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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.

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


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.

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


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.

Transformational Seminars

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

with Brajarani devi dasi

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Please see details below of two exciting new transformational seminars coming soon at the College of Vedic Studies. The first is communication-based and the second focusses on adopting responsible paradigms and freeing ourselves from the burden of victim consciousness. Please see details below.

Conscious Living seminar
To serve in any field of endeavour requires the ability to listen and the commitment to understand. This seminar, which is based on spiritual principles of conscious living will give one tools, skills and practical experience for such transformative communication. Vaisnava philosophy is centred around the principle of empathy – A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada was a great example of this. Other famous people like Theodore Roosevelt quotes: “people don’t care what you know till they know you care” and Paul Tillich’s says: “The first duty to love is to listen”. This seminar is essential for coaches and mentors in all fields.

In this seminar you will:
– Get to transform and build more meaningful relationships
– Gain insights into your communication style and how it affects your life and work
– Learn how to overcome ‘roadblocks’ to effective communication
– Discover problem-solving strategies
– Integrate assertiveness and gain self-confidence

Course Date: Sunday 22nd February 2015
Time: 2.00pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £25

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception (01923 851000, option 9). You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


 

The Responsible Paradigm
A key element of trustworthy character is being a person of your word.  Indeed, one of the foundational principles of Krishna consciousness is responsibility. This is a very broad subject, and overlaps many other important principles such as accountability, honesty and integrity, all of which are fundamental to relationships in today’s world.

The Bhagavad-gita is all about Krsna encouraging Arjuna to be responsible, honest about his own nature, material and spiritual, and acting according to that. It can be surprising to observe how prone we are to slip from these principles in our day-to-day lives. This can in turn affect our relationships with ourselves, our loved ones/others and even God.

In this seminar attendees will have an opportunity to cultivate this trait. Personal growth principles taught in this seminar are essential for any aspiring spiritualist.

In this seminar you will:
– Take a look at your relationship with your word
– Analyse the effects your behaviour has on your life and relationships
– Learn strategies for handling broken agreements
– Get to see how your language reflects your consciousness
– Learn alternative paradigm for conscious living
– Look to take full responsibility for your emotions and free yourself from the suffering of being a victim

Course Date: Sunday 1st March 2015
Time: 2.00pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £25

Please note, the requirement to attend this second follow up seminar on ‘The Responsible Paradigm’ is that one must have participated in the first seminar above (‘Conscious Living’) or ‘Transformative Communication’ last September 2014. There can be exceptions for people who have knowledge and experience in this field. It is also imperative that all participants arrive on time – latecomers may be refused entry (without a refund) since this may lead to disruption.

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception (01923 851000, option 9). You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


If you would like to attend both seminars in this series, there is a 20% discount. Please follow the link below:

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


For more information on any of the above, please call Pradeep K on 07708 620256 or email cvs@krishnatemple.com

About the speaker: 
Brajarani Dasi is a Life Skills and Personal Transformation Coach. She graduated as a Life Coach in Oxford, UK (*CMA registered) with outstanding results, and received further extensive training from a unique and remarkable institute for personal improvement in USA ( *ICF accredited). Brajarani Dasi’s eagerness for the quest of life since early childhood brought her in contact with teachers and knowledge of the oldest scriptures. She brings knowledge and benefits of this experience to her work in the helping field. This, along with her unique coach training, facilitated Brajarani in her commitment to create meaningful changes in people through empowered communication and personal transformation founded on profound spiritual principles. She believes in each individual’s inherent knowledge and eternal, joyful qualities.
* CMA – Complementary Medical Association
* ICF – International Coaching Federation

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.

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.

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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.

Transformative Communication Workshop

Monday, July 7th, 2014
with Brajarani Devi dasi
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If you are looking for more purposeful and abundant relationships, be it for deeper and joyful connection with like-minded people, those we work with, our dear ones or to help others, this experiential seminar is highly recommended. It could be the beginning of creating meaningful changes to yours and others’ lives through empowered communication and personal transformation founded on spiritual principles.

At this Transformative Communication seminar you will:
– learn vital life skills for communication
– gain insights into your communication style and how it affects life and work
– transform and build more meaningful relationships
– overcome ‘roadblocks’ to effective communication
– integrate assertiveness
– gain self-confidence
– discover problem solving strategies
– increase productivity

“He is a perfect yogi who, by comparison to his own self, sees the true equality of all beings, both in their happiness and distress by dint of his own personal experience… The perfect yogi is the sincerest friend of the living entities.”

– Bhagavad-gita As It Is 6.32

Date: Coming again soon
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £30

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 07539 314457.

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


About the speaker: 

Brajarani Dasi is a Life Skills and Personal Transformation Coach. She graduated asa Life Coach in Oxford, UK (*CMA registered) with outstanding results, and received further extensive training from a unique and remarkable institute for personal improvement in USA ( *ICF accredited). Brajarani Dasi’s eagerness for the quest of life since early childhood brought her in contact with teachers and knowledge of the oldest scriptures. She brings knowledge and benefits of this experience to her work in the helping field. This along with her unique coach training facilitated Brajarani in her commitment to create meaningful changes in people through empowered communication and personal transformation founded on profound spiritual principles. She believes in each individual’s inherent knowledge and eternal, joyful qualities.
* CMA – Complementary Medical Association
* ICF – International Coaching Federation