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

GROWING BHAKTI

a women’s & men’s community group

a women’s & men’s growing bhakti group for the summer season / participants must register and this group will close once it begins

led by  Rasika Gopi & Julie Pasqual
dates – thursdays. june 8 – august 31
time – 6:00 – 7:30pm
location: the bhakti center, room 5e

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


Description –

Growing Bhakti – A Women’s & Men’s Group is designed for women and men looking to deepen their faith in bhakti, pursue spiritual growth and share healthy relationships. Together we’ll explore truth and find strength and inspiration to live out the truths we discover on a spiritual path.


Who is it for? 

Women and men looking for ways to root deeper into their bhakti practice.

Sat-sanga, or relationships with fellow devotees, is a powerful means to develop one’s relationship with Krishna. 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.


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. 


What to Expect–

Over the course of several months, the group will read through and discuss Ramayana as translated by Krishna Dharma.

The Ramayana is one of the great epic stories from ancient Vedic history, an enchanting tale of divine love between Sita and Rama, incarnations of Radha and Krishna. While reading about Rama’s adventures in rescuing Sita from Ravana with the help of great devotees like Hanuman, you will glean invaluable wisdom about dharma, devotion, and relationships.

Required for Group–

– Ramayana by Krishna Dharma.

or free vedabase publishing of the Ramayana as an option for people not wishing to buy a hardcopy

– journal and writing utensil


All readings will be done outside of group. Please come to each group having read the listed passages:

June 8: prologue – Part 1, chapter 2
June 15: chapter 3 – chapter 5
June 22: chapter 6 – chapter 9
June 29: chapter 10 – Part 2, chapter 2
July 6: chapter 3 –  chapter 4
July 13: chapter 5 – chapter 8
July 20: chapter 9 – chapter 10
July 27: chapter 11 – chapter 13
August 3: chapter 14 – Part 3, chapter 3
August 10: chapter 4 – chapter 7
August 17: chapter 8 – chapter 11
August 24: chapter 12 – end
August 31: epilogue