The Bhagavad Gita or Song of God is a spiritual classic of ancient Indian philosophy. The Sanskrit text consisting of eighteen chapters ranges over a wide array of religious doctrines, metaphysical concepts and devotional practices. Part 1 of the course begins by providing historical/cultural context for the text and its production. In particular we will explore the central concepts of karma (action), dharma (duty) and ātma (soul/self). Part 2 of the course builds on Part 1 and delves into the development of bhakti traditions (devotion). We will also focus on the seminal concept of moksha (liberation) as it is understood in Indian religious traditions. By reading and analyzing important verses in English translation, the course will proceed in an interactive, discussion-based modality. By reading and analyzing important verses in English translation, the course will proceed in an interactive, discussion-based modality. All are welcome.
Srinivas Reddy is a disciple of Sri Partha Chatterjee, a direct disciple of the late sitar maestro Pandit Nikhil Banerjee. Srinivas is a professional concert sitarist and has given numerous recitals in the US, India and Europe. He has three albums to his credit: GITA (1999), Sitar & Tabla (2001) and Hemant & Jog (2008). In 2011 Srinivas graduated from UC Berkeley with a PhD in South and Southeast Asian Studies. Under the guidance of Professor George Hart he studied Sanskrit, Tamil and Telugu literary traditions. His translation of the work entitled Giver of the Worn Garland was published by Penguin Books in 2010.