This past Sunday morning I gave a workshop on the Bhagavad Gita for my friends' yoga teacher training in Paris. It had been planned since last fall, long before anyone could have imagined the violence that was to grip Paris this past week, culminating in the deaths of 17 innocent people. Our workshop was scheduled via video-conference for 9 a.m. New York time, so 3 p.m. Paris, simultaneous with the enormous street rally supporting freedom of speech and the refusal to be terrorized into factionalism, inaction or silence.
Any discussion of the Gita is about life's meaning and purpose, about dharma and karma: doing the work that is necessary to live fully and with integrity in the world. It is an exposition about how we make meaning through our actions so that we live lives of meaning. The Gita is about how to be a Yo...
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