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Deity Worship Course

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

The Essentials of Deity Worship

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“Generally in the conditioned state we are contaminated. But this worshiping system called arcana-vidhi cleanses the polluted heart and one becomes actually fit for becoming qualified brahmana.” (SP to Brahmananda, 15th September, 1968)

Srila Prabhupada instituted in ISKCON the most exquisite standards of Deity Worship and his desire was for these standards to be maintained.

At Bhaktivedanta Manor, our attempt is to please Their Lordships and Srila Prabhupada by maintaining and excelling these high levels of service and devotion. Every day, Sri Sri Radha-Gokulananda, Sri Sri Sita-Rama Laxman Hanuman and Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai are daily given 6 offerings and aratis, bathed and dressed twice.

Of course, serving the deities is not child’s play. Amongst many things, it requires knowledge, attention to detail and devotion. Furthermore, it requires training. To this end, this course, “The Essentials of Deity Worship”, is being organised to ensure that the standards of worship to Their Lordships continue to develop and increase. The sessions will be facilitated by Murli Manohara Prabhu and Gadadhara Prabhu, head pujaris at ISKCON London and Bhaktivedanta Manor, respectively.

There will be two days of lessons and practical workshops giving in depth insights into the theory and practice of deity worship in the temple environment. So whether you are currently engaged in deity worship at the Manor, or hope to be in the future, please attend this course. Open to both first and second initiates.

The content of the two days’ training is given below:

Saturday 27th June 2015 (please note, change of date)

  • Why perform deity worship?
  • The Lord is present in His deity form
  • Definition and goal of arcana
  • Authenticity of deity worship
  • Pancaratrika & bhagavata-vidhi
  • Practical Sessions on acamana and offering arati

Saturday 4th July 2015 (please note, change of date)

  • Qualifications for arcana
  • Position of the spiritual master
  • Variations in arcana procedures and standards of worship
  • Mood of worship
  • Values, attitudes, and behavior of a pujari
  • Purity
  • Practical Sessions on bhoga offerings & waking and resting the deities

“If one attains perfection in Deity worship, that is called arcana-siddhi. Arcana-siddhi means simply by Deity worship one goes back to Godhead immediately after this life. So this arcana-siddhi program is given in the Narada-pancaratra especially for the householders. Householders cannot undergo strict disciplinary activities of austerity, therefore for every householder the path of arcana-siddhi is very much recommended.” (SP to Himavati, 18th March, 1969)

Course Dates: each Saturday from 27th June 2015 (2 weeks)
Time: 10am – 5pm (lunch will be provided, 1pm-2pm)
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £40

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

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Caitanya-caritamrta Compact

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

with HG Sutapa das

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In 1965, when Srila Prabhupada suffered sea sickness and multiple heart attacks on his voyage to America, his reading of Caitanya-caritamrta brought him great solace. He said it was the “nectarine of life” and his “source of vitality.” Srila Prabhupada also recollects how Caitanya-caritamrta was his spiritual master’s favourite book. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur had predicted that a time would come when people would learn the Bengali language simply to relish this classic composition of Krisnadasa Kaviraja Goswami. At present, however, Caitanya-caritamrta remains a relatively unexplored literature. Since the studies of Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam are vast in and of themselves, many neglect the opportunity to bathe in the delightful narrations of Sri Caitanya’s life.

In 5 weeks, we hope to:
– Present an easy-to-follow overview of Sri Caitanya’s life
– Provide a ‘road map’ and framework for anyone who desires to explore the Caitanya-caritamrta in greater detail

Please Note: A foundational understanding of Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam is recommended before undertaking this course. It is for more experienced devotees in Krishna consciousness.

Course Dates: Sundays 26th July & 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th August 2015 (5 weeks)
Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £30

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

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Veda Course

Friday, March 27th, 2015

A Three Month Residential Course for Men

The residential Veda Course is designed for those wishing to gain a foundational understanding of bhakti-yoga. Over a period of three months, the following modules are covered: Theology and Philosophy, Devotional Practice and Vaishnava Culture.

You will experience the early-morning devotional programme, practical temple services and the variety of festivals that make Bhaktivedanta Manor famous. Living in a spiritual community will help you to deepen your knowledge, strengthen your faith and build friendships that will last a lifetime.

Course Date : 4th October – 20th December 2015
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £250

There are limited places on this course and there is an application form to be completed and sent back before 26th September 2015.

For more information please email ashram@krishnatemple.com  or call 07930 464 750.

Introductory Course for Women

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Spiritualised Living

This is a three month residential course, starting 6th April 2015 ending 30th June 2015.

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Learn Simple Living, High Thinking
Experience devotional lifestyle at Bhaktivedanta Manor amongst devotees and likeminded students. Learn to built up a regular sadhana (devotional practise) by attending the daily morning and evening program in the temple room.

We offer a variety of service engagements as, temple cleaning, assisting in the kitchen, food distribution, farming, milking cows, outdoor congregational chanting, book distribution and home programs etc.

Classes and workshops will be held 4 days a week in the afternoon.

The syllabus
The course covers the studies of: Devotional Practice, Theology & Philosophy and Vaishnava Culture.

To commend success in completing the course, students will be awarded with a certificate.

A) Devotional Practice Covers:

1: Devotional Service
2: Daily Schedule & Appearance
3: Four Principles
4: Hearing and Chanting: Tips and Pitfalls
5: Deity Worship: Tulasi Worship
6: Holy Days and Festivals
7: Preaching, Paramapara and ISKCON
8: Cleanliness and Etiquette

B) Theology & Philosophy covers:

1: The Existence of God
2: The Search for the Absolute Truth / 3 pramanas / 4 defects
3: “You Are Not the Material Body”
4: Faith
5: The Three Aspects of the Absolute Truth
6: Krishna: The Supreme Absolute Truth / The Five Primary Rasas
7: The Three Energies of the Lord
8: The Creation / Universal Time
9: Perceiving Krishna in His Creation
10: The Three Modes of Material Nature / the Law of Karma / Re-incarnation
11: Death & Liberation

C) Vaisnava Culture Covers:

1: ISKCON’s Cultural Identity
2: The Vedas
3: The Four Varnas
4: The Four Ashrams
5: Respect: The Basis of Civilisation
6: Ethics and Morality
7: Relating to Devotees with Due Respect
8: Relating to seniors, juniors, and Peers
9: Receiving a Guest
10: Fellowship and Association
11: Three Levels of Devotees
12: Offences to the Vaishnavas
13: Twenty-Six Qualities of a Devotee

Fees
A nominal charge of £ 150 applies for the basic cost of study material, accommodation, food, and devotional clothing.

Concessions or sponsorships can be available for those with limited resources.

For application and inquiry please contact:
vaisnavi@krishnatemple.com

The Good Parenting Guide

Friday, March 20th, 2015

with HG Sridama das and Kaishori devi dasi

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“The two lasting bequests we can give our children: one is roots, the other is wings.”~ Hodding Carter Jnr

Scripture explains that one of the main duties of the parents is to bring up one’s offspring to become devotees of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

However, raising children to become moral, upstanding citizens in society is difficult enough, what to speak of inculcating devotional qualities in them. In this age of Kali, there are so many adverse influences, that it can seem nigh on impossible to make your children Krishna conscious.

However do not fear…

Please come along to this seminar and learn some practical hints and tips that will clarify your doubts and help you to raise your children and give them the best possible opportunity for a bright future, from all points of view.

Course Date: Sunday 3rd May 2015
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Venue:
Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £15

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 Sesa das on 07854 734331

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About the speakers
Sridama das and Kaisori devi dasi are senior disciples of His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj, and members of the Radha-Gopinath Temple (Chowpatty) community. They have been pivotal in developing the Mentorship System in Chowpatty, and in recent years, have travelled to many countries around the world, inspiring and helping other temples to do the same.

 

Gundica Marjanam…

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Cleansing the mirror of the heart

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During Caitanya Maharapbhu’s 18 year stay in Jagannath Puri, the Lord would annually gather together hundreds of associates and together they would clean the Gundica Temple, in preparation for the Ratha Yatra and the arrival of Lord Jagannath. It was a wonderful jubilant affair that is described in detail in Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya 12.

But this cleaning was no ordinary cleaning. It carries a great symbolism for the gradual process of cleansing the heart of the conditioned living entity through the practice of Krsna consciousness. It is described that according to the cleanliness of the heart of the individual, he was able to clean with greater quality.

Date: Course cancelled
Time: 10am – 2pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £10 (all proceeds to go to the College of Vedic Studies, Bhaktivedanta Manor)

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.

Gaur Gopal prabhu

HG Gaur Gopal das

About the speaker
His Grace Gaur Gopal Das is a disciple of His Holiness Radhanath Swami and is based in ISKCON Chowpatty, Mumbai, India. He has lectured extensively throughout India, including the top educational and business institutions. Over the past 10 years, he has also been regularly travelling to the UK and Europe in order to deliver lectures and seminar on varying aspects of Vedic Culture and Krsna consciousness, wowing his audiences with his unique mix of deep knowledge and witty humour. His talks enable people to understand the books of Srila Prabhupada in a digestible, enlivening and practical way.

The Path of Transformation…

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Lessons from the Life of Dhruva

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The Story of Dhruva Maharaj, described in the Fourth Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, is profound and instructive in so many ways. A young prince, wounded by the ignominy of rejection from his father, enters the forest to find the Lord and demand a kingdom of his own. Instructed by the great sage Narada, his severe austerities not only gain him an audience with the Lord, but at the same time transform him. His mission was initially highly motivated but ended in him taking full shelter of the Lord without any desire for self-gratification.

This was one of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s favourite pastimes, one that he would delight in hearing repeatedly. Come and get the essence of this wonderful narration and learn some of the invaluable life lessons it has to offer.

Date: Saturday 11th April 2015
Time: 10am – 2pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £10 (all proceeds to go to the College of Vedic Studies, Bhaktivedanta Manor)

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)


Gaur Gopal prabhu

HG Gaur Gopal das

About the speaker
His Grace Gaur Gopal Das is a disciple of His Holiness Radhanath Swami and is based in ISKCON Chowpatty, Mumbai, India. He has lectured extensively throughout India, including the top educational and business institutions. Over the past 10 years, he has also been regularly travelling to the UK and Europe in order to deliver lectures and seminar on varying aspects of Vedic Culture and Krsna consciousness, wowing his audiences with his unique mix of deep knowledge and witty humour. His talks enable people to understand the books of Srila Prabhupada in a digestible, enlivening and practical way.

Secrets of Success – and Failure – in Devotional Service

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

with HH Giriraj Swami

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tṛṇād api su-nīcena
taror iva sahiṣṇunā
amāninā māna-dena
kīrtanīyaḥ sadā hariḥ

“One who thinks himself lower than grass, who is more tolerant than a tree, and who does not expect personal honor but is always prepared to give respect to others can very easily always chant the holy name of the Lord.” (Siksastakam 3)

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, the spiritual master of our Srila Prabhuada, said to his disciples in his last days on the planet that one’s advancement in devotional life is measured by how closely and strictly we imbibe the principles of this verse in our lives.

In spiritual life, there are a few key secrets, such as this one, which if adhered to can propel us forward. There is no limit to the advancement we can make in Krishna consciousness. But ultimately the rate of advancement in spiritual life depends on the attitude of the follower, as Srila Prabhupada explains in the Preface to the Nectar of Instruction. Thus we have to continuously improve ourselves, looking to imbibe the ingredients for success in our endeavours.

Relatedly, it is important to be aware of potential pitfalls in spiritual life, so that one may take necessary steps to avoid them.

Please come and hear from Maharaj as he shares with us some of the deepest insights and realisations after over 40 years of dedicated practice.

Course Date: Saturday 14th March 2015
Time: 10am – 2pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £10

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.

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There are only a few places remaining, so please sign-up now in order to avoid disappointment.

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

The Ayurveda Series

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

with Ananga Sakhi devi dasi

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The term Ayurveda is derived from two Sanskrit words: ‘ayus’ meaning life and ‘vid’ meaning knowledge. The “science of life”, Ayurveda, is increasingly popular the world over, as people look for alternatives to allopathic care.

The Ayurvedic teachings have huge amounts of valuable insights into all aspects of our lives, from the food we eat, the times we rest and rise and overcoming various health problems.

Over the coming months, the College of Vedic Studies continues the longstanding Ayurveda Series. We have two great courses lined up which are relevant to anyone who wants to learn more about this great science of health and wellbeing. Please do not miss them!

Ayurvedic Diet

We often hear the common phrase… “you are what you eat”. Indeed, we understand that our diet has a significant impact on our body and even our state of consciousness. The Vedic literatures in the form of Ayurveda provide a scientific guide to our diet and the process of eating; what, when, how, and much more!

This session will focus on answering some key questions, such as:

  • Eating: what, when, where and in which order?
  • What are the six tastes and how do they affect the doshas?
  • Which foods are incompatible (bad combinations)?
  • When should one drink water and how much?
  • How many meals should one take?
  • What should one do after eating to aid digestion?

Date: Sunday 26th April 2015
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £20

Kitchen Remedies

We all suffer from various ailments from time to time, some being more serious than others. But did you know that rather than bottles and tubes of various concoctions from your local chemists, you can use common ingredients from your kitchen to make some of the most potent, effective and natural remedies?

This session will take 15 spices and food items, all of which are easily available from any local store (or your own kitchen!), and hone in on their great medicinal properties. Say goodbye to the common cold, various digestive problems and some of the worst skin problems using the following items:

Turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, coriander, cumin, nutmeg, dates, caraway seeds, black pepper, ghee, pomegranate, coconut, honey, milk, sugar

There will even be live demonstrations of some simple recipes – not one to be missed!

Date: Sunday 28th June 2015
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
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.

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

About the speaker
Ananga Sakhi devi dasi has been formally involved with Ayurveda for almost 15 years. She has run clinics across London, delivered numerous talks and seminars and has written a number of articles on different health topics. Her various talks on ‘Pregnancy’ and ‘Ayurveda for the Winter’ were very well received, and thus she is returning to continue with the ‘Ayurveda Series’, with this overview of Ayurveda in everyday life.

Aside from her Vedic understanding, she also has a BSc in Biomedical Sciences, which allows her to understand the science of Ayurveda within the modern context. She is married with two young boys, giving her ample opportunity to put this age old wisdom into practical experience with her own family.

Second Initiation Course

Monday, February 23rd, 2015
with Kripamoya das
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śamo damas tapaḥ śaucaṁ

kṣāntir ārjavam eva ca

jñānaṁ vijñānam āstikyaṁ

brahma-karma svabhāva-jam

Peacefulness, self-control, austerity, purity, tolerance, honesty, knowledge, wisdom and religiousness – these are the natural qualities by which the brāhmaṇas work (Bhagavad-gita 18.42)

Srila Prabhupada explained that he wanted a society of brahmanas. First class men and women exhibiting exemplary Vaisnava character. But what does this mean practically, and how can one move forward in developing these qualities in a practical way?

This is a new course for those who are preparing to take second initiation and for those who already have. It has been prepared due to frequent enquiries from many devotees on all subjects related to second initiation.

The course is in two parts – part one explains the value of second initiation and what to do to prepare for it; its function and some procedures related to the daily chanting and worship. Part two explains the meaning of the mantras. If you have not yet received second initiation then part one is for you. If you have already been second initiated then both parts are for you.

Part One

  • Why two initiations?
  • Brahmanas and the Varnashram system
  • The qualifications for second initiation – a personal introspection
  • Vedic and Pancharatrika margas
  • How to prepare for it
  • Philosophy and science of mantra chanting
  • Pancha Samskara and initiation into worship
  • Yaga, the path of Archana and its constituents
  • Bhagavat marga and Pancharatrika marga
  • Sandhya Vandanam, the threefold daily meditation of the brahmanas
  • Upanayana Samskara – the second initiation ceremony

Part Two

  • So what exactly are the ‘hard and fast rules?’
  • Aspects and types of various mantras: Bija, Mula and Gayatri
  • Theology of the mantras
  • Making an upavita, a brahmana thread
  • Changing your thread
  • Brahmana’s questions and katha

Completing Part 2 does not require completion of Part 1.

Part 2
Course Date: Sunday 21st June 2015, 2.30pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £15 for Part 2 [Second initiates only]

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 Sesa das on 07854 734331

For Part 2 Second initiates only:

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