October 4th to November 22nd
Tuesday evenings weekly from 7 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
With Paul W. Jacob (Jake)
8 On-Line Sessions – $160
The Bhagavad Gita or “Song of God” is one of the most beloved sacred books in the Hindu tradition (and for spiritual seekers in general). Using two different translations, we will enter the battlefield of Kurukshetra where Lord Krishna and Arjuna stand within a chariot in the middle of an impending war. Yet what emerges is a spiritual masterpiece of poetic storytelling, mystical verse, practical advice and timeless wisdom. We will also make ongoing comparisons/contrasts of verses and teachings from The Bhagavad Gita with The Gospels.
“When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and I see not one ray of hope on the horizon, I turn to Bhagavad-Gita and find a verse to comfort me; and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow. Those who meditate on the Gita will derive fresh joy and new meanings from it every day.” ~Mahatma Gandhi~
Jake will be reading various sections of The Bhagavad Gita aloud during class time. Then, there will be a contemplative inquiry into the deeper meanings and ramifications of each piece. This is an interactive journey, so students should be prepared to answer questions and participate in class discussions.
The Bhagavad Gita Translated from the Sanskrit and with an Introduction by Juan Mascaro (Penguin Books)
The Bhagavad Gita Translated for the Modern Reader by Eknath Easwaran (Nilgiri Press)
Maximum 20 participants
Paul W. Jacob (Jake)
Paul W. Jacob (Jake) is a writer, teacher, contemplative guide, and mystic. He leads spiritual and contemplative retreats at centers throughout North America and facilitates various ongoing spiritual formation groups for serious seekers. Jake has also worked as a professor for several colleges/universities teaching courses on World Religions, Creative Writing, Journalism and Spiritual Literature. He has had several books published by presses in the United States and Canada, including Blue Collar Nomad, Nomadic Devotion, and Falling onto the Ground. Jake and his wife, Jess, co-founded and run “Feed The Way,” a charitable organization that walks the streets of destitute and impoverished urban areas providing food, daily necessities, pastoral care, and spiritual formation for our homeless brothers and sisters. For more information on his life and work visit www.nomadicdevotion.com.