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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.

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All events held at

Bhaktivedanta Manor
Hilfield Lane
Watford – WD25 8EZ

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

IQ EQ SQ – Spiritual Quotient

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

IQ (Intelligence Quotient) tests are famous for assessing logical, mathematical and linguistic skills. We all wish we were in that top bracket of Mensa elite who have an IQ in excess of 140 – unfortunately only 0.5% of the population make it! Developed intelligence empowers one to gather, process and analyse information effectively. The intelligent can think in abstract ways and learn from their experiences. Despite this, history shows that the intelligentsia are not always the most successful, happy and influential people in the world.

Psychologists and neuroscientists are increasingly talking about the need for Emotional Quotient (EQ). Those with high EQ’s are emotionally balanced, able to maintain composure in the chaos of life, and great at relating with people in appropriate and inspiring ways. EQ empowers the successful utilisation of IQ – people act irrationally when volatile emotions hijack their mental state. Thus, EQ measures the human side of life and our interactions with the immediate environment.

While IQ and EQ help us to function in our present situations, SQ (Spiritual Quotient) is all about ‘thinking out of the box.’ People often come to the point where they begin to question life, the universe and everything – who am I, why am I here, what is my purpose, what should I strive for, and what will make me happy? By exercising their SQ an individual can discover deeper meaning, purpose and direction in life. Often, we are busily engaged in chasing things without seriously considering whether they are necessary, fulfilling and really adding value. Our daily endeavours are usually focused on asking the question ‘how,’ but SQ is all about asking the question ‘why.’

We hope this collection of articles will stimulate your SQ and offer some ‘food for thought’ in a world that (consciously or unconsciously) yearns for fresh perspectives and newer paradigms.

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)


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)


Bhakti Vaibhava

Thursday, September 13th, 2012
“If you read Srimad Bhagavatam then immediately, you will realize God”
– His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Bhakti Vaibhava is a systematic study of Cantos 1 to 6 of the Srimad Bhagavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa), 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)

One may have listened to many lectures on the text, and even read through this epic work numerous times, but often we find that only when studying it do we really gain a grasp of the key personalities, events, and lessons that need to be learnt from this paramahamsa-samhita. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to dedicate some time to a step-by-step study of this great work, Srila Prabhupada’s magnum opus. Indeed, 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

The three-hour sessions are 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 also adds a unique flavour to the classes. Learners will have the opportunity to study each canto in turn, looking at Srila Prabhupada’s purports and the various pastimes from different viewpoints. Assessment is voluntary (some choose to be in the ‘hearer category’ and are therefore not liable to sit the tests) and takes place through homework assignments, some short written tests and sloka memorisation.

Bhakti Vaibhava is number two of the four official courses set up by Srila Prabhupada for ISKCON (see .pdf document below for more details). Therefore it is generally a requirement that one will have completed the Bhakti Shastri course before embarking on Bhakti Vaibhava.

The course is accredited by the renowned Mayapur Institute, and successful candidates who complete the first 6 cantos will be awarded the Bhakti Vaibhava Degree. Students will enrol on the course one canto at a time.

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Course Dates: Every Sunday, starting January 2015 (Canto 1 for approximately 5 months)
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Venue: 
Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee (Canto 1): £100

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

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

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


 

Gita Life – with Janakinath das

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

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: Every Sunday, starting 19th January 2014 (10 weeks)
Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue:
Goshalla Class Room, Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £60

For more information, please email cvs@krishnatemple.com or call 07539314457.

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)


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