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Bhagavad Gita Study Group

Several Bhagavad Gita Home Study Groups are at present meeting at regular frequency and studying the teaching material prepared by Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati. To join an ongoing study group click here. If you are a member of a Bhagvad Gita Study group and would like to join an online forum click here.

In getting a group started, if you already have at least 4-5 people interested, that is a good start; 6-10 would be ideal. But even if only two of you want to start, consider it a good beginning. Let your friends know about your starting a group and ask them to spread the word.

By choice of the participants, the groups usually begin to meet every other week for one and a half to two hours. At some point you may choose to meet once a week.

Your group may decide to meet at one person’s home regularly or to rotate from home to home. Keep in mind it is best to meet at relatively convenient locations. If rotating from home to home, each host can be the moderator for that session. If you choose to meet in one home regularly, still the leadership can rotate amongst all of you. In the case that anyone is for any reason not comfortable to lead, then of course do not insist. There is no hard and fast rule about this.

It is easiest to make it clear to participants at the outset, even before they join the group, that the content and format of the meetings are based on The Gita Home Study Course authored by Swami Dayananda Saraswati and based on the Sankara’s Bhasya. Explain that it is a methodical class-like unfoldment of the material and not intended to be a comparative study where participants bring their own Gita.

It is highly recommended by Pujya Swamiji that each group start with the introduction when it meets for the first time. The introduction itself contains a wealth of insights about how the Gita is to be approached and how the study can best proceed.

In keeping with the tradition the group follows a format of beginning with prayers, usually the Gita Dhyana Slokas . The moderator, at the beginning of the class provides a brief summary of what was covered in the previous meeting. Each participant reads one topic or one page, and discussions as needed can take place in between. Ideally the group will blossom into a family-like support group where all will feel equally comfortable to question and discuss freely.

Gita is a pertinent text to be viewed in terms of life-problems and as such, discussions and questions including issues from people’s daily lives can be beneficial to all participants. However, to stay focused, it is best to have a sense of proportion in not letting the discussions wander off the theme at hand.

It is important to begin and end the study group meetings on time. Food can be served at the end of the class and should the meeting times necessitate people coming to the class straight from work, then light snacks can be provided before the class.

It is also highly beneficial to hold a simultaneous Vedic Heritage Program for the children if the need is there. One of the parents can teach the class with the help of the Vedic Heritage Teaching manuals. Having a babysitter who can keep the children constructively engaged during the duration of the sessions is also another option.

Gita Study Group Contact List

  • California
    Annayya Deshpande . San Jose, CA (408) 268 9138
    Mark Pereira . San Fransico, CA (415) 753 0909
  • Colarado
    Darshan & Kanan Iyer, Superior,CO (781) 301-1771; darshaniyer@hotmail.com
  • Connecticut
    Harshad Desai . Hartford, CT (860) 233-0011
    Terry Coe, Stamford, CT  (781) 648-1731
  • Illinois
    Hoping to start a new group.  Please contact for more information.   
    Ajay Khilanani.  Chicago, IL (248) 840-5646; akhilanani@gmail.com
  • Indiana
    Vishwanath Gurudutt . Fort Wayne, IN (219) 485 3417
  • Louisiana
    Stan Melancon . Kenner (New Orleans), LA (504) 443 4063
  • Massachusetts
    Shoba Chungi (Metropolitan Boston),MA (781) 784 0614; vchungi@comcast.net
  • Michigan
    Saku & V.B. Prathikanti . Flint, MI (810) 695 1928
    Renu Malhotra . Grand Rapids, MI (616) 949 2946 ; vartalapa@aol.com
    Sheel Sharma . Grand Rapids, MI (616) 942 7873
  • Minnesota
    Shashikant Sane . Minneapolis, MN (612) 474 1516
  • New Hampshire
    Jan & Taylor Dolan . Peterborough, NH (603) 924 6811
  • New Jersey
    Raj Acharya . Ocean Township (732) 922 3586
    Ranjana Deshmukh . Marlboro (732) 946 2681
    Shridhar Dharapuram . Scotch Plains (908) 755 8785
    Narasimha Rao . Scotch Plains (732) 247 1136
    Kiran Doshi . Cherry Hill (609) 424 1595
    Urmila Gujarathi . Cherry Hill (609) 795 9169
    Raghu Iyer . Somerset (732) 514 1249
    Romi Mallik . Voorhees (609) 435 0158
    Kalpesh Patel . Edison (732) 699 3814
    Sharad Pimplaskar . Berlin (609) 654 7996
    Kumar Pitchumony ,  Fair Lawn (201) 491-6193 or umamony@gmail.com
    Vasudeva Prabhu . Jersey City (201) 659 6729
    Chaya Rajaram . Dayton (732) 329 0455
    Jayantha Sharma . Edison (908) 222 0323
    Suresh Srinivasan . Plainsboro (609) 799 3132
    Venkat Swaminathan . Bridgewater (908) 575 8402
  • New York
    Urmila Bhat . Long Island (516) 627 4485
    Sridhar & Lakshmi . Staten Island (718) 494 0579
    Meera Boopana (Women Only) . Flushing, Queens (718) 969 4876
    Sunil Modi Deepika . Freash Meadows,Queens (718) 969 2722
    Swasti Prasad Dubey . Richmond Hills, Queens (516) 872 1722
  • North Carolina
    Shobha Saraiya. Cary/Raleigh/Durham/Chapelhill. (919-380-1145) or mksaraiya@yahoo.com
  • Ohio
    Kalyan Viswanathan . Columbus, OH (614) 263 9750
    Padma Balakrishnan (614) 476-2844
    Siva Vemana . Springfield, OH (937) 325 1634
  • Oregon
    Sunita Garg . Beaverton, OR (503) 649 5876
    Prem Pahlajrai . Portland, OR (206) 524 0243
    Dr. Mary Rothbart . Eugene, OR (541) 343 5196 maryroth@oregon.uoregon.edu
  • Pennsylvania
    Chandrasekhar . Orefield (610) 481 9528
    Terry Coe, Easton (610) 559 3813
    Amulya Garga . State College (814) 867 7804
    Suresh Patel . Allentown (610) 706 3196
    Rajesh Bhagat. Stroudsburg (570) 421-8122
    Abantika Shah . Coopersburg (610) 282-4156
  • Texas
    Sunita & Madhu Godsay . Austin, TX (512) 258 7829
    Lee Twill . Austin, TX (512) 686 7124
    Raj Natka, Dallas, TX (972) 841-9876
    Hema & Chandrasekar Raghu, Houston, TX (281) 606-5607, AVB.Houston@gmail.com
    Anjali & Venkatesh Pinjala, Houston, TX (281) 486-6082, venpinjala@yahoo.com
    K.P. Ganeshappa . San Antonio, TX (210)-496-7225
  • Utah
    Padmanabhan Iyer, Salt lake City, UT (801) 558-8132
  • Virginia
    Malini & Chand Deepak . Hampton, VA (757) 838-8276
    Meera Rao, Hampton,VA (757) 868-7804 
  • Washington
    Meera&Satya Rao, Renton, WA (425) 271-7369
    James McKinlay, Seattle,WA (206) 325-0329
    Tom Fields, Seattle, WA (425) 785-6257
  • West Virginia
    Subramanyam Natarajan, Morgantown, WV (304) 319-1306
  • Wisconsin
    Anil Aggarwal. Jain Temple Hall, Pewaukee, WI (232) 373-0818
  • Outside The USA
    Swami Buddhananda . Sydney,Australia 02 9823 9798
    Michael Comans . Darling Point,Australia 02 9331 1994
    Gloria Ariera . Rio de Janiero,Brazil 21 267 6324
    Neelam Malhotra . Singapore (65) 623 59757

 

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