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Heart and Purpose of Yoga
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with Ravi Ravindra

Saturdays, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Central time [UTC-05] / 8:30 p.m. IST [UTC+5:30]

June 2 – June 23 (4 classes)

Ravi RavindraThe Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita are the two classical texts of yoga, yet they are quite different from each other. Each emphasizes a different kind of yoga as necessary for radical transformation of the self and spiritual awakening. In this series, we will discuss the various forms of yoga, as well as the many obstacles that present themselves on the path of a searcher and how to overcome them. We will also explore how to attend to our responsibility in the world while cultivating a state of Freedom beyond this world.

Ravi Ravindra is an author and professor emeritus at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he served as professor in comparative religion, philosophy and physics. A lifetime member of the Theosophical Society, Ravi has taught many courses in The School of the Wisdom in Adyar and at the Krotona Institute in Ojai, California. He was a member of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, a fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla, and the founding director of the Threshold Award for Integrative Knowledge. For more information visit

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Course Outline

1. Exploration of the similarities and differences in approach between the two classical texts of yoga: cultivating samādhi versus being called to Madbhāva, Krishna’s own level of being.

2. Meditative yoga, buddhi yoga, karma yoga, jñāna yoga, and bhakti yoga will be discussed as they relate to the forms of yoga emphasized in each text.

3. Exploration of the hindrances (kleshas) that stand in the way of a searcher as described by Patañjali in the Yoga Sutra, versus the Bhagavad Gita’s teaching that a separate self is necessary for action in the world.

4. Attending to our responsibility in the world in light of these two texts: taking care of the environment and each other while cultivating our own inner state of Freedom without measure.