Gita Talk #10: Pretend We’re All Just Sitting Around In My Living Room Together
…has been a grand experiment, and a surprisingly successful one at that.
Let’s keep the experiment going. Today I was thinking, how would this work if we were all just sitting around in my living room? What would that Gita Talk look like?
Well, for one thing, we’d go around the room and read a few stanzas at a time.
Then we’d talk about what those stanzas meant.
I would look around the room and call on people. New readers would be drawn into the conversation and have their questions addressed.
The more experienced readers would be the teachers. They would express some of their more advanced ideas, but they would also naturally help the new readers.
The only thing I can’t do on a blog is call on you initially. So for this experiment we have to rely on you to be more willing than usual to jump in and make your first comment.
The most interesting Gita Talk’s have been conversations more than comments. It only takes 5-6 people fully involved to make a great conversation. Please consider being one of them.
Once you’re in, I’ll moderate the discussion, just as I would in person. I’ll ask leading questions. I’ll ask newer readers to ask more questions, and I’ll call on the more experienced readers to help explain things to the group, etc.
So let’s try this with Chapter 9. We’re not in any rush. Let’s go through the chapter stanza by stanza, as though we were all sitting in my living room together.
Let’s start by reading and discussing the first six stanzas of Chapter 9:
Because you trust me, Ajuna,
I will tell you what wisdom is,
the secret of life: know it
and be free of suffering, forever.
This is the supreme wisdom,
the knowing beyond all knowing,
experienced directly, in a flash,
eternal, and a joy to practice.
Those who are without faith
in my teaching, cannot attain me;
they endlessly return to this world,
shuttling from death to death.
I permeate all the universe
in my unmanifest form.
All beings exist within me,
yet I am so inconceivably
vast, so beyond existence,
that though they are brought forth
and sustained by my limitless power,
I am not confined within them.
Just as the all-moving wind,
wherever it goes, always
remains in the vastness of space,
all beings remain within me. (BG 9.1-6)
Anyone want to volunteer to start with a comment or question? If not, I’ll start by calling on YOU!
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