Gita Talk #5: Sublimely Simple, Profound and Liveable

Via Bob Weisenberg
on May 16, 2010
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The reading for this week was Chapters 3-4, p. 61-80. Please tell us what you think.  What did you like?  What did you dislike?  How does it relate to your life? What questions would you like to ask?  Can you see the themes I outline in my thoughts below?  Are there other big themes you think also deserve to be there?

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Here are my thoughts for the week:

The Bhagavad Gita is Sublimely Simple, Profound, and Liveable

Does this statement startle you?

I’m guessing that many of you feel the opposite about the Gita at this point–that it is complex, obtuse and perhaps even upsetting.

Last week we talked about complexity.

This week we’re going to talk about blinding simplicity.

What is the blindingly simple message of the Gita?




As they say about the Golden Rule, all the rest is commentary.

Here are the three cosmic truths underlying the Gita’s message:

Each of us is already infinitely wondrous—
miraculous, awe-inspiring, unfathomable
(divine if you prefer)

Our wondrous nature is the same as
the infinite wonder of the universe

We experience this infinite wonder
by waking up to reality

I hope you find this surprising and thought provoking.

I hope it helps give you a vision of where we’re going, so that you can better negotiate the challenges of the text.

If you are overwhelmed by the Gita, I hope you find it encouraging.

I suggest you come back to it often when you’re feeling confused.

And if you think I’m full of beans, I look forward to your critique.

The reading for next week is chapters 5-6, p. 81-98.

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108 Responses to “Gita Talk #5: Sublimely Simple, Profound and Liveable”

  1. Beautiful thoughts, Rhonda.

  2. lorraineya says:

    This is the first time I've had a problem with a Kindle edition. Not having page numbers has never been an issue for me but for something like this, a book club, it's a real problem. I emailed Amazon as well as the publisher.

  3. Yeah, losing the verse numbers would never happen with most books.

    By the way. I wouldn't take long to just go through each chapter before you read it on Kindle and count out the stanza and make a note about their numbers. It's quite regular 1-2-3 for each chapter.

    Bob Weisenberg

  4. DurgaDas says:

    Can I suggest something, Bob? Being a new reader and commenter here, I cannot help being struck by your use of the word "but" in your simple summary of the Gita:


    I would suggest that 'AND' would be more appropriate here, as you wouldn't want to indicate that you are dismissing the previous statement:
    is being negated. This would make the reader understand that a positive statement is being made here, which is, I believe, your intent.

  5. Great suggestion! I never realized it could be misinterpreted that way. But now that you have pointed it out to me, I need to change it. I'm sure that if it came across that way to you it will to others as well.

    I can't thank you enough for taking the time to help me out with this. All other suggestions welcome.

    Bob Weisenberg

  6. harley dc says:

    I love my DX. One of my friends got a PRS-900, but personally the Kindle is a better machine.