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Dada Shyam fellow readers--it is our pleasure to invite you all to discuss our first book! Released at the 2017 Sadhana Camp, Stories with a Difference from the Bhagvata Purana is Dada's simplified version of one of the richest, most beautiful scriptures from our illustrious spiritual heritage. Using stories from the lives of avatars, sages, devotees, and kings, it provides poignant illustrations of the truths contained in the Vedas and the Bhagavad Gita. Its popularity stems from its unique ability to strike the difficult balance between the heart and the head, love and learning. Perhaps the most well-known segment of the Bhagavat Puran is its Tenth Canto which begins a detailed account of the life of Shri Krishna, the form of God that has captured the hearts and imagination of billions of people and is the subject of countless poignant songs penned by Beloved Dada and Pujya Sadhu Vaswani.

Please use this thread to post your reflections on the book, and if possible, focus on the sections that the in-person Book Club groups are currently reading. The current section is Chapter 1-3. You may use these Sacred Reading Practices to bring depth to your reading and interpretation. Please observe the rules in your discussions with other members.

As a potential thought-starter, here is a recording of the our first discussion session on these chapters:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1qbJORa7dpgTKIDhzz6D1rNsZD_rTfgvO/view?usp=sharing
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Amani
Thank you for the recording.  I haven't read the book yet - i was listening to the recording because I am familiar with the Bhagvata Purana and the stories so hearing a vibrant discussion on the meaning and symbolism behind this was helpful. Will be picking up this book and use this as an exercise in my family to have discussion on the symbolism behind each story. Thank you! It would be great to hear a dissection of each story chapter by chapter to see the many different lessons we can obtain and the perspectives we can attain.   
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Amani wrote:
Thank you for the recording.  I haven't read the book yet - i was listening to the recording because I am familiar with the Bhagvata Purana and the stories so hearing a vibrant discussion on the meaning and symbolism behind this was helpful. Will be picking up this book and use this as an exercise in my family to have discussion on the symbolism behind each story. Thank you! It would be great to hear a dissection of each story chapter by chapter to see the many different lessons we can obtain and the perspectives we can attain.   


Thank you, Amani, for your kind words! We are very happy that you have decided to start a family version of Dada's Book Club in your own household and are eager to read the insights that it brings about, so please do share them here for everyone's benefit. We will continue to share recordings of at least one session a month to inspire discussions with fellow readers here.
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Sharing our discussion on the next set of chapters as well in case it sparks any follow-up discussion... this is on chapters 4-6: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1V007RPIkR3KtkqZVWjxOsk2t0nSJGfC4/view?usp=sharing
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Amani
Today was the first day we sat down as a family where I told my Husband and son that we are going to start reading aloud one story per week and have a discussion on it.  So we began with the Story of Shiva/Daksha and Sati.  Our son is 11 - and it was interesting to see the recollection of the story coming back to him from his Amar Chitra Katha Days where he was told the story of Shiva and Sati.   I will try to recap the basic impressions we all gained - by reading the story aloud.  First of all -reading a story out loud is a powerful tool for all ages.  For my 11 year old son, the message he took with him was that - we must stand up for something if we see something is wrong.   He felt that the manner in which Shiva was insulted was wrong and for everyone to keep silent and allow Daksha to continue was almost taking signs with the bully.  A very age appropriate message in fact because he is at the age where he sees wrong and rights in school and s often forced to take sides or a stand and how often peers would rather remain silent.  I thought that was interesting because my take on the story was the patience on the part of Shiva during the time of Daksha - to be calm, not react, and be still like a rock.  My husband take away was the choice that Sati had to make of going back to the Yagna despite Shiva's warning and how it led to consequences - and the unfolding of events - it is almost as if HE KNEW what was going to happen - and just was letting things unfold - so ultimately God gives you signs - gives you answers but as man we use our mind and do what we want and that can lead to good or bad consequences - and He is there smiling, lovingly waiting for us to go back to him - and he loves unconditionally.  
Till the next story....Dadashyam! 
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Guided discussion questions on chapters 1-3... you may use as thought-starters, but feel free to discuss anything else that was covered in the chapters!
  • Section 1 tells us of many benefits of reading and listening to the Bhagvata Purana. Which of them most resonated with you and inspired you to want to dive into the book?
  • What can we learn from the contrast between the behavior of Daksha and Lord Shiva in Section 2?
  • In Section 3, we see various illustrations of the theme of attachment. Which one did you relate to most easily, and what message did you draw from it?
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