Posts Tagged ‘bhagavatam’

Croatia Spiritual Retreat 2015

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

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In May 2015, we had a wonderful Retreat to Croatia with HH Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaj. Please find photos, recordings and video links all below…

On the success of Croatia Spiritual Retreat 2015:

Retreat Photos:
https://goo.gl/photos/wkJNMGTxhkAFoTcN8

Retreat Audio Playlist:
https://soundcloud.com/bhakticharuswami/sets/croatia-spiritual-retreat-2015

Retreat Lectures:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4Me5WGTjtn1Crq1I8iL3QT4PizEo6ijk

Retreat Bhajan & Kirtans:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4Me5WGTjtn2NoZD-3M_1oRGW0rfE_-jA

Retreat Other Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4Me5WGTjtn2ZAnZWnXz6Sg-B4xHVW8MX

Details about Retreat

From 9th – 16th May 2015, we were very honoured to have His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami as the chief guest for the European Spiritual Retreat to Croatia. This was a fabulous 7-day spiritual retreat to the beautiful Croatian island of Iz.

Life can get busy with work, family and friends. Often the sad reality is that the first thing to suffer is that which is most important in the ultimate sense, our spiritual life. We all need some time to simply absorb ourselves in the practice and process of Krishna consciousness.

To this end, the College of Vedic Studies aims to bring spiritual retreats to allow devotees to get away from everything else and simply reconnect with Krishna. The week-long retreat was packed full of kirtans, seminars, sanga and prasadam – providing an  immersive devotional experience for all within the beautiful, sunny surroundings of the island of Iz. It was definitely a week to remember!

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The theme for the retreat was “Understanding Krishna Consciousness through the Stories of Srimad Bhagavatam.” The Srimad Bhagavatam is the ripened fruit of all Vedic knowledge, and is replete with the pastimes of Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and His devotees. Referred to as the “spotless” Purana, the Bhagavatam is “directed towards bringing about a revolution in the impious lives of this world’s misdirected civilisation (SB 1.5.11).” Via this greatest of all literatures, we had the opportunity to extract the essence of Krishna consciousness in both theory and practice.

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Contact us:
retreats@krishnatemple.com

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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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The Bhagavatam Series

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

with Ananda Caitanya das

“If you read Srimad Bhagavatam then immediately, you will realize God”
– His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The Srimad Bhagavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa) is referred to as the spotless Purana, which is “directed toward bringing about a revolution in the impious lives of this world’s misdirected civilization (SB 1.5.11).” It is replete with conversations and pastimes that are deeply instructive for our lives, thus providing a lifetime of reading, re-reading, study and contemplation.

It is not without reason that Rupa Goswami explains in his Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu that even a small attachment for Srimad Bhagavatam can arouse devotional ecstasy (bhava-bhakti), even in a neophyte.

It is often advised however that only when studying the Srimad Bhagavatam do we really gain a grasp of the key personalities, events and lessons that need to be learnt from this paramahamsa-samhita. Indeed, Srila Prabhupada often explains that these books need to be studied in the association of devotees. This “Bhagavatam Series” provides a chance to do just that. In these sessions, we will look into some of the fundamental pastimes in short, digestible chunks, with devotees.

Each pastime will consist of 4 three-hour sessions. They will be interactive and thought-provoking, encouraging learners to think for themselves about the practical application of the text to everyday life. The insights and association of fellow students will also add a unique flavour to the classes. Participants will have the opportunity to look at Srila Prabhupada’s purports and the various pastimes from different viewpoints. Through the power of the Bhagavatam, the sincere participant will no doubt walk away inspired and enlivened.

Please note that it is not necessary to attend Part 1 in order to do Part 2, or Part 2 in order to access Part 3, and so on. All Parts of The Bhagavatam Series are standalone.

Course Structure – Canto 1 (4 parts)

Part 1 – Narada Muni Instructs Vyasadeva (Chapters 4-6)
4 lessons
Study Vyasa’s dissatisfaction, the intervention of his spiritual master Narada, and the muni’s insightful description of his previous life and path to perfection.
Part 1 – Completed

Part 2 – Krsna and His devotees (Chapters 7-9)
4 lessons
Study the aftermath of the Kuruksetra war as Asvatthama tries for revenge, the timeless wisdom of Queen Kunti as she teaches us how to really deal with adversity, and the sagacious words of grandsire Bhisma as he leaves the world.
Part 2 – Completed

Part 3 – Krsna and His Associates End Their Earthly Pastimes (Chapters 13-15 + Canto 11 Chapters 1, 30 & 31)
4 lessons
Delve into the renunciation of Dhṛtarāṣṭra as he finally leaves the palace for the forest, the untimely departure of Lord Krsna, and the subsequent retirement of the Pandavas. This Part 3 also looks at the 11th Canto, which gives us deeper insights into the intriguing circumstances surrounding the departure of the Lord.
Course Dates: Sunday 24th May, 7th, 21st & 28th June 2015 (4 weeks) Note: 31st May is Snana Yatra & 14th June is Ratha Yatra
Time: 2pm – 5pm (please note afternoon timings)
Course Fee: £30

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Part 4 – Maharaja Parīkṣit & Kali Yuga (Chapters 16-19)
4 lessons
Study the entrance of Kali into the world, how the King was unduly cursed by a young brahmana boy, and Pariksit’s preparations for death as Sukadeva Goswami enters the assembly at an opportune moment.
Course Dates: To be confirmed
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Course Fee: £30

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Please note, there is no assessment involved in these sessions.

This is essentially a Bhakti Vaibhava-‘lite’ course. The structure makes the study of the Bhagavatam more accessible for those unable to commit to a lengthy period of study and regular assessments as is the case with the official Bhakti Vaibhava course. Thus it gives participants breaks of a few weeks in between the various Parts. A strong understanding of the Bhagavad-gita is recommended in order to be able to keep pace with the lessons. Bhakti Shastri is a plus. For those less familiar with the philosophy of Krishna consciousness, the Bhagavat Life course is more appropriate.

Further information about dates will be published soon.

Participants can sign up to each individual Part as they go along, or enroll for all 4 parts together for a discounted price of £100:

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For more information, please email cvs@krishnatemple.com or call Sesa das on 07854 734331

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal links above, or at the Manor reception (call 01923 851000 and make clear what you are signing up to). You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

Rediscovering the Bhagavatam

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

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From All Angles of Vision: Rediscovering the Bhagavatam

As the core scripture of our Caitanya Vaishnava tradition, the Srimad Bhagavatam is a vast and rich treasure of spiritual truth, narrative wonder, and practical guidance. Yet its sheer size and complexity can be overwhelming. In this seminar we will reflect together on various aspects of the Bhagavatam, with special attention on the practice of overviewing relatively large portions of the text. In particular we will focus on the First Canto, as a prelude to the rest of the work, and as a “devotional commentary” on the Mahabharata.

About the speaker:
Krishna Kshetra Das (based in Oxford, U.K., and in Radhadesh, Belgium) received initiation from Srila Prabhupada in 1972. In recent years, wishing to help develop systematic education within ISKCON, he earned a D.Phil. (PhD) in Religious Studies at Oxford University and has gained teaching experience over a six-year period at University of Florida and Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is currently the Dean of Studies at Bhaktivedanta College, Radhadesh, and a permanent Research Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.

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Together with Radhikaramana Prabhu (USA) he has edited “The Bhagavata Purana: Sacred Text and Living Tradition” (Columbia University Press, available this April) and together they are now preparing an abridged Bhagavatam with the same publisher.

 

Date: Saturday 6th April 2013
Time: 10am to 2pm
Venue: Prasadam Hall, Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £10

For more information, please email: cvs@krishnatemple.com or call 01923 851010

To book your place on the course now, follow the link, or pay at the Manor reception:

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Bhakti Vaibhava

Thursday, September 13th, 2012
“If you read Srimad Bhagavatam then immediately, you will realize God”
– His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Bhakti Vaibhava is a systematic study of Cantos 1 to 6 of the Srimad Bhagavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa), the spotless Purana, which is “directed toward bringing about a revolution in the impious lives of this world’s misdirected civilization.” (SB 1.5.11)

One may have listened to many lectures on the text, and even read through this epic work numerous times, but often we find that only when studying it do we really gain a grasp of the key personalities, events, and lessons that need to be learnt from this paramahamsa-samhita. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to dedicate some time to a step-by-step study of this great work, Srila Prabhupada’s magnum opus. Indeed, Rupa Goswami explains in his Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu that even a small attachment for Srimad Bhagavatam can arouse devotional ecstasy (bhava bhakti) even in a neophyte

The three-hour sessions are interactive and thought-provoking, encouraging learners to think for themselves about the practical application of the text to everyday life. The insights and association of fellow students also adds a unique flavour to the classes. Learners will have the opportunity to study each canto in turn, looking at Srila Prabhupada’s purports and the various pastimes from different viewpoints. Assessment is voluntary (some choose to be in the ‘hearer category’ and are therefore not liable to sit the tests) and takes place through homework assignments, some short written tests and sloka memorisation.

Bhakti Vaibhava is number two of the four official courses set up by Srila Prabhupada for ISKCON (see .pdf document below for more details). Therefore it is generally a requirement that one will have completed the Bhakti Shastri course before embarking on Bhakti Vaibhava.

The course is accredited by the renowned Mayapur Institute, and successful candidates who complete the first 6 cantos will be awarded the Bhakti Vaibhava Degree. Students will enrol on the course one canto at a time.

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Course Dates: Every Sunday, starting January 2015 (Canto 1 for approximately 5 months)
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Venue: 
Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee (Canto 1): £100

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.

Name(s) of Attendee(s)