Discovering Bliss Through Yoga Philosophy

Happiness is an underlying goal to virtually all spiritual and yogic pursuits. We all want to be happy. But what exactly is happiness? How is it tied to yogic practice? And why does it remain elusive in its transiency? Classical Yoga traditions convey unique approaches towards happiness, which parallel some popular goals of wellness and psychological growth; yet are radically different. In this talk, Neil Dalal will highlight these important differences with special reference to the Bhagavadgītā’s foundational yogic methodologies. These teachings provide a process for handling the vicissitudes of life and mind with joyful equanimity, and an insightful reflexive inquiry designed to discover an innate stable wholeness that is the reality of one’s self.

Upcoming 4-Module Course with Neil Dalal:

How can I be a happy person? How do I live a happy life? We all seek happiness and well-being; yet remaining happy is an elusive goal. This course approaches these questions through the teachings of the Bhagavadgītā. In the Bhagavadgītā, Kṛṣṇa conveys a unique yogic psychology and related yogic methods designed to release emotional contractions such as suffering, anger, and anxiety. Furthermore, he unfolds a contemplative self-inquiry that reveals our deepest sense of self as innately whole and untouched by fear and suffering. Within this recognition is absolute freedom, an absolute wholeness that transcends happiness conceived as transient affective mental states of joy or well-being. Kṛṣṇa’s teachings are not only a radical revisioning of our self-identity and our interrelated connection to the world but a revisioning of our conceptualizations (and potential misconceptions) about happiness. This course will include close readings of key Bhagavadgītā verses as well as reflexive contemplative practices to experientially engage teachings as personal insights.



Neil Dalal