7/17/2010 3:45:00 PM New "Secrets of the Gita' Seminar
A. Roy Horn
Popularly known as the Gita, the Bhagavad Gita's (Song of the Lord) universal appeal has inspired and guided millions of spiritual aspirants from all major faiths around the world. The Gita is a part of the famous spiritual poem entitled the Mahabharata (Great-India) that was composed around the 2nd century BCE. For centuries, the Gita has shown and elucidated a way to free ourselves from the daily fears, doubts, worries, and concerns of our ordinary life.
In our somewhat complex, conflicted, confused, over-loaded and sound-bite information digital world, the Gita is even more relevant today. The Gita's universal principles and core values present a practical inner compass and "how-to" directions to find social harmony, inner peace and spiritual freedom. It's clarity and in-depth instructions can show how we can function with inner harmony and peace in any circumstance-including a painful war!
The Gita's story begins in the middle of a war. Not an ordinary war, but the worst kind of war. The two principal characters (Arjuna and Krishna) are heroes who have ridden their chariot out into the middle of a battlefield with the two opposing armies armed and ready to fight. Arjuna's job is to blow a conch shell to announce the commencement of battle. In both armies, Arjuna sees before him his lifelong relatives, friends and teachers that he loves. He is heartbroken at the thought that he must injure or kill the ones he loves the most. Out of his anguish, Arjuna turns to his friend Krishna for advice and solace. Krishna then counsels Arjuna on the nature of his birth, mankind's ultimate immortality, and the wisdom of engaging the spiritual paths of detached action, devotion to one's God, and the spiritual knowledge of inner harmony, peace and spiritual freedom under any circumstance.
The first of a series of "Secrets of the Gita" Monday seminars will begin on Aug. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. The series will be presented by A. Roy Horn (Chandrashekhar). Horn is the author of the new inspiring and challenging book entitled "Heroes, Sages and Madmen." You can find his web site and blog at http://HeroesSagesAndMadmen.net and http://HeroesSagesAndMadmen.blogspot.com. The presenter has been teaching the Bhavavad Gita and other seminars in the spiritual tradition of the great non-dual sage Sri Ramana Maharshi for the last 18 years. Seating is limited and suggests a $15 donation to cover costs. The seminar will be conducted at 555 Mountain Shadows Drive in west Sedona. For information or reservations, call Advaita Vedanta Institute, (928) 204-6438.