Arjuna’s Dilemma: Exploring The Bhagavad Gita

Philosophy | Literature

Course Description

As The Bhagavad Gita opens, the mighty warrior Arjuna surveys the two armies marshalled on the plain of Kurukshetra. One army belongs to himself and his brothers, the Pandavas, determined to regain the kingdom of which they are the rightful heirs. The other belongs to their cousins, the Kauravas, who reject the Pandava claim to the kingdom. As the two armies await the signal to engage, Arjuna finds himself overwhelmed by doubt. Although the Pandavas’ claim is just, the impending war will likely destroy the extended Kuru family, and lead to the ruin of the kingdom. Moreover, to win this war Arjuna must fight, even kill, his former teachers and mentors (men he loves and respects), as well as related family members and friends. 

Overwhelmed by doubts as to his moral duty, and emotional distress at the violence and suffering that lies ahead, Arjuna turns to his charioteer and friend, Krishna, seeking counsel. In the ensuing dialogue, Krishna (avatar of the god Vishnu) instructs Arjuna (and the reader) on the nature of the human condition, the task that confronts the spiritual aspirant, and the various paths of yoga that lead to spiritual enlightenment. Krishna’s counsel provides Arjuna the guidance he needs to resolve his dilemma and achieve success on the field of dharma. Can it do the same for us, in our own moral and emotional struggles? To discover if The Gita speaks to you, join us in a close reading of this timeless spiritual classic and related source material.

Books to Purchase (will be available at Argo Bookshop during the weeks prior to the course beginning):

    • The Bhagavad Gita, translated by Eknath Easwaran (IBSN: 9781586380199)

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 18 students.

NEW PAYMENT POLICY: Participants must pay the course fees in order to be considered registered for the course. 

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that we do not allow participants to audit courses for free.

Course Details

Location: Atwater

First Session: Wednesday 15 March 2023

Course Length: 12 weeks, Wednesdays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Discussion Team: Claire English, Brian McDonough, Jim Queen

Degree Credit: 3.0 credits

Course Fee: 

$150.00 (standard tuition)
$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (standard tuition)
$135.00 (promotion for new students)

Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

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