Ram Dass taught a course on The Bhagavad Gita, or Song of God, at the Naropa institute. In this course, he asserted that there were two essential readings of the Gita, one in which the reader should read the text from the perspective of Arjuna, the human character, and another where the reader should identify with Krishna or God.
The two main characters in the Gita are dear friends, and one is a man while the other one is Avatara, the embodiment of the divinity known as Vishnu. While Arjuna sweats and struggles and suffers with his moral qualms around going to war, Krishna is in a more transcendental mindset known as sat-chit-ananda, wherein instead of struggling and fighting, he is singing.
Understanding the Gita as a song requires you to unpack its metrical structure and understand how the lines are designed to interact with the breath when sung or chanted. In this workshop, we will study chapter 12 on Bhakti Yoga, and we will hear and practice chanting the Gita.
This workshop will consist of 1 hour of workshop on the Gita, the philosophy and history of kirtan, context for the practice, and a deeper understanding of its cultural context and roots. After this, we will participate in a group kirtan beginning at 7 PM.