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During weekly meetings on Saturday evenings in the East Village of New York City, we will  learn how to chant sanskrit names for God in kirtan and systematically study the Bhagavad Gita As It Is.  Kirtan meditation consists of hearing and chanting sanskrit names for God to the accompaniment of melodious and rhythmic music in order to invoke God's divine mercy and presence.  Bhagavad Gita As It Is is studied according to the ancient, yet unbroken, chain of teachers, as taught originally by Krishna and eventually Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Rupa Goswami, and more recently A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.   

Our focus is a systematic and thematic, but not difficult to understand, study of the Bhagavad Gita As It Is.  Everyone will read verses together from the Bhagavad Gita, copies of which will be provided for attendees to reference during the meetup.  We will learn about various fascinating topics, such as karma, reincarnation, the soul, the material energy, the Supreme Soul, time, and the relationship between the soul, the material energy, and the Supreme Soul.

Hard cover copies of the beautiful Bhagavad Gita As It Is with the original 700 sanskrit verses, translations, and elaborate purports by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, will be available for any member who might choose to take one home for a suggested donation of $10.

This meetup is intended for everyone who is interested without discrimination and regardless of one's familiarity with the subject matter.  Please come and relish this most wonderful discussion and kirtan, celebrating the glories of bhakti yoga, i.e., devotional service to God, who is known according to the Bhagavad Gita by the name Krishna.

Here is the general schedule of our meetups: we begin the evening with a kirtan that lasts about half an hour -- until about 6:00 p.m.  Then, we have a class on Bhagavad Gita As It Is, which lasts for about an hour and a half.  In the class, we will go through verses of the Gita in order, continuing from where the last class left off, with questions pertaining to those verses being encouraged throughout the class.  By about 7:30, the last kirtan begins; it lasts for about 30 minutes.  A sumptuous and nutritious vegetarian dinner is served after that.

Admission to each meetup is free.  Donations for the meetup's expenses are welcome, but not at all required!

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