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.
|Country / State||City||Contact Name||Email ID||Phone||Meeting Time|
|Australia||Sydney||Jenni Coveremail@example.com||(02) 9997 8724||Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9: 30 PM|
|Australia||Sydney / Melbourne / Perth||Sudha Iyerfirstname.lastname@example.org||(02) 9428 2314||Various Days/times (Enquire)|
|Canada||Toronto||Dr. Hema Singhemail@example.com||416-987-1012||Thursdays, 7:15 pm|
|United Kingdom||Manchester||Dr. Paresh Parekhfirstname.lastname@example.org||07968971113||Every Saturday fortnightly, 7.45pm to 9.30 pm|
|USA - California||Fremont||Durga Krishnamoortiemail@example.com||510-623-9694||Alternate Saturdays, 4:30-6:30 pm|
|Cupertino||Anjali Deshmukh MDfirstname.lastname@example.org||408-446-5404||Alternate Thursdays, 8 pm|
|San Jose||Annayya Deshpande||AnayaDesh@yahoo.Com||408-268-9138||Wednessdays, 7:30 PM|
|Milpitas||Vijay Kapooremail@example.com||650-949-5522||Sundays, 8 to 9:30 AM|
|Milpitas||Vijay Kapoorfirstname.lastname@example.org||650-949-5522||Sundays, 4-5 pm|
|Southington||Hasit H. Parikhemail@example.com||860-628-8978||2nd & 4th Tuesdays|
|USA - Louisiana||Lafayette||Pallavi Palfirstname.lastname@example.org||337-988-3928||Fridays- 5:00-6:00 PM
Sunday- 1:30- 3:00 PM
|USA - Maryland||Methesda||Sabrina Mccarthy||Sabrina.McCarthy@verizon.net||202-219-2139||Alternate Sundays 3 PM|
|USA - Michigan||Detroit area||CK Chalekodeemail@example.com||248-952-1864||Weekdays, 8-9 PM|
|USA - New Jersey||Berlin Temple||Sharad Pimplaskarfirstname.lastname@example.org||856-985-4785||Tuesdays, 8 pm & Thursdays, 8 pm|
|Bridgewater||Swaminathanemail@example.com||908-575-8402||2nd & 4th Sundays, 9:30-11:00 AM|
|Bridgewater II||Santosh Paridafirstname.lastname@example.org||908-541-9946||1st & 3rd Saturdays, 3-4:30 PM|
|Cherry Hill||Dr. Urmila Gujarathiemail@example.com||856-985-4785||Thursdays, 8 PM|
|Edison||Narayanan Melpakkamfirstname.lastname@example.org||908-922-7722||2nd & 4th Saturdays, 2 -3:30 PM|
|Holmdel||Mohan Bhujle||732-946-4067||Twice monthly|
|Marlton||Lata Pimplaskaremail@example.com||856-985-4785||Tuesdays, 8 pm|
|Morris Plains||Naresh Bindiganavilefirstname.lastname@example.org||973-503-1896||2nd & 4th Sunday, 4-5:30 PM|
|Ocean||Raj Acharyaemail@example.com||732-922-3586||2nd & 4th Sundays, 3-5 pm|
|Plainsboro||Suresh Srinivasanfirstname.lastname@example.org||609-799-3132||2nd & 4th Sundays, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm|
|Scotch Plains||Uma & Sridhar Dharapuramemail@example.com||908-755-8785||Twice a month on Fridays, 6:30-8:30 PM.|
|Wayne||Chandrasekaranfirstname.lastname@example.org||973-709-1394||Every other weekend|
|Marlboroemail@example.com||Last Friday of the month|
|Plainsboro||Hima Venkateshfirstname.lastname@example.org||609-799-3132||2nd & 4th Sundays, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm|
|Tuesdays, 11 am - 1 pm|
|USA - New York||Manhasset||Rathi Rajaemail@example.com||516 365 4859|
|Vestal||Meenakshifirstname.lastname@example.org||748 7597||2nd and 4th Sunday from 10.30AM to 12.00PM|
|Elmira/Corning||G.S.Ramanemail@example.com||570 888 9358||2nd and 4th Sunday from 10.00AM to 11.30AM|
|Syracuse /Fayetville||G.S.Ramanfirstname.lastname@example.org||570 888 9358||2nd and 4th Sunday from 4.00PM to 5.30PM|
|Shri Surya Narayan Mandir||Pt. Ram Hardowaremail@example.com||718-878-5680||Every Monday from 7.30PM to 8.45PM|
|USA - North Carolina||South Charlotte||Rajesh Venkateswaranfirstname.lastname@example.org||(704) 622-9108||1st and 3rd Sundays
4 to 5:30 PM
|USA - Ohio||Columbus||Padma Balakrishnanemail@example.com||(614) 476-2844||Sundays, 10-11:10 am|
|USA - Pennsylvania||Allentown||Chandra Swaminathan / Geetha Bhaskerfirstname.lastname@example.org||(610) 481 9528||2nd and 4th Sunday 7:00 - 8:30 pm|
|Allentown||Pedro Boone||(610) 866-7204||2nd and 4th Sunday 10 - 11:30 am|
|Allentown||Geetha Bhaskeremail@example.com||(610) 706-0375||Tuesdays 9:30 - 11:00 am|
|Bethlehem||Durgaprasad Chalikonda||(610) 867-8236||1st and 3rd Friday 7:30 - 9:00 pm|
|Morrisville - Bharatiya Temple||Balaji Krishnapuramfirstname.lastname@example.org||(610)-620-4758||Sundays: 9:45 -12.00 Noon|
|Stroudsburg||Dr. Rajesh Bhagat||(570)-421-8122||1st and 3rd Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:00 pm|
|USA - Texas||Houston - Arsha Vidya Bharati||Hema & Chandrasekhar Raghuemail@example.com||(281)-606-5607||Every Sunday 12.30 - 2.30 PM|
|Austin||Srinivasan Venkateswaranfirstname.lastname@example.org||(512)-336-8124||Wednesdays 7:45-9 PM|
|Austin||Dr. M. P . Godsayemail@example.com||(512) 258 7829||Wednesdays 7:30-9 PM|
|USA - Utah||Salt Lake City||Anand Krishnan||(801)930-5663||Every Saturday, 11AM|
|Salt Lake City||Padmanabhan Iyerfirstname.lastname@example.org||Every Saturday, 12PM and 1:30 PM|
|USA - West Virginia||Morgan Town||Subramanyam Natarajanemail@example.com||(304)-319-1306||Every Sunday, 3:00 pm|
|USA - Wisconsin||Jain Temple Hall||Anil Aggarwal||sep.1 @hotmail.com||(232)-373-0818||Every Sunday, 3:30 pm|