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Gita Talk–An Experiment in Online Book Discussion

(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
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45 replies on “Gita Talk–An Experiment in Online Book Discussion”

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?

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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…”

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.

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.

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?)

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