Applied Bhagavad-gita

Learn How To Effectively Apply The Timeless Teachings of This Ancient Vedic Classic

The Bhagavad Gita is one of the fundamental texts of Hinduism, and documents the conversation between Krishna and Arjuna as Arjuna prepares to go into battle to reclaim the kingdom of Hastinapura.

The Gita is written in Sanskrit and has been translated into virtually every language. It is dated sometime between 1000 and 700 B.C.E., close to when recorded history began in India, and when the battle that became the Mahabarata supposedly occurred.

The Vedas, dated earlier (around 1500 B.C.), are considered the most fundamental texts of Hinduism, but the Gita has become a stand-alone text that scholars and devotees return to for its emphasis on self-mastery. Krishna is the sole deity who speaks in the Gita, unlike other Hindu texts which outline a proliferation of divinities. He ascribes himself full omnipotence as well, but most scholars see the Gita fitting in with the tradition of other Hindu texts, where every God assumes the powers of other Gods in order to illustrate the true potency of divinity.

The Gita is now considered as seminal a text as the Koran, the Bible, and other bases of major religions. But the Gita is seen as less a religious than a philosophical text, outlining a way of life.

Learn Tools To Apply In Your Own Life Instantly:

  • What are Arjuna’s chief reasons for not initially wanting to fight the Kauravas? How does his attitude change by the end?
  • Why does Krishna reveal himself in his fully divine self if humans are never granted such an opportunity? Why does Arjun merit this exception?
  • What is a more powerful way to achieve God — renunciation or selfless service? Why?
  • Is yoga an end result or a process? What are three different ways to achieve yoga?
  • What are the three gunas? Give an example of a behavior that might go with each one.
  • Explain the karmic cycle of rebirth in the context of dharma and samsara. How can one end this samsaric cycle?
  • How prakriti and purusha intersect to create the quilt of life? Does one naturally flow from the other?
  • Is it Arjuna’s dharma or karma that Krishna says demands him to fight the Kauravas? Why is it his duty to reclaim the kingdom?
  • Does one achieve yoga through searching for God through meditation or through simply having faith in the unknown? Why?
  • Outline the process of meditation that Krishna reveals to Arjuna as a course for achieving yoga.

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What You Will Learn

+WEEK 1 - Non Violent Communication

For most of us, it’s in those difficult moments — in a personal conflict or in an argument — when it’s clear how our communication habits can keep us from the extraordinary relationships we really want.

Millions of people struggle every day sharing what they feel or want in a way that can really be heard. We simply haven’t been taught the effective communication skills, emotional vocabulary, or self-awareness needed to get “unstuck” in those challenging moments, or to prevent those moments from happening in the first place.

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+WEEK 2 - Turn Conflict Into Mutually Satisfying Solutions

Every day our homes, schools, work offices and communities are met with conflict. Unfortunately, most of us have been taught that conflict is bad – something to be avoided. We either run from it, face it with fists in the air, or we take the submissive route, incapable of an outcome that meets everyone’s needs.

Imagine having the conflict resolution skills to defuse conflict right in the moment, whether with a boss, neighbor, spouse or even a complete stranger. What if you had the skills to clearly express what you want to co-workers or family in a way that strengthened your relationships rather than led to disconnect or resentment?

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Our Nonviolent Communication (NVC) books offer simple, effective communication and conflict resolution skills that will transform the inevitable conflicts in your life — helping you foster healthy, satisfying relationships at home, work and in your community.

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  • Reduce family conflicts and sibling rivalry
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  • Efficiently address concerns in the moment
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  • Improve workplace morale
  • Move beyond power struggles to co-operation and trust


+WEEK 3 - Transform Your Parenting and Family Relationships

What if you could attend the next family gathering without checking your values at the door? Or come home after work to peace and serenity instead of sibling rivalry? What if you could face that next family crisis without sacrificing your needs or autonomy?

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  • Move beyond power struggles to co-operation and trust
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  • Clearly express your wants in a way your child will hear
  • Express frustrations without blame or judgment
  • Protect and nurture the autonomy of children


+WEEK 4 - Start Living Your Best Life

What comes to mind when you imagine living your “best life”? Is it a more fulfilling job, more satisfying personal relationships, or living with more balance? Many of us are caught in a cycle of destructive self-talk, toxic guilt, the burden of old emotional pain, or even relationships or jobs that are not meeting our needs.

Your best life begins by looking inward — to uncover the thinking, communication habits, or lingering pain that keeps you from experiencing the life you want.

What if you could transform the internal dialogue and destructive negative thinking and start living an empowered life free of self-judgment? Imagine having the skills to connect to your needs in the moment, and know how to ask for what you want more effectively. Wouldn’t life be more fulfilling if you could finally heal from old pain and begin to live deliberately toward your goals?

Our personal growth books offer simple, effective personal growth skills that will transform your thinking and your life. Each practical skill you learn with help you foster self-empathy and profound inner healing — the first, critical step toward building the satisfying, rich life you’ve always wanted.

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  • Heal old emotional pain
  • Transform unhealthy communication habits
  • Stay compassionate even in the most difficult circumstances
  • Live your life by choice


+WEEK 5 - Reduce Work Conflict With Compassionate Communication

Imagine if your entire team was equipped with the conflict resolution and empathic listening skills they need to quickly defuse office rivalries, irate customers or other high-stress situations.

What if you had the skills to run efficient meetings that your team enjoyed participating in? What if you could enhance your leadership skills in ways that led to a fully engaged, productive workforce, resulting in improved productivity, creativity, employee morale and work performance?

Nonviolent or Compassionate Communication offers simple, effective communication skills training to transform your workplace for the better. Employees at all levels — from an intern to the CEO — will learn effective interpersonal communication skills to improve workplace morale, enhance meeting efficiency, bolster teamwork, resolve conflict resolution, and more.

With our conflict resolution and workplace communication books, you’ll learn how to effectively balance your people-centered values with the demands of your organization’s bottom line.

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+WEEK 6 - Tackle Emotional Eating and Negative Body Image

You’ve read the statistics. More than 25% of U.S. adults are overweight or obese, 1 in 3 kids were diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2008, and 19% of college age women in America are bulimic.

What’s wrong with this picture? It’s time to look beyond the fad diets, ineffective weight loss programs, and other band-aid solutions to get to the core of our issues with food.

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Learn Effective Personal Growth and Self Empathy Skills to:

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  • Separate emotional fulfillment from eating
  • Learn how to enjoy the smells, tastes and textures of food again
  • Eat healthfully on the road, during the holidays and in restaurants
  • Effectively support others you care about who want to eat healthier


+WEEK 7 - NVC in Education

Create Classrooms Where Emotional Safety is Your Top Priority with Nonviolent Communication (NVC)

More than ever, a child’s emotional development is considered a key factor in their educational success. If you work with children, isn’t it time to stop managing behavior and start creating an emotionally safe learning environment where academic excellence can thrive?

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“The brilliant ‘no-fault classroom’ concept could revolutionize the comparison-based identity culture of our schools today. A must read for all educators!”

Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness

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  • Reduce work-related stress


+WEEK 8 - NVC in Education

Create Classrooms Where Emotional Safety is Your Top Priority with Nonviolent Communication (NVC)

More than ever, a child’s emotional development is considered a key factor in their educational success. If you work with children, isn’t it time to stop managing behavior and start creating an emotionally safe learning environment where academic excellence can thrive?

Learn Effective Communication and Curriculum to:

  • Maximize the individual potential of all students
  • Strengthen students’ interest, retention and connection to their work
  • Improve school safety, trust and co-operation in your classroom
  • Strengthen classroom and teacher-parent relationships
  • Reduce work-related stress