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The Gita - Memoirs of a Psychiatrist
29 minutes | Jan 17, 2022
Episode 198 - Gita - Chapter 18 verses #19 thru #22
E198 - As long as you remain attached to your doership, you are not ready for self-realization. The doctor discusses the building blocks of action which include knowledge, the action, and the doer, as well as the characteristics of sattvic, rajasic, and tamasic actions.
25 minutes | Jan 11, 2022
Episode 197 - Gita - Chapter 18 verses #16 thru #18
E197 - The Atman is separate from all the doing in the world ... While all actions take place in the presence of the Atman, it is not the doer.
25 minutes | Jan 7, 2022
Episode 196 - Gita - Chapter 18 verses #13 thru #15
E196 - Moving on from renunciation of our ego in our actions, the Gita helps us to understand our actions and the five causes for them. In understanding why actions happen, we are better at renunciation and ridding our actions of doership and expectation of personal reward.
24 minutes | Jan 4, 2022
Episode 195 - Gita - Chapter 18 verses #10 thru #12
E195 - The enlightened don't know ... Self-realized people neither hate negative actions nor are they attached to positive actions. This comes from better knowledge of the Self. The doctor also talks about the new James Webb telescope and how it will possibly "reveal" some knowledge the ancients knew thousands of years ago.
32 minutes | Dec 31, 2021
Episode 194 - Gita - Chapter 18 verses #6 thru #9
E194 - Giving up our attachments, sacrificing our ego, and concentrating on conserving our thoughts, energies, and actions for movement towards our spiritualism brings us peace. The doctor talks of giving up our doership, the "I' ,"me", and "I did it", of our actions and thinking more of what needs to be done. We explore embracing the moment, being less hurried, and the three kinds of renouncement of selfish desire-prompted actions. These help us become successful, calm, and peaceful.
24 minutes | Dec 28, 2021
Episode 193 - Gita - Chapter 18 verses #5 thru #5
E193 - Krishna tells Arjuna that all action should be relinquished as evil with the exception to charity, in all it's forms, sacrifice, and conservation of our energies. Once again we learn to give up our attachments.
25 minutes | Dec 26, 2021
Episode 192 - Gita - Chapter 18 verses #1 and #2
E192 - Many say that Chapter 18 of the Gita is merely a summary, but there are many new things to learn that will help you get your mind to a peaceful state. The doctor introduces us to the analogy of the beautiful lotus flower, that lives in dirty, wetness, but remains untouched by the murkiness of the water. We learn that we have to detach from the world to let the Brahman within us shine through.
31 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
Episode 191 - Gita - Chapter 17 verses #23 thru #28
E191 - The final verses of Chapter 17 talks about "om, tat, and sat" and how these key words in the Gita are makers and pointers to Brahman. They help us better understand the difference between "this", our world, our thoughts, and our desires, and "that", which is God
12 minutes | Dec 14, 2021
Episode 190 - Gita - Chapter 17 verses #20 thru #22
E190 - Charity helps to calm your mind and moves you closer to spirituality. The doctor talks about the many forms that charity can take in your life and how giving can reduce the disturbance of your thoughts.
13 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
Episode 189 - Gita - Chapter 17 verses #17 thru #19
E189 - When you practice tapas with devotion and detachment, the mind becomes pure. We continue our discussion of tapas focusing on the three types of tapas: sattvik, rajistik, and tamasic.
26 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
Episode 188 - Gita - Chapter 17 verses #14 thru #16
E188 - Conserve your energies to find yourself within yourself. In this episode, the doctor opens a discussion of tapas, which in the context of the Gita means austerity, in this case of the body, speech, and mind. This is an important skill that will help you heighten your actions and move you towards spirituality.
24 minutes | Nov 29, 2021
Episode 187 - Gita - Chapter 17 verses #11 thru #13
E187 - All actions lead to bondage, except giving and sacrifice ... This episode focuses on sacrifice or the conversion of human activity into "worship" as Chapter 17 continues to explore ways to control our intake and calm our minds
40 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
Episode 186 - Gita - Chapter 17 verses #5 thru #10
E186 - Calling the next few verses "mind-boggling", the doctor, Ajuna, and the Gita begin to show us how to calm our minds and block out the noise of the world so we can focus on Brahman. Controlling your intake and conserving the power of your senses and mind, helps you transform your convictions towards your desires into higher spiritual values. Often the best way to start is to focus on those higher values we see in others.
21 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
Episode 185 - Gita - Chapter 17 verses #2 thru #6
E185 - That which holds the truth ... Can you move towards self-realization without following the scriptures? A lot depends on what you worship. Our faith in this world is expressed as our actions
35 minutes | Nov 8, 2021
Episode 183 - Gita - Chapter 16, verses #21 thru #24
E183 - The doctor introduces us to the Triple-Doored Gateway to Hell. Desires become binding, and biding desires become gree and greed becomes anger. Spiritual people have given up this triad, but controlling just one of the three can help abate the others and lessen your negative qualities.
18 minutes | Nov 6, 2021
Episode 182 - Gita - Chapter 16 verses #18 thru #20
E182 - In this life, we too often focus on the perceiver and not the perception. We focus on our sense organs and not our spirituality. In this episode, we re-examine the difference between us (our Atman) and our bodies (matter).
24 minutes | Nov 4, 2021
Episode 181 - Gita - Chapter 16 verse #15 thru #17
E181 - Arjuna talks about the intellect and the thought process of those who are controlled by their negative qualities. The doctor tells us that money only brings the pleasure of the sense organs, which spawn insatiable desires. He also explains that selfish and immoral actions create mental agitation, suffering, and sorrow. Experiencing this mental disturbance is actually hell. Hell is not a place where one is sent to be punished. It's important to remember we are punished BY our actions not for them.
13 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Episode 180 - Gita - Chapter 16 verses #13 and #14
We are Brahman and we need nothing but we continue to desire as our meant and intellectual attitudes are too often determined by our never-satiated passion for our desires.
18 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
Episode 179 - Gita - Chapter 16 verses #9 thru #12
Those who are controlled by "demonic" or negative qualities find their search for pleasure is endless and they chase desires that are impossible to fulfill. They are consumed by false pride and arrogance, false and evil ideas, and they occupy themselves with impure resolve. The doctor reminds us that "demons" in this case aren't the same as the definition of demons we usually consider, and it's important to note that not all "demons" show up in our lives with horns.
20 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Episode 178 - Gita - Chapter 16 verses #8 and #9
The doctor outlines a typical self-view and worldview of a person who does not work to diminish his negative qualities as outline by Krishna in these most recent verses and describes how to elevate these views. Most notably the doctor describes how people controlled by their negative qualities often project these negative qualities onto the rest of their world.
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