. It helps one to assess one’s personality and determine spiritual development.

The study of Bhagavad Gita helps purify one’s personality and attain the ultimate goal of Enlightenment, a state of total fulfilment. Bhagavad Gita is systematically taught at the Vedanta Academy, Pune, India.

The Academy was founded by Swami Parthasarathy, a world renowned Vedanta philosopher and management resource. The Academy offers a three year full time residential course on Vedanta philosophy. The youth from all over the world with diverse cultural backgrounds study at the Vedanta Academy and learn the technique of life and living. The alumnus of the Vedanta Academy conduct Vedanta study classes, workshops and organize public lectures in different parts of the world. The same three year course is also available through E-learning.

Sunandaji the daughter – disciple of Swami Parthasarathy has been studying and researching on Vedanta, for over three decades. Her clear and powerful presentation of the Bhagavad Gita in contemporary thought has been acclaimed in India and abroad. Sunandaji has also addressed prestigious corporate organizations and universities worldwide on the practical application of Vedanta, in daily life.

Sunandaji will be delivering a lecture series on chapter XVIII of the Bhagavad Gita from Saturday, 25 February to Tuesday, 28th from 6.30 pm to 8 pm at the Buddhist Cultural Centre, Havelock Road – Thummulla Junction, Colombo 5.

The lecture is sponsored by the Kanapathy Chetty Selvanathan Trust. Umayal Venugopal, disciple of Swami Parthasarathy has been conducting weekly classes and discussions on the topic, Governing Business and Relationships based on ancient Vedanta philosophy, every Saturday from 5 pm to 6.15 pm at No.3, Ridgway Place, Colombo 4. Both sessions are open for all and free of charge.