Teachings and Mythology of the Bhagavad Gita Part 3

April 11, 2014    BY Rolf Sovik

“What is the right way to think about this war? Should I fight?” the warrior-prince Arjuna asks Krishna, his mentor and charioteer, at the beginning of the Bhagavad Gita as they face the opposing army. Arjuna knows this war will destroy their civilization. His question leads to a dialogue spanning the 18 short chapters of the Gita, in which Krishna explains the fundamental teachings of yoga— that we all must perform actions, but if we learn to perform them with nonattachment, we can achieve the goals of yoga and life. Krishna describes four paths to attaining nonattachment.

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Rolf Sovik
President and Spiritual Director of the Himalayan Institute and a clinical psychologist in private practice, Rolf Sovik has studied yoga in the United States, India, and Nepal. He holds degrees in philosophy, music, Eastern studies, and clinical psychology. Former Co-Director of the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo, NY he began his practice of yoga in 1972, and was initiated as a pandit in the Himalayan tradition in 1987. He is the author of Moving Inward, co-author of the award-winning Yoga:... Read more>>


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