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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
Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £30 (£15 for a single session)

For more information, please email 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.

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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:

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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.