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Manor Newsletter online

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

You can view the latest Bhaktivedanta Manor newsletter online at the link below (as a downloadable PDF file):

http://www.bhaktivedantamanor.co.uk/home/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/December-2018_web.pdf

Highlights include:

Diwali Celebrations: Festival of Light Illuminates the Manor

A letter to the community from His Grace Sruti Dharma prabhu

Srila Prabhupada remembered with inspiration and reflection

Book Marathon 2018: “Follow his footsteps, reach the doorsteps”

Over 300 university students inspired by Retreat

Sri Krishna Haveli Update

Community member honoured by the Queen

 

Community Newsletter

Monday, October 8th, 2018

You can view and download the PDF version of the “October 2018” edition of the Bhaktivedanta Manor Newsletter below:

OCTOBER 2018 NEWSLETTER

(For higher resolution images, download the PDF file)

Contents:

Celebrating Krishna’s advent ………………………………3

Offering our love to Srila Prabhupada …………………..7

Radharani: the bestower of devotional service ………..8

Thanking the Patrons …………………………………………9

Ratha yatra along Brighton’s promenade …………….10

World Holy Name Festival 2018 ………………………..10

St Bartholomew’s class of 1968 …………………………11

New National Communications Director ……………..11

Strides along the sunny South-east coast ……………..11

The Commission on Religious Education ……………..12

The Bhadra Campaign …………………………………….12

Avanti Nights ………………………………………………..13

The best ever Soul Expressions …………………………..13

Youth convention in Belgium ……………………………..14

Pandava Sena Retreat to Sweden ……………………….15

“Vigilance and bravery” during Hay Barn fire ……….16

Eastbourne …………………………………………………..17

Consciousness in Science …………………………………17

Sri Krishna Haveli project update ……………………….18

The Gita Walk ……………………………………………….20

OMBUDS Programme

Sunday, September 9th, 2018

ISKCON UK has established an Ombuds program so devotees can raise concerns, dealing with interpersonal conflicts and find clarity on ISKCON policies and practices. The team are from different parts of the UK and are a diverse group of devotees. They have been trained by Vraja Vihari prabhu from ISKCON Resolve. The idea is to work towards “zero barriers”- so that members of ISKCON should be able to raise, in good faith, concerns they have, and discuss how they can be addressed.

An ISKCON UK Ombuds will listen to you and help you consider the various options you have in dealing with a matter or issue, big or small. ISKCON UK Ombuds are totally confidential (except imminent risk), independent of Management in their capacity of Ombuds, neutral, and informal (conversations are off the record).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR CONTACT DETAILS PLEASE WRITE  TO:  ISKCONOMBUDSUK@GMAIL.COM

Guided Tours

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

Bhaktivedanta Manor is a hive of activity and is open to new guests as well as regulars.


However we have the following provisions for guest tours of 7 people or less*, especially for those visiting for the first time:

From 11am – 4pm, every day

email: visitors@krishnatemple.com for inquiries about tours. 

*Scroll below for information about group bookings.

Bhaktivedanta Manor: An oasis of spiritual inspiration.

Its lakeside forest walk, colourful gardens, and graceful pastures provide an idyllic setting for a magnificent timbered mansion. See the Victorian interior of the Manor house and hear about the fascinating history of the Hare Krishna movement.

The estate offers retreat to a world of yoga, meditation, sacred music, pure vegetarian food, theatre, seminars, workshops, community schooling, and the dairy farm.

Magnificent Shrine of Krishna
See the hand-carved centrepiece of the temple and community.

George Harrison Garden and Woodland Walk
‘A Garden for George’ – Just one of many delightful spots amidst ten acres of lake walk, woods, and meditation gardens.

Organic Farming
An inspirational project developing a range of home grown vegetables on eight acres using a revived old English ploughing system. A unique feature of the farm is its reliance on ox power instead of tractors.

The country’s largest fully operational organic dairy farm and visitor centre reintroduces a radical approach to farming in the modern world.

Bakery and Gift Shop
Home-baked bread, cakes and savouries are all pure vegetarian and prepared with love and devotion. Various gifts are also available, including books, music, incense and clothing.

A warm welcome awaits you where you can experience a joyful ambiance imbued with constant meditation and prayer.

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Provisions for visitors:

Disabled visitors are welcome at Bhaktivedanta Manor, where

We strive to provide a pleasant and enriching experience for everyone who visits Bhaktivedanta Manor.

Bays for disabled drivers are located in the car park at the gate closest to the main Manor building

A ramp for wheelchair users can be found to the side of the main building. This is near to the toilets, which includes a disabled facility.

Assistance dogs accompanying disabled visitors will be looked after in a quiet place by one of our volunteers, with a drinking bowl of water if required, while visitors will be provided a personal chaperon/guide to enjoy their visit inside the Manor building.

Within the complex generally, volunteers are on hand if any assistance is required.

If you think you or your group will require special assistance, especially if you are coming with an assistance dog, please inform us at least 48 hours in advance by emailing info@krishnatemple.com.

 


 

Group Bookings

We can take groups up to a maximum of 15 people and booking in advance is mandatory. Schedule includes:

11am – 11.30am: Arrive at Bhaktivedanta Manor

11.30am: Tour

1.30pm: Lunch/ snacks/ visit bakery (as applicable)**

2.15pm: End 

i) Group can visit our shop/ bakery 

**For lunchtime there are also the following options (Available between May and October)

ii) Tour guides can organise a vegetarian lunch, costing £7 per person

iii) Tour guides can organise some vegetarian snacks and tea, costing £4 per person

Please book via: visitors@krishnatemple.com 

 

 

Latest Community News

Monday, July 30th, 2018

You can view the August 2018 edition of the Bhaktivedanta Manor Newsletter at the link below  You can also download the PDF file. 

manor newslterr august 2018 _web

It covers community news between May and August this year.

The main articles include:

50th London Ratha Yatra

Superb Open Day

Haveli project update

Book Distribution festival with Vaisesika prabhu

Hare Krishna film plays across UK

Kirtan London’s Summer of Success

 

Yoga and Meditation Open day 2018

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

The Yoga and Meditation Open Day for 2018 is on 7 July, Saturday, 10am – 3pm

What will I get from the Yoga and Meditation Open Day?

The Yoga and Meditation Open Day will give you and your family an incredible experience of activities and fun in the Hare Krishna tradition. You will have the opportunity to explore the amazing Bhaktivedanta Manor in a comfortable and friendly environment with lot of activities to take part in. The manor was gifted by George Harrison of the Beatles in 1973 and is home to the George Harrison Garden, Woodland Walk, the biggest cow protection and working oxen centre in the UK, organic farm, a magnificent Krishna Temple, Meditation rooms. And what’s more… we have a special Yoga and Meditation Theme this year which means you can get FREE Yoga and Meditation lessons! Apart from that, you will have an opportunity to:

  • Join in with our special yoga and meditation sessions FREE
  • Get a tour of the Mock-Tudor mansion gifted by the Beatles FREE
  • Feed the Oxen, Cows and the Calves
  • Go on an Ox-cart ride FREE
  • Try some face-painting
  • Decorate your hands with some Henna designs
  • Discover your future with ancient Indian palm-reading
  • Have some fun on the bouncy castle (kids only)
  • Try some amazing cuisines, snacks and sweets
  • Discover a traditional eastern culture with the Temple and Meditation rooms FREE
  • Learn about the history of the Hare Krishna movement FREE
  • Meet the monks and ask questions FREE
  • Relish a sumptuous veggie lunch FREE

There are many more things to do and we can’t list them all here!

How much do I pay?

Entry the the Family Fun Day is FREE and so are a lot of activities. Some activities require just a small charge to pay for the items used.

Can I just turn up?

Yes, you can! Please do register with the registration gazebo to claim your free access to a lot of activities on site. If you’d like to be informed of future events similar to these, then just fill out this form and we’ll keep you updated!

Is there free parking?

Yes, and there’s lots.. you can bring a few cars.

What time is the FREE lunch?

The free lunch is at 3pm.

Can I bring my dog?

Although dogs are generally welcome on lead on the grounds during regular days, we request you not to bring your dog due to the number people present and any concerns they may have.

How long can I spend?

All day if you like. But a tour would take about 20 minutes, and then it depends what activities you want to take part in. We recommend a couple of hours at least to get the full experience!

What time is the yoga?

All day! Please bring a yoga mat if you have one, otherwise we’ll have one for you here. Due to the limitation of the size of the rooms, we’ll only be able to take the first 15 yoga enthusiasts!

What should I do if I have further questions?

Please click the link below to get in touch with us 🙂 You can even use this link to get travelling directions. And if you’re really really stuck, you can call Radha Govinda on 07903212291

PLEASE LOOK UP TRAVELLING DIRECTIONS BEFORE YOU ARRIVE. THERE IS NO ACCESS THROUGH THE VILLAGE. THE ONLY ACCESS IS VIA HILFIELD LANE.

Here’s a quick (and really lousy) video we made from last year’s open day. (We need a good video editor if you’d like to volunteer!)

 

 

Hare Krishna! Film:

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Hare Krishna! Film: Tickets on Sale

The wait is finally over! Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami who started it all is coming to cinemas in the UK! Never before has there been a bigger opportunity for a mainstream audience to experience Srila Prabhupada’s incredible story!

Book your tickets at http://harekrishnathefilm.com/united-kingdom

Tickets will be sold on a first-come first-served basis so book your ticket/s early to avoid disappointment!

Premiere
Director, Yadubara dasa, and Co-Director, Vishaka devi dasi, both Srila Prabhupada disciples, will join the premiere. Also present at this red carpet event will be Srila Prabhupada’s UK-based disciples and other high-profile guests.

Other London screenings
There will also be screenings in Harrow, Watford & Wembley.

If you cannot attend the London screenings or miss out on tickets, please note there will be other screenings throughout the UK following the London screenings.

For more information:

You can also contact us at info@krishnafilm.co.uk for any further queries.

Manor Newsletter online

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

The “April 2018” edition of the Bhaktivedanta Manor Newsletter is now available online HERE

To access higher resolution version of the photos, you can download the PDF file. 

Main articles include:

An audience with the Queen

Conscious Leadership – Radhanath Swami speaks in UK Parliament

The new Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire

Latest news about Shree Krishna Haveli project 

Gita Walk

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

This sponsored charity walk ​takes us another step closer to fulfilling ​Srila Prabhupada’s vision ​for​ Bhaktivedanta Manor.

​T​he Shree Krishna Haveli will provide facilities ​to bring our community together for cultural activities, education and spiritual rejuvenation and ​no matter​ who we are, each of us can contribute to building this spiritual oasis. Support the Gita Walk and ​invest in the cultural and spiritual ​upliftment of society and future generations

​The Haveli project is the culmination of decades of struggle and sacrifices made by the community to secure their right to worship Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda.

Come walk Krishna’s talk; raise some funds to support this unique project.

Register and start fundraising through virgin Money giving.

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayEventDetails.action?eventId=30033

An audience with the Queen

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

On Wednesday 14 February, Sruti Dharma das, Temple President of Bhaktivedanta Manor, joined 1000 dignitaries from across the British Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace. 

He was then invited to have a private audience with the Queen and other members of the Royal family.

Upon meeting Her Majesty, he discussed her visit to the Krishna Avanti School in 2015, which she remembered well. She also confirmed that the tapestry of Lord Chaitanya gifted to her hung on one of the walls of the Palace. 

 

Sruti Dharma then spoke to Prince Charles about all the activities at Bhaktivedanta Manor, especially organic farming and its reliance on ox-power. The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles, was particularly impressed with the humanitarian work of ISKCON. 

Further meetings were with Prime Minister Theresa May and the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Boris recalled his student days when he used to visit the ISKCON-London temple. He would go there for a vegetarian lunch and simultaneously learn about the Hare Krishna mantra. Boris then requested for some prashadam (temple cooking) to be delivered to him at Parliament, and for Sailesh Vara MP to help him organise a special visit to the Manor.