Wisdom Words ~ Bhagavad Gita
Tuesday, Dec 22, 2020
East Bay TBA
The Bhagavad Gita is the world’s greatest exposition on human doubt and the getting of wisdom. Its subjects are pride, self-realization, and the cyclical rise and fall of ignorance and wisdom in human lives and history.
Join Shambhavi Sarasvati and the Jaya Kula community for an exploration of this timeless story.
“No story, no teaching is more appropriate for the current situation of our world as we confront the ravages of human ignorance and the necessity of opening to the greater wisdom of our continuity with life.” ~ Shambhavi Sarasvati
about the Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita forms the centerpiece of the longer epic, The Mahabharata. It comprises a conversation about doubt, dharma, sacrifice, and liberation (moksha) between the warrior Arjuna and his Guru, Lord Krishna.
The conversation takes place in the middle of the battlefield of Kurukshetra, the great war that heralds the end of the Dwapara Yuga and the beginning of our time, the Kali Yuga.
In his introduction, Abhinavagupta acknowledges that many commentaries have already been written, but he means to reveal the essence of the Gita, which he feels has been missed by those who came before him.
About the Mahabharata
The Mahabharata is tale of a single extended family, split into two: ignorance and wisdom. Yet neither side is purely one thing or another. It details the loss of a kingdom, exile, a great war, and the slow, back and forth journey toward our true home and the understanding of the nature of the Self.
More than anything else, the Mahabharata is a tale of dharma and moksha. It teaches us persistance, courage, and respect for time. It schools us in the myriad ways in which human life inevitably leads to wisdom, no matter how many times ignorance seems to prevail.
About Wisdom Words
Jaya Kula’s reading group, Wisdom Words, is a twice-monthly gathering for deep diving into texts from the Trika tradition, works of epic literature, spiritual poetry, and puranas (teaching stories). Discussions are bold, personal, irreverent, reverent, hilarious, moving, revelatory, and immediately applicable to our lives.
Wisdom Words has been going strong for three years. From mid-2017 to mid-2019, we read Ramesh Menon’s two-volume Mahabharata. This was a life-changing experience for everyone. From fall 2019 to April 2020, we read Abhinavagupta’s Paramārthasāra: Essence of the Highest Reality.
Who can attend and how can I Attend?
Starting on August 11, 2020, we’ll begin reading the Kashmiri version of the Bhagavad Gita with Abhinavagupta’s commentary. We’ll meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 6:30pm.
Join in any time!
There are no prerequisites. All are welcome. You may come and go as you please, although you are encouraged to attend regularly and keep up with readings.
All registered students can participate in the two-way audio livestream of Wisdom Words via Zoom.
Unedited recordings of this teaching will be available for a week after the live teaching for MGO and Dashamamsha donors and those who register for the entire August-December 2020 series.
You may purchase the following text in preparation for the Wisdom Words gathering.
About the teacher
Shambhavi Sarasvati is the spiritual director of Jaya Kula. Her principle training is in the View and practices of Trika Shaivism, the Tantrik tradition of Kashmir, and the Dzogchen tradition of Tibet.
“Spiritual practice is a way to find out who you really are and to live in the fullness of Reality. This is Self-realization. Nothing more or less.” —Shambhavi
You can read more about Shambhavi’s background, training and publications here.