Vaisnava Samskaras: rites and rituals of Gaudiya Vaisnavism

Course Dates: Every Thursday
Time: 8pm to 9.15pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor, Prasadam Hall
Course Fee: £65

Initiative Background:

A Subcommittee for Ceremonies (SCC) has been established to create a hub of skilled ceremonial brahmanas at Bhaktivedanta Manor to meet the increasing demands for domestic ceremonies involving samskaras and yajnas in and around the community. This initiative aims to train prospective priests to conduct ceremonies for the community or train fathers/fathers to-be to officiate domestic rites within the home.

Course Introduction:

In the Vedic tradition of Gaudiya Vaisnavism, the procedures of samskaras and yajnas are based on the domestic manual of the Sama Veda. Lord Caitanya deputed Gopala Bhatta Gosvami to document these procedures for the use of future devotee communities and thereby protect the principles of devotion (bhagavad-dharma-rakshartham). For this reason, Gopala Bhatta Gosvami wrote the Sat Kriya Sara Dipika in Sanskrit and documented the ceremonial procedures for posterity. This manual has been used as the standard for performing devotional rites in the Gaudiya tradition for over 500 years. Bhaktivinoda Thakura propagated this manual while establishing Lord Caitanya’s philosophy and Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati published it thrice with the last in 1935.

The course is primarily based on the unabridged Sanskrit text of the Sat Kriya Sara Dipika to teach the theory and art for the conduct of devotional rites. Ancillary vaidika texts will also be taught to facilitate training and will include insights on pronunciation, ceremonial regulations, grammar, accentation and panchanga.

Course Pre-requisite:

Attendees are required to be second initiated, as the ‘sacred thread of yajna’ is compulsory for training in the mantra-samhitas and performance of yajnas.

Registration & Attendance:

If you have any questions about the course, please email the course tutor on sri.radharamana@gmail.com. To register, please click on the Paypal link below. Materials, instruments and resources will be available and required to purchase as the course progresses. Certification will be awarded upon successful completion of the course.

Course Tutor:

Sri Radharamana dasa, the course tutor, is a subject matter expert on samskaras both from the vaidika tradition and its application in Gaudiya Vaisnava theology. He hosts Sanskrit courses at Bhaktivedanta Manor and is currently working on an Encyclopedia of Samskaras entitled ‘Samskara Visvakosha’ which will span numerous volumes.

 

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Published onTuesday, November 6th, 2012

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