Archive for the ‘Shastric Courses’ Category

Second Initiation Course

Monday, February 23rd, 2015
with Kripamoya das
sp gayatri

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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Existence: The Atma Paradigm

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

A synthesis of ancient philosophy & latest science

with Akhandadhi das (ACBSP)

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In this four-part series, Akhandadhi das tries to resolve the big questions:

            What is consciousness? Where does it come from?

                        What’s moving matter? Are there different states of reality?

                                    What is life? How do species appear?

                                                What’s driving the Universe? What’s beyond?

If you’re dismayed with the arguments between chance and creationism, then discover a rational third option with The Atma Paradigm – a radical modern take on current scientific evidence inspired by some ancient ideas.

If you love science, but worry about its paradoxes, inconsistencies and absurdities, The Atma Paradigm offers a logical model that resolves the contradictions and offers a testable set of propositions.

If you suspect there is more to life and the universe than just the chemistry and physics of inert particles, then the Atma Paradigm adds a dimension that conserves will, purpose, freedom, love and transcendence.

Warning: –  These talks do rock a few boats.

The Mystery of

Consciousness & the Self

The Mystery of


Matter & Energy

Sat 25th April 2015

2pm–5pm

Sat 2nd May 2015

2pm–5pm

(1.45pm: catch-up if you missed previous talk)

  • When science goes bad
  • Why science needs philosophy
  • Consciousness: The Hard Problem
  • Can you trust your senses?
  • Terminator model of perception
  • Who controls your brain?
  • Keeping neuroscience real.
  • Who’s the brain talking to?
  • Who do you think you are?
  • What is this stuff we call matter?
  • Where does it come from?
  • We need a bigger box to put it in.
  • The quantum quandary
  • Matter & consciousness: a chicken & egg issue?
  • What organises chaos?
  • Is mind under or over matter?
  • Intention and manifestation

 

The Mystery of


Life & Existence

The Mystery of

the 
Universe & Beyond

Sat 9th May 2015

2pm–5pm

(1.45pm: catch-up if you missed previous talk)

Sat 16th May 2015

2pm–5pm

(1.45pm: catch-up if you missed previous talk)

  • What makes life alive?
  • The information of natural selection
  • Why species evolve
  • Are humans special?
  • The arrow of evolution
  • A mechanism for new species
  • Co-intentional transformation
  • What’s love got to do with it?
  • The vehicle of consciousness
  • Cosmic conundrums
  • Free lunch universe
  • The multiverse monkey cage
  • The universe: the playground of consciousness
  • What’s at time t=0
  • When the universe is just an idea.
  • “Our bodies are made of stardust, but our minds made the stars”
  • How far back can we go?

Course Dates: Saturdays 25th April, 2nd May, 9th May, 16th May 2015
Times: 2pm – 5pm (all Saturdays)
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £10 for any one of these sessions, £25 for all sessions

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 all sessions

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For any one session 

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akhandadhiAbout Speaker: Akhandadhi das (ACBSP)  is a teacher of Vedanta philosophy and has researched its relevance with the most recent discoveries in physics and biology. He is best known for his regular broadcasts on BBC Radio 4 and Radio Wales.

Akhandadhi das has held numerous positions of leadership over the past 40 years in ISKCON. Most recently, he has acted in an advisory capacity for some of the leading projects across the UK, helping them to success on many fronts. He was also central in the decade-long campaign in the mid-80s to keep Bhaktivedanta Manor open, and led the temple to safety.

Akhandadhi das’ breadth and depth of knowledge is astounding. He has been researching into science and it’s practical application for many a year, and has some insights that could transform your perspective on life, the universe, and everything – forever. Do not miss out on this rare opportunity.

Guru and Disciple Course

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

with Kripamoya das

SP“Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth.”

– Bhagavad-gita 4.34

Scriptures are littered with references pertaining to the importance of accepting and serving a spiritual master. But the path to a “bona-fide” guru can seem rather hazy at best, and fraught with danger at worst.

This course is designed to help you understand the guru-disciple relationship on a deeper level, and thus demistify the entire process.

Learn more about the qualifications of a spiritual master, how to recognize and choose a bona-fide guru, the significance and process of initiation, how to associate with your guru, the characteristics of a good disciple and his or her responsibilities in the relationship. The course also touches on the particulars of what acceptance of a guru practically means in the modern context of ISKCON today.

Though this course is an essential requirement for those seeking spiritual initiation, it is relevant to anyone who wants to learn more about this most sacred of relationships.

Date: Sunday 8th November 2015
Time: 10am – 5pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £15

Please note, this course is mandatory for taking spiritual initiation.

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception (cash or card). 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

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


Caitanya-caritamrta Compact

Monday, December 15th, 2014

with HG Sutapa das

Lord-Caitanya-Dances-with-His-Followers

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 preparation for Gaura Purnima 2015, we’ll immerse ourselves in Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s life and teachings, by studying this wonderful biography.

In 5 weeks, we hope to:
– To present an easy-to-follow overview of Sri Caitanya’s life
– To 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.

Course Dates: 26th July and 9th,16th,23rd,30th of August
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, or to discuss how you would like to proceed, please call Pradeep K on 07708 620256 or email cvs@krishnatemple.com

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Bhāgavata-mahimā-sāra – Essence of the Glories of Bhāgavatam

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

 with His Grace Kartik Chandra das

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The Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa) is the jewel of the Purānas and is one of the most prominent texts accepted by acaryas in the Gaudiya Vaisnava sampradaya.

There is no limit to the Bhāgavatam. The demigods have a Bhāgavatam of 100,000 verses, which dwarfs the 18,000 verses we have access to. But the glories of the Lord are limitless and can be sung unendingly. And that scripture which describes the glories of the Lord is also, without doubt, glorious. Therefore, Sūta Gosvāmī explains:

śrīmad-bhāgavataṁ purāṇam amalaṁ yad vaiṣṇavānāṁ priyaṁ
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is the spotless Purāṇa and it is most dear to the Vaiṣṇavas.
(Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 12.13.18)

As Vaisnavas, we regard the Bhāgavatam as a great  inspiration as well as a primary source of evidence. We are also obliged to read and study the text over and over. In this regard, there is an old Sanskrit maxim: mahimā jñātvā abhyāsam kriyatām – “One must embark on studying a particular subject after understanding its glories.”

After the first session on Sunday 23rd November, there was a great demand for more. Therefore we have organised this 3-session series on the same topic. Each of them are standalone, so you do not need to have attended one in order to attend the others. We invite you to come and delve into “Bhāgavata-mahimā-sāra”, the glories of the Bhāgavata Purāṇa. This will also be a nice prelude for those attending the Bhagavatam Series, which will involve a study of the Bhagavatam itself.

The key topics that will be covered over the 3 weeks are as follows:
– The importance of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam in Gaudiya Vaisnava life
– The benefits of studying Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam
– The glories of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam

Key sources used in this seminar will be the Skanda-Purana, Padma-Purana, Matsya-Purana, Sat-sandharbas and the 11 main Bhāgavatam commentaries by the acaryas. For experienced practitioners of Krishna consciousness rather than newcomers.

Date: Coming soon
Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £30 (£15 for a single session)

For more information, please email cvs@krishnatemple.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, option 9). You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

To attend the entire course please follow the link below:

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


To attend any one of the sessions, please follow the below link, stating next to your name which of the three sessions you would like to attend:

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


About the speaker
Kartik Chandra das was born in a traditional Vaishnava family who trace their Vaishnava roots going back fourteen generations. From an early age he received training in Sanskrit Grammar and devotional scriptures. He had first-hand experience of Vaishnava tradition and culture as part of his upbringing.

He met ISKCON devotees in 1993 and has been associated with ISKCON since then. He holds a BEng (Hons) and Post-graduate qualification in Software Engineering and Project Management. He works in a Management role at one of the largest multinational software corporations in the world.

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is Kartik’s favourite literary work. His other interests are in Sanskrit Aesthetics, Paninian Grammar, Linguistics, Philosophy of Science and Cloud Computing. He currently lives in North West London with his wife and two children.

Bhagavat Life

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

with Ananda Caitanya das

Sukadeva-Goswami-tells-the-stories-of-the-Srimad-Bhagvatam-to-Maharaj-Pariksit

The Srimad Bhagavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa) is an epic work of 18,000 verses over 12 cantos, and the foremost of the 18 Puranas. The profundity of the work is second to none, and after the Bhagavad-gita, it is the most important text for any sincere seeker to approach.

The setting is soul-stirring. Maharaj Pariksit, Emperor of the world, is cursed to die in just seven days. What does he do? Approaching the great sage Sukadeva Goswami, he asks some of the most fundamental questions of life. The ensuing discussion is inspiring, thought-provoking and full of insight.

However, many look at the breadth and depth of this great work and wonder how they will ever read it, never mind understand and apply it in their lives. The Bhagavat Life course provides an opportunity to gain an overview of one key pastime from each of the Cantos 1-10 of the Srimad Bhagavatam – in 10 weeks.

Each interactive session will take one of the seminal pastimes from the Canto and provide life lessons that are relevant to all. This course is sure to provoke deep thought, reflection and self-development.

Bhagavat Life is ideal for those who have completed Gita Life, but it is open to all. As with all College of Vedic Studies courses, recordings of all sessions will be sent out weekly to all participants.

This course should not be confused with the Bhagavatam Series which involves a more in-depth study of the Bhagavatam and is for the more experienced practitioners of Krishna consciousness.

Course dates: starting Sunday 18th January 2015 (for 10 weeks)
Times: 10am – 12.30pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £60

For more information, or to discuss how you would like to proceed, please call Pradeep K on 07708 620256 or email cvs@krishnatemple.com

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.

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


The Four Goals of Family Life

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

with Jagannathesvari devi dasi (ACBSP)

Four Goals

Based on the book of the same name, this course is taught by the author as a sequel to the book. The aim of the course is to further explore and understand some of the vital issues presented in the book and to open them up for discussion.

According to Vedic teachings, the four goals of human life are dharma (religious principles, or righteous action), artha (economic development), kama (gratification of the senses), and moksa (spiritual liberation).  A balanced household life, in which material and spiritual progress are both valued, combines these four goals together in harmony. By pursuing one’s dharma, and by dovetailing artha and kama according to dharma, one can ultimately attain moksa. The course examines these four principles, how they apply to us today, and how they can be combined together for balancing spiritual and material advancement in contemporary family life.

The course includes the most fundamental Vedic teachings on marriage and family life in all four of the above departments, focussing on the most essential aspects rather than the details, and seeing how these principles relate to modern life in the Western world. The purpose is to understand how essential principles of Vedic culture can be practically applied to deal with the day-to-day challenges of modern family life, with the aim of cultivating peace, prosperity, happiness, and progress in the home and in relationships.

Topics include religious principles for householders in general and for men and women specifically, husband-wife relationships, home economics, raising a family, educating children, spiritual activities in the home, social relationships, balancing material and spiritual life, cultivating detachment, and dovetailing material assets in devotional service to Krsna.

Ancient Secrets of Harmony and Balance in Household Life
Session 1 – Dharma (essential principles of righteous action for householders, translated into a modern context) and artha (economic development balanced by dharma)
Session 2 – Male and female dharma (co-operation of male and female psychological tendencies for harmonious marital relationships)
Session 3 – Kama (sensual pleasure balanced by ethical principles), moksha (spiritual liberation), and prema (the 5th goal of life)
Each session is stand-alone, so participants can attend individual sessions if they wish.

Course Dates: Sundays 28th Dec, 4th + 11th January (3 weeks)
Time: 10am – 12pm
Venue: 
Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £30 (£15 for a single session)

For more information, please email cvs@krishnatemple.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.

To attend the entire course:

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


To attend one of the sessions, please follow the below link, stating next to your name which of the three sessions you would like to attend:

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


About the speaker
Jagannathesvari devi dasi is a British disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. She was initiated in 1976 in Vrindavan, India, and she has served ISKCON in India, South Africa, and U.K. Her services have included public relations, publications, administration, book distribution, deity worship and cooking. She has been settled in Hertfordshire for the last 25 years with her husband and two sons, who are now grown-up. She heads up the ISKCON UK Marriage Committee, and her current services include writing, teaching, and matchmaking. Her book, The Four Goals of Family Life, is selling all over the  world and has also been translated into Russian. She has a BA in literature. Her husband, Visvambhara dasa, is the National Adviser for BBT Book Distribution in UK.

Bhāgavata-mahimā-sāra – Essence of the Glories of Bhāgavatam

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

 with His Grace Kartik Chandra das

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The Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa) is the jewel of the Purānas and is one of the most prominent texts accepted by acaryas in the Gaudiya Vaisnava sampradaya.

There is no limit to the Bhāgavatam. The demigods have a Bhāgavatam of 100,000 verses, which dwarfs the 18,000 verses we have access to. But the glories of the Lord are limitless and can be sung unendingly. And that scripture which describes the glories of the Lord is also, without doubt, glorious. Therefore, Sūta Gosvāmī explains:

śrīmad-bhāgavataṁ purāṇam amalaṁ yad vaiṣṇavānāṁ priyaṁ
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is the spotless Purāṇa and it is most dear to the Vaiṣṇavas.
(Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 12.13.18)

As Vaisnavas, we regard the Bhāgavatam as a prime source of inspiration and a reference point. We are also obliged to read and study the text over and over. In this regard, there is an old Sanskrit maxim: mahimā jñātvā abhyāsam kriyatām – “One must embark on studying a particular subject after understanding its glories.” With this in mind, this session, “Bhāgavata-mahimā-sāra” looks to enunciate the glories of the Bhāgavata Purāṇa.

The key topics that will be covered in this session are as follows:
– The importance of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam in Gaudiya Vaisnava life
– The benefits of studying Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam
– The glories of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam

The content will be focused on practitioners of Kṛṣṇa Consciousness, rather than newcomers. Key sources used in this seminar will be the Skanda-Purana, Padma-Purana, Sat-sandharbas and the 11 main Bhāgavatam commentaries by the acaryas.

Date: Sunday 23rd November 2014
Time: 2.30pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £15

For more information, please email cvs@krishnatemple.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, option 9). You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


About the speaker
Kartik Chandra das was born in a traditional Vaishnava family who trace their Vaishnava roots going back fourteen generations. From an early age he received training in Sanskrit Grammar and devotional scriptures. He had first-hand experience of Vaishnava tradition and culture as part of his upbringing.

He met ISKCON devotees in 1993 and has been associated with ISKCON since then. He holds a BEng (Hons) and Post-graduate qualification in Software Engineering and Project Management. He works in a Management role at one of the largest multinational software corporations in the world.

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is Kartik’s favourite literary work. His other interests are in Sanskrit Aesthetics, Paninian Grammar, Linguistics, Philosophy of Science and Cloud Computing. He currently lives in North West London with his wife and two children.

The Transcendental Transmission

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

with His Grace Bhuta Bhavana das

One must deliver himself with the help of his mind, and not degrade himself. The mind is the friend of the conditioned soul, and his enemy as well.

Bhagavad-gita 6.5

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How much are you taking advantage of the opportunities provided by Srila Prabhupada to transform your character and develop spiritual strength? Are you interested in excelling in your spiritual life and also experiencing these benefits in your external endeavours? Do you want to know the secret of how to strengthen, purify and focus the mind and intelligence?

Undoubtedly, the greatest underused resources for human kind are the Vedic teachings. They have been distilled and delivered by great spiritual teachers and leaders throughout history. Srila Prabhupada is one of the most outstanding of these teachers. But how much do we understand his contribution and avail of it?

In this seminar, you will learn:
– Various techniques that will allow you to transform your character, thinking and entire destiny for the better
– How transcendental wisdom can fundamentally change the nature of your mind and how it functions
– How to empower others with deeply positive and constructive thinking
– To destroy the lower modes of passion and ignorance that cause the mind to act in a sub-optimal way
– To develop a deeper connection with the Supersoul and the ability to more easily perceive the internal guidance and discrimination coming from Krsna
– To empower your spiritual life through the regular association of innumerable powerful great devotees by the regular reading of spiritual literature
– Why so many people are not getting the most out of Srila Prabhupada’s books; because they have not been taught the actual science of sacred reading

Date: Sunday 9th November 2014
Time: 2.30pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £15

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception (cash or card). You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

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

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


About the speaker:
His Grace Bhuta Bhavana das is a graduate from the prestigious London School of Economics where he studied Politics and Philosophy. He then went on to  complete a Masters degree at the University of London at one of the UK’s leading Philosophy departments. Since then, Bhuta Bhavana das has been a Motivation and Leadership Consultant, whilst actively partaking in multiple Governmental, Educational and Charitable initiatives. He also regularly shares Krishna consciousness with a wide variety of audiences across the world, from university students to corporate leaders, speaking on topics such as leadership, lifestyle management and self-development. He is married and lives in London.

Spiritual Master and Disciple Course

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

with His Grace Kripamoya das

SP“Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth.”

– Bhagavad-gita 4.34

Scriptures are littered with references pertaining to the importance of accepting and serving a spiritual master. But the path to a “bona-fide” guru can seem rather hazy at best, and fraught with danger at worst.

This course is designed to help you understand the guru-disciple relationship on a deeper level, and thus demistify the entire process.

Learn more about the qualifications of a spiritual master, how to recognize and choose a bona-fide guru, the significance and process of initiation, how to associate with your guru, the characteristics of a good disciple and his or her responsibilities in the relationship. The course also touches on the particulars of what acceptance of a guru practically means in the modern context of ISKCON today.

Though this course is a requirement for those seeking spiritual initiation, it is relevant to anyone who wants to learn more about this most sacred of relationships.

This course will cover the following topics:

  • Necessity for accepting a Spiritual Master
  • The Qualifications and Characteristics of a Spiritual Master
  • The Qualifications and Characteristics of a Disciple
  • Procedures and Standards for Initiation (Diksa)
  • Etiquette between Spiritual Master and Disciple
  • Deviant Philosophies

Date: Sunday 12th April 2015
Time: 10am – 5pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £15

Please note, this course is mandatory for taking spiritual initiation.

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception (cash or card). You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

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

Name(s) of Attendee(s)