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.

GITA HOME STUDY AND VEDANTA CLASSES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

STATE CITY GROUP NAME CONTACT PERSON PHONE EMAIL
CA BERKELEY VEDANTA CLASSES RADHA (CAROL WHITFIELD) 510-549-2232 CJWHITFIELD48@COMCAST.NET
CA CASTRO VALLEY VEDANTA CLASSES PHID SIMMONS 510-727-0361 SIMONSPHID@YAHOO.COM
CA FREMONT GITA STUDY GROUP OF FREMONT DURGA KRISHNAMOORTI 510-623-9694 DKRISHNAMOORTI@MSN.COM
CA MILIPITAS VEDANTA CLASSES (3 per

week)

VIJAY KAPOOR 650-208-9565 VIJAYKAPOOR@GMAIL.COM
CA SAN JOSE VEDANTA CLASS

(Starting September)

ANNAYYA DESHPANDE 408-268-9138 ANAYADESH@OUTLOOK.COM
CA SANTA CLARA GITA VICHAR GROUP MEERA RAO 408-476-8220 SATYANRAO@MSN.COM
CT SOUTHINGTON GITA HOME STUDY HASIT H. PARIKH 860-628-8978 HHPARIKH@YAHOO.COM
FL S. FLORIDA GITA VICHARA & UPANISHADS CLASSES JANANI CLEARY 561-523-3696 JANEFCLEARY@GMAIL.COM

 

JFCTDA@AOL.COM

IL PEORIA BHAGAVAD GITA VICHARA GROUP PRASAD &SUNITA SHASTRY 309-444-6725

(Prasad)

309-444-6324

(Sunita)

SUNITASHASTRY@YAHOO.COM SNP@FSMAIL.BRADLEY.EDU  (Prasad)
IN FORT WAYNE GITA STUDY GROUP OF FORT WAYNE VISHWANATH GURUDUTT 260-484-8480 VISHWAN@AOL.COM
IN FORT WAYNE BHAGAVAD GITA VICHARA GROUP MEENA MANTRAVADI 260-432-6848 MMANTRAVADI@COMCAST.NET
LA LAFAYETTE VEDIC HERITAGE/PURNA (INT. & SR.) PALLAVI  PAL 337-988-3928 NABENDU_PAL@HOTMAIL.COM
MD BETHSEDA GITA HOME STUDY SABRINA McCARTHY 301-320-3470 DAVID.ETHERIDGE@VERIZON.NET
MI BLOOMFIELD GITA VICHARA GROUP PREM KHILANANI 248-626-2829 PREMKHILANANI@YAHOO.COM
MI SV TEMPLE NOVI CENTER PURNA VIDYA CLASSES IN S.E. MICH. SRINIVASAN & SAVITHRI RAMAN 248-312-7207 SRINI.SEVA@GMAIL.COM
MI BHARATIYA TEMPLE  TROY CENTER PURNA VIDYA CLASSES IN S.E. MICH. SRINIVASAN & SAVITHRI RAMAN 248-312-7207 SRINI.SEVA@GMAIL.COM
NC RALEIGH GITA HOME STUDY GROUP SHOBHA SARAIYA 919-380-1145 SHOBHA@IEEE.ORG
NH PETERBOROUGH GITA VICHARA GROUP OF PETERBOROUGH JAN & TAYLOR DOLAN 603-924-6811 JANDOLANPORTRAITS@GMAIL.COM
NJ MARLTON HINDU TEMPLE GITA STUDY GROUP SHARAD & LATA PIMPLASKAR 856-985-4785 SHARAD.PIMPLASKAR@GMAIL.COM

 

LATAP1215@GMAIL.COM

NJ BERGEN PASSAIC COUNTY GITA SATSANG GROUP KUMAR PITCHUMONEY 201-491-6193 UMAMONY@GMAIL.COM
NJ BERLIN BHASHYAM & UPANISHAD CLASSES SHARAD & LATA PIMPLASKAR 856-985-4785 SHARAD.PIMPLASKAR@GMAIL.COM

 

LATAP1215@GMAIL.COM

NJ BRIDGEWATER GITA STUDY GROUP OF BRIDGEWATER V. SWAMINATHAN 908-575-8402 SUSWAM@OPTONLINE.NET
NJ BRIDGEWATER VEDANTA CLASSES V. SWAMINATHAN 908-575-8402 SUSWAM@OPTONLINE.NET
NJ BRIDGEWATER GITA HOME STUDY SANTOSH PARIDA 908-541-9946 SANTOSHPARIDA21@YAHOO.COM
NJ CHERRY HILL GITA HOME STUDY OF CHERRY HILL URMILA GUJARATHI 609-795-9169 UGUJRATHI@GMAIL.COM
NJ EAST BRUNSWICK GITA VICHARA GROUP ONLINE VENKATA AMMU 732-539-2848 VVAMMU@GMAIL.COM
NJ MAHWAH VEDANTA CLASSES ARUNA NARANG 201-818-2579 NARANG@OPTONLINE.NET
NJ MORRIS PLAINS GITA VICHARA GROUP NARESH BINDIGANAVILE 973-503-1896 NARESHB26@GMAIL.COM
NJ MARLBORO GITA STUDY GROUP OF MARLBORO THALI SUNANDA 732-579-9989 SHASHIKANT_DESHMUKH@YAHOO. COM
NJ MARLBORO MARLBORO GITA VICHARA GROUP AT GURUVAYUR TEMPLE LATA PIMPLASKAR 856-985-4785 LATAP1215@GMAIL.COM
NJ PISCATAWAY (Both

in person/ conference class)

FRIDAY NIGHT GITA (9:15-10:15PM EST) MANIAN 732-668-9394 NASUMANI@GMAIL.COM
NJ TELECONFERENCE (GROUP MEETS OVER PHONE) SATURDAY COLORADO GITA (9:30-10:30AM EST) KARTHIK 848-248-5646 ENKARTHIKNATKAR@GMAIL.COM
NJ PISCATAWAY (Both

in person/conference class)

SUNDAY BALAVIDYALAYA M GITA

(4:15-5:15PM EST)

KARTHIK 848-248-5646 ENKARTHIKNATKAR@GMAIL.COM
NJ PLAINSBORO VEDANTA CLASSES SURESH & GEETHA SRINIVASAN 609-799-3132 SURESH165@GMAIL.COM
NJ SOMERSET GANGA GEETA VICHARA GROUP A. NARASIMHA RAO, MAYA MURTHY 609-806-0146 MAYASRID.MURTHY@GMAIL.COM
NJ W. ORANGE PURNA VIDYA LAKSHMI & ANAND SAHASRAM 973-324-1242 ANANDSAHA@YAHOO.COM
NJ W. WINDSOR PURNA VIDYA BALU & MIRA SRINIVASAN 609-799-4159 MEERASRI@COMCAST.NET
NY LONG ISLAND GITA STUDY GROUP OF LONG ISLAND URMILA BHAT 516-627-4485 URMILAA@GMAIL.COM
NY NEW YORK VEDANTA CLASSES SANDRA EISENSTEEN 212-260-4665 SLATSNY@GMAIL.COM
NY QUEENS GITA STUDY GROUP OF RICHMOND HILL SWASTI PRASAD DUBEY 516-825-2491 SWASTID@HOTMAIL.COM
NY VESTAL GITA HOME STUDY MEENAKSHI AIYYAKRISHNAN 607-748-7597 AMEENAKSHI@YAHOO.COM
OH COLUMBUS PURNA VIDYA (1ST- 12TH GRADE) PADMA BALAKRISHNAN 614-476-2844 VEDAANTIN@GMAIL.COM
PA ALLENTOWN GITA STUDY GROUP ABANTIKA SHAH 610-282-4156 FABSHAH@AOL.COM
PA ALLENTOWN GITA VICHARA GROUP GEETHA BHASKER 610-706-0375 GBHASKER1@GMAIL.COM
PA ALLENTOWN GITA HOME STUDY GROUP PRAKASH V. KUTAGOLLA 610-691-5759 KUTAGOLLA@HOTMAIL.COM
PA ALLENTOWN GITA HOME STUDY GROUP DIPAK CHOUDHURI 484-597-0981 CHOUDHURIDIPAK@YAHOO.COM
PA STROUDSBURG GITA STUDY RAJESH BHAGAT 570-421-8122 RGBHAGAT@HOTMAIL.COM
TX AUSTIN GITA GROUP OF AUSTIN MADHU GODSAY 512-258-7829 MPGODSAY@YAHOO.COM
TX AUSTIN GITA HOME STUDY SRINIVASAN VENKATARAMAN 512-336-8124 VENKY@TECHSERVICES.COM
TX DALLAS GITA HOME STUDY GROUP REMA & VENKAT 817-812-3038 VENKATREMA@GMAIL.COM
TX HOUSTON ARSHA VIDYA BHARTI HEMA & CHANDRASEKHAR RAGHU 832-677-5714,

281-606-5607

AVB.HOUSTON@GMAIL.COM
TX SAN ANTONIO GITA HOME STUDY GROUP OF SAN ANTONIO K.P. GANESHAPPA, SUNITA NAYAK 210-496-7225 KPGANESHAPPA@HOTMAIL.COM
UT SALT LAKE CITY GITA HOME STUDY PADMANABHAN IYER 801-558-8132 PADDU.IYER@GMAIL.COM
VA HAMPTON VEDANTA CLASSES/ GITA VICHARA MEERA RAO 757-868-7804 KMRAO74@GMAIL.COM
WA MERCER ISLAND GITA VICHARA GROUP SHOBA KRISHNAMURTHY 206-505-1300
WA SEATTLE VEDANTA CLASSES JAMES McKINLAY 206-325-0329 JMCKINLAY1@AOL.COM
WA EDMONDS GITA HOME STUDY GROUP LEANN RAYFUSE 206-861-1813 HEALTHCOACH@GMAIL.COM
WI MORGANTOWN GITA HOME STUDY GROUP SUBRAMANYAM NATARAJAN 304-319-1306 KUMARSUBRA@HOTMAIL.COM
WA KENMORE VEDANTA CLASSES DR. K.V. RAMANATHAN 425-481-8703 KVRAMANATH@GMAIL.COM

GITA HOME STUDY AND VEDANTA CLASSES AROUND THE  WORLD

COUNTRY CITY GROUP NAME CONTACT PERSON PHONE EMAIL
ARGENTINA BUENOS AIRES VEDANTA CLASSES ANTONIO PERRONE 5411-4374-2323
ARGENTINA BUENOS AIRES VEDANTA CLASSES VILMA ULLA 5411-4583-2765
ARGENTINA BUENOS AIRES VEDANTA CLASSES ADRIANA CALLIPURI 5411-4827-9052
AUSTRALIA DARLING POINT GITA VICHARA GROUP MICHAEL COMANS 02-9331-1994 MVASUACHARYA@ NETSCAPE.NET
AUSTRALIA SYDNEY GITA HOME STUDY JENNI COVER 02-9997-8724 JENNI.COVER@URSYS. COM.AU
AUSTRALIA SYDNEY GITA VICHARA GROUP SWAMI BUDDHANANDA 02-9823-9798
AUSTRALIA SYDEY/ MELBOURNE/ PERTH GITA HOME STUDY SUDHA IYER 02-9428-2314 IYERSUDHA@HOTMAIL

.COM

BRAZIL RIO DE JANEIRO VIDYA MANDIR STUDY CENTER GLORIA ARIERA 21-267-6324 VIDYAMANDIR33@HOT MAIL.COM
CANADA B.C. – VICTORIA VEDANTA CLASSES PETER STRAUSS 250-388-0730 APAROKSA@CHAW.CA
CANADA ON-RICHMOND HILL GITA STUDY GROUP NEELA JAIRATH 905-737-4326 NEEJAI@HOTMAIL. COM
CANADA TORONTO GITA HOME STUDY DR. HEMA SINGH 416-987-1012 EHSINGH@MSN.COM
HAWAII OAHU ISLAND VEDANTA CLASSES SWAMINI SARALANANDA 808-235-6109 SWAMINISARALANAN DA@GMAIL.COM
U.K. MANCHESTER GITA HOME STUDY DR. PARESH PAREKH 79689-71113