First Date with the Gita? If Not, Remember Yours? (Gita Talk 7)

Via on Oct 2, 2011

For next week please read Chapters 8 and 9, p. 106-120.

This week I’d like to have a wide open discussion of where you all are in your experience with the Bhagavad Gita.

If you are a relatively new reader of the Gita, please tell us how you’re feeling about it.

–What are the biggest questions on your mind?

–What would help you get the most out of this experience?

–What have you liked the most?  The least?

I personally went through a period when I rejected the Gita after my first reading. So I know how that feels, and I’m anxious to help anyone who might be having the same initial reaction.

If you are an experienced Gita reader, think back on your own first encounter with the Gita.

–What were your first reactions when you were a third of the way through the Gita?

–Did it draw you in, or did it make you want to run?

–Which version were you reading? How does it compare to Mitchell’s?

What can we do here at Gita Talk do to better meet your needs? All feedback and suggestions are welcome.

Or, if you prefer to stick with the text itself, I’ll leave you with this, my favorite passage from Chapter 7. Love to hear your comments and questions:

There is nothing more fundamental
than I, Arjuna; all worlds,
all beings, are strung upon me
like pearls on a single thread.

I am the taste in water,
the light in the moon and sun,
the sacred syllable Om
in the Veda, the sound in air.

I am the primal seed
within all beings, Arjuna:
the wisdom of those who know,
the splendor of the high and mighty.

I am the strength of the strong man
who is free of desire and attachment;
I am desire itself
when desire is consistent with duty. (BG 7.7-7.11)

For next week please read Chapters 8 and 9, p. 106-120.

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14 Responses to “First Date with the Gita? If Not, Remember Yours? (Gita Talk 7)”

  1. Pamela says:

    The Gita always wants to make me turn inward. I'd be interested to hear from anyone who reads it and wants to jump up and run.

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  4. This is my first date with the Gita, and I am thoroughly enjoying it! Sometimes I try to make connections to my life, and modern life in general. More often I just enjoy the language, the poetry of it and if connections come — great — if not, I just enjoy. It makes me think of a movie quote (that is now going to bug me until I can remember where it's from!!) about the tango…sometimes you get tangled up, but you tango on.

    If I feel tangled up it it (What could this possibly mean? How could this have any relevance for me?) I try not to worry about it. I just enjoy it, and tango on!

    "I am the taste in water,
    the light in the moon and sun,
    the sacred syllable Om
    in the Veda, the sound in air."

    Pretty heady & amazing for a first date! So glad you recommended this translation, Bob!

  5. Victoria says:

    4.19-31 uses the word fire to mean what? A purifying force?

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