Vedic Nerd Book Club (VNBC) is for Vedic Meditators who love to read, crave knowledge, get a kick out of cross-references, and who are thrilled to apply
Vedic wisdom to their own personal lives.
The term "nerd" is affectionately used to reflect the enthusiasm with which the material is being approached and gives members permission to completely, fully, unabashedly "nerd out" on Vedic texts.
VNBC is more akin to an in depth study than a casual book club.
Our meetings are joyful, meaningful, personal, and fun.
Groups are intentionally kept small so that we may each have a chance to ask our questions, posit our theories, share our experiences, and ponder the "big stuff."
Above all, VNBC sets the stage for personal growth and evolution.
Fall 2020 we are reading Siva: the Siva Purana Retold
translated by Ramesh Menon
"There are eighteen principal surviving Mahapuranas, great Puranas. The Siva Purana is one of these. They are collections of revelations, in the form of stories, or otherwise, usually narrated to some rishis by a Suta, who heard them from Vyasa, who heard them from Narada, Brahma or another fabulous raconteur, in time out of mind."
Reading the Siva Purana gives us an opportunity, yes, to learn a bit more and gain some knowledge about Siva, Lord Siva, Adhi Guru, Supreme Being, the Destruction Operator, one third of the Trimurti, Mahadeva, Maheshvara, but more importantly, to put ourselves into contact with Siva consciousness in a profound manner through communion with the words on the page and their meaning.
When we "nerd out" we practice three in one (if you do not yet know what that means, you will enjoy learning it and practicing it), we discuss the material on multiple levels, from the most literal understanding to the finest most subtle celestial layer of understanding.
We also practice "luminous relevance" which is the activity of applying the ideas and meanings contained in the stories we read to our contemporary everyday lives.
If you are interested in nerding out with us, subscribe to the weekly newsletter to stay in the know. Dates and details for our fall reading will be in the VNBC section of the weekly email.