Arjuna and Climate Change: a Thought Experiment Inspired by the Bhagavad Gita (1.75CR)

What can we learn about climate change through the lens of the Gita?  Independent scholar Matthew Remski takes us on an innovative journey into the teachings of the Gita as they relate to the pressing topics of climate change. 

PREVIEW: "How is Action relevant to Spiritual Life?"


  • key concepts from the Gita and how they relate to climate change.
  • how to deepen your connection to contemporary issues through an ancient yogic text. 
  • the ideas of action and duty in the Gita and the nuanced ways in which they can be understood. 

"Arjuna and Climate Change: a Thought Experiment Inspired by the Bhagavad Gita"

A yogi stands on the battlefield of an impending conflict. He can see in the faces of his compatriots and rivals the inevitable history that's brought them there. He can see that friends and villains alike need care, support, resources, and autonomy. He knows the earth cannot provide for every desire and that civilization groans under the weight of its own expansion. He knows there will be mass chaos and too many deaths to count. What should he do? How can he help?

We're talking about Arjuna at Kurukshetra, pleading to Krishna for advice. But we might as well be talking about our own lives on the precipice of climate disaster. What does the Gita have to say about taking action in times of critical uncertainty? How can knowledge and service be supported by longing and devotion? How can robust personal action lead away from pride, and into an understanding of interdependence? 

In this presentation, we'll look at two modern-day Arjunas on the battlefield of climate change. They may not be devotees of Krishna, but each in their way, they face the perennial dilemmas of the Gita with uncompromising grace.


Matthew Remski has been practicing meditation since 1996 and asana since 2000. He’s taught yoga, yoga philosophy, and Ayurveda in Toronto and beyond since 2005. He maintains an active Ayurveda consultation practice from his home, which he shares with his partner Alix, and their son Jacob. He’s authored several books on yoga and related subjects, and is working towards completing What Are We Actually Doing in Asana? — an examination of pain, injury, and healing in modern yoga. His blog hosts an average of 20K readers per month:

Your investment for this masterclass is $27. 
1.75 Embodied Philosophy Credits will be applied to your account. For information about the Wisdom Training Accreditation, go here.

The masterclass runs for about an hour and 45 minutes. You will have instant and ongoing access to the online recording so you can watch it whenever you want, how often you want.


If you're new to online workshops, don't worry, it's very easy. It's just like any workshop, except on video and online.

After you submit your payment, you’ll be sent an email with the link to the masterclass website page. There you can watch the workshop and will be given an option to download the video to your personal wisdom library. You don’t need any special software or equipment. You can watch the workshop streaming online, but if you don't have an excellent wifi connection, it will be best to download the video before viewing. 


It was excellent to see yoga philosophy applied to a contemporary issue like climate change.”   Jen

“Matthew is an intelligent and eloquent teacher, and in this talk he offered a lot of fascinating things to think about. I'm looking forward to watching this talk again." - Rachel

“I love these offerings! So nice to have access to such thoughtful teachings when you live in a place as remote as I do.” – John


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