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Join filmmakers Ramona S. Diaz, Joshua Green, and Capella Fahoome as they discuss their new documentary, "Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey." The film chronicles the rock-n-roll fairy tale story of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the front man for the iconic American rock band, Journey.
 
A bi-weekly Bhagavad Gita class in NY. Each session includes readings, analysis, audiovisuals, verse recitations and practical insights into India's essential wisdom text. Attendees will discover the message of the Gita, master basic vocabulary and concepts, and acquire skills for teaching and practicing yoga philosophy. Class notes available at www.gitawisdom.org/podcast. For information on attending a class, visit www.facebook.com/pg/gitawisdomteachings/events.
 
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Recorded on May 15, 2021How we see the past shapes our understanding of the present. Scholarship defines the past as something shaped by temporal human forces, primarily politics, power, and market trends. Wisdom traditions, on the other hand, see the past as shaped by universal, timeless truths. In this dialog, religious studies professor Ravi Gup…
 
This month we speak with renowned artist/writer/filmmaker, Iain McCaig.​Iain McCaig and Joshua Greene have a forty-year history as collaborative storytellers. Whether to entertain or enlighten, their relationship sprang from a mutual desire to create stories to remember and share them with the world, Join them for an intimate conversation about cre…
 
A talk about the confluence of Bhakti teachings and contemporary family and personal therapy. Topics include:- The pathologies that accompany a life of devotion- Translating terms of devotion into modern clinical language- Risks and rewards on the journey to selfhoodPart of a new monthly interview series: In Good Company. Go to gitawisdom.org to si…
 
An inner-city shooting, a yoga class in Qatar, a WWF wrestling match, and battling the voices in our own heads. These are just a few of the topics Joshua and Jules cover in this podcast and there's a story about how yoga connects them all.Jules is a renowned teacher of asana yoga, meditation, chanting, and yoga philosophy. Jules, who started practi…
 
Featuring special guest Kamala Radha. A fascinating conversation about the duties of an interfaith death doula and some very practical advice. A few of the topics covered: - end-of-life care - caring for the caretakers - the Death Positive Movement - creating a legacy - finding meaning in loss - grief support - how to talk to kids about death Show …
 
-Does yoga have a place in the conversation amidst protests and violence?-A change in policy doesn't mean a change in the heart.-Relief from miseries is not the goal of yoga, but a starting point.-What does it mean to live a yogic life?A note: At the time of this recording, demonstrations have erupted across all 50 states to protest police brutalit…
 
How do you steady the mind like a lamp in a windless place? In this session we talk about- meditating on Krishna in the heart- the faults of individualism- importance of community- the connection between improv and the Gita's description of a steady mind- not resisting discomfortShow notes: gitawisdom.org/podcastsRecorded May 26, 2020, via Zoom. To…
 
-Yoga is self-evaluation of the highest order-Don't be a fanatic - take the middle path-Sincere effort attracts a teacher-Regulate your behavior-Making the distinction between what we want and what others expect-The Gita gives you more to discover each time you go back to itShow notes at gitawisdom.org/podcastsWant to join the classes live on Zoom?…
 
The discussion continues about the nature of an inner life and giving up attachments. BG 5.22-5.25 Class notes available at www.gitawisdom.org/podcast. Questions? Join the Gita Wisdom Discussion Group on Facebook.We are reading from Bhagavad Gita As It Is by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Recorded at EverVeda on June 27, 2019.Running time: 33…
 
Detachment is often misunderstood. It doesn't mean we don't experience emotions or that we withdraw from the world; it's quite the opposite. We'll talk about what detachment really means and how to cultivate that quality. BG 5.19-5.21Class notes available at www.gitawisdom.org/podcast. Questions? Join the Gita Wisdom Discussion Group on Facebook.We…
 
Action, forbidden action, and inaction and the resulting karmic reactions are covered. We discuss the different kinds of karma, how karma plays out over lifetimes, and whether or not we, as spiritual practitioners, are obliged to assume greater social responsibilities. Lastly, we touch on the psychology of karma. BG 4.16-4.18 Class notes available …
 
Topics:-Varna-ashram system (the four castes and four life stages)-Vedic conception of work and distribution of wealthAdditional topics:-Becker's "The Denial of Death" and it's parallels to the teachings of the Gita-Agha, the terrible demonClass notes available at www.gitawisdom.org/podcast.Questions? Join the Gita Wisdom Discussion Group on Facebo…
 
SummaryWho and what are the demigods and what is their role?Topics include: - Worship of the demigods - How demigods differ from Krishna and his avatarsOther topics: - The intention behind service - Yogi scientist Richard L. Thompson (Sadaputa) - The mysterious universe and yogic powers - How to develop love of GodClass notes available at www.gitaw…
 
Why do we become apathetic about spiritual practices? Rational excuses can disguise deeper causes. Bhakti practices, in particular, challenge us to confront our material discomforts—and often it is easier to pretend we are “One”. We should take care not to avoid the very relief we seek. [BG 4.9, 4.10]Topics include: - An explanation of "ego" or How…
 
BG 4.7 explains that Krishna appears in this world when there is a decline in morality, a rise in violence, when leaders rule against the well-being of their citizens. The current state of the world seems to fit this description. So, where is Krishna now? Topics include: - Krishna’s purpose for appearing in the world - The different avatars of Kris…
 
Arjuna, who grew up with Krishna, questions how Krishna taught the science of the self to the sun god at the dawn of time. [BG 4.4 - 4.6] Topics include: - The role of karma in shaping our lives and bodies - Why we don’t remember our past lives - What happens when we are liberated - The story of Jada Bharata Additional topics include: - Three obsta…
 
Until now, Krishna has not given any hints as to his true identity. In Chapter 4 Krishna reveals he taught this ancient knowledge to the sun god at the dawn of the millennium. [BG 4.1 - 4.3] Additional topics include: - An explanation of the invocation om namo bhagavate vasudevaya - The power of the Gita teachings for good and evil - The role of fa…
 
Bhagavad Gita 3.21: The importance of good qualities in a leader. Topics include: - Developing good qualities - Krishna’s instructions on meditation Class notes available at www.gitawisdom.org/podcast Questions? Join the Gita Wisdom Discussion Group on Facebook We are reading from Bhagavad Gita As It Is by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada…
 
Bhagavad Gita 3.6: Being honest about our spiritual capabilities. Topics include: - Realistically assessing our daily practice - A brief explanation of the four regulative principles - An explanation of the Hare Krishna mantra Class notes available at www.gitawisdom.org/podcast Questions? Join the Gita Wisdom Discussion Group on Facebook We are rea…
 
Third chapter Bhagavad Gita begins with a concise summary of how knowledge is attained and the formula for lasting prosperity (BG 3.3). Additional topics include: - The cycle of ages: satya, treta, dvapara, and kali yugas. - Why do some people resist pursuing what would make them happy? - Who are the demigods (devas), what do they do and what is ou…
 
Understanding the guru-disciple relationship is critical to appreciating the conversation between Krishna and Arjuna in Bhagavad Gita. Topics include: - The role of guru - Approaching a guru - Responsibilities of the disciple Additional topics include: - Radha: the embodiment of devotion - Krishna: the Source of all creation Class notes available a…
 
This week we summarized topics from the previous three classes. Topics include: - The purpose of yoga - The symptoms of life - The impersonal brahman - The distortion of Krishna’s pastimes Additional topics include: - Brahma’s creation story and the Govinda Prayers - How to show compassion to those we disagree with Class notes available at www.gita…
 
Personhood is critical to understanding the Gita. This class we discuss the personhood of the self and the Supreme and biases against personal divinity. Topics include: - Summary of last week’s class - The three levels of realization - The Bhagavad Gita and questions of religion - The challenges of a personal divinity Class notes available at www.g…
 
To give the Bhagavad Gita context, in week 2 we talk about the Mahabharata and the backstory of events leading up to the Bhagavad Gita. Additional topics include: - Summary of last week’s class - The first teaching of Bhagavad Gita - you are not the body - Perspectives on the nature of the self Class notes available at www.gitawisdom.org/podcast Qu…
 
This is the first podcast in a new series, Gita Wisdom: Long Island Series, recorded at EverVeda. In this class, we cover the following: - Why read the Bhagavad Gita? - How to chant verses from the Gita - What is bhakti? - And we touch briefly on the topics of enlightenment and spiritual progress Class notes and homework available at https://bit.ly…
 
This special edition is a discussion between David Life, co-founder of Jivamukti Yoga; Ray Ippolito, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Advocacy for the Catskill Animal Sanctuary; and your host, Joshua M. Greene about the connection between veganism and a yoga lifestyle. Topics include vegan vs. plant-based diet, vegan companies being purchased…
 
A workshop with written exercises you can do at home, including: creating lifetime, five-year, and 6-month goals; how to keep a spiritual diary; and how to determine what daily sadhana practices are right for you. Time for the writing exercises has been cut from the recording. If you would like to try the exercises, please pause the podcast at the …
 
A discussion about the joys of prasadam: sanctified food. Discover how to integrate even simple meals into your yoga practice. This conference call includes stories from the Bhakti tradition, insights into the dark side of commercial foods, and practical tips for transforming a meal into a spiritually inspiring experience.…
 
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