The ancient writings of India contain some of the most amazing narratives. These stories explain life, death, the crossover between, life's purpose, the cosmos, why people act in particular ways, the nature of our world, spiritual progress and many other topics.
The author of the Vedas, Vyasadeva, had the opinion that often philosophy is hard to grasp, so a better way of putting across philosophy and understanding is to embed it with a story arc. This is the motivation behind his writing of the Mahabharata. Later he wrote a compact summary of all Vedic Knowledge called the Vedanta Sutra.
Since this shorter, Vedanta Sutra was almost impenetrable, he expanded it into the Srimad Bhagavatam, also known as the Bhagavat Purana. Within the 18,000 verses of the Srimad Bhagavatam are many stories, some brief and others expanded over many chapters.
Examining these accounts gives a view of how people saw the world 5,000 years ago and also gives us a peek at completely different world picture. To change our way of thinking will also change our way of interacting with others and the resources of the planet. Such narratives give us inspiration to undertake the difficulties of our own spiritual progress.
Each session of "Stories from the Vedas" will showcase one story that occurred within the pages of Bhagavatam and this will give us food for thought. If you are interested in spiritual perspectives, or are interested in ancient thinking or are interested in stories that you have surely never heard before, this Thursday evening spot is for you. We meet on Thursdays at 7:00-8:30 pm at 26-2nd Avenue in Manhattan.
The story will be retold and then discussed by the group. Some possible future stories will be presented for future sessions and voted on.