Posts Tagged ‘krishna’

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!)

 

 

Events at Krishna Wisdom – Hare Krishna Temple, Watford

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Feel like you want to experience something a bit more than the everyday ordinary?

Enter a world where every day is a new adventure into the spiritual realm!

You can always pop into your local Krishna Temple to catch a glimpse of how seekers of spirituality have been leading a spiritual lifestyle where day to day activities transform into a spiritual experience. And what’s more? Now you can even join in and celebrate with us! Here are a few events we host for everyone who want to fan that spiritual spark:

  • Mind Body Soul, Wednesday evenings 6.30pm, Meditation rooms 1st floor: An evening of mantra chants and meditation, soulful music, spiritual wisdom, great company and a delicious meal to finish off.
  • Yoga Retreats, Saturday once a month: A wholesome spiritual five a day retreat – Yoga for the body, Mantra meditation for the soul, Delicious meal for the tummy, Drumming and mindfulness for the mind, and Spiritual wisdom for a balanced lifestyle.
  • Music and Meditation, Saturday once a month: An evening of music, mantra chants and meditation, stories, comedy, drama, quiz and a meal. Come and share the love!

Wanna know more?

Just come along on a Wednesday evening, or if you have queries contact us via this form and we’ll get back to you.

You can view our privacy notice HERE

All events held at

Bhaktivedanta Manor
Hilfield Lane
Watford – WD25 8EZ

For SatNav use postcode WD25 8HE. For travel directions, click HERE

Culture of the Divine

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

with HG Ter Kadamba das

1935400The ‘Culture of the Divine’ seminar will investigate the effect culture has on our everyday lives. How do we know the often unspoken social guidelines governing society actually work for our benefit, rather than keep us from realizing our full potential as human beings? What does the Vedic paradigm have to say about culture? Is it possible for us to apply principles from the Vedic model in our modern lifestyle, and if so, how? What would be the benefit?

 

Core Topics to be covered:

– What is culture?
– What function does culture play in our lives?
– What makes different cultures the way they are?
– How do cultures evolve?
– What is the reason for cultural conflicts?
– How do we resolve cultural conflicts?
– How do we apply Vedic principles in our modern lives?

Course Date: Sunday 2nd August 2015
Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £15

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

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)


About the speaker

A resident of Sridhama Mayapur, HG Ter Kadamba das spends two-thirds of the year studying in the dhama, and the other third travelling in the western world sharing his bounty. Amongst others, he has been carrying out an in-depth analysis of texts such as Bhagavad-gita, Nectar of Devotion, Upadeshamrita (Nectar of Instruction), Sri Isopanisad, Dasa Mula Tattva (Bhaktivinoda Thakura), Jaiva Dharma (Bhaktivinoda Thakura), Tattva-viveka (Bhaktivinoda Thakura), Sad-darsana (HH Suhotra Swami), Apasampradayas (HH Suhotra Swami), Manu Samhita, Sri Tattva Sandarbha (Srila Jiva Goswami), Lagu Bhagavatamrita (Srila Rupa Goswami), Brahma Samhita, and Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 and 2.

How to be Krishna Confident

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

with HG Ghanashyam Priya das

Krishna consciousness is for everyone, there is no doubt about it. Indeed, Srila Prabhupada built a house in which the whole world can live. But in order to invite the world into our wonderful home, we have to help them to see the benefits of doing so.

Too often we lack confidence in presenting Krishna consciousness to others. How can we make it relevant to others and at the same time remain true to the ultimate reality? At work, at home, with friends, giving talks – there are a multitude of arenas where, as devotees, we struggle to represent ourselves in a credible way.

With this in mind, the College of Vedic Studies brings to you a series of 6 seminars and workshops on how to present Krishna consciousness to a contemporary audience.

In this course we will cover:

  • Insights about sharing Krishna consciousness from scriptures: How have the representatives of the Lord shared his teachings?
  • Public speaking training. Guidance on how to prepare & research for a presentation. Tips on presentation styles and formats
  • How to relate our philosophy to key world events in fields such as politics, economics and religion
  • On the spot thinking. How to answer common questions around family challenges, benefits of meditation, reasons for being vegetarian etc.
  • How to connect our families, careers and networks to Krishna Consciousness
  • How to observe and understand what a person needs to take the next step in their spiritual journey
  • What is genuine care? How to provide 1:1 advice and guidance tailored to each individual

Course Dates: each Sunday from 21st June 2015 (6 weeks)
Time: 11am – 1.30pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £35

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)


About Speaker: 

Ghanashyam Priya Das is a lifestyle and meditation coach who is powered by the zeal to make ancient intelligence accessible, relevant and valuable to a modern audience. He has been invited to present on meditation and lifestyle topics to a number of well known institutions including the University of Cambridge and London School of Economics and companies such as the BBC, RBS, Lloyds and Barclays. A former President of ISKCON Pandava Sena and president of an award winning KCSoc at university he has 10 years of experience in sharing Vedic wisdom with students and professionals with great success. His workshops are inspired from international ventures to India and the U.S. He will share practical yet profound points from our sacred texts to assist you with your journey to becoming Krishna Confident. Graduating with a 1st Class BSc (Hons) degree from Cass Business School, he lived as a monk for 3 years at Bhaktivedanta Manor. Now a Innovation Consultant for a well known firm, he leads several workshops on collaboration and communication.

The Bhagavatam Series

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

with Ananda Caitanya das

“If you read Srimad Bhagavatam then immediately, you will realize God”
– His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The Srimad Bhagavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa) is referred to as the spotless Purana, which is “directed toward bringing about a revolution in the impious lives of this world’s misdirected civilization (SB 1.5.11).” It is replete with conversations and pastimes that are deeply instructive for our lives, thus providing a lifetime of reading, re-reading, study and contemplation.

It is not without reason that Rupa Goswami explains in his Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu that even a small attachment for Srimad Bhagavatam can arouse devotional ecstasy (bhava-bhakti), even in a neophyte.

It is often advised however that only when studying the Srimad Bhagavatam do we really gain a grasp of the key personalities, events and lessons that need to be learnt from this paramahamsa-samhita. Indeed, Srila Prabhupada often explains that these books need to be studied in the association of devotees. This “Bhagavatam Series” provides a chance to do just that. In these sessions, we will look into some of the fundamental pastimes in short, digestible chunks, with devotees.

Each pastime will consist of 4 three-hour sessions. They will be interactive and thought-provoking, encouraging learners to think for themselves about the practical application of the text to everyday life. The insights and association of fellow students will also add a unique flavour to the classes. Participants will have the opportunity to look at Srila Prabhupada’s purports and the various pastimes from different viewpoints. Through the power of the Bhagavatam, the sincere participant will no doubt walk away inspired and enlivened.

Please note that it is not necessary to attend Part 1 in order to do Part 2, or Part 2 in order to access Part 3, and so on. All Parts of The Bhagavatam Series are standalone.

Course Structure – Canto 1 (4 parts)

Part 1 – Narada Muni Instructs Vyasadeva (Chapters 4-6)
4 lessons
Study Vyasa’s dissatisfaction, the intervention of his spiritual master Narada, and the muni’s insightful description of his previous life and path to perfection.
Part 1 – Completed

Part 2 – Krsna and His devotees (Chapters 7-9)
4 lessons
Study the aftermath of the Kuruksetra war as Asvatthama tries for revenge, the timeless wisdom of Queen Kunti as she teaches us how to really deal with adversity, and the sagacious words of grandsire Bhisma as he leaves the world.
Part 2 – Completed

Part 3 – Krsna and His Associates End Their Earthly Pastimes (Chapters 13-15 + Canto 11 Chapters 1, 30 & 31)
4 lessons
Delve into the renunciation of Dhṛtarāṣṭra as he finally leaves the palace for the forest, the untimely departure of Lord Krsna, and the subsequent retirement of the Pandavas. This Part 3 also looks at the 11th Canto, which gives us deeper insights into the intriguing circumstances surrounding the departure of the Lord.
Course Dates: Sunday 24th May, 7th, 21st & 28th June 2015 (4 weeks) Note: 31st May is Snana Yatra & 14th June is Ratha Yatra
Time: 2pm – 5pm (please note afternoon timings)
Course Fee: £30

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


Part 4 – Maharaja Parīkṣit & Kali Yuga (Chapters 16-19)
4 lessons
Study the entrance of Kali into the world, how the King was unduly cursed by a young brahmana boy, and Pariksit’s preparations for death as Sukadeva Goswami enters the assembly at an opportune moment.
Course Dates: To be confirmed
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Course Fee: £30

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


Please note, there is no assessment involved in these sessions.

This is essentially a Bhakti Vaibhava-‘lite’ course. The structure makes the study of the Bhagavatam more accessible for those unable to commit to a lengthy period of study and regular assessments as is the case with the official Bhakti Vaibhava course. Thus it gives participants breaks of a few weeks in between the various Parts. A strong understanding of the Bhagavad-gita is recommended in order to be able to keep pace with the lessons. Bhakti Shastri is a plus. For those less familiar with the philosophy of Krishna consciousness, the Bhagavat Life course is more appropriate.

Further information about dates will be published soon.

Participants can sign up to each individual Part as they go along, or enroll for all 4 parts together for a discounted price of £100:

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


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

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal links above, or at the Manor reception (call 01923 851000 and make clear what you are signing up to). You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

Explore – Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

“The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.”

Start LivingAll of us have questions about life. Who are we? Why are we here? Why do bad things happen to good people? What happens after death? But living in such a fast paced world we run out of time to eat, drink and even sleep let alone finding time to explore our deeper thoughts. Explore focuses on the key themes of The Bhagavad-gita which is universally renowned as the crown jewel of India’s spiritual wisdom. Spoken by Sri Krishna, to His intimate friend, Arjuna, the Bhagavad-gita’s 700 concise verses provide a definitive guide to the science of yoga and self-realization.

In 4 sessions, grasp the core themes of the Bhagavad-gita and how they apply to the modern individual. Partake in dynamic seminars, group discussions and guided meditations. We aim to give you a framework which will aid you to personally cultivate strong spiritual habits.

Course Modules
1. What is Success?
2. Who is God?
3. Karma: Good or Bad?
4. Art of Living

Explore offers students

  • Practical wisdom from experienced practitioners
  • Like-minded spiritual seekers
  • Warm and open devotional atmosphere
  • Strong habits that foster spiritual growth

Course Dates: each Sunday from 25th October 2015 (4 weeks)
Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £20

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception (01923 851000). 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)


Gita Life

Friday, December 6th, 2013

The Bhagavad-gita is universally renowned as a timeless masterpiece of spiritual wisdom. Spoken by Sri Krishna, to His intimate friend, Arjuna, the Bhagavad-gita’s 700 concise verses provide a definitive guide to the science of yoga and self-realization.

“Gita Life” provides a chapter-by-chapter summary, giving pertinent themes and life lessons from this historical epic. There are also insights into the culture and practice of this ancient tradition including meditation, music and drama.

The 10 sessions are thought-provoking and interactive. You will leave feeling enlivened and refreshed.

Course Dates: Starting January 2016 (TBC) (10 weeks)
Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue:
Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £60

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

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception (01923 851000). You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


In Praise of The Gita

“When I read the Bhagavad-gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous.”~ Albert Einstein
“The Bhagavad-gita has a profound influence on the spirit of mankind by its devotion to God which is manifested by actions.”~ Dr. Albert Schweitzer
“The Bhagavad-gita is the most systematic statement of spiritual evolution of endowing value to mankind. It is one of the most clear and comprehensive summaries of perennial philosophy ever revealed; hence its enduring value is subject not only to India but to all of humanity.”~ Aldous Huxley
“When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and I see not one ray of hope on the horizon, I turn to Bhagavad-gita and find a verse to comfort me; and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow. Those who meditate on the Gita will derive fresh joy and new meanings from it every day.”~ Mahatma Gandhi
“I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavad-gita. It was the first of books’ it was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence which in another rage and climate had pondered and thus disposed of the same questions which exercise us.”~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Explore – Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times

Friday, December 6th, 2013

“The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.”

Start LivingAll of us have questions about life. Who are we? Why are we here? Why do bad things happen to good people? What happens after death? But living in such a fast paced world we run out of time to eat, drink and even sleep let alone finding time to explore our deeper thoughts. Explore focuses on the key themes of The Bhagavad-gita. The Bhagavad-gita is universally renowned as the crown jewel of India’s spiritual wisdom. Spoken by Sri Krishna, to His intimate friend, Arjuna, the Bhagavad-gita’s 700 concise verses provide a definitive guide to the science of yoga and self-realization.

In 4 sessions, grasp the core themes of the Bhagavad-gita and how they apply to the modern individual. Partake in dynamic seminars, group discussions and guided meditations. We aim to give you a framework which will aid you to personally cultivate strong spiritual habits.

Course Modules
1. What is Success?
2. Who is God?
3. Karma: Good or Bad?
4. Art of Living

Explore offers students

  • Practical wisdom from experienced practitioners
  • Like-minded spiritual seekers
  • Warm and open devotional atmosphere
  • Strong habits that foster spiritual growth

Course Dates: Every Sunday, starting 2nd February 2014 (4 weeks)
Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £20

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 07539314457.

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


Improving our Sadhu Sanga

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

with Chintamani Dhama Devi Dasi

Srila Prabhupada equates sadhu sanga with discussions of transcendental literature amongst devotees.  He frequently exhorts us to discuss his books systematically and scrutinisingly. This seminar looks at some of these instructions and also other evidences from Srila Prabhupada how we can get the most out of our sastra discussions.  This seminar can be useful to any serious practitioner regardless of their current level of sastric knowledge.
“Discussion of Kṛṣṇa is very potent, and if a fortunate person has such association and tries to assimilate the knowledge, then he will surely make advancement toward spiritual realization.” Bg 9.1 purport

(Testimonials from previous students included at the foot of this page)

In this seminar, we look at what is sadhu sanga and how we can begin to improve our sadhu sanga, specifically by improving our discussions about Krishna. We will be learning techniques that can help enhance the discussion experience.

Due to the relative depth of the discussion, course attendees should have some experience in Krishna consciousness. We suggest a minimum standard of chanting 16 rounds for at least 6 months.

Course Date: Monday 5th August 2013
Time:
10am – 2pm
Venue:
Library, Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee:
£10 (refundable on request after attendance of the course)

Class size is limited. Please make sure you book ahead either at reception, or by following the Paypal link below:

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


 Testimonials:

Bhagadatta das:   The internal benefit has been that we now go much deeper in trying to understand Srila Prabhupdada’s teachings and applying them in our lives. Previously I would read his books and ‘feel good about it’. Nowadays with the discussions we go line by line deliberating on Prabhupada’s instructions and I still remember many important points.

Jayanti  dasi:   I make sure that I have at least one or two daily discussions every day.  The most beautiful part of the discussions is that we can discuss how to apply in our personal life the instructions Srila Prabhupada is giving in the particular purport.

Daya das:  I am very interested in this consultation since sravanam and kirtanam are basic and essential in the development of our spiritual life. It is great that ISKCON is making efforts to improve on them.
I would like to talk about the Systematic Threadbare Discussion posted by Cintamani dhama mataji. These discussions are a great way to understand Krishna’s and Srila Prabhupada’s instructions. Understanding these instructions are crucial for a healthy spiritual life, to know what we are doing, why we are doing it, where we are going, what is the goal of our spiritual life, how to attain that goal, etc.

Gopi Prema dasi:  Since I am discussing Srila Prabhupada’s books I feel my chanting is improving . To discuss the life of the pure devotees, their conversations, and Krishna’s instructions is most essential for purifying my consciousness.
The discussions are so interesting to hear how other devotees understand things. It helps me to understand it better, in different lights. In discussions I remember much better and I can really concentrate. And by reflective hearing I really learn how to hear properly.

Kishor Murti das:  The techniques really give you the skills to become so receptive and attentive to what is being said, and what is being revealed through the heart as one expresses one’s own understandings.
There is much talk of a ‘Srila Prabhupada centric’ movement, and for me one of the most powerful and emphatic ways I experienced proximity to him, was through using these methods.

Dunja:  I would like to thank you for my new found inspiration of discussing Srila Prabhupada’s books with your method. I’m amazed by the detailed research and evidence support. When my husband and I took part we felt immediate benefit. My mind was immediately engaged to be a good listener , understanding what a person has just said etc.

Sucirani dasi:  Discussing Srila Prabhupada’s books in this particular format has allowed me to gain deep insights and really develop my relationship with Srila Prabhupada through his books. It has allowed me to develop deep friendships based on Krishna Consciousness in a supportive environment that helps to avoid speculation.

Radha Sakti dasi:  I wish to say that these discussions have helped me tremendously.  I did not have much interest in reading because I could not remember things.  Since I have started consistently doing discussion I am remembering better, my conversation with others is about sharing what we discussed.  It is Srila Prabhupada’s instruction to study systematically, scrutinizingly, threadbare, seeing subject matters from different angles of vision.

 

 

Explore – Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

“The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.”

Start LivingAll of us have questions about life. Who are we? Why are we here? Why do bad things happen to good people? What happens after death? But living in such a fast paced world we run out of time to eat, drink and even sleep let alone finding time to explore our deeper thoughts. Explore focuses on the key themes of The Bhagavad-gita. The Bhagavad-gita is universally renowned as the crown jewel of India’s spiritual wisdom. Spoken by Sri Krishna, to His intimate friend, Arjuna, the Bhagavad-gita’s 700 concise verses provide a definitive guide to the science of yoga and self-realization.

In 4 sessions, grasp the core themes of the Bhagavad-gita and how they apply to the modern individual. Partake in dynamic seminars, group discussions and guided meditations. We aim to give you a framework which will aid you to personally cultivate strong spiritual habits.

Course Modules
1. What is Success?
2. Who is God?
3. Karma: Good or Bad?
4. Art of Living

Explore offers students

  • Practical wisdom from experienced practitioners
  • Like-minded spiritual seekers
  • Warm and open devotional atmosphere
  • Strong habits that foster spiritual growth

Course Dates: Every Sunday, starting 2nd February 2014 (4 weeks)
Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £20

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 07539314457.

Name(s) of Attendee(s)