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Origin and Growth of Arsha Bodha Center

This presentation describes the origin and development of our beautiful little ashram in Somerset, New Jersey where Swami Tadatmananda teaches Vedanta, Bhagavad Gita, meditation, chanting, and Sanskrit, following traditional methods learned from his guru, Pujya Swami Dayananda.


Symbolism in the Bhagavad Gita

In the Gita, the Kurukshetra battlefield symbolically represents the battle between dharma and adharma. It also represents the inner battle between intellect and emotions, or between head and heart, which is further explained by the famous chariot metaphor.


Reincarnation: Who is that Travels?

Atma, the eternal consciousness which is your true nature, and soul - sukshma sharira - are often confused with each other. This presentation employs the traditional sun/bucket metaphor to make the difference between these two easily understood.


Doctrine of Karma - part 1: Drishta & Adrishta Phala

Every action produces two kinds of results, drishta phala - the immediately seen result, and adrishta phala - the result that fructifies at some later time, accounting for the "hidden variables" that affect the outcome of every action you perform.


Doctrine of Karma - part 2: Karma and Free Will

The outcome of every action is determined by two primary factors: effort born of free will and adrishta phala from deeds performed before. Though either free will or past karma can be dominant, you are never helpless because you can always choose how to respond in any situation, being endowed with free will.


Doctrine of Karma - part 3: Sanchita, Prarabdha & Kriyamana Karma

Reincarnation is explained in this way: Your present life has been brought about by a portion (prarabdha karma) of the infinite accumulation of past karma (sanchita karma) accrued over an infinite number of prior lives.


Consciousness: Vedanta's teachings about your true nature

According to the teachings of Vedanta, your consciousness is utterly unaffected by all sources of suffering in life, like sunlight is unaffected by what it illumines. By discovering this truth, which was first taught by the sages of ancient India, one can become completely free from suffering and enjoy the state of liberation -- moksha.


The Vastness of Consciousness -- Vedantic teachings for liberation

According to the rishis - the sages of ancient India - the consciousness which is your true nature is not limited by your body and mind; it pervades the universe. This video explores the nature of consciousness and experience, drawing upon the teachings of advaita Vedanta.


Satyagraha: Opera in Sanskrit about Mahatma Gandhi by Philip Glass

This presentation is about the unique opera composed by Philip Glass based on Mahatma Gandhi's struggle for social justice in South Africa. Its libretto consists entirely of Sanskrit verses from the Bhagavad Gita which are shown in subtitles. The opera explores Gandhi's role in fighting injustice and compares him to Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita who had been reincarnated for the sake of restoring dharma -- justice or righteousness.


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