with Ananda Caitanya das
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 pastimes which are deeply instructive for our lives; a lifetime of reading, re-reading, studying and contemplating.
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 Bhagavatam Series provides a chance to study some of the fundamental pastimes in short, digestible chunks.
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.
Each pastime will consist of three or four three-hour sessions (depending on the time required). 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. Learners 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 walk away inspired and enlivened.
There is no assessment but participants will be encouraged to complete homework assignments and sloka memorisation.
The first in the series will be on the topic of Vyasa and Narada in Canto 1 Chapters 4-6. 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. This first pastime will be covered over 4 weeks.
It is expected that there will be 5 such pastimes covered over the course of 2015. Further information about other pastimes will be posted in due course.
Please note, this series is in replacement of the Bhakti Vaibhava course which was initially proposed.
Course Dates: Sunday 25th January 2015 (for four weeks)
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £30
For more information, please email email@example.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.