Bhaktin Programme

Introductory Course for Women

This is a three month residential course starting on the 6th January 2014 and finishing on the 31st March 2014.

Please note there are limited places on this course and there is an application form to be completed and returned to us.

Spiritualised Living
Learn simple living, high thinking, experience the spirituality of the temple morning program, learn to play Indian musical instruments, meet other students, temple devotees and make new friends and so much more.

The Bhaktin Program is to gain new skills and experience.

Classes and workshops will be held 4 days a week with accompanying general temple services i.e. temple cleaning, support in the kitchen and assisting a number of festivals.

And on other days acquire new or improve upon your existing skills and experience in the following areas; book distribution, home visit programs, street procession (Harinam), food distribution, farming and milking cows, cooking and deity services etc.

A nominal charge of £150 will be asked for the course to cover basic costs of study materials, clothing etc. Concessions or sponsorships can be available for those with limited resources.

The syllabus
The syllabus of the Introductory Course / Bhaktin Course is as follows:
Students will take part in general temple service duties and festivals together with their classroom studies.

Each Student will cover 3 handbooks entitled Devotional Practice, Theology & Philosophy, and Vaishnava Culture.

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

To commend success in completing the course, students will be awarded Introductory Course certificates.

Contact Jagat Priya devi dasi for more information:
Daytime phone number: 07776060697

Please download the application form


Published onThursday, November 28th, 2013

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