Overview of Topics in The Bhagavad Gita 

1. Yoga of Arjuna's Sorrow (Arjuna Vishada Yoga)
     Evolution and Liberation
     The Value of Conflict
     Essence of the Gita
     Living in Dharma 
2. Yoga of the Eternal (Sankhya Yoga)
     The Real and the Unreal
     Three Laws of Vedanta
     Knowledge and Practice
     Yoga of the Higher Intelligence
     Three Qualities of Matter
     Person of Steady Wisdom 
3. Yoga of Action (Karma Yoga)
     The Value of Action
     Desireless Action and Ego
     Preparing for Meditation
     Action as Unification
     Karma Yoga in Practice
     Spiritual Work
     Detaching from Desire 
4. Yoga of Knowledge in Action (Jnana Yoga)
     Descent of the Avatar
     Reincarnation
     Knowing Reality
     The Four Types
     The Secret of Work
     Sacrifice, Individual and Cosmic
     Techniques of Sacrifice
     The Power of Faith 
5. Renunciation Through Action (Karmasannyasa Yoga)
     Renouncing Desire
     Action for Integration
     The Joy of Harmony
     Action as Duty
     The Way of Knowledge
     Beyond Mind
     The Freedom of Meditation 
6. Yoga of Meditation (Dhyana Yoga)
     Renunciation of Agency
     Self-Effort
     Equality, Love and Self-Control
     The Way of Meditation
     Freedom from Sorrow
     True Empathy
     Effort is Never Wasted
     Reflections on Meditation 
7. Yoga of Wisdom (Vijnana Yoga)
     Matter and Spirit
     God as Nature
     Atman Transcendent and Immanent
     Taking Refuge Within
     A Function of Evil
     The Four Seekers
     Worship
     Transforming Levels of Maya 
8. Yoga of the Imperishable Brahman (Aksharaparabrahma Yoga)
     Cycles of Continuity
     Levels of Consciousness
     Transcending the Fear of Death
     Aspects of Reality
     Ways of Practice
     The Process of Dying
     Cycles of Time
     Love and Devotion Beyond Time
     Paths of Light and Darkness 
9. The Secret Kingly Yoga (Rajavidya Rajaguhya Yoga)
     Dynamic Divine Cosmology
     God and Nature
     Action as Creation
     Ignorance and Knowledge
     Worship and the Wisdom Sacrifice
     Devotion
     Yoga of Giving 
10. Yoga of Divine Splendor (Vibhuti Yoga)
     Origins of Individual Functioning
     Cosmic Levels of Creation
     The Tremorless Yoga
     Devotion and Buddhi Yoga
     Arjuna's Faith and Understanding
     Consciousness and the Total Mind
     The Ocean of Milk
     Story of Prahlada
     Psychology of Alchemy
     The Seven Female Qualities
     Incarnating God Energy 
11. Yoga of the Cosmic Form (Visvarupa Sandarshana Yoga)
     Cosmic Splendor and Destruction
     Dissolution on a Personal Level
     Karma and Cosmic Action
     After Death Experience
     Arjuna's Loving Gratitude
     God With Form
     True Spiritual Experience 
12. Yoga of Devotion (Bhakti Yoga)
     Levels of Devotion
     Including and Transcending Personal Form
     Arjuna's Question
     Techniques of Devotion
     Avoiding Pitfalls in Spiritual Work
     The True Devotee
     Reflections on Love 
13. Yoga of the Knower and the Known (Kshetra Kshetrajna Vibhaga Yoga)
     The Field
     Aspects of Maya
     Psychotherapy and Purification
     Prerequisites for Knowledge
     Intimations of Brahman
     Relationship of Matter and Spirit
     Five Steps Toward Discrimination
     Liberation 
14. Yoga of the Three Qualities (Gunatraya Vibhaga Yoga)
     Description of the Gunas
     Effects of the Gunas
     Psychopathology of the Gunas
     Observing the Gunas Within
     Continuity of the Gunas
     Evotutionary Potential of the Gunas
     Way to Paramatma
     Summation of the Three Qualities 
15. Yoga of the Supreme Self (Purushottama Prapti Yoga)
     The Secret of Nonidentification
     The Source of Birth, Death and Action
     Approaching the End of Knowledge
     Three Aspects of the One
     Affirmations of Brahman 
16. Yoga of the Light and Dark Paths (Daivasurasampad Vibhaga Yoga)
     Introversion and Extroversion
     Materialistic Values of Contemporary Society
     The Purpose of Suffering
     True Wealth
     The Asuric Mentality
     Transforming the Inner Asura
     Psychotherapy and the Asuric Mind
     The Science of Spirituality 
17. Yoga of the Threefold Faith (Shraddhatraya Vibhaga Yoga)
     Faith, Ego and Dharma
     Three Forms of Faith
     Three Forms of Austerity
     Three Qualities of Food
     Three Qualities of Sacrifice
     Three Qualities of Charity
     Witnessing the Four Categories
     Abiding in Remembrance
     Faith Dissolves Ego
     Reflections on Faith 
18. Liberation and Renunciation (Moksha Sannyasa Yoga)
     Surrender and Renunciation
     Love, Surrender and Ego
     The Causes of Karma
     Action and the Gunas
     Four Psychological Types and Dharma
     Work as Worship
     Separating Essence from Conditioning
     Unity and Individuality
     Renunciation and Internalization
     Becoming One with Brahman
     The Victory of Love
     The Choice of Surrender
     Scripture as Word of God

                           The Fastest Growing Trend in Personal Beliefs: "Spiritual, But Not Religious."

An in-depth presentation on esoteric wisdom traditions and how these ancient philosphies have evoloved into a paradigm shift toward "Spiritual, but Not Religious." Additionally, "the defining moment of spiritual transformation is examined.

                                               Enjoyable, Positive & Practical Philosophy


Philosophy means the love of wisdom. It is the search for the highest knowledge that an individual can have concerning the fundamental questions of existence. Philosophy concerns itself with the nature of the universe as a whole, the nature of consciousness or mind, its relation to the human body, the nature of the material universe, whether human beings have a soul, whether there is life after death, whether God exists and if so, what is the relationship between God and humanity? These metaphysical topics are the foundation of philosophy.

Philosophy also deals with ethics, which concerns questions on the nature of good and evil, and how human beings should behave given the contrasting demands of desire, conscience and society. In these discussions, we will cover major theories of the great philosophers, primarily in the western tradition (beginning with Pythagoras and Plato) - however, we will also review the philosophies of the East.


Philosophy should be made understandable to all, so its insights bring meaning to everyday life. 


Pythagoras – the universe in harmony
Heraclitus – the world of becoming
Parmenides – absolute being

Plato: On love, beauty and the good
On the creation of the universe

The early Jewish & Christian philosophers
The Gnostics: metaphysical knowledge

Eastern Philosophy:
The Bhagavad Gita
The philosophical foundations of Buddhism

The Renaissance:
Descartes: I think therefore I am
Spinoza: God and nature as one
Immanuel Kant

The human mind in relation to the universe
The metaphysical foundations of morality
Hegel and Heidegger 

                                            Free Will or Fate? Are You Truly Creating Your Own Reality?

Throughout history, the problem of free will vs. determinism has sparked major debates between philosophers. Determinism is the belief that all things, including human behavior, are casually determined in a manner that they could not be otherwise. Indeterminism is the view that some things, possibly human will and behavior, are free from casual determination. Though this problem raises many issues in itself, it also sparks many questions and arguments concerning other topics, such as religion and morality.

To believe in free will is not to say that human behavior is random or uncaused. It simply means that, to some extent, people have control over their actions. In addition to other factors, external and internal, people have the freedom to choose what actions they will take. The mere fact that man is aware of cause and effect indicates that he in some way takes part in the process. Are individuals merely a pawns in the world of cause and effect? If so, then what is the purpose of man's ability to reason and calculate outcomes in his mind when he cannot act on his own reasoning, but is forced to follow some predetermined path?

                                                             ​The Way of Vedanta


Topics include the mystical concepts from the Upanishads, the Yogas in the Bhagavad Gita, Advaita, personal gods, Krishna, Shakti, and Vedanta’s relationship between western religion and philosophy. Other important concepts such as Brahman, Atman, maya, karma and reincarnation will also be discussed.

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                                                                                           What is The Perennial Philosophy?  


The central idea of the perennial philosophy is that Divine Truth is one, timeless, and universal, and that the different religions are but different languages expressing that one Truth. The symbol most often used to convey this idea is that of the uncolored light and the many colors of the spectrum which are made visible only when the uncolored light is refracted.


In the Renaissance, the term referred to the recognition of the fact that the philosophies of Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle, and Plotinus incontrovertibly expounded the same truth as lay at the heart of all  major world religions. Subsequently, the meaning of the term was enlarged to cover the metaphysics and mysticisms of the great ancient wisdom traditions such as Kabbalah, Gnosticism, Taoism, Sufism Vedanta Hinduism, Mahayana Buddhism, and Shinto.