One of the things I wanted to do when I dreamed up this blog was have read-alongs of yoga related books. So when I recently saw a tweet from one of my favorite yoga blogs, elephant journal…I couldn’t resist.
The title of this little blog is no accident. Yes DC Dharma is nice alliteration, but it also expresses my intention to share both DC yoga community news and events as well as discussion of the philosophy and spiritual aspects of yoga practice. Dharma is the sanskrit term for “righteous path” or life’s purpose. My hope for this site is that we can create community, share ideas and have some fun while we are at it.
Get Your Gita On
With that in mind, I invite you to join me in joining yoga writer Bob Weisenberg in a read-along of the Bhagavad Gita. Along with the Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita is one of the two most important texts in the yogic tradition.
The Gita tells the story of Arjuna, who turns to the God Krishna, his friend, for explanations and advice on life. Krishna lays out an entire worldview, the philosophy of Vedanta. The fundamental experience of human suffering is the experience of alienation from the self, from the source. So essentially the Gita is a guide to self mastery–to finding one’s dharma or purpose. In 700 verses Krishna instructs Arjuna on how to find his dharma, his path and how to live his life authentically.
Juicy stuff eh? I can’t wait to dig into this and hope you, dear readers, will join me. So what to do? First, get a copy of Stephen Mitchell’s Bhagavad Gita–a New Translation. You can also read the Gita online for free but the discussion will refer to Mitchell’s version. I just ordered mine. Weisenberg has “assigned” reading the introduction here. So I’ll do that and in later posts we’ll join in the discussion happening over at elephant journal. I’ll share some thoughts here and hope you will join me.