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.

 

Country / StateCityContact NameEmail IDPhoneMeeting Time
AustraliaSydneyJenni Coverjenni.cover@urnet.com.au(02) 9997 8724Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9: 30 PM
AustraliaSydney / Melbourne / PerthSudha Iyeriyersudha@hotmail.com(02) 9428 2314Various Days/times (Enquire)
CanadaTorontoDr. Hema Singhehsingh@msn.com416-987-1012Thursdays, 7:15 pm
United KingdomManchesterDr. Paresh Parekhdrparikh223@yahoo.co.uk07968971113Every Saturday fortnightly, 7.45pm to 9.30 pm
USA - CaliforniaFremontDurga Krishnamoortidkrishnamoorti@msn.com510-623-9694Alternate Saturdays, 4:30-6:30 pm
CupertinoAnjali Deshmukh MDanjalidesh@yahoo.com408-446-5404Alternate Thursdays, 8 pm
San JoseAnnayya DeshpandeAnayaDesh@yahoo.Com408-268-9138Wednessdays, 7:30 PM
MilpitasVijay Kapoorvijaykapoor108@yahoo.com650-949-5522Sundays, 8 to 9:30 AM
MilpitasVijay Kapoorvijaykapoor108@yahoo.com650-949-5522Sundays, 4-5 pm
SouthingtonHasit H. Parikhhhparikh@yahoo.com860-628-89782nd & 4th Tuesdays
USA - Louisiana LafayettePallavi Palomdev111@yahoo.com337-988-3928Fridays- 5:00-6:00 PM
Sunday- 1:30- 3:00 PM
USA - Maryland MethesdaSabrina MccarthySabrina.McCarthy@verizon.net202-219-2139Alternate Sundays 3 PM
USA - MichiganDetroit areaCK Chalekodeckchalekode@yahoo.com248-952-1864Weekdays, 8-9 PM
USA - New JerseyBerlin TempleSharad Pimplaskarsharadpimplaskar@hotmail.com856-985-4785Tuesdays, 8 pm & Thursdays, 8 pm
BridgewaterSwaminathan vswami@optonline.net908-575-84022nd & 4th Sundays, 9:30-11:00 AM
Bridgewater II Santosh Parida santoshparida21@yahoo.com 908-541-99461st & 3rd Saturdays, 3-4:30 PM
Cherry Hill Dr. Urmila Gujarathiug1763@comcast.net 856-985-4785 Thursdays, 8 PM
EdisonNarayanan Melpakkamray_melpakkam@yahoo.com908-922-77222nd & 4th Saturdays, 2 -3:30 PM
Holmdel Mohan Bhujle732-946-4067 Twice monthly
Marlton Lata Pimplaskarlata@rcn.com856-985-4785 Tuesdays, 8 pm
Morris PlainsNaresh Bindiganavilenareshb26@gmail.com973-503-18962nd & 4th Sunday, 4-5:30 PM
Ocean Raj Acharyaraj@hightream.net732-922-3586 2nd & 4th Sundays, 3-5 pm
Plainsboro Suresh Srinivasansuresh165@gmail.com609-799-3132 2nd & 4th Sundays, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Scotch PlainsUma & Sridhar Dharapuramkattemane@aol.com908-755-8785Twice a month on Fridays, 6:30-8:30 PM.
WayneChandrasekaranchathu@optonline.net973-709-1394 Every other weekend
Marlborovhcmailbox@yahoo.comLast Friday of the month
PlainsboroHima Venkatesh suresh165@comcast.net609-799-31322nd & 4th Sundays, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
MahwahAruna Narang
Kalpana Mehta
shonumehta@hotmail.com201-818-2579
201-891-4491
Tuesdays, 11 am - 1 pm
USA - New York ManhassetRathi Rajarathiramani@aol.com 516 365 4859
VestalMeenakshiameenakshi@yahoo.com748 7597 2nd and 4th Sunday from 10.30AM to 12.00PM
Elmira/CorningG.S.Ramangsraman@yahoo.com 570 888 93582nd and 4th Sunday from 10.00AM to 11.30AM
Syracuse /FayetvilleG.S.Ramangsraman@yahoo.com 570 888 93582nd and 4th Sunday from 4.00PM to 5.30PM
Shri Surya Narayan Mandir
Pt. Ram Hardowarptramhardowar@gmail.com 718-878-5680Every Monday from 7.30PM to 8.45PM
USA - North CarolinaSouth CharlotteRajesh Venkateswaranrvenky@aol.com(704) 622-91081st and 3rd Sundays
4 to 5:30 PM
USA - OhioColumbusPadma Balakrishnan vedaantin@msn.com(614) 476-2844Sundays, 10-11:10 am
USA - PennsylvaniaAllentownChandra Swaminathan / Geetha Bhasker cupas2@aol.com (610) 481 95282nd and 4th Sunday 7:00 - 8:30 pm
AllentownPedro Boone(610) 866-72042nd and 4th Sunday 10 - 11:30 am
AllentownGeetha Bhaskergbhasker1@gmail.com(610) 706-0375Tuesdays 9:30 - 11:00 am
Bethlehem Durgaprasad Chalikonda(610) 867-82361st and 3rd Friday 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Morrisville - Bharatiya Temple Balaji Krishnapurambalaji.krishnapuram@gmail.com(610)-620-4758Sundays: 9:45 -12.00 Noon
Stroudsburg Dr. Rajesh Bhagat(570)-421-81221st and 3rd Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:00 pm
USA - TexasHouston - Arsha Vidya BharatiHema & Chandrasekhar Raghuchandra.raghu@gmail.com (281)-606-5607 Every Sunday 12.30 - 2.30 PM
AustinSrinivasan Venkateswaran venkateswaran123@hotmail.com(512)-336-8124Wednesdays 7:45-9 PM
AustinDr. M. P . Godsay mpgodsay@yahoo.com(512) 258 7829 Wednesdays 7:30-9 PM
USA - Utah Salt Lake City Anand Krishnan(801)930-5663Every Saturday, 11AM
Salt Lake City Padmanabhan Iyerpaddu.iyer@gmail.comEvery Saturday, 12PM and 1:30 PM
USA - West VirginiaMorgan Town Subramanyam Natarajan kumarsubra@hotmail.com(304)-319-1306Every Sunday, 3:00 pm
USA - WisconsinJain Temple Hall Anil Aggarwal sep.1 @hotmail.com (232)-373-0818Every Sunday, 3:30 pm