This is a virtual webinar course for learners who want to understand the Bhagavadgītā in an elaborate manner.
While the course is deliberately structured to stay away from Sanskrit word by word meaning as well as anvaya, it will cover the meaning of each verse and the significance as well. Gradually the student will be introduced to important Sanskrit terms also.
Beginners who have faith (śraddhā) in the scriptures, and have just started a study of Vedānta. No prior knowledge of Sanskrit language or Devanagari script is required. Learners will be slowly introduced to the key Sanskrit terms required for understanding the text.
Please note that this course is not meant for advanced students in Sanskrit or śāstras. It is also not for students who already have a basic knowledge of Sanskrit grammar and kāvyas, nor for students preparing for Bhagavadgītā exams of Samskrita Bharathi. The lectures will be completely in English, and one of the objectives of the course is to reach the teachings of Gita in English to an audience that feels constrained due to lack of Sanskrit knowledge
This course is intended as a follow-up course for those who have completed our Introduction to Vedanta course. Live webinars starting from Chapter 3 of the Gītā will commence from 16th December.
Since the teacher has completed Chapters 1 and 2 of the Gītā recently and she has given us the slides as well as recordings, we would be hosting 26 classes of Chapters 1 and 2 immediately. Since we have 8 more weeks before December 16th, you are requested to start the course and complete chapters 1 and 2 at your pace. We will be commencing the live webinars with a summary of Chapter 1 and 2 before proceeding to Chapter 3.
This course is entirely based on Swami Paramārthānanda’s classes on Gītā. Lord Krishna introduces lot of practical advices/framework/guidelines for householders/working professionals to follow. Swami Paramārthānanda has presented this course in a very beautiful and grand manner often creating acronyms, pneumonics for easy memorization and recall. All of these shall be covered during the course.
The first two chapters are pre-recorded, taken from private classes conducted by the teacher in her house.
From the 3rd chapter, the classes will be conducted online through a tool called Gotowebinar. Students can join the classes through their computers or smartphones.
2. Are the classes live or pre-recorded?
The first two chapters are pre-recorded, and recordings have been made available to enable the students to go through the chapters before starting the live classes.
Starting from chapter 3, the classes are live, conducted between 8:30 PM and 9:30 PM every Sunday starting December 16. After each class, recording of the class will be uploaded in the portal. Those who cannot attend the live classes can catch up through the recordings.
3. Will there be opportunity for interacting with the teacher?
Definitely. You can ask any of your doubts/questions to the teacher directly during the classes.
Classes will be held Every Sunday, between 08:30 PM and 09:30 PM IST.
First live class will be on Sunday, 16th December 2018.
2. Is attendance compulsory? What if I miss a class in the middle of the course?
Regularity and Punctuality are very important in gaining the full benefits of the course. However, if you have to miss some classes due to unavoidable circumstances, please inform the teacher by email in advance. You can catch up with the class using the uploaded materials.
3. I came to know of this course late, and a few classes have already happened? What do I do?
You can start attending the live webinars, and catch up with older portions using recordings.
If you are a pre-existing user of Sanskrit From Home
If you are a new user,
1. What will be the language used in the classes?
The lectures will be completely in English. (Sanskrit terms will be introduced and explained gradually throughout the course)
2. What is the fee for this course?
This course is absolutely free! The only things you will need to invest is your interest and commitment to attend the classes regularly and participate.
The course is taught by Smt. Rama Sivaraman