Bhagavad Gita Adult Study Group
Every Sunday: 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Venue: Jack Chambers Public School, 1650 Hastings Drive, London, ON.
Prince Arjuna was the greatest of warriors, but when it came time to do his duty, he wavered. His strength, though, was his willingness to adapt. So, Bhagawan Krishna teaches him through the Gita. We are Prince Arjuna, and in allowing the Gita to go through us, we can transform ourselves. In this class, the Adults begin a lifelong quest in understanding who they are, who God is, and the relationship between the two. This knowledge will be their foundation for their professional and spiritual goals. Is there a better gift to give to the future of humanity?
With his own brand of wit, humour and vocabulary, Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda paints vividly the wisdom of the ages in front of us. His commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita is considered one of the best ever. Adults in this study group study, discuss, reflect on the 700 verses in 18 chapters of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita. Currently the group is studying Chapter 6 of the Bhagavad Gita.
Why a study group ? How does it work ?
“Mere listening will not add to your beauty. These ideas are to be reflected upon deeply and digested slowly. This process is hastened only when you discuss what you have studied with others. Study Groups constitute the heart of our Mission. The ideas, when discussed with others, not only become deeply rooted in you, but as they become clearer in your own understanding, they also inspire those who listen to you. Thus, each student, while trying to strengthen his own understanding, can become an instrument for the spread of this knowledge. This process is the dynamic study scheme followed in the Vedantic tradition. This is not a Chinmaya methodology; it is the most ancient Vedantic tradition of study.”
– Swami Chinmayananda
The study group method is a process of collective discussion on a specific topic read by all. The goals are :
1. to practice “Mananam” or “reflection”, and gain clear insight and understanding of scriptural fundamentals, and
2. to cultivate the art of communicating this scriptural knowledge to others.
Study Groups have a lead moderator or guide. In class, vaada (logical arguments based on healthy reasoning) is allowed in order to share different views and clear any doubts or confusions. In the study of each verse of each text, these basic steps are followed:
1.Understanding the context and background of the verse
2.Connecting the thought flow with the previous verse
3.Appreciating the deeper import of specific words and expressions used
4.Relating the various ideas in the verse
5.Reflecting and contemplating on the verse
6.Applying the teachings in daily life.
What are the benefits of studying and participating in the Adult Study Group ?
The benefits of regular attendance and participation in Chinmaya Study Groups are manifold:
• Knowledge of Hindu scriptures and culture
• Art of listening
• Clarity in thinking
• Inner strength to face challenges
• Personality transformation.
In an atmosphere of satsanga, Chinmaya Study Groups foster and develop love and understanding among members, strengthening the Chinmaya Pledge concept of “We stand as one family…”. Members’ families also greatly benefit through the aspiring member’s value-based living and spiritual practices. By living an integrated life, members better society; in turn, healthy societies build wholesome nations and a peaceful world.