Gita Talk–An Experiment in Online Book Discussion

Via Bob Weisenberg
on Apr 17, 2010
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(I considered removing this very first Gita Talk blog, but I decided to leave it in so you can see Gita Talk’s humble beginnings.  Originally I was hoping I could cajole 5-6 of my blogosphere friends to participate.)

Hi, Everyone.  I’m looking for a few volunteers to participate in an online book discussion.  We’ll read through the Bhagavad Gita together and discuss it on my Elephant Journal blog, with simultaneous posts to Yoga Journal Community.

All you’ll be committing to is reading the book and making a comment on each of my blog posts, which will come out chapter-by-Chapter about once a week.  (The book is short–only 205 pages.)

The discussion will, of course, be open to anyone,  just like any other blog.   But I want to make sure I have a core group of participants before I get started.

Please see
Welcome to Gita Talk  
for all Gita Talk blogs and general information. 
Jump in anytime and go at your own pace.


About Bob Weisenberg

Bob Weisenberg: Editor, Best of Yoga Philosophy / Former Assoc. Publisher, elephant journal / Author: Yoga Demystified * Bhagavad Gita in a Nutshell * Leadership Is Like Tennis, Not Egyptology / Co-editor: Yoga in America (free eBook) / Creator: Gita Talk: Self-paced Online Seminar / Flamenco guitarist: "Live at Don Quijote" & "American Gypsy" (Free CD's) / Follow Bob on facebook, Twitter, or his main site: Wordpress.


45 Responses to “Gita Talk–An Experiment in Online Book Discussion”

  1. I'd love to join the Bhagavad Gita Gang! Never read it except for a bit in school. Great idea, Bob, we'll see if others join.

  2. i'd be interested in joining; i read bits of the Bhagavad Gita all the time (well, often… 😉

  3. Bob says:

    I'm in. have not read it in awhile. but did listen to it about a year ago

  4. Marlise says:

    I am interested in participating, and a little shy about committing. But I would do my best!

  5. Tee says:

    Please, count me in. I look forward to finally learning what I have heard so much about. Namaste'.

  6. Tee says:

    Oh, and as for a name…what are we all looking for? A good, happy peaceful life. Gita Life.

  7. Greg says:

    As time permits, I would be happy to join in.

  8. Greg says:

    P.S. The translation I have is… ooops! went to the bookshelf and it was gone! Not unusual. My daughters are avid readers. Well, what translation or version do you propose we use?

  9. elaine says:

    Sweet! I’m in!

    Is there a particular translation, or will any do? I have a copy that’s been gathering dust on my bookshelf.


  10. Candace says:

    I’m interested.

  11. Christine says:

    Sounds great—I'd love to do it.

  12. Hollie Hirst says:

    What an awesome idea! I'm in 😀
    I'm reading the gita right now anyway and would love to discuss it with a community!

  13. Greg says:

    Ah, I see you are using Stephen Mitchell's translation. Okay.

  14. via

    Jennifer Justus

    Lauri Shepro Smith

    Gini Mennenga
    Im in for a second read!

    Doreen Helmly
    I'm in

    Kelsi Coia
    Oooo!! I want to join!!

    Kerry Tsang
    I'm in!!

    Bonnie Lind
    Yes for me!

    Diane Booth Gilliam

    Kristen Lang Frydenberg
    I'm in!

    Alexandra Biondo Strickland

    Leslie Trujillo Wright
    I'd like to!

    Donna Baier Stein

    Marie De Los Reyes
    Im in, intrigued about it since Liz Gilbert wrote something about it in Eat, Pray,Love.

    Natalie Scott
    I'm interested:)

    Kimberly Farrell
    Yes please!
    Comment on the blog above, so Bob can be in touch with all of you.

  15. Amy Champ says:

    Sounds like a great idea! Which version will we use?

  16. christina says:

    I love the Gita, favorite is 18:64-65. Would be interested in being part of this group!

  17. Jennifer says:

    Responded by FB, but think I’m supposed to here as well?…In!

  18. OK. Well that certainly answers my question about whether there is enough interest! This will be great.

    We will be reading the Stephen Mitchell version of the Gita show above. See my short review and a link to Amazon at . You can read along in other versions, but discussions can be clumsy with different translations, and we will be discussing his commentary, too, so I hope you will all get the Mitchell version.

    I will put out a new blog tomorrow announcing the starting schedule, which will give everyone plenty time to get the book.

    Thank you for your very enthusiastic response.

  19. Jay Winston says:

    Here’s another one:

    “I believe in most versions, the charioteer is named ‘Krishna,’ not ‘Reagan.’ I really wish you’d stop using the Sarah Palin translation, Bob…”

  20. Gee, we haven't even gotten started yet and already with the jokes!

    I have to admit you've got me laughing out loud!

  21. We will be reading the Stephen Mitchell version of the Gita shown above. See my short review and a link to Amazon at . (You can read along in another version, but discussions can be clumsy with different translations, and we will be discussing his commentary, too, so I hope everyone will get the Mitchell version.

  22. Hi, Amy. Mitchell version–see my next comment below.

  23. brazillianhippie says:

    I am innnnn!

  24. Elizabeth says:

    Please include me. I read it in college for a class entitled "The Bhagavad Gita as a mytho-speculative meditation on the order of human existence." but that was a long time ago.

  25. Holly says:

    Please include me! I'd love to read Bhagavad Gita and participate in the book club!

  26. Jess says:

    I would like to join this group!

  27. Tantrik says:


  28. EllRll says:

    Count me in!

  29. Vinataa says:

    Yes, this is worth dropping a plate or two or ten from my juggling act. What a great idea! As per your request for name of group suggestions: (Gita Gathering), (Gita Gab), (Got Gita?)

  30. Hi, Elizabeth.

    That's just the catchy title I was looking for! Just kidding. Suffice it to say our orientation here will be quite a bit different. Not to say we won't get academic from time to time.

    We'll discuss whatever people bring up. But my personal interest is more toward how the Bhagavad Gita applies to everyday life.

  31. That's the best one yet!

  32. Brooks Hall says:

    This is a good idea: count me in.

  33. sawennatson says:

    I'd be in. Reading the Gita has been on my to-do list for a while now.

  34. Nathan Smith says:

    You rock, Bob!

    I'm going to try to follow along. LOVE it!!

  35. Vanita says:

    Sounds great! I’d participate.

  36. Rebecca says:

    I would definitely like to give it a shot. I have been hoping to read it, and this is the version that I have. What a wonderful idea, thanks!

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  39. Grace372 says:

    would love to join in!

  40. Claudia says:

    Great idea Bob, I am in

  41. Welcome, Claudia. If you haven't already, be sure to see the first assignment in Gita Talk #1

  42. Claudia says:

    yeap, already did

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