Gita Wisdom Teachings by Joshua M. Greene (Yogesvara)

A bi-weekly Bhagavad Gita class in NY. Each session includes readings, analysis, audiovisuals, verse recitations and practical insights into India's essential wisdom text. Attendees will discover the message of the Gita, master basic vocabulary and concepts, and acquire skills for teaching and practicing yoga philosophy. Class notes available at For information on attending a class, visit

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LI, Wk 15: Three Excuses for Avoiding the Spiritual Journey

Updated about 1 year ago.

Why do we become apathetic about spiritual practices? Rational excuses can disguise deeper causes. Bhakti practices, in particular, challenge us to confront our material discomforts—and often it is easier to pretend we are “One”. We should take care not to avoid the very relief we seek. [BG 4.9, 4.10]

Topics include:
- An explanation of "ego" or How material ego differs from the spiritual self
- Why people reject the idea of an eternal self
- Why people reject the idea of God as a person

Additional topics:
- Meaning of the chant Govinda Jaya Jaya
- The Nine Stages of Bhakti
- The Bhagavad Gita as a non-sectarian text

Class notes available at
Questions? Join the Gita Wisdom Discussion Group on Facebook.
We are reading from Bhagavad Gita As It Is by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada