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Improving our Sadhu Sanga

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

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

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(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 Dates and times: Coming soon
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £10 (refundable on request after attending the course)

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

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:

Sucitra devi dasi: I found this seminar extremely refreshing, authoritative, and clear.  I saw and understood a little better so many things Prabhupada has said about the process of Krsna Consciousness that I had missed before.  The techniques learned were practical and simple, yet when utilized are profound and powerful.
I look forward to taking away the knowledge gained from this seminar and using it in my own life, and am inspired by what i perceive to be the potentially vast benefit that could be realized for our Society if these principles are widely taught.”

Pragna Kiri: The seminar was very encouraging for me to get deep understanding of the importance of sadhu sanga.  I liked especially practical activity where we understand the meaning of each word / phrase and how it effects other person.  Also I felt that i would  benefit from longer seminar.  A whole weekend would be nice.

Kiriti Ruparelia: Excellent way of teaching and understanding.  Step by step, systsematically, based on the teachings and lectures by Srila Prabhupada.  Very inspiring way of imbibing into my daily life.  Brilliant technique.

Babhu Rajendra Prahlad: Your seminar is excellent because you took so much pain in putting Srila Prabhupada’s quotes in whatever you said.  This seminar helps me to read Srila Prabhupada’s books with a sincere heart, mind, body and soul to go more deep to understand myself first and to preach to other next.  This is what is lacking in ISKCON now a days. Unless we read  Prabhupada’s books in the way you said in the seminar based on Prabhupada’s quotes we cannot understand sastra to put in our lives to relish the nectar.  I will definitely implement in my life what i learned from your seminar and help you in preaching about the importance of reading Srila Prabhupada’s books.  Our Guru Maharaja, HH Bhakti Vikas Swami, insist the same as you said.

Gomti Rakendra Prahlad: All quotes have been taken from Srila Prabhupada’s books / lectures, making the presentation authoritative.  The principles create a culture and mood of association that is enlightening and enlivening.  There is even an illustrative video on the types of listening which really shows how enthusiastic Cintamani mataji is to get the participants to understand the pitfalls of improperly conducting a discussion.  I’m so grateful that she has taken the time to present on how to discuss Srila Prabhupada’s books.

Kalyani Patel: I personally feel blessed to be attending this course. 
I would definitely attend this course again and also support its propagation however Krsna allows.

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.

Improving our Sadhu Sanga

Friday, May 17th, 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

caitanya1

(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: Saturday, 15th February
Time:
10am – 2pm
Venue:
Library, Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee:
£10 (refundable on request after attendance of the course)
Contact: cvs@krishnatemple.com / 07539314457 for more information

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.

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.

 

 

A Weekend of Inspiration

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Over the weekend of 5th- 7th October The Langley Hotel in Tonbridge, Kent, hosted an exciting innovation in congregational care. Over 40 sanga group members from Northampton, Southampton, Norwich, Reading, Bristol and Bournemouth came together for a spiritual retreat, organised by the Manor’s Head of Congregational Development Kanhaiya Das and Prasannatma das who runs the KrishnaWisdom.com website.

The retreat included a variety of workshops facilitated by Sri Kama dasi, Radha Mohan das, Sutapa das and Gaura Krishna das on the subjects of “Connecting and Creating”, “Mantra Meditation”, “The Power of Habits” and “Obstacles on the Path of Spiritual Life.” There was music and kirtan throughout, tied together by Guru das. There was also some entertainment on the Saturday evening, with humourous dramas and classical guitar by one of the sanga members. The evening was followed by, as one might expect, by dancing in kirtan till late in the evening.

“The weekend was a resounding success,” explained Kanhaiya das. “Everyone left feeling enthused and spirituality enlivened. The Langely Hotel is a great venue I am looking forward to the next retreat there!”

 

 

“Thank you from my heart, thank you for sharing so much wisdom and knowledge. It was my first retreat experience with the Krishna devotees. I will remember it with joy in my heart”.

-Retreat Attendee

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ISKCON Redbridge Celebrations

Friday, September 7th, 2012

 

The ISKCON Redbridge centre, which is located in east London, opened with the aim of bringing together local devotees and to give others the opportunity to learn about and practice the process of Krsna consciousness. Now it is much than a venue – it serves as the focal point of the local devotee community.

Celebrations last month started with a harinam in Ilford town centre led by Kripamoya das, who plays an advisory role for the community. The programme included a Servant of the Servant awards ceremony, which followed the theme of the Olympics with gold, silver and bronze medals being awarded. Four graduates from the Bhakti Sastri course were awarded certificates for passing the course that was at the centre as well.

Vishal Merai, chairman of the community’s leadership committee, commented “Our anniversary event allowed us to celebrate our progress to date and show our gratitude to the many people that have helped make ISKCON Redbridge a success over the last 12 months. Going forward, we will look to continue to endeavour to achieve our aim of developing ISKCON Redbridge into a community of care that empowers those that show an interest in the movement and to continually experiment so that we can remain vibrant in the ways in which we present Vedic teachings and culture in the context of modern, British society.”

 

ISKCON Redbridge runs various weekly activities that include a Sunday Feast class, Krishna Club for children, Bhakti Vriksha sessions, hatha yoga as well as  Bhagavad Gita, Sanskrit and harmonium classes. The community has celebrated several festivals over the last 12 months, such as Govardhan Puja, Gaura Purinma and Janmastami. The Janmastami festival attracted 170 people and the programme consisted of a talk, Krishna bhajans and a harmonium performance.

The ISKCON Redbridge community will be supported by Avanti Court Primary School, one of the latest I-Foundation schools, which is due to open its doors in September 2012 and will have almost 900 children attending when it runs at full capacity.

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!

Making Friends in St Albans

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

As a follow up to chanting processions in the centre of St Albans Sukadev das, Ananta Purushottama das and Atmeshwar das have been organising ‘Krishna Conscious’ get-togethers in the town. “There’s devotional music, an interactive class and a vegetarian meal. The whole thing is informal and friendly,” explained Ananta Purushottama das. “Last January we had a turn out of 14 people and that was encouraging for us. We hope for similar turn-outs in the future. After the last meeting we fed members of the Quaker group who were meeting in the room next door. It was a pleasure to make such connections.”

The meetings are located at the Friends Meeting House on 7 Upper Lattimore Rd, St Albans AL1 3UD, from 7pm- 9.30pm on the first Friday of every month. Contact Ananta Purushottama for more details: ananta@krishnatemple.com