Contemplative Study Group
This weekly contemplative study group offers participants an opportunity to delve into the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, the timeless wisdom text which is a distillation of both Yoga and Advaita (non-dual) philosophies. This study is recommended for serious students and seekers who can commit to a long-term exploration of the text. Although continuity is recommended for maximum benefit, it is not essential to attend every session as each section of the text can be taken on its own for reflection and contemplation. The book we use for our study is Guru Nitya Chaitanya Yati’s translation and commentary. Purchase of the book is recommended, but not required.
Each session begins with a 30-minute meditation. We then read the verses and commentary together and share our thoughts and insights on the readings. The orientation of the study is non-religious and geared towards extracting the deeper truths of these teachings to help us live peaceful, happy and meaningful lives. No previous knowledge of the subject matter is required.
Fridays 10:30AM - Noon
Location: Home in Palo Alto.
Sessions are free. All are welcome!
I have been attending the study groups led by Gayathri for over a year now. She has excellent presence and has been instrumental in helping us deconstruct this very complex book with explanations, examples, and very practical tips. The way she leads the group is just the right balance of self-inquiry, discussion, and meditation. I feel very grateful and lucky to have her with me on this journey. Thank you!!!
We used to meet at Gayathri’s place every Friday from 10.30 to noon as a study circle for reading through an the verses followed by a discussion which Gayathri used to conduct so maturely with very clear vision and explanation. These regular meetings have allowed us to experience the transformative power of contemplative practices by a weekly dose of aligning ourselves with our higher selves. It's hard to know how we would be different today without this study, as it has brought many pearls of great values into our life. We are really proud to be associated with the spiritually enlightened fraternity so successfully led by Gayathri. We would always cherish it. Thank you Gayathri for initiating us into it.
Col. Anil S. & Ameeta S.
I have been part of the contemplative study group for more than a year. Initially, I had gone to give a friend company to the session and truly didn't believe that it could be of any benefit to me. However, only after a few sessions, I realized that I was in a special place. Through these sessions with Gayathri, I learned to get in touch with my inner self. I learned to love myself, to appreciate the goodness in me, and to accept my shortcomings. I learned to accept others for who they are and practice giving unconditionally, because I realized that everyone is fighting their own hidden battles. I learned that to realize and express gratitude is an essential part of a content life. I learned that meditation is a powerful tool that can genuinely help achieve inner peace. I truly believe now that any desired change has to be initiated from within.
We live in a noisy world. Our days can be consumed by the staccato drumbeat of busy. Gayathri's sessions are a rich source of the profound wisdom, silence and stillness we need to replenish ourselves. They connect us to that which is most important within us and around us.
I started with Gayathri’s study group a year ago and it is one of the best gifts I have given myself. The messages are spiritual and deep. The group interaction helps you open up and seek deep within yourself. The weekly meetup with this warm and supportive group is a treat for the soul.
I am a somewhat new member in this drop in group. I was already on a spiritual path with another community but was recommended to try this group by a friend. What has touched me the most is the friendships that have opened up for me with like minded people. That was missing in my life. I am grateful to have these sessions as a way to reinforce, re-learn and follow through on applying these important lessons - with friends to help me along.