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What should I control first, my mind or my senses?

This question arose when studying chapter three of Bhagavad Gītā in our online course, in reference to text 41.

Question: Why is it easiest or most efficient to correct selfishness through disciplining the senses FIRST, as opposed to the intellect or emotions? 592 more words

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The First Week

This week we had a mix of lecture and presentation to introduce us to the topic, the type of assessment we would be undertaking and the general structure of the course.   261 more words

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THE YOGA OF LIBERATION BY RENUNCIATION - Chapter 18

Arjuna said: “I desire to know severally, O mighty-armed, the essence of Sannyasa, O Hrishikesa, as also ‘Tyaga,’ O Kesinisudana (slayer of Kesi)” (1). The Blessed Lord said: “Sages understand ‘Sannyasa’ to be the renouncing of works with desires; the wise declare the abandonment of the fruits of all works as ‘Tyaga’ (2). 623 more words

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THE YOGA OF THE THREEFOLD FAITH - Chapter 17

Arjuna said: “Those who setting aside the ordinances of the scriptures, perform sacrifice with faith—what faith is theirs? Is it Sattva or Rajas or Tamas (Is it purity or passion or darkness)?” (1). 504 more words

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THE YOGA OF DIVISION BETWEEN THE DIVINE AND THE DEMONIACAL - Chapter 16

The Blessed Lord said: “Fearlessness, purity of heart, steadfastness in the Yoga of wisdom, alms-giving, control of the senses (self-restraint) sacrifice, study of one’s own scriptures, austerity, straightforwardness, non-injury, absence of anger, renunciation, peacefulness, absence of crookedness, compassion to living beings, uncovetousness, gentleness, modesty, absence of fickleness, vigour, forgiveness, fortitude, purity, absence of hatred, absence of pride—these belong to one who is born with the divine properties, O Bharata (1-3). 352 more words

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THE YOGA OF SUPREME PURUSHA - Chapter 15

The Blessed Lord said: “With roots above, branches below, the Asvattha is said to be indestructible; its leaves are the hymns; he who knows this knows the Vedas (1). 376 more words

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THE YOGA OF THE DIVISION OF THE THREE GUNAS - Chapter 14

The Blessed Lord said: “Sattva, Rajas and Tamas (purity, passion and inertia)—these Gunas, O mighty-armed, born of Prakriti, bind fast in the body the indestructible embodied one (5). 486 more words

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