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.

STATECITYGROUP NAMECONTACT PERSONPHONEEMAIL / Webpage
Online-Bhagavad Gita Bhashyam (with selected Tikas)
& other Vedantic texts; Saturdays, 10 am – 12 noon;
For signup details please contact: Dr. V. Swaminathan
venswami@gmail.com
 https://arshavedanta-swaminathan.my.webex.com/
Online-Bhagavad Gita, Sanskrit and Upanishad classes
– 2nd & 4
Sundays, 8:30 am – 12.45 pm;
For signup details please contact: Dr. V. Swaminathan
venswami@gmail.com
 https://arshavedanta-swaminathan.my.webex.com/
      
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408-268-9138ANAYADESH@OUTLOOK.COM
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MEERA
RAO
408-476-8220SATYANRAO@MSN.COM
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860-628-8978HHPARIKH@YAHOO.COM
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VICHARA & UPANISHADS CLASSES
JANANI
CLEARY
561-523-3696JANEFCLEARY@GMAIL.COM;
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&SUNITA SHASTRY
309-444-6725(Prasad)
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/  SNP@FSMAIL.BRADLEY.EDU(Prasad)
INFORT
WAYNE
GITA
STUDY GROUP OF FORT WAYNE
VISHWANATH
GURUDUTT
260-484-8480VISHWAN@AOL.COM
INFORT
WAYNE
BHAGAVAD
GITA VICHARA GROUP
MEENA
MANTRAVADI
260-432-6848MMANTRAVADI@COMCAST.NET
LALAFAYETTEVEDIC
HERITAGE/PURNA (INT. & SR.)
PALLAVI 
PAL
337-988-3928NABENDU_PAL@HOTMAIL.COM
MDBETHSEDAGITA
HOME STUDY
SABRINA
McCARTHY
301-320-3470DAVID.ETHERIDGE@VERIZON.NET
MIBLOOMFIELDGITA
VICHARA GROUP
PREM
KHILANANI
248-626-2829PREMKHILANANI@YAHOO.COM
MISV
TEMPLE NOVI CENTER
PURNA
VIDYA CLASSES IN S.E. MICH.
SRINIVASAN
& SAVITHRI RAMAN
248-312-7207SRINI.SEVA@GMAIL.COM
MIBHARATIYA
TEMPLE  TROY CENTER
PURNA
VIDYA CLASSES IN S.E. MICH.
SRINIVASAN
& SAVITHRI RAMAN
248-312-7207SRINI.SEVA@GMAIL.COM
NCRALEIGHGITA
HOME STUDY GROUP
SHOBHA
SARAIYA
919-380-1145SHOBHA@IEEE.ORG
NHPETERBOROUGHGITA
VICHARA GROUP OF PETERBOROUGH
JAN
& TAYLOR DOLAN
603-924-6811JANDOLANPORTRAITS@GMAIL.COM
NJMARLTONHINDU
TEMPLE GITA STUDY GROUP
SHARAD
& LATA PIMPLASKAR
856-985-4785SHARAD.PIMPLASKAR@GMAIL.COM
/ LATAP1215@GMAIL.COM
NJBERGEN
PASSAIC COUNTY
GITA
SATSANG GROUP
KUMAR
PITCHUMONEY
201-491-6193UMAMONY@GMAIL.COM
NJBERLINBHASHYAM
& UPANISHAD CLASSES
SHARAD
& LATA PIMPLASKAR
856-985-4785SHARAD.PIMPLASKAR@GMAIL.COM
/ LATAP1215@GMAIL.COM
NJBRIDGEWATERGITA
HOME STUDY
SANTOSH
PARIDA
908-541-9946SANTOSHPARIDA21@YAHOO.COM
NJCHERRY
HILL
GITA
HOME STUDY OF CHERRY HILL
URMILA
GUJARATHI
609-795-9169UGUJRATHI@GMAIL.COM
NJEAST
BRUNSWICK
GITA
VICHARA GROUP ONLINE
VENKATA
AMMU
732-539-2848VVAMMU@GMAIL.COM
NJMAHWAHVEDANTA
CLASSES
ARUNA
NARANG
201-818-2579NARANG@OPTONLINE.NET
NJMORRIS
PLAINS
GITA
VICHARA GROUP
NARESH
BINDIGANAVILE
973-503-1896NARESHB26@GMAIL.COM
NJMARLBOROGITA
STUDY GROUP OF MARLBORO
THALI
SUNANDA
732-579-9989SHASHIKANT_DESHMUKH@YAHOO.
COM
NJMARLBOROMARLBORO
GITA VICHARA GROUP AT GURUVAYUR TEMPLE
LATA
PIMPLASKAR
856-985-4785LATAP1215@GMAIL.COM
NJPISCATAWAY
(Both in person/ conference class)
FRIDAY
NIGHT GITA (9:15-10:15PM EST)
MANIAN732-668-9394NASUMANI@GMAIL.COM
NJTELECONFERENCE
(GROUP MEETS OVER PHONE)
SATURDAY
COLORADO GITA (9:30-10:30AM EST)
KARTHIK848-248-5646ENKARTHIKNATKAR@GMAIL.COM
NJPISCATAWAY (Both SUNDAY BALAVIDYALAYA M GITA KARTHIK
848-248-5646 in person/conference class)
KARTHIK848-248-5646ENKARTHIKNATKAR@GMAIL.COM
NJPLAINSBOROVEDANTA
CLASSES
SURESH
& GEETHA SRINIVASAN
609-799-3132SURESH165@GMAIL.COM
NJSOMERSETGANGA
GEETA VICHARA GROUP
A.
NARASIMHA RAO, MAYA MURTHY
609-806-0146MAYASRID.MURTHY@GMAIL.COM
NJW.
ORANGE
PURNA
VIDYA
LAKSHMI
& ANAND SAHASRAM
973-324-1242ANANDSAHA@YAHOO.COM
NJW.
WINDSOR
PURNA
VIDYA
BALU
& MIRA SRINIVASAN
609-799-4159MEERASRI@COMCAST.NET
NYLONG
ISLAND
GITA
STUDY GROUP OF LONG ISLAND
URMILA
BHAT
516-627-4485URMILAA@GMAIL.COM
NYNEW
YORK
VEDANTA
CLASSES
SANDRA
EISENSTEEN
212-260-4665SLATSNY@GMAIL.COM
NYQUEENSGITA
STUDY GROUP OF RICHMOND HILL
SWASTI
PRASAD DUBEY
516-825-2491SWASTID@HOTMAIL.COM
NYVESTALGITA
HOME STUDY
MEENAKSHI
AIYYAKRISHNAN
607-748-7597AMEENAKSHI@YAHOO.COM
OHCOLUMBUSPURNA
VIDYA (1ST- 12TH GRADE)
PADMA
BALAKRISHNAN
614-476-2844VEDAANTIN@GMAIL.COM
PAALLENTOWNGITA
STUDY GROUP
ABANTIKA
SHAH
610-282-4156FABSHAH@AOL.COM
PAALLENTOWNGITA
VICHARA GROUP
GEETHA
BHASKER
610-706-0375GBHASKER1@GMAIL.COM
PAALLENTOWNGITA
HOME STUDY GROUP
PRAKASH
V. KUTAGOLLA
610-691-5759KUTAGOLLA@HOTMAIL.COM
PAALLENTOWNGITA
HOME STUDY GROUP
DIPAK
CHOUDHURI
484-597-0981CHOUDHURIDIPAK@YAHOO.COM
PASTROUDSBURGGITA
STUDY
RAJESH
BHAGAT
570-421-8122RGBHAGAT@HOTMAIL.COM
TXAUSTINGITA
GROUP OF AUSTIN
MADHU
GODSAY
512-258-7829MPGODSAY@YAHOO.COM
TXAUSTINGITA
HOME STUDY
SRINIVASAN
VENKATARAMAN
512-336-8124VENKY@TECHSERVICES.COM
TXDALLASGITA
HOME STUDY GROUP
REMA
& VENKAT
817-812-3038VENKATREMA@GMAIL.COM
TXHOUSTONARSHA
VIDYA BHARTI
HEMA
& CHANDRASEKHAR RAGHU
832-677-5714,
281-606-5607
AVB.HOUSTON@GMAIL.COM
TXSAN
ANTONIO
GITA
HOME STUDY GROUP OF SAN ANTONIO
K.P.
GANESHAPPA, SUNITA NAYAK
210-496-7225KPGANESHAPPA@HOTMAIL.COM
UTSALT
LAKE CITY
GITA
HOME STUDY
PADMANABHAN
IYER
801-558-8132PADDU.IYER@GMAIL.COM
VAHAMPTONVEDANTA
CLASSES/ GITA VICHARA
MEERA
RAO
757-868-7804KMRAO74@GMAIL.COM
WAMERCER
ISLAND
GITA
VICHARA GROUP
SHOBA
KRISHNAMURTHY
206-505-1300 
WASEATTLEVEDANTA
CLASSES
JAMES
McKINLAY
206-325-0329JMCKINLAY1@AOL.COM
WAEDMONDSGITA
HOME STUDY GROUP
LEANN
RAYFUSE
206-861-1813HEALTHCOACH@GMAIL.COM
WIMORGANTOWNGITA
HOME STUDY GROUP
SUBRAMANYAM
NATARAJAN
304-319-1306KUMARSUBRA@HOTMAIL.COM
WAKENMOREVEDANTA
CLASSES
DR.
K.V. RAMANATHAN
425-481-8703KVRAMANATH@GMAIL.COM
ARGENTINABUENOS
AIRES
VEDANTA
CLASSES
ANTONIO
PERRONE
5411-4374-2323 
ARGENTINABUENOS
AIRES
VEDANTA
CLASSES
VILMA
ULLA
5411-4583-2765 
ARGENTINABUENOS
AIRES
VEDANTA
CLASSES
ADRIANA
CALLIPURI
5411-4827-9052MVASUACHARYA@
NETSCAPE.NET
AUSTRALIADARLING
POINT
GITA
VICHARA GROUP
MICHAEL
COMANS
02-9331-1994JENNI.COVER@URSYS.
COM.AU
AUSTRALIASYDNEYGITA
HOME STUDY
JENNI
COVER
02-9997-8724 
AUSTRALIASYDNEYGITA
VICHARA GROUP
SWAMI
BUDDHANANDA
02-9823-9798IYERSUDHA@HOTMAIL.COM
AUSTRALIASYDEY/
MELBOURNE/ PERTH
GITA
HOME STUDY
SUDHA
IYER
02-9428-2314VIDYAMANDIR33@HOTMAIL.COM
BRAZILRIO
DE JANEIRO
VIDYA
MANDIR STUDY CENTER
GLORIA
ARIERA
21-267-6324APAROKSA@CHAW.CA
CANADAB.C.
– VICTORIA
VEDANTA
CLASSES
PETER
STRAUSS
250-388-0730NEEJAI@HOTMAIL.COM
CANADAON-RICHMOND
HILL
GITA
STUDY GROUP
NEELA
JAIRATH
905-737-4326EHSINGH@MSN.COM
CANADATORONTOGITA
HOME STUDY
DR.
HEMA SINGH
416-987-1012SWAMINISARALANAN DA@GMAIL.COM
HAWAIIOAHU
ISLAND
VEDANTA
CLASSES
SWAMINI
SARALANANDA
808-235-6109 
U.K.MANCHESTERGITA
HOME STUDY
DR.
PARESH PAREKH
79689-71113