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The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
Home-Study Course, by Glen Kezwer, Ph.D.

with manual and audio recording

Teachers of meditation and all practitioners in the helping professions will greatly appreciate the clarity and ease with which they can now use these teachings in their courses and counseling programs. Bravo to Glen for a job well done!
Sherrie Wade, M.A., Director, Transformation Meditation

 

 
Learn the Essential Teachings of the Bhagavad Gita

Study this ancient system of wisdom culminating in enlightenment – the vision of oneness – where all of existence is seen as one infinite, eternal, indestructible reality.

The Gita appeals to us not only by the force of its thought and majesty of vision, but also by its fervor of devotion and sweetness of spiritual emotion.
— S. Radhakrishnan, the first President of India.

The teachings of the Gita allow those who study and practice them to live and act in the world with greater joy and effectiveness, free from pain and suffering. The Gita declares that the cause of a person's suffering is ignorance of one's true, immortal essence which is known in Sanskrit as the Atma, the Self. It also gives the means to remove that ignorance and live life to the fullest. The Gita addresses the essential questions which confront all human beings: birth and death, happiness and unhappiness, fear and fearlessness, love and hatred, action and inaction.

In this course, the author Glen Kezwer reveals the essence of the Bhagavad Gita, giving us the benefit of his 25 years of experience as a meditator, teacher, author, and practicioner of Indian philosophy.

The teachings of the Gita are given by Krishna to Arjun in the middle of a battlefield as a great war is about to commence. The course begins by detailing the events which led up to this war and the characters involved, and then discusses the important and often vexing question of why a such a scripture would be set against a backdrop of war.

The symbolism of the Gita, which is crucial to understanding its meaning, is described in detail. This is followed by a section on the teachings of the Gita which explains its purpose and philosophy, and then proceeds to outline the crux of these teachings, which is how to know the immortal, indestructible Self which dwells within all beings. The course concludes with an extensive explanation of the four principal yogas or paths to enlightenment which constitute the essence of the Gita. Here the paths of knowledge (gyaan), action (karm), devotion (bhakti) and meditation (dhyaan) are described in the light of the overriding understanding that the infinite Self is the basis of all.

The chapters included in this course are:

Chapter I — Introduction
Chapter II — The Story of the Bhagavad Gita in the Context of the Mahabharat
Chapter III — The Bhagavad Gita and War
Chapter IV — Symbolism in the Bhagavad Gita
Chapter V — The Teachings of the Bhagavad Gita

For the student to hear and learn the pronunciation of the Sanskrit verses and understand their meanings, an audio recording is included with the course. On the recording seven selected verses from chapter II are spoken and chanted, and the English translation of the each verse is given along with the meaning of the individual words.

           

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This course is accessible to beginners as well as to students more familiar with the science and art of Yoga. The emphasis throughout is on the understanding of the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita and the application of these teachings to one's life. Read the Reviews. About Glen Kezwer, Ph.D.

 
             
 

Register for the Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
Home-Study Course

Why take this course?
This course will enable you to grasp and teach the basic philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita. It will show you how to apply these ancient yet eternal principles in your own life and how to guide others in applying them to their lives. Read the manual and complete the thirty multiple-choice question quiz. You will receive a certificate of achievement that you can frame and display on your office wall.

Who should take this course?
This course is suitable for those who would like to deepen their practice of yoga and meditation, and for meditation and philosophy teachers who would like to add the knowledge of the Bhagavad Gita to their courses. It is for those who want to deepen their knowledge of yoga philosophy, and gain instructional skills to enhance their teaching practice. It is also suitable for people of an Indian background who wish to get in touch with their spiritual heritage.

Here's what you will receive:
  • COURSE MANUAL (100 pages), either by download PDF and eBook formats or in a book which will be mailed to you.

  • 30-QUESTION MULTIPLE-CHOICE QUIZ .

  • AUDIO RECORDING WITH SEVEN KEY SANSKRIT VERSES which will enable you to learn to pronounce and chant these verses, and understand their meaning. Available either through download or on a CD which will be mailed to you.

  • CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT upon successful completion of the course (emailed to you in PDF format).

  • 10 CONTINUING EDUCATION NBCC Clock Hours to all certified counselors. Please check with your state licensing board or the NBCC website www.nbcc.org to find out if NBCC Clock Hours are also accepted in your state for your license renewal and all state-licensed mental health professionals whose board recognizes the NBCC.

  • EMAIL SUPPORT from the author.

  • LISTING ON OUR FAMILY OF TEACHERS WEB PAGE: Have your name, your center's name, web site URL, email address, etc ., lited on our website after you successfully complete the course.


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What some renowned thinkers have said about the Bhagavad Gita

Albert Einstein
When I read the Bhagavad Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous.

Dr. Albert Schweizer
The Bhagavad Gita has a profound influence on the spirit of mankind by its devotion to God which is manifested by actions.

Sri Aurobindo
The Bhagavad Gita is a true scripture of the human race, a living creation rather than a book, with a new message for every age and a new meaning for every civilization.

Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru
The Bhagavad Gita deals essentially with the spiritual foundation of human existence. It is a call of action to meet the obligations and duties of life, yet keeping in view the spiritual nature and grander purpose of the universe.

Herman Hesse
The marvel of the Bhagavad Gita is its truly beautiful revelation of life's wisdom which enables philosophy to blossom into religion.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Bhagavad Gita is an empire of thought and in its philosophical teachings Krishna has all the attributes of the full-fledged montheistic deity and at the same time the attributes of the Upanishadic absolute.

Henry David Thoreau
In comparison, our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial.

Rudolph Steiner
In order to approach a creation as sublime as the Bhagavad-Gita with full understanding it is necessary to attune our soul to it.

 
             


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