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Gita Wisdom

  • What:

    Kirtans, Gita reading, Stories, Discussions, Meditation, Dinner.

  • When:

    Every Wednesday : 19:00 to 21:00

  • Where: Online Classroom

Bhagavad Gita is considered to be the holiest of Hindu scriptures. It is composed of poetic verses in Sanskrit that describe the conversation between Arjuna and lord Kṛṣṇa during the epic battle Mahabharata which was fought between the Kauravas and Pandavas. It acts as a directive towards constructive practices in life and provides practical advice on how to achieve moksha (liberation from the material world) and attain Nirvana (enlightenment). Since the Gita is one of the richest sources of spiritual knowledge, we meet every Wednesday for collective reading and discussion of Gita and engage in the following activities:

  • Kirtan : reciting poems praising Krishna
  • Gita Vachana : collective reading of verses from the Bhagavad Gita
  • Satsang : discussing interesting stories from the gurus
  • Japa : collective mantra meditation
  • Prasadam : vegetarian dinner from the Krishna-Balaram temple
  • हरे कृष्ण हरे कृष्ण कृष्ण कृष्ण हरे हरे
    हरे राम हरे राम राम राम हरे हरे
    hare kṛṣṇa hare kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa hare hare
    hare rāma hare rāma rāma rāma hare hare

    Vedanta Class

    • What:

      Philosophical Discussions

    • When:

      Every Sunday : 15:30 to 17:00

    • Where: Online Classroom

    Vedanta literally translates to "the end/essence of the vedas". It is a Hindu school of thought that reflects ideas contained in the Upanishads. Upanishads are Hindu scriptures written at the end of the Vedic period.

    Although, Vedanta itself is an umbrella term for various ideologies like dualism and non-dualism, one of the most popular forms of Vedanta is Advaita (non-dualism). Adi Shankara, Ramakrishna and Vivekananda are philosophers of this school of thought. Their interpretations of Advaita Vedanta are the foundations of our discussions. We meet every Sunday and participate in a spiritual discourse by Swami Tattwamayananda, minister-in-charge of the Vedanta Society of San Francisco.

    Bhajans Session

    • What:

      Devotional Singing

    • When:

      Every Month : 18:30 to 20:30 (Usually on the first Friday)

    • Where:

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    Bhajan is a Sanskrit word meaning “singing to glorify God". It is also the name of a Hindu genre of devotional songs and hymns. The term covers a wide range of devotional music, from a simple mantra to the more complex Hindu dhrupad. Bhajans are typically lyrical and convey love for the Divine.

    According to Hindu philosophy, in the present age (Kali yuga), namasankirtan - chanting/singing the name of God - is the easiest way to attain liberation. In accordance with this, we meet every month and sing devotional songs accompanied by musical instruments.

    Puzzle Time

    • What:

      Solving interesting Puzzles

    • When:

      Bimonthly

    • Where:

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    Puzzles and games are a fun way of getting to know more about any topic. Come and participate in the event to learn more about Hinduism and its mythology. Puzzles catering to every knowledge level of Hinduism (from no knowledge to a proficient level) will be present and you may choose to work any 2-3 of them during the given time window.

    The Puzzle Time event conducted on Krishna Janmashtami can be found in this link for a better idea of the event.