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Bhakti Seva Day

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

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This year as ISKCON celebrates its 50th anniversary we are inviting everyone to render some extra hours of seva (service).

Over time, many of you have contributed tremendously by serving at our busy festivals, attending to thousands of guests and ensuring successful celebrations – all of which comes with its own pleasures and pressures. We thought it would be nice to have a day of service away from the festival hustle-bustle, so we can relish doing some outdoor service together.

Come and Experience the Joy of Devotion.

Date: 27th November 2016

Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm followed by prasadam

Main service areas: gardening, goshalla, farming, cleaning and maintenance.

Reporting area: In front of the main kitchen

 

Join us for a day of cleaning, gardening, and farming email your attendance to volunteer@krishnatemple.com

Bhakti Seva Day

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

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This year as ISKCON celebrates its 50th anniversary we are inviting everyone to render an extra 50 hours of seva.

Over time, many of you have contributed tremendously by serving at our busy festivals, attending to thousands of guests and ensuring successful celebrations – all of which comes with its own pleasures and pressures. We thought it would be nice to have a day of service away from the festival hustle-bustle, so we can relish doing some outdoor service together.

Come and Experience the Joy of Devotion.

Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm followed by prasadam

Main service areas: gardening, goshalla, farming, cleaning and maintenance.

Reporting area: In front of the main kitchen

The following Bhakti seva days are scheduled for 2016
29th May 2016
26th June 2016
31st July 2016
4th September 2016
25th September 2016
23rd October 2016
27th November 2016

Join us for a day of cleaning, gardening, and farming email your attendance to volunteer@krishnatemple.com

Volunteer Fayre

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Come and volunteer this Janmashtami, and get the chance to serve Lord Krishna. Help us make the festival a great success!

Whatever you think volunteering is, it’s time to broaden your mind. Our amazing volunteers get involved in hundreds of ways – from stewarding on the day, to helping cook in the kitchen; from working in our offices, to manning the shop. Whatever your interests, whatever your talents, volunteering can be one of the most rewarding investments you’ll ever make so come to the fayre and join us.

If you have family or friends who would like to volunteer for the FIRST time, please ask them to attend our Volunteer Fayre and training on 20th July. If they already know which area they want to serve, then they can opt to come for the training and registration only.

Fayre and meeting the team leaders : 11:30 – 12:30

Training and registration : 12:30 – 2 pm

Venue: Tent (Janmastami Krishnaland/ children’s area)

PS – This training is compulsory for all new volunteers and also those who have volunteered in 2012 and prior.

If you have volunteered before please get in touch with your team or email us for training and registration dates.

Please visit our website for further details and regular updates.

http://volunteer.bhaktivedantamanor.co.uk/volunteer-fayre-20th-july/

Email:
volunteer@krishnatemple.com

Ancient Wisdom For A Modern World – The Mahabharata

Monday, March 11th, 2013

with Gaur Gopal das

Ancient Wisdom For A Modern World
Lessons From The Mahabharata

The Mahabharata is one of the greatest epics of all time and indeed the longest Sanskrit work to exist. It’s 100,000 verses are filled with mystery and intrigue, politics and spirituality, love and warfare.

Mahabharat

The core story of the work is that of a dynastic struggle for the throne of Hastinapur, the kingdom ruled by the Kuru clan. The two branches of the family that participate in the struggle are the Kauravas and the Pandavas. Although the Kauravas is the senior branch of the family, Duryodhana, the eldest Kaurava, is younger than Yudhisthira, the eldest Pandava. Both Duryodhana and Yudhisthira claim to be first in line to inherit the throne.

The struggle culminates in the great battle of Kurukshetra, in which the Pandavas are ultimately victorious. The battle produces complex conflicts of kinship and friendship, instances of family loyalty and duty taking precedence over what is right, as well as the converse.

There are many lessons, both practical and spiritual, that we can take from this great epic. HG Gaur Gopal prabhu, an exceptional and inspiring speaker from ISKCON Chowpatty, Mumbai, will be taking us through some of these lessons – allowing us also to apply them in your day-to-day lives.

 

Gaur Gopal prabhu

Gaur Gopal prabhu

Date: Saturday 20th April 2013
Time: 10am – 2pm
Venue:
Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £10

For more information, please e-mail cvs@krishnatemple.com, or call +441923 851010

You can sign-up using Paypal (see link below), or at the Manor reception.

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Winter Book Marathon

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

The Winter Book marathon is a special time of the year, and I always feel blessed and fortunate to have some participation in it. Last month there was street distribution all across the country – from Exeter to Enfield and from Wigan to Winchester. We even had a team distributing books across Ireland! Many devotees went out on the Saturday Weekend Warrior programs. Some went out on door-to-door in the evenings – we even managed to place books in some local hotels! Bhagavad-gita sponsorship was going on throughout the month, and culminated in a wonderful Gita Jayanti Festival – nearly 2500 Gitas were sponsored. Over 150 congregation members took a book pack and vowed to distribute their 7 books in December.

For the pleasure of Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda, Sri Sri Sita Rama Laksman Hanuman, Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, Srila Prabhupada and all the Vaisnavas, the final scores for the Book Marathon 2012 are as follows:

32,655 books were distributed!

285 devotees participated!

Thank you to all those who took part. I pray that we continue this sacred mission of distributing books to every corner of this country, and in this way increase our offering to Srila Prabhupada… an offering that will surely make him smile.

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Thank you again,

Your servant
Sutapa das

Seva Day at the Manor

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

On the 7th October Bhaktivedanta Manor played host to a group of 24 young City professionals from all over the corporate sphere to get involved in some Corporate Social Responsibility of a different kind. The likes of Barclays Capital, Network Rail and Ernst & Young each had employee representatives who had given up their Sunday to cook a specially prepared 3 course meal, which was personally delivered and distributed by the cooks to various homeless shelters in and around Watford.

Working on behalf of the charity Food for All, the volunteers spent the morning cooking a kidney bean and potato curry, lentil soup, Indian breads, salad, a fresh fruit juice and a sweet dish for 200 people.

This year the Temple partnered with the Watford New Hope Trust who services the homeless and vulnerable people from nine different locations in Watford. These include: six houses and hostels; five support services; and three development services.

Bijal Majithia, project leader, commented: “The project has facilitated a nice exchange where the people serving are from very different environments to those who they have served.

“We hope and will endeavor to get more people involved in such wonderful initiatives in future, and build strong and positive relationships across as many areas of society as possible.”

Indeed, this project is one of many different, equally worthy causes where people from all over the world take part in this wonderful initiative known as Sewa Day. Sewa is a universal concept, which involves performing an act of kindness without expectation of reward. It is performed selflessly and without ulterior motive.

On Seva Day, thousands of people across the world come together to perform Sewa and experience the joy of giving in its truest sense. Food For Life for Seva Day will be specifically taking place in London and Hong Kong.

Food For life is a charity set up to cook fresh meals and distributes them to the homeless communities. The Temple has been involved with Sewa Day since its inauguration in 2010.

Roshni Thakrar, the youngest joint coordinator and fellow team leader for London said ‘‘getting involved in Seva Day is a humbling experience-making a real tangible difference to people and spreading some of the goodness that the Temple has to offer is something really special and we have a great team dedicated to the cause’’.

Each project that is organised is based on at least one of the guiding principles below:

1.      Help relieve hardship / poverty

2.      Bring a little joy…to others

3.      Help the environment

In total 200 plates of pure vegetarian Prasad (sanctified food offered to the deities) was distributed and fed a lot of hungry stomachs.

Janmashtami 2011

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

The preparation for Janmashtami Festival begins the day after the previous year’s festival has just ended. Around 1500 volunteers contribute their time, expertise, creativity, ideas and skills in order to plan to the last detail how to make the festival a memorable experience for the expected 80,000 pilgrims. All members of the community and congregation have a unique contribution they can make to the festival, whether young or old, man or woman, those with professional or manual skills, and from all cultural backgrounds.

A month before Janmashtami, the festival fever really kicks in, with 600-800 excited volunteers coming onsite at the Manor every evening after a hard day’s work to help prepare for every aspect of the festival. On the actual festival day, many volunteers relish their service so much, that they feel inspired to spend 24 hours (with breaks!) to ensure the festival runs smoothly. For example, last year, the kitchen staff worked 24 hours to provide wonderful free vegetarian meals of prasadam (sanctified food) to the 70,000 visitors.

When deciding what volunteers can do, great consideration is given to engaging people according to their skills, abilities and nature as well as the flexibility of being able to do what is needed on the festival day. Every single volunteer is given compulsory training, such as health and safety, as well as service-specific training such as food and hygiene training. The festival is such a big project that there are countless different opportunities to serve, such as kitchens, potwashing, serving prasadam, parking cars, ushering guests, greeting VIPs, giving tours, publications, setting up tents, repair work, electrical work, IT, stage setup, multimedia technician – the list is endless.

If you would like to volunteer for Janmashtami and have never volunteered before please come to our volunteers registration:

Monday 1st August 8.00pm at Bhaktivedanta Manor

for more info, please contact Krishna Purna devi dasi at kp@krishnatemple.com

The Bhaktivedanta Players

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

In January members of the Bhaktivedanta Players were invited to Mauritius to perform 12 devotional plays in 8 different venues, with  paying audiences ranging from 400 – 1000. (more…)