we have moved our usual Friday gathering to Saturday this week, for this week only, to celebrate ‘Gita Jayanti’.
Gita Jayanti is the birthday of Bhagavad Gita, the sacred text of ancient India.
Gita Jayanti is celebrated worldwide by all devotees of Lord Krishna (followers of Sanatana Dharma), who revere Bhagavad Gita as their Divine Mother because she teaches (in a non-sectarian and scientific manner) how to re-establish our lost relationship with God Almighty (The Supreme). The Gita covers 5 essential topics:
1) isvara: the Supreme Lord
2) jiva: the living entities
3) prakriti: the material substratum
4) kala: time
5) karma: the results of actions
Gita Jayanti is generally observed by the en-masse recitation of all 700 verses of the Gita chanted throughout the evening. Devotees also fast on this day since it is an Ekadashi day (Ekadasi is the eleventh day of the waxing moon and waning moon) – it occurs twice every lunar month and is observed by fasting from grains and lentils (peas, beans, dhals) by those who more serious to seek to progress spiritually.
So from 19.30 prompt at the Phoenix Centre Brighton, we will read together out loud, each verse of the Gita, from start to finish and its a wonderful way to experience this timeless wisdom in the flow of the conversation between Arjuna and Krishna as it was spoken on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, 5000 years ago.
Please get their early so we can start on time. Prasadam (veggie/vegan, blessed food) snacks will be served also.
See you all there!