Discovering the Self Through the Mahabharata: An Introspective Journey | HUA

The Yoga of Mahabharata Course is intended to help individuals discover themselves by utilizing the itihasa-purana Mahabharata as a mirror. The process of introspection described in the Yoga Sutras, antaranga yoga, is exemplified through the stories in the Mahabharata. This allows for a deeper understanding of one’s psyche and its patterns. 

The Mahabharata is a timeless text that has been an integral part of people’s lives for centuries. It is often considered the 5th Veda and offers a vast repository of human contexts that allow for self-reflective exploration of inner worlds. As our world becomes more complex, the Mahabharata provides a lens through which we can examine our inner processes. 

The Mahabharata is also an incredible collection of “case studies” that cover almost all of life’s situations. It was written to make the subtle truths of the Vedas, Sankhya, and Yoga Philosophy accessible to everyone. 

The course’s learning outcomes are to awaken archetypal characters from the Mahabharata in one’s own life through dialogue and reflective activities, develop greater insights into one’s own psyche and patterns of the mind through an experiential engagement with the Mahabharata, and experience yoga as an integral science beyond postures or breathing techniques. Participants will also develop sakhi bhava (friendliness) and sakshi bhava (meditative listening) to listen to themselves and others from a deeper space and evoke healing processes within themselves. 

Throughout the 11-week course, participants will explore their psyche using stories of characters from the Mahabharata to bring clarity and meaning to their lives. Before each session, participants must read select stories from the Mahabharata and write reflections. 

The course’s exploration is based on the teachings of Yogacharya T Krishnamacharya, the father of modern yoga, and his son Shri TKV Desikachar. This course is not a didactic course on Mahabharata but enables individuals to delve into their psyche using the Mahabharata as a mirror. The course is dialogic and requires a willingness to be self-reflective, share with oneself, and listen to others sensitively. It is not recommended for individuals going through treatment for any psychological illness.

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