Lord Krishna, the central figure of our spiritual practice, conveys a unique impression relative to other religious figures: the epic poem Śrīmad Bhāgavatam (also called the Bhāgavata Purāṇa) not only illustrates miraculous pastimes but also shows the Divine Personality behind them.
One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna.Bhagavad-gītā 4.9
The amazing, instructive stories of Lord Krishna's life and pastimes in this material world are the subject of this class. Māyeśvara das will lead a reading and discussion from Kṛṣṇa: The Supreme Personality of Godhead (commonly called The Krishna Book) which itself provides this summary:
Since time immemorial, yogīs, sages and mystics have forsaken the pleasure of the ordinary world and gone to secluded places to meditate, eager to attain even a momentary vision of Śrī Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Fifty centuries ago that same Kṛṣṇa descended from the transcendental world to reveal on earth His eternal spiritual pastimes, and the great sage Vyāsadeva carefully recorded them in a book called the Bhāgavata Purāṇa.
Kṛṣṇa is translated from that purāṇa by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda, the foremost teacher of Indian culture and philosophy of the modern age. This book is the first comprehensive exposition in English of those extraordinary events.
These accounts will fascinate you with their descriptions of spiritual adventure and romance. And they will reveal to you the secret of how to embark on a journey to a transcendental realm beyond space and time.
Classes are Wednesday and Thursday nights from 6:00 to 7:00 pm (see schedule), and students may attend simply by dropping in. Sessions are free but donations into box are welcome. Please email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.