Gita Group of Greater Akron

This profile was last updated in 2002

Research conducted by affiliates at Kent State University led by Dr. David W. Odell-Scott and Dr. Surinder M. Bhardwaj in 1999.

Activities and Schedule

There is no monthly schedule of events however there is organized reading, meditation, and discussion of The Bhagavad Gita. Prayer is at
10 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. on Sunday. Some of the festivals the group (about 20-30 participants) celebrates are Holi, Ramnaomi and Janmashtmi, Deepawali.

History

The worship groups started meeting in various homes. Chaman Kashkari, Ram Krishnan, and Nismal Singh started the group. One of the motivations to start this group was to seek a sense of spiritual well being from Indian/Hindu religious roots. It was also considered important that children should keep in touch with their cultural heritage. The Bhagavad Gita was found to be the most suitable religious book because of its format – the dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna. The group encouraged everyone, especially children, to ask questions. It is a therapeutic group for the participants.

Demographics

The group is comprised of mostly adult families and a few children. Many members originated from various regions of India. Languages in the group include Hindi, Bangala, Tamil, Telugu, Kashmiri, Punjabi, Gujarati, and Marathi. English is the most frequently spoken language. The Bhagavad Gita text is used for discussion in the English language.

Description

This group is about families of common faith though of different regional origins sharing their thoughts and beliefs about religious teachings and the discussions are wide ranging. The group sponsored Mr. Jonathon Durr (MA student of Kent State) to visit India. Jonathon Durr is now studying at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in the Department of South Asian Studies.