Posts Tagged ‘initiation’

Second Initiation Course

Monday, February 23rd, 2015
with Kripamoya das
sp gayatri

śamo damas tapaḥ śaucaṁ

kṣāntir ārjavam eva ca

jñānaṁ vijñānam āstikyaṁ

brahma-karma svabhāva-jam

Peacefulness, self-control, austerity, purity, tolerance, honesty, knowledge, wisdom and religiousness – these are the natural qualities by which the brāhmaṇas work (Bhagavad-gita 18.42)

Srila Prabhupada explained that he wanted a society of brahmanas. First class men and women exhibiting exemplary Vaisnava character. But what does this mean practically, and how can one move forward in developing these qualities in a practical way?

This is a new course for those who are preparing to take second initiation and for those who already have. It has been prepared due to frequent enquiries from many devotees on all subjects related to second initiation.

The course is in two parts – part one explains the value of second initiation and what to do to prepare for it; its function and some procedures related to the daily chanting and worship. Part two explains the meaning of the mantras. If you have not yet received second initiation then part one is for you. If you have already been second initiated then both parts are for you.

Part One

  • Why two initiations?
  • Brahmanas and the Varnashram system
  • The qualifications for second initiation – a personal introspection
  • Vedic and Pancharatrika margas
  • How to prepare for it
  • Philosophy and science of mantra chanting
  • Pancha Samskara and initiation into worship
  • Yaga, the path of Archana and its constituents
  • Bhagavat marga and Pancharatrika marga
  • Sandhya Vandanam, the threefold daily meditation of the brahmanas
  • Upanayana Samskara – the second initiation ceremony

Part Two

  • So what exactly are the ‘hard and fast rules?’
  • Aspects and types of various mantras: Bija, Mula and Gayatri
  • Theology of the mantras
  • Making an upavita, a brahmana thread
  • Changing your thread
  • Brahmana’s questions and katha

Completing Part 2 does not require completion of Part 1.

Part 2
Course Date: Sunday 21st June 2015, 2.30pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £15 for Part 2 [Second initiates only]

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception. You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

For more information, please email cvs@krishnatemple.com or call Sesa das on 07854 734331

For Part 2 Second initiates only:

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


Guru and Disciple Course

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

with Kripamoya das

SP“Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth.”

– Bhagavad-gita 4.34

Scriptures are littered with references pertaining to the importance of accepting and serving a spiritual master. But the path to a “bona-fide” guru can seem rather hazy at best, and fraught with danger at worst.

This course is designed to help you understand the guru-disciple relationship on a deeper level, and thus demistify the entire process.

Learn more about the qualifications of a spiritual master, how to recognize and choose a bona-fide guru, the significance and process of initiation, how to associate with your guru, the characteristics of a good disciple and his or her responsibilities in the relationship. The course also touches on the particulars of what acceptance of a guru practically means in the modern context of ISKCON today.

Though this course is an essential requirement for those seeking spiritual initiation, it is relevant to anyone who wants to learn more about this most sacred of relationships.

Date: Sunday 8th November 2015
Time: 10am – 5pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £15

Please note, this course is mandatory for taking spiritual initiation.

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception (cash or card). You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

For more information, please email cvs@krishnatemple.com or call Sesa das on 07854 734331

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


Spiritual Master and Disciple Course

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

with His Grace Kripamoya das

SP“Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth.”

– Bhagavad-gita 4.34

Scriptures are littered with references pertaining to the importance of accepting and serving a spiritual master. But the path to a “bona-fide” guru can seem rather hazy at best, and fraught with danger at worst.

This course is designed to help you understand the guru-disciple relationship on a deeper level, and thus demistify the entire process.

Learn more about the qualifications of a spiritual master, how to recognize and choose a bona-fide guru, the significance and process of initiation, how to associate with your guru, the characteristics of a good disciple and his or her responsibilities in the relationship. The course also touches on the particulars of what acceptance of a guru practically means in the modern context of ISKCON today.

Though this course is a requirement for those seeking spiritual initiation, it is relevant to anyone who wants to learn more about this most sacred of relationships.

This course will cover the following topics:

  • Necessity for accepting a Spiritual Master
  • The Qualifications and Characteristics of a Spiritual Master
  • The Qualifications and Characteristics of a Disciple
  • Procedures and Standards for Initiation (Diksa)
  • Etiquette between Spiritual Master and Disciple
  • Deviant Philosophies

Date: Sunday 12th April 2015
Time: 10am – 5pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £15

Please note, this course is mandatory for taking spiritual initiation.

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception (cash or card). You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

For more information, please email cvs@krishnatemple.com or call 07539 314457

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


Spiritual Master and Disciple Course

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

with His Grace Kripamoya das

SP“Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth.”

– Bhagavad-gita 4.34

Scriptures are littered with references pertaining to the importance of accepting and serving a spiritual master. But the path to a “bona-fide” guru can seem rather hazy at best, and fraught with danger at worst.

This course is designed to help you understand the guru-disciple relationship on a deeper level, and thus demistify the entire process.

Learn more about the qualifications of a spiritual master, how to recognize and choose a bona-fide guru, the significance and process of initiation, how to associate with your guru, the characteristics of a good disciple and his or her responsibilities in the relationship. The course also touches on the particulars of what acceptance of a guru practically means in the modern context of ISKCON today.

Though this course is an essential requirement for those seeking spiritual initiation, it is relevant to anyone who wants to learn more about this most sacred of relationships.

Date: Coming soon
Time: 10am – 5pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £15

Please note, this course is mandatory for taking spiritual initiation.

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception (cash or card). You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

For more information, please email cvs@krishnatemple.com or call 07539 314457

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


Spiritual Master and Disciple Course

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

with Kripamoya das and Srutidharma das

prabhupada20

“Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth.”

– Bhagavad-gita 4.34

Scriptures are littered with references pertaining to the importance of accepting and serving a spiritual master. But the path to a “bona fide” guru can seem fraught with danger and a rather hazy one.

This course is designed to help you understand the guru-disciple relationship on a deeper level, which is essential for spiritual progress, and thus demistify the entire process.

Though essential for those seeking spiritual initiation, this course is relevant to anyone who wants to learn more about this most sacred of relationships.

Learn more about the qualifications of a Spiritual Master, how to recognize and choose a bona fide guru, the significance and process of initiation, how to associate with your guru, and the characteristics of a good disciple and his/her role. The course also touches on the particulars of what acceptance of a guru practically means in the modern context of ISKCON today.

Date: Saturday 10th May 2014
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £15

Mandatory for initiations. You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception. You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


Spiritual Master and Disciple Course

Monday, July 8th, 2013

with Kripamoya das and Srutidharma das

prabhupada20

“Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth.”

– Bhagavad-gita 4.34

Scriptures are littered with references pertaining to the importance of accepting and serving a spiritual master. But the path to a “bona fide” guru can seem fraught with danger and a rather hazy one.

This course is designed to help you understand the guru-disciple relationship on a deeper level, which is essential for spiritual progress, and thus demistify the entire process.

Though essential for those seeking spiritual initiation, this course is relevant to anyone who wants to learn more about this most sacred of relationships.

Learn more about the qualifications of a Spiritual Master, how to recognize and choose a bona fide guru, the significance and process of initiation, how to associate with your guru, and the characteristics of a good disciple and his/her role. The course also touches on the particulars of what acceptance of a guru practically means in the modern context of ISKCON today.

Date: Saturday 30th November 2013
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £15

Mandatory for initiations. You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception. You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


A Network of Friends

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

If you’re a committed devotee, chanting at least four rounds a day of the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra on beads and looking for occasional support in your spiritual practise, you might like to find out more about Bhaktivedanta Manor’s Mentorship System. It’s a new, helpful network of friendly devotees that functions alongside the sanga groups.

Mentors are devotees of Krishna who have been requested by the Mentorship Team to help others. They have experience and enthusiasm, and can offer tips on daily sadhana practise and spiritual guidance if you need it. You will be able to get together with your mentor as part of a small group fortnightly or monthly – the choice is yours. You can also meet your mentor one-to-one for personal advice.

If you’d like to find out more please watch the video that introduces how it works, there is also a manual giving further information on the system, details of mentors and an invitation to join by choosing your personal mentor. Remember it’s NOT a permanent commitment and you can change mentors whenever you need to.

Members of the Mentorship System will be invited to annual retreats and exclusive programmes with some of the most distinguished leaders of ISKCON.

So why not give this exciting project a try and you might be surprised how much you like it!