In the first episode of Yoga, Spirituality, Enlightenment & God, viewers learned about the practice of yoga as a spiritual path and a life choice. Acharya Das frequently refers to the Bhagavata Purana, a spiritual text in the Vedas, to describe the yoga process. It ends with a brief discussion about how to find your spiritual guide. The course is taught by Acharya Das and is being offered as a live-streamed webcast that presents an authentic Vedic perspective on the topics of yoga, spirituality, enlightenment, and God.
Continuing to develop on these ideas, the second episode starts with a much broader look at spirituality and its definition. The course expands on this by identifying two types of fundamental energies within the world, spiritual and material.
Once the concept of spiritual versus material is explained, the discussion turns to the search for happiness. We learn that “In this world, all living beings search for happiness and we search for happiness because it is the eternal nature of the soul, of the living being, the spirit soul, what is accurately described or called in Sanskrit or in the Vedas as the Atma or self.” Here materialism is identified as the reason people neglect their spirituality, which prevents happiness.
The discussion then turns to the Bhagavad Gita in an attempt to further explain spiritual vision and the qualities of a spiritual life based on serving others. Spiritual vision is described as a state of non-violence with compassion for all living entities. This vision is the key to happiness that so many people are seeking. It can be found when we serve others, which is part of our eternal spiritual nature.
The course concludes with a teaser for the next installment which will explore the purpose and benefits of self-discovery. The third episode of Yoga, Spirituality, Enlightenment & God will consider how yogis look upon the world, upon others, and upon themselves as an example of how to determine if you are living a spiritual life.
About Acharya Das
Acharya Das is a respected teacher of Vedic and yogic philosophy, meditation and kirtan, and a practitioner of the transcendental science of Bhakti Yoga, the process by which a person can come to know and love the Supreme Person. He is a disciple of Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda and Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and has studied the Bhagavad-gita for over 40 years.
About Science of Identity Foundation
Science of Identity Foundation was established by Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda in 1977. It serves as a source of information about yoga and spiritual teachings for those seeking enlightenment. Science of Identity Foundation conducts a variety of classes and seminars to help people achieve inner peace and deep happiness through the ancient science of yoga.