Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita On-line (Global)

This course will provide a detailed study of the Bhagavad Gita which has 18 chapters and 700 verses. We will examine the principle ideas and religious principles found in the text. The Bhagavad Gita is commonly said to be the essence of the Upanishads. We will examine the points of convergence and divergence between the Upanishad literature and the Bhagavad Gita. The philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita will also be studied through the eyes of the traditional commentators.


  • Program Code H003-03
  • Fees: SGD$300 (for South East Asian residents), US$300 (for Rest of the World)
  • Start Date: Saturday, 17 June 2017
  • Start Time: 8.30 am to 10.30 am (Singapore Time)
  • Mode of Delivery: On-line (Global)
  • Course Duration:
    • 3 months; 24 teaching hours
    • Lessons are conducted once a week for 2 hours

    Candidates are assessed through coursework and written assessments. A  Certificate will be awarded upon completion of the assessments.

  • Course Outline

    1. Introduction

    • Śruti and Smṛti
    • Bhagavad Gita in the Mahabharata
    • Universal nature of Arjuna's dilemma
    • Goals of Life - Dharma and Artha
    • Pravṛtti and Nivritti lifestyles, Karmayoga the bridge
    • Qualification of a student seeking Atmavidya

    2. Sankhya Yoga

    • Mokṣa as the goal of life
    • Self knowledge
    • Unchanging nature of Atma
    • Nature of a mukta

    3. Karma Yoga

    • Svadharma
    • Karmayoga - Arpana Buddhi, Prasada Buddhi
    • Importance of karma

    4. Meditation in Bhagavad Gita

    • Ways to meditate
    • Meditation on Om
    • Meditation on Virat Purusha
    • Meditating on the Glories of Īśvara

    5. Bhakti in Bhagavad Gita

    • Bhakti as devotion
    • Bhakti as understanding

    6. Sādhana in Bhagavad Gita

    • Positive values
    • Negative values
    • Managing Gunas
    • Forms of Tapas

    7. Interpreting the Bhagavad Gita

    • Śaṅkara's Commentary
    • Ramanuja's Commentary
    • Madhva's Commentary
    • Abhinanvagupta's Commentary
    • Jnaneshwara's Commentary
    • Madhusudana Saraswati's Commentary
  • Recommended Texts

    1. The teaching of the Bhagavad Gita , Swami Dayananda Saraswati (Orient Paperbacks)
    2. Bhagavad Gita Bhashya of Shri Śaṅkara, AG Kṛṣṇa Warrier (Sri Ramakrishna Math)
    3. Gudartha Dipika, Commentary on Gita by Madhusudan Saraswati, Translated by Swami Gambhirananda (Ramakrishna Math)
    4. Githartha Samgraha, Commentary on Bhagavad Gita by Abhinavagupta, Translated by Boris Marjanovic (Indica Books)
    5. Bhavartha Dipika, Commentary on Gita by Jnaneshwar, (Samata Books)