Insights from the Bhagavad Gita

Event Start Date: 
Jan 7 2009 - 08:00 to Feb 11 2009 - 17:00
Event Category: 
School of the Wisdom

This five-week session of the School of the Wisdom will be devoted to a study of the Bhagavad Gita, a classic of ancient wisdom and perhaps the single most important text to originate from India.

The participants are expected to have a copy of the Bhagavad Gita with translation. After a discussion of some of the key expressions, we will continue using them in Sanskrit without translation in order to develop an in-depth feeling for them. No prior knowledge of Sanskrit will be assumed.

Frequent references will be made to the following three books in order to deepen our understanding:

  • Sri Aurobindo: Essays on the Gita
  • Sri Krishna Prem: The Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita
  • Ravi Ravindra: Yoga and the Teaching of Krishna

The classes will be held in the morning from Monday through Thursday. Some afternoon sessions will be arranged for presentation by the students or by invited scholars and guests.


Professor Ravi Ravindra is retired Professor of Comparative Religion and Physics from DalhousieUniversity, Halifax, Canada, and the author of many papers in Physics, Philosophy and Religion and of several books, including Whispers from the Other Shore, The Yoga of the Christ and Science and the Sacred. 

Event Status: 
What is provided: 
Accommodation is provided during the event duration. Participants will receive printed matter which outlines activities Please bring your own laptop/notepad etc. Meals are optionally provided. Sign up for it separately


Insights from the Bhagavad Gita


600020 Chennai , TN
13° 0' 13.6188" N, 80° 15' 24.8616" E
Tamil Nadu IN


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The School of the Wisdom aims at bringing each student to survey life ‘from the centre’, which is intuitive awareness. An intense sense of Life must always accompany every true student. There can be no Wisdom without an ever increasing sense of Wonder.

Essential in the progress towards Wisdom is a growing intimacy with all aspects of Nature. The message which each tree, flower, animal, meadow, sea, sky, and cloud has, must be listened to and understood.

Timings (may vary due to the course)

Monday to Friday
Meditation: 8.00 to 8.30 a.m.
Classes: 8.30 to 11 a.m. and 3.30 to 5 p.m.
Some afternoons will be reserved for presentations by the students, who may spend free afternoons doing research on their own or at the Adyar Library and Research Centre.  Applications for Library reading/ borrowing cards are available.

All sessions are held in Blavatsky Bungalow, Adyar Campus, Chennai.

Applying to the School

Application Form you find as an attachment from the Session's description. Students may register for all or some of the Scool of the Wisdom sessions in one form, and are expected to attend all the classes in the session chosen. The form should be sent to:



The Theosophical Society
Secretary's Office
The School of the Wisdom
Adyar, Chennai 600 020, India
Tel: ( +91 44 ) 2491 2474 and 2491 7198


If you need accomodation, please specifically say so in your application, or send the accommodation needs to

Western style: Leadbeater Chambers is not available due to renovation (2019-2020), but if western style is requested, tell it in the form and we'll figure out a suitable house.

NEW QUADRANGLE, Indian style accommodation, bathrooms outside, is basically for Indian participants.

Rates are given on request.


All meals (breakfast+lunch+dinner) will cost Rs.280-300/- per day, according to what you order. Taking only lunch (Rs.100) must be informed the day before. Tea/coffee at 4 pm is Rs.20.

Other information

Scholarships, full or partial, may be provided for some deserving TS workers. Applications should be made well in advance,  providing full details and suitable recommendation.
Those members who wish to stay for the International Convention are requested to register separately, see instructions.