The Bhagavad-Gita is the eternal message of spiritual wisdom from ancient India. Always being revered as a true source of spiritual knowledge it reveals the purpose and goal of human existence.
Swami Nikhilananda Saraswati is the Regional Head of Chinmaya Mission Delhi. A born teacher, logical and systematic, he opens the doors for understanding the Truth, as it is, reaching seekers at their own levels. Swami Nikhilananda is also featured in Speaking Tree where you can find videos of these Bhagavadgita discourses. The discourses were given in English from March 2010 to December 2011 at Chinmaya Mission Delhi.
The effort of this website is to make these valuable discourses available to everyone. You can listen to them direclty by using the audio player embedded in the website.
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Chapter 1 - Cause of Grief
A panoramic view of the battlefield - Arjuna's confusion, intense sorrow, loss of discrimination, false vairagya and justification for not fighting the war are depicted.
Chapter 2 - On Self Realisation
An overview of the Bhagavad Gita - The goal and the means are explained enabling us to look at life as a whole and lead a whole life.
Chapter 3 - Work as Worship
Sri Krishna shows us the importance of right actions performed in a spirit of yagna to reach the state of enlightenment.
Chapter 4 - Spiritual Practices
The nature of Avatara, the various spiritual practices and the importance of Knowledge is revealed.
Chapter 5 - Renunciation in Action
The link between Karma, Jnana and Dhyana is established. Attention focuses on how to gain the knowledge and experience of the Self.
Chapter 6 - On Meditation
The zenith of spiritual practices lies in dhyana or meditation, bringing the seeker to the final goal of Self Realisation.
Chapter 7 - On Knowledge and Wisdom
Sri Krishna reveals His nature as God, the one Supreme Reality and shows the path to God-Realisation.
Chapter 8 - On Life and Afterlife
Sri Krishna continues to reveal His nature, answering and clarifying Arjuna's questions. He unfolds the path to experience Him at the time of death.
Chapter 9 - On Devotion
The nature of God and simplicity of the path of Bhakti are shown.
Chapter 10 - God is in All
Here, the indicators to directly experience and know God are unfolded.
Chapter 11 - All are in God
Sri Krishna shows his universal form or Vishwarupa to Arjuna.
Chapter 12 - Who is a devotee
The path of Bhakti and the characteristics and qualities natural to a true devotee are revealed.
Chapter 13 - Nature of the Seer and the Seen
Purusha as the Seer and prakriti as the seen are explained. The recognition of and abidance as the Seer is liberation.
Chapter 14 - Moods of the Mind
Sattva, Rajas and Tamas, the three-fold qualities of prakriti seemingly bind the Purusha. The path to Enlightenment is by transcending these qualities.
Chapter 15 - The Cosmic Tree
Nature of the Self is revealed via the metaphor of an inverted Banyan tree.
Chapter 16 - On Good and Evil
The positive and negative qualities of the mind are explained. The positive qualities need cultivation and the negative need to be recognised and negated.
Chapter 17 - On Faith
The different attitudes to faith and types of faith are explained. The science of sadhana or practise leading to Enlightenment is revealed.
Chapter 18 - Essence of the Gita
Sri Krishna summarises the essential teaching of the entire Gita.