Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras are among the most important writings of the Yoga school, and have remained relevant for 2,300 years because of their wisdom and inspiration. In this webinar course, Ravi Ravindra will explore the heart and purpose of yoga as expressed in the Yoga Sutras, with special emphasis on section 2.2 which states that the true purpose of yoga is the cultivation of Samadhi, meaning freedom from the ego-self, and the diminishing of the kleshas, that are the impediments standing in the way of achieving this goal.
The course will be based on Ravi Ravindra’s book The Wisdom of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
Ravi Ravindra is a professor emeritus at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he served as professor in comparative religion, philosophy and physics. A lifetime member of the Theosophical Society, Ravi has taught many courses in The School of the Wisdom in Adyar and at the Krotona Institute in Ojai, Calif. He was a member of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, a fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla, and the founding director of the Threshold Award for Integrative Knowledge. His last book was The Pilgrim Soul: A Path to the Sacred Transcending World Religions and his new book on the Bhagavad Gita will be published by Shambhala Publications in the spring of 2017. For more information visit www.ravindra.ca .
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(1832-1893). Mary Gebhard was born in Dublin in 1832 and was educated in the Convent of Sacré Cœur in Paris. Because of the destruction of Theosophical Society (TS) records by Nazi officials, little data has survived regarding the Gebhard family. The first German TS branch was formed in their home at Elberfeld, Platzhoffstrasse 12 on July 27, 1884, and was called Theosophische Gesellschaft Germania. Gustav Gebhard, husband to Mary and Persian Consul, was the first Treasurer.
The 1937 Theosophical Year Book states that Gebhard was a pupil of Eliphas Levi and that she painted a portrait in oil of Henry S. OLCOTT. She nursed Helena P. Blavatsky during her severe illness in Wurzgburg. Gebhard died in 1893.
There were three sons, all of whom joined the TS. Rudolf Gebhard was the official delegate to the ADYAR convention of 1884. He was considered one of the cleverest conjurers in Europe and might therefore be considered competent to detect fraudulent psychic phenomena. He offered a reward of 1,000 rupees to anyone who could duplicate Blavatsky’s letter dropping feat, but it was never claimed. Franz Gebhard was the first secretary of the first German Lodge. The third son was named Arthur Gebhard and he, according to a letter from Blavatsky to William Q. JUDGE (CW VII:136/7), became somewhat critical of President H. S. Olcott and thereby incurred the displeasure of Blavatsky.