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Bhagavad Gita – Competition

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

Calling all talented young people, we have an exciting competition for you to explore Bhagavad Gita. This is your chance to participate in either a drawing and / or a speech competition.

You can show off your best artistic skills by drawing something from Chapter 10 of the Bhagavad Gita. In this chapter, Krishna talks about His opulences with Arjuna.  Choose a verse or combination of verses and share with us your understanding and imagination.

Can you talk for a minute* on any of these 4 topics – Krishna, Journey of the soul, Devotional service or Karma. You will need to use your best voice and storytelling skills to share what Krishna has explained about these topics in the Bhagavad Gita

This competition is part of our Live to Give campaign that aims to inundate the world with the treasure house of Bhagavad Gita. The competition is designed for 3 Age groups – Bala Gopal (0 – 7), Nanda Gopal (8 – 12) and Nanda Kishore (13+). 

Registration Fee: £5 (includes Bhagavad Gita per entrant)

Submission deadline: 15th December

Results announced: Gita Jayanti Day – 25th December

World Gita Day Competition : All entries will also be entered into this competition (https://worldgitaday.webflow.io/empowered-by-gita/creative-contest)

Due to Covid 19, we request you take a picture or scan the drawing and take a video of the speech for submission. 

Have Fun!

Register for the Competition

 

Competition Rules

Competitor’s must supply full name and email details and comply with all rules to be eligible for the prizes. No responsibility is accepted for ineligible entries or entries made fraudulently.

  1. Entrants must be UK residents.
  2. There are 3 Age Categories for both Drawing and Speech competitions. These are Ages 0 – 7, 8 – 12 and 13+. A person can enter separately for drawing and for speech competitions.
  3. Registration fee is requested to cover costs of prizes, promotion and administration.
  4. Any surplus monies will go towards the Live To Give Campaign
  5. Only one entry will be accepted per person for each of Drawing and Speech.
  6. The winners will be decided by a panel of judges and their decisions are final.
  7. The winners will be contacted personally after the closing date.
  8. Prize winners must be prepared to take part in post-competition publicity.
  9. The Promoter (Bhaktivedanta Manor – Sankirtan Team) does not accept any responsibility for late or lost entries.
  10. Prizes must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred.
  11. There will be no cash alternatives.
  12. The Promoter’s decision is final in every situation, including any not covered above, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  13. The Promoter reserves the right, in the event of circumstances arising outside of its control which in its opinion makes it necessary, to cancel or change the competition at any stage.
  14. Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this competition. This agreement is covered by the laws of England and Wales.
  15. If there is any conflict between these rules and those specified on the competition page, those specified on the competition page take precedence.

World Gita Day

Thursday, November 12th, 2020


Read Gita

Recite the entire Bhagavad gita… in 5 hours! Refresh your soul in the company of His Grace Sutapa das & His Grace Radha Govinda das. The entire 700 verses of the Gita will be recited, and chapter summaries will be presented. A fire yajna will be conducted throughout the recitation. You can join along in the reading from the comfort of your homes. 

Live Gita

The Bhagavad-gita is not simply a philosophical treatise, but rather a call to action. We are meant to read it, learnt it and ultimately live it. The profound wisdom that Krishna imparts is something that everyone can experience as a tangible reality. However, this is only possible when we practically implement the teachings and spiritualise different aspects of our daily life. By incorporating four timeless spiritual practices into our lifestyle we can quickly become peaceful, happy and self-realised.  Read More

Share Gita

You are invited to sponsor Bhagavad-gitas and participate in the online recitation of the entire Bhagavad-gita accompanied by a fire yajna (havan). Gita Jayanti offers the opportunity to celebrate the appearance of Bhagavad Gita and to distribute this gem to many others. You are invited to sponsor Bhagavad Gitas and distribute them to your friends, family and colleagues. Alternatively the Temple on your behalf will place them in schools, universities, hospitals or prisons through its various programmes.

To sponsor Bhagavad gitas please click here

Sponsor Gitas

 

Live Gita

Thus I have explained to you knowledge still more confidential. Deliberate on this fully, and then do what you wish to do. (Bhagavad-gita 18.63)

The Bhagavad-gita is not simply a philosophical treatise, but rather a call to action. We are meant to read it, learnt it and ultimately live it. The profound wisdom that Krishna imparts is something that everyone can experience as a tangible reality. However, this is only possible when we practically implement the teachings and spiritualise different aspects of our daily life. By incorporating four timeless spiritual practices into our lifestyle we can quickly become peaceful, happy and self-realised.

A – ASSOCIATION

Try to visit a local ISKCON temple on a regular basis, and take advantage of the classes, festivals and various opportunities for devotional service. If you live far away from a temple, you can attend one of the Krishna groups

B – BOOKS

Read the books translated by Srila Prabhupada. Along with the well-known Bhagavad-gita there is also the Srimad Bhagavatam. Its 18,000 verses continue the philosophical teachings of the Gita, and also describe Krishna’s divine appearance and avatars. It’s best to read daily, either a certain number of pages or for a certain amount of time. We can make a thorough study, noting interesting or difficult passages, or we can simply read our way through, confident of our spiritual purification.

C – CHANTING

Recite the Hare Krishna mantra on a circle of 108 wooden beads. This is known as japa meditation. One time round the beads each day is for beginners, four times round as a daily minimum is for more committed practitioners, and sixteen ‘rounds’ are for those who have taken (or are planning to take) their lifetime vows. You can chant these holy names of the Lord anywhere and at any time, but the early morning hours are deemed ideal. While you’re chanting, simply fix your mind on hearing the sound of the mantra. When you talk, it’s natural for you to listen to your voice, and during meditation, direct this natural attentiveness to hearing the mantra. The quality of your meditation will depend on how well you do this.

D – DIET

One should offer all their food to Krishna before eating. From the purchasing, to the cooking, then the offering and finally the eating, every step can be an act of love which brings one closer to God. In preparing food, cleanliness, attention to detail and devotion are the main principles. After cooking, arrange portions of the food on special dinner-ware kept especially for Krishna. The easiest way to offer food is simply to pray, “My dear Lord Krishna, please accept this humble offering”. There are also special mantras which can be chanted to invoke a devotional consciousness. Then you can accept that sanctified food and share it with others!

Bhagavad Gita Yajna

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

The Bhagavad gita Maha Yajna will be taking place in the Sri Krishna Haveli.

Recite the entire Bhagavad gita… in 5 hours!

Refresh your soul in the company of His Grace Kripamoya das & His Grace Navadvipa Chandra das. The entire 700 verses of the Gita will be recited, and chapter summaries will be presented. A fire yajna will be conducted throughout the recitation.

Gita Jayanti offers the opportunity to celebrate the appearance of Bhagavad Gita and to distribute this gem to many others. You are invited to sponsor Bhagavad Gitas and distribute them to your friends, family and colleagues. Alternatively the Temple on your behalf will place them in schools, universities, hospitals or prisons through its various programmes.

To sponsor Bhagavad gitas please click here

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This will be the first major event to take place in the Sri Krishna Haveli before we get the full handover over the venue in late January. The recital of the Bhagavadgita and the Yajna will take place in the function hall and we will also be serving prasad in the new facility.

It will be a wonderful opportunity for you to see two main halls in use for the first time.

This year there will be no Live Broadcast of the event as the venue is large enough to hold everyone.

The formal opening of the Sri Krishna Haveli will be announced in the new year once the handover is completed.

Gita Jayanti

Friday, December 14th, 2018

Recite the entire Bhagavad Gita… in 5 hours!

Refresh your soul in the company of His Grace Sutapa das & His Grace Radha Govinda das. The entire 700 verses of the Gita will be recited, and chapter summaries will be presented. A fire yajna will be conducted throughout the recitation.

Gita Jayanti offers the opportunity to celebrate the appearance of Bhagavad Gita and to distribute this gem to many others. You are invited to sponsor Bhagavad Gitas and distribute them to your friends, family and colleagues. Alternatively the Temple on your behalf will place them in schools, universities, hospitals or prisons through its various programmes.

To sponsor Gitas please click here

Please note that due to limited space, a maximum of 2 persons per sponsorship can participate in the temple room recitation, (1 person for £51 sponsorship). Additional space will be provided in other rooms equipped with video feeds.

gita.bhaktivedantamanor.co.uk

Community Newsletter

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Please find below the January / February 2017 edition of Bhaktivedanta Manor’s community Newsletter.  (To view higher resolution images you can download the file)

Main stories in this edition include:

Book Distribution Marathon

The Prime Minister’s Faith Advisor visits

University Students explore science of spirituality

Gita Jayanti

Children’s Mitzvah day (local interfaith)

New Year’s Eve celebrations

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Bhagavad Gita classes

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

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Bhagavad-gita classes will now be taking place at 6pm until 7pm in the Temple room every weekday.

These new timings were considered more favourable for most devotees and guests.

 

The Bhagavad Gita (“Song of the Lord), often referred to as simply the Gita, is a 700 scripture in Sanskrit that is part of the epic Mahabharata

The Gita is set in a narrative framework of a dialogue between Arjuna and his guide and charioteer Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

The Bhagavad Gita presents dharma (religious duty), devotion (bhakti), the yogic ideals of liberation through jnana, bhakti, karma etc. In summary, Lord Krishna tells Arjuna to “Everything you do, do it for Me”. This is understood to be the highest form of yoga.

Celebrate Gita Jayanti

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

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The Bhagavad Gita is a transcendental dialogue between Lord Sri Krishna and His devotee Arjuna. Spoken at the outset of a great battle, it is an encyclopedia for humanity.

In contrast to the atheistic scientist’s purely physical (and hence incomplete) description of everything, Bhagavad Gita makes a distinction between the spiritual self and the material body.

The mind, intelligence and senses are discussed in terms of their strengths and limitations, and guidelines are given for their intended use.

Recite the entire Bhagavad Gita… in 5 hours!

Refresh your soul in the company of His Holiness Sivarama Swami & His Grace Gauri das. The entire 700 verses of the Gita will be recited, and chapter summaries will be presented. A fire yajna will be conducted throughout the recitation.

Gita Jayanti offers the opportunity to celebrate the appearance of Bhagavad Gita and to distribute this gem to many others. You are invited to sponsor Bhagavad Gitas and distribute them to your friends, family and colleagues. Alternatively the Temple on your behalf will place them in schools, universities, hospitals or prisons through its various programmes.

To sponsor Gitas please click here

Please note that due to limited space, a maximum of 2 persons per sponsorship can participate in the temple room recitation, (1 person for £51 sponsorship). Additional space will be provided in other rooms equipped with video feeds.

How to be Krishna Confident

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

with HG Ghanashyam Priya das

Krishna consciousness is for everyone, there is no doubt about it. Indeed, Srila Prabhupada built a house in which the whole world can live. But in order to invite the world into our wonderful home, we have to help them to see the benefits of doing so.

Too often we lack confidence in presenting Krishna consciousness to others. How can we make it relevant to others and at the same time remain true to the ultimate reality? At work, at home, with friends, giving talks – there are a multitude of arenas where, as devotees, we struggle to represent ourselves in a credible way.

With this in mind, the College of Vedic Studies brings to you a series of 6 seminars and workshops on how to present Krishna consciousness to a contemporary audience.

In this course we will cover:

  • Insights about sharing Krishna consciousness from scriptures: How have the representatives of the Lord shared his teachings?
  • Public speaking training. Guidance on how to prepare & research for a presentation. Tips on presentation styles and formats
  • How to relate our philosophy to key world events in fields such as politics, economics and religion
  • On the spot thinking. How to answer common questions around family challenges, benefits of meditation, reasons for being vegetarian etc.
  • How to connect our families, careers and networks to Krishna Consciousness
  • How to observe and understand what a person needs to take the next step in their spiritual journey
  • What is genuine care? How to provide 1:1 advice and guidance tailored to each individual

Course Dates: each Sunday from 21st June 2015 (6 weeks)
Time: 11am – 1.30pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £35

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

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About Speaker: 

Ghanashyam Priya Das is a lifestyle and meditation coach who is powered by the zeal to make ancient intelligence accessible, relevant and valuable to a modern audience. He has been invited to present on meditation and lifestyle topics to a number of well known institutions including the University of Cambridge and London School of Economics and companies such as the BBC, RBS, Lloyds and Barclays. A former President of ISKCON Pandava Sena and president of an award winning KCSoc at university he has 10 years of experience in sharing Vedic wisdom with students and professionals with great success. His workshops are inspired from international ventures to India and the U.S. He will share practical yet profound points from our sacred texts to assist you with your journey to becoming Krishna Confident. Graduating with a 1st Class BSc (Hons) degree from Cass Business School, he lived as a monk for 3 years at Bhaktivedanta Manor. Now a Innovation Consultant for a well known firm, he leads several workshops on collaboration and communication.

Bhagavat Life

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

with Ananda Caitanya das

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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.

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Explore – Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

“The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.”

Start LivingAll of us have questions about life. Who are we? Why are we here? Why do bad things happen to good people? What happens after death? But living in such a fast paced world we run out of time to eat, drink and even sleep let alone finding time to explore our deeper thoughts. Explore focuses on the key themes of The Bhagavad-gita which is universally renowned as the crown jewel of India’s spiritual wisdom. Spoken by Sri Krishna, to His intimate friend, Arjuna, the Bhagavad-gita’s 700 concise verses provide a definitive guide to the science of yoga and self-realization.

In 4 sessions, grasp the core themes of the Bhagavad-gita and how they apply to the modern individual. Partake in dynamic seminars, group discussions and guided meditations. We aim to give you a framework which will aid you to personally cultivate strong spiritual habits.

Course Modules
1. What is Success?
2. Who is God?
3. Karma: Good or Bad?
4. Art of Living

Explore offers students

  • Practical wisdom from experienced practitioners
  • Like-minded spiritual seekers
  • Warm and open devotional atmosphere
  • Strong habits that foster spiritual growth

Course Dates: each Sunday from 25th October 2015 (4 weeks)
Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £20

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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