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Deity Worship Course

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

The Essentials of Deity Worship


“Generally in the conditioned state we are contaminated. But this worshiping system called arcana-vidhi cleanses the polluted heart and one becomes actually fit for becoming qualified brahmana.” (SP to Brahmananda, 15th September, 1968)

Srila Prabhupada instituted in ISKCON the most exquisite standards of Deity Worship and his desire was for these standards to be maintained.

At Bhaktivedanta Manor, our attempt is to please Their Lordships and Srila Prabhupada by maintaining and excelling these high levels of service and devotion. Every day, Sri Sri Radha-Gokulananda, Sri Sri Sita-Rama Laxman Hanuman and Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai are daily given 6 offerings and aratis, bathed and dressed twice.

Of course, serving the deities is not child’s play. Amongst many things, it requires knowledge, attention to detail and devotion. Furthermore, it requires training. To this end, this course, “The Essentials of Deity Worship”, is being organised to ensure that the standards of worship to Their Lordships continue to develop and increase. The sessions will be facilitated by Murli Manohara Prabhu and Gadadhara Prabhu, head pujaris at ISKCON London and Bhaktivedanta Manor, respectively.

There will be two days of lessons and practical workshops giving in depth insights into the theory and practice of deity worship in the temple environment. So whether you are currently engaged in deity worship at the Manor, or hope to be in the future, please attend this course. Open to both first and second initiates.

The content of the two days’ training is given below:

Saturday 27th June 2015 (please note, change of date)

  • Why perform deity worship?
  • The Lord is present in His deity form
  • Definition and goal of arcana
  • Authenticity of deity worship
  • Pancaratrika & bhagavata-vidhi
  • Practical Sessions on acamana and offering arati

Saturday 4th July 2015 (please note, change of date)

  • Qualifications for arcana
  • Position of the spiritual master
  • Variations in arcana procedures and standards of worship
  • Mood of worship
  • Values, attitudes, and behavior of a pujari
  • Purity
  • Practical Sessions on bhoga offerings & waking and resting the deities

“If one attains perfection in Deity worship, that is called arcana-siddhi. Arcana-siddhi means simply by Deity worship one goes back to Godhead immediately after this life. So this arcana-siddhi program is given in the Narada-pancaratra especially for the householders. Householders cannot undergo strict disciplinary activities of austerity, therefore for every householder the path of arcana-siddhi is very much recommended.” (SP to Himavati, 18th March, 1969)

Course Dates: each Saturday from 27th June 2015 (2 weeks)
Time: 10am – 5pm (lunch will be provided, 1pm-2pm)
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £40

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 or call Sesa das on 07854 734331

Name(s) of Attendee(s)

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 or call Sesa das on 07854 734331

For Part 2 Second initiates only:

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