what to expect

  • friendly atmosphere
  • bonding with fellow seekers
  • wisdom from the bhakti tradition
  • group reading and sharing thoughts
  • group size approx. 12-15 people

Related Groups

BEGINNING BHAKTI

a community group for starting on the path

Two beginning bhakti groups will be running simultaneously for the spring season / you can choose the one that works best for you / participants must register and these groups will close once they begin

Group 1

led by Virabhadra Ram & Dhyana Masla
dates – wednesdays. february 22 – may 24
time – 6:30 – 8:00pm
location: the bhakti center, room 2e

Group 2

led by Rasika Gopi
dates – mondays. february 20 – may 22
time – 6:00 – 7:30pm
location: the bhakti center, room 5e

admission: free of charge
capacity: 15 for each group
Please email the Community Groups team for questions or to register


Description –

Beginning Bhakti  is designed for new seekers on the path of bhakti who wish to pursue spiritual growth and share healthy relationships. Together we’ll explore truth through the eyes of ancient Vedic wisdom and develop a greater understanding of ourselves and our relationship with others and with God.

Who is it for? 

People who wish to learn about the bhakti path.

Sat-sangaor relationships with fellow seekers of truth, is a powerful means to develop one’s relationship with God. An ideal forum for sat-sanga is within a community group where like-hearted people with similar spiritual aspirations can come together to intentionally discuss spirituality.

Regardless of our stage of spiritual practice, we all need inspiration and support to stay with it. We’ll share in the joys and realizations on our life’s journey, as well as encourage one another through the struggles by striving for for a higher principle and living with the integrity of our spiritual values.


Format–

Over the course of three months the group will meet regularly, reading the sacred text The Bhagavad-gita, observing how Krishna inspires Arjuna’s faith, and draw connections to our own spiritual journey. This is an opportunity to explore faith freely, share your thoughts, doubts, and realizations, and ask any question you may have in a safe space with like-hearted people who have similar spiritual aspirations.


Commitment–

In order to honor fellow group members, we ask that only those who can attend at least 75 percent of the meetings join the group. The core intention of the community groups is to build relationships which requires time and consistency in showing up for one another week to week. Everyone who joins will be asked to sign a commitment contract. 


Required for Group–

– Hard copy or ebook of Bhagavad Gita: Talks Between the Soul and God by Ranchor Prime. This is an introductory-level commentary on the gita by Ranchor Prime, a disciple of Srila A.C. Bhakitvedanta Swami Prabhupada

– Japa Mala Beads

– Journal and writing utensil


Structure

6:30 – 6:40: Check-in
6:40 – 7:00: Read from Bhagavad-gita
7:00 – 7:15: Japa meditation/ writing
7:15 – 7:50 Open discussion
7:50 – 8:00: Check-out


Schedule of Readings During Group Meetings

(Read Intro and Chapter 1 before first meeting)

2/22: Introduction to gita and japa meditation

3/1: Chapter 2

3/8: Chapter 3

3/15: Chapter 4 & 5

3/22: Chapter 6

3/29: Chapters 7 & 8

4/5: Week 7 –  Chapter 9

4/12: Chapter 10

4/19: Week 9 – Chapter 11 & 12

4/26: Chapter 13 & 14

5/3: Chapter 15 & 16

5/10: Week 12 – Chapter 17 – 18.35

5/17: Week 13 – Conclude Chapter 18 (Final Message of Love & Devotion)