The 108 Upanishads are considered the essence of all the Vedas, and Sri Isopanisad is foremost among them. For centuries the Upanishads have been memorized and passed down. Discover the distilled essence of knowledge through eighteen enlightening mantras in this three session course.
Whereas much of the Upanishads are in the form of questions and answers between forest dwelling teachers and students, the Isopansad takes the form of a beautiful poem with profound insight on how one can move through this world with clarity, detachment and compassion, perceiving the personality of the Divine in everything.
For instance, Mantras 6 & 7 read:
“He who sees everything in relation to the Supreme Lord, who sees all living entities as His parts and parcels, and who sees the Supreme Lord within everything never hates anything or any being.”
“One who always sees all living entities as spiritual sparks, in quality one with the Lord, becomes a true knower of things. What then, can be illusion or anxiety for him?”
As the name implies (upa-near; ni-down; shad-to sit), one is advised to sit near a spiritual teacher to learn. This course, taught by Vasudeva Das, will provide a practicle understanding of this very special text. The translation and commentary used, by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedant Swami Prabhupada, adheres to the book’s deepest intention, assuring you of a authentic understanding of the depths of Upanishadic knowledge.
The Bhakti Centers Donation Policy
The principle of bhakti is to do for others without motive. In yoga’s spiritual culture a teacher shares the wisdom of the sacred texts as an act of devotion rather than for profit. This is especially important in the Bhakti tradition where teaching and learning are essential ways bhakti is exchanged in daily life. It also keeps affordable for all this most important activity, sharing knowledge for upliftment.
At The Bhakti Center we honor these important principles of education: that teaching is done purely out of love, and that it is kept affordable. Therefore, for all of our classes on the sacred texts we don’t charge a set price.
So how do teachers survive? The answer is that pure teachers depend on God and good students honor that by sharing a donation from the heart and according to their means. Gratitude and generosity from student to teacher is also part of the yoga tradition.
For the class “Sri Isopansad – The Vedic Wisdom Through 18 Mantras” we suggest a donation between $30 and $100, although all donations will be welcomed.
All students must be registered online for this class.