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Lecture Itinerary of Garuda das

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

As part of the celebrations observing  the 40th Anniversary of the installation of Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda, The College of Vedic Studies presents a special series of lectures and seminars by Garuda das:

Garuda das (Prof Graham Schweig PhD) Garuda daswas the first disciple of Srila Prabhupada to re-enter the academic arena for the sole purpose of establishing Vaishnava thought.   He is a Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Director of the Asian Studies Program at Christopher Newport University, and was a resident fellow of the Centre for the Study of World Religions at Harvard.


Saturday 2nd February

Morning class in the Manor Temple room (7.30am – 8.45am)



This is a short history of scholarship in ISKCON and Goswami’s contribution to it, and Garuda’s relationship with Goswami.


Academic Seminar in the Manor Theatre

(3pm – 5pm)


Some of the most powerful and advanced concepts of Krishna Bhakti theology and their unique contributions to the dialogue with other world religious traditions will be discussed. This seminar is especially suitable for senior devotees and those with an academic background.

Space in the theatre is limited. Book your seat in advance by emailing:


Sunday 3rd February

Caitanya Caritamrita Class at the Manor(7.30am – 8.30am)


Goswami sought to reveal and uncover the profound and the most common themes with which Prabhupada cultivated Krishna Bhakti on foreign soil. How does Goswami do this, and what did he come up with?


Sunday Feast Lecture at Soho Street (4.30pm – 5.30pm)

and Q & A’s (6.15pm – 7pm)



Pandava Nirjala Ekadashi Kirtans

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Nirjala Ekadashi, also known as or Bhim Ekadasi, occurs during the waxing phase of moon in the month of Jyestha (May – June). The greatness of this Ekadasi was explained to Bhima, the second Pandava brother, by sage Vyasa. Hence the Ekadasi is also referred as Pandava or Bhim Ekadasi. This year the ekadasi will be observed on Friday 1st June.

The significance of Nirjala Ekadasi is mentioned in the Mahabharata and Padma Purana. Draupadi and the Pandavas, except for Bhima, used to observe all the Ekadasis. Bhima, who was a voracious eater, could not bear hunger and used to skip the fasting. However, Bhima wanted to find some solution to this. Thus, Vyasadeva explained to him that by following this special nirjala ekadasi (refraining from even water) he would derive the merit of following all ekadasis throughout the year.

On this day, although devotees fast from food and water, they feast on the nectar of Krishna-katha and harinam sankirtan. It is a day to get spiritually recharged by engaging in extra chanting, hearing, remembering, glorifying and service to Lord Krishna.

Saranagati – Process of Surrender

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Saranagati is one of Bhaktivinode Thakur’s popular writings. ‘Saranagati’ means ‘Process of Surrender’.

Saranagati means that a person has a desire to do something for Krishna. And as long as this desire does not appear, and the willingness to sacrifice does not appear, a person cannot truly consider himself a devotee.

Bhakti, or love of God, begins with Saranagati (surrender) unto Him, and as Saranagati develops in us our feelings for Krishna become more and more alive.

Time: 7:30am

Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor Temple Room

Date: Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May

Bhakti Vijnana Goswami was born in Tashkent, former Soviet Union. He took to spiritual life in 1980, during a difficult time during the communist era in the former Soviet Union. He is a disciple of Radhanath Swami and resides primarily in Moscow, Russia, working tirelessly towards the building of a monumental temple there.

Since 1997 Bhakti Vijnana Goswami has acted as a member of ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission and since 2005 has served as one of the initiating gurus of ISKCON.

In 2010 the Council for Public Awards of the Russian Federation awarded Bhakti Vijnana Goswami a medal “for professional and business reputation” third degree, “for his contribution in strengthening Russian-Indian friendly relations, and for his contribution to the popularization of the spiritual-cultural literary heritage of India.”

Bhakti and the yoga ladder

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

A special look at Bhagavad Gita Chapter 12

Everyone is welcome to a three part seminar by Her Grace Urmila devi dasi

Dates: April 16th, 17th and 18th (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)

Time: 7:30 am

Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor Temple room

Subjects covered:

  • What are common misunderstandings and confusions about bhakti?
  • What is the function of varnasrama?
  • What are the key bridges in bhakti and in the yoga ladder?
  • How can I accelerate my progress?

Urmila Devi Dasi, (also known as Dr. Edith E. Best), joined the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in 1973 in Chicago and became a disciple of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of ISKCON.

Her primary work in ISKCON has been in the area of education. In 1982 in Detroit she and her husband, started an ISKCON primary school, where she served as Principal for eight years. She founded another primary and secondary school in North Carolina in 1990, where she was Principal for ten years. Urmila has compiled a guidebook for education in ISKCON and has been engaged in “writing and coordinating the development of a Krishna conscious academic curriculum for primary and secondary students”. For eight years she was the education columnist for Back to Godhead magazine, where she is presently an associate editor. In 2008 Urmila wrote a paper based on Īśopaniṣad about the philosophy of education to be followed at Krishna Avanti Primary School in Harrow.

Urmila teaches some courses, such as ISKCON History, at Bhaktivedanta College in Radhadesh, Belgium.
In September 2010., she published her 3 volume set ‘Dr. Best Learn To Read’, a program consisting of a set of children’s reading books, teacher guides, and student activity books to take a young child from learning the English alphabet to fluent reading. The reading books are all stories about Krishna or related to Vaisnava/Vedic culture.



The Path of Grace

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

The path of grace is a seminar on the glorious pastime of Lord Caitanya and Maharaj Prataparudra. Maharaj Prataparudra was the king of Orissa and was desperate to get the darshan of Lord Caitanya. Despite having been refused a number of times by the Lord, find out how the King ultimately obtained the most valuable treasure – the mercy of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu in this five part series with HG Gaur Gopal prabhu.

Seminar Dates:
Saturday 7th April,
Sunday 8th April,
Monday 9th April,
Saturday 14th April,
Saturday 15th April,

Time: 7:30am

Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor Temple Room

HG Gaur Gopal prabhu is a disciple of HH Radhanath Swami. Based in ISKCON Chowpatty, Mumbai, India, HG Gaur Gopal prabhu has lectured extensively throughout India, including the top educational and business institutions.

His vast knowledge of Srila Prabhupada’s books has seen him preach not only throughout India but Europe awell. His talks enable people to understand Srila Prabhupada’s books in a digestable, enlivening and practical way.