Gita Talk–An Experiment in Online Book Discussion

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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.
 

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anonymous Apr 30, 2010 2:51pm

[…] Talk with Bob Weisenberg The very awesome blog Elephant Journal is hosting a cool experiment: an online book discussion on the Bhagavad Gita. We are reading the Gita in TT (different translation though: Satchidananda‘s “The […]

anonymous Apr 21, 2010 10:17am

Great idea Bob, I am in

    Bob Weisenberg Apr 21, 2010 2:06pm

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

anonymous Apr 19, 2010 5:52am

would love to join in!

anonymous Apr 18, 2010 11:15pm

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anonymous Apr 19, 2010 3:23am

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!

anonymous Apr 18, 2010 7:00pm

Sounds great! I’d participate.

anonymous Apr 18, 2010 7:58pm

You rock, Bob!

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

anonymous Apr 18, 2010 6:42pm

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

anonymous Apr 18, 2010 11:25am

This is a good idea: count me in.

anonymous Apr 18, 2010 2:19pm

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?)

anonymous Apr 18, 2010 12:47pm

Count me in!

anonymous Apr 18, 2010 11:58am

yes

anonymous Apr 18, 2010 11:55am

I would like to join this group!

anonymous Apr 18, 2010 11:44am

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

anonymous Apr 18, 2010 10:57am

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.

    Bob Weisenberg Apr 18, 2010 3:13pm

    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.

anonymous Apr 18, 2010 7:08am

I am innnnn!

Jay Winston Apr 18, 2010 12:17am

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…”

    Bob Weisenberg Apr 18, 2010 3:31pm

    That's the best one yet!

Bob Weisenberg Apr 18, 2010 6:09am

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 http://wp.me/PlUox-eU . 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.

anonymous Apr 17, 2010 11:19pm

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

anonymous Apr 18, 2010 3:48am

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

anonymous Apr 17, 2010 9:44pm

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

    Bob Weisenberg Apr 18, 2010 6:29am

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

editorial dept elephant journal Apr 18, 2010 3:23am

viahttp://www.facebook.com/elephantjournal

Jennifer Justus
In!

Lauri Shepro Smith
Yes!

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
yes!

Kristen Lang Frydenberg
I'm in!

Alexandra Biondo Strickland
Sure

Leslie Trujillo Wright
I'd like to!

Donna Baier Stein
Yes

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!

elephantjournal.com
Comment on the blog above, so Bob can be in touch with all of you.

anonymous Apr 18, 2010 1:58am

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

anonymous Apr 18, 2010 1:14am

Sounds great—I'd love to do it.

anonymous Apr 17, 2010 6:55pm

I’m interested.

anonymous Apr 17, 2010 6:49pm

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.

elaine

    Bob Weisenberg Apr 18, 2010 6:27am

    We will be reading the Stephen Mitchell version of the Gita shown above. See my short review and a link to Amazon athttp://wp.me/PlUox-eU . (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.

anonymous Apr 18, 2010 12:02am

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

    anonymous Apr 18, 2010 12:06am

    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?

      anonymous Apr 18, 2010 1:59am

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

anonymous Apr 17, 2010 11:51pm

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

    anonymous Apr 17, 2010 11:53pm

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

anonymous Apr 17, 2010 5:49pm

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

anonymous Apr 17, 2010 11:36pm

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

anonymous Apr 17, 2010 11:34pm

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

editorial dept elephant journal Apr 17, 2010 11:25pm

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.

Bob Weisenberg Apr 18, 2010 6:22am

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

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