5 Aug 2014

Chapter 6: Bhagavad Gita Course with Swami Vishwananda

On August 4th, 2014 Swamiji covered Chapter 6 of the Bhagavad Gita, titled: Dhyaana Yoga

In Chapter 6 Krishna speaks about how one has to constantly focus the mind and intellect night and day on God. He is the supreme lover, He is the one that one has to divert one’s life to. 

General topics covered in the Chapter:
  • A Karma Yogi is also a renunciant
  • Mind is both a friend and an enemy
  • Techniques of meditation
  • Destination of an unsuccessful Yogi
Excerpt commentary from Swamiji:

athavā yoginām eva
kule bhavati dhīmatām
etaddhi durlabhataraṃ
loke janma yadīdṛśam

Or he may be born in the family of the wise Yogi; indeed such a birth is rare to obtain in this world.

Here the merciful Lord is saying that such a man of dispassion is born in the family of yogis. Whoever practice spirituality – your children are high souls, they are not just mere souls. Because of your practice, you have become this beam of light and also because of this longing for the Divine, your children are also great souls.

Indeed such a birth is rare to obtain in this world’ because usually one is born getting attached to the world. How many people are really born in a family where they are pushed on the spiritual path? Here Krishna is talking also about your children. If you give them good spiritual education, if you yourself are spiritual it helps them to advance towards God Realisation. 

Here Krishna carry on saying that it is a very rare opportunity to surrender to the Guru. So, in such a birth, when you have found your Satguru do everything for not letting go. The Glory and Grace of attaining the Lotus Feet of the Master by receiving advice and serving the Master is a very rare opportunity. And such a birth is rare to obtain. One can not estimate the great value of such a birth."


"Swamiji gave a lot of nice analogies today. It allows us to relate to what he is talking about much easier. The analogy he gave today about the mind and how it's like water, because it conforms to the shape you put it in, I could relate with. It helps me realise that we should concentrate the mind on God and not on other things.- Andrew, U.S.A  


Sri Swami Vishwananda has decided to give commentary on the Shreemad Bhagavad Gita, the eternal Word of Lord Sri Krishna. It will take place over 18 consecutive days, and each day will cover one chapter. Guruji will give his commentary with a particular Bhakti perspective.

For now, we will provide a small portion of the commentary on this blog for those who could not attend the course. At a later stage, we will offer the full length of the Gita commentary as a book and also as CD and DVD sets.