The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita: 10-part class

(photos: Jyotish.Devi.Kriyananda; Yogananda)

Jyotish and Devi Novak, both ministers, are the Spiritual Directors of Ananda Worldwide. Longtime devotees of ParamahansaYogananda, Jyotish and Devi have worked closely with Swami Kriyananda since 1969, before the founding of Ananda. They have been personally trained by him to guide Ananda’s work worldwide and have taught and lectured around the United States, and in Europe, Russia, and India. Jyotish and Devi are both also Kriyacharyas, designated by Swami to initiate people into Kriya Yoga.

The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita is a class series based on Swami Kriyananda’s book, The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda As Remembered by His Disciple, Swami Kriyananda. Jyotish and Devi Novak dive deep into the profound and life changing subject of India’s best-loved scripture. They approach it from an entirely fresh perspective, showing its deep allegorical meaning and also its down-to-earth practicality. The themes presented are universal: how to achieve victory in life in union with the divine; how to prepare for life’s “final exam,” death, and what happens afterward; how to triumph over all pain and suffering.

Topics Included:

  • The Battle Within
  • The Nature of Right Action
  • The Supreme Science of Knowing God
  • The Gunas and True Self-Offering
  • Discipleship and Self-Realization
  • Questions and Answers

Recorded: Fall 2006

Class 1 http://tinyurl.com/d4sldq

Length: 1:12:02

The Battle Within – Part 1 The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda, As Remembered by His Disciple, Swami Kriyananda, is a new book. These classes on the Essence of the Bhagavad Gita are taught yearly at the Expanding Light by Jyotish and Devi Novak. Jyotish and Devi Novak are the spiritual directors of Ananda Worldwide. The Expanding Light is a yoga and meditation retreat located at Ananda Village in Northern California. The classes offer a comprehensive overview of the Bhagavad Gita and insights into it’s meanings. The classes offer practical ways to incorporate the teaching of the Gita into our everyday lives. The Gita offers such hope to the spiritual aspirant. It clearly demonstrates how to find God in this lifetime. You come away from these classes with the thought, “I can do this.”

Class 2 http://tinyurl.com/c7wh32

Length: 30:55

The Battle Within – Part 2 The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda, As Remembered by His Disciple, Swami Kriyananda, is a new book.

Class 3: http://tinyurl.com/dzcwff

Length 50:03

The Nature of Right Action (Dharma or Mental Virtue) – Part 1 The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda, As Remembered by His Disciple, Swami Kriyananda, is a new book. These classes on the Essence of the Bhagavad Gita are taught yearly at the Expanding Light by Jyotish and Devi Novak.

Class 4: http://tinyurl.com/c4jna5

Length: 32:36

The Nature of Right Action – Part 2 The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda As Remembered by His Disciple, Swami Kriyananda.

Class 5: http://tinyurl.com/dbbqqz

Length: 64 minutes

The Supreme Science of Knowing God – Part 1 The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda, As Remembered by His Disciple, Swami Kriyananda, is a new book. These classes on the Essence of the Bhagavad Gita are taught yearly at the Expanding Light by Jyotish and Devi Novak.

Class 6: http://tinyurl.com/cht9jj

Length 21:53

The Supreme Science of Knowing God – Part 2 The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda As Remembered by His Disciple, Swami Kriyananda.

Class 7: http://tinyurl.com/cf5fo2

Length: 44:29

The Guna’s and True Self Offering – Part 1 The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda, As Remembered by His Disciple, Swami Kriyananda, is a new book. These classes on the Essence of the Bhagavad Gita are taught yearly at the Expanding Light by Jyotish and Devi Novak. Jyotish and Devi Novak are the spiritual directors of Ananda Worldwide.

Class 8: http://tinyurl.com/ccbfz5

Length: 20:35

The Guna’s and True Self Offering – Part 2 The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita

Class 9: http://tinyurl.com/czgqkd

Length: 20:15

Discipleship and Self-Realization – Part 1 The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda As Remembered by His Disciple, Swami Kriyananda.

Class 10: http://tinyurl.com/daqqhd

Length: 20:38

Discipleship and Self-Realization – Part 2 The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda As Remembered by His Disciple, Swami Kriyananda.

Final Class: http://tinyurl.com/cfye6p

Length: 55:12

Questions and Answers from the Bhagavad Gita Classes. The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda, As Remembered by His Disciple, Swami Kriyananda, is a new book. These classes on the Essence of the Bhagavad Gita are taught yearly at the Expanding Light by Jyotish and Devi Novak. Jyotish and Devi Novak are the spiritual directors of Ananda Worldwide.

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