Posts Tagged ‘krishna’

Explore – Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times

Friday, December 6th, 2013

“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. The Bhagavad-gita 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: Every Sunday, starting 2nd February 2014 (4 weeks)
Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £20

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 cvs@krishnatemple.com or call 07539314457.

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Improving our Sadhu Sanga

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

with Chintamani Dhama Devi Dasi

Srila Prabhupada equates sadhu sanga with discussions of transcendental literature amongst devotees.  He frequently exhorts us to discuss his books systematically and scrutinisingly. This seminar looks at some of these instructions and also other evidences from Srila Prabhupada how we can get the most out of our sastra discussions.  This seminar can be useful to any serious practitioner regardless of their current level of sastric knowledge.
“Discussion of Kṛṣṇa is very potent, and if a fortunate person has such association and tries to assimilate the knowledge, then he will surely make advancement toward spiritual realization.” Bg 9.1 purport

(Testimonials from previous students included at the foot of this page)

In this seminar, we look at what is sadhu sanga and how we can begin to improve our sadhu sanga, specifically by improving our discussions about Krishna. We will be learning techniques that can help enhance the discussion experience.

Due to the relative depth of the discussion, course attendees should have some experience in Krishna consciousness. We suggest a minimum standard of chanting 16 rounds for at least 6 months.

Course Date: Monday 5th August 2013
Time:
10am – 2pm
Venue:
Library, Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee:
£10 (refundable on request after attendance of the course)

Class size is limited. Please make sure you book ahead either at reception, or by following the Paypal link below:

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 Testimonials:

Bhagadatta das:   The internal benefit has been that we now go much deeper in trying to understand Srila Prabhupdada’s teachings and applying them in our lives. Previously I would read his books and ‘feel good about it’. Nowadays with the discussions we go line by line deliberating on Prabhupada’s instructions and I still remember many important points.

Jayanti  dasi:   I make sure that I have at least one or two daily discussions every day.  The most beautiful part of the discussions is that we can discuss how to apply in our personal life the instructions Srila Prabhupada is giving in the particular purport.

Daya das:  I am very interested in this consultation since sravanam and kirtanam are basic and essential in the development of our spiritual life. It is great that ISKCON is making efforts to improve on them.
I would like to talk about the Systematic Threadbare Discussion posted by Cintamani dhama mataji. These discussions are a great way to understand Krishna’s and Srila Prabhupada’s instructions. Understanding these instructions are crucial for a healthy spiritual life, to know what we are doing, why we are doing it, where we are going, what is the goal of our spiritual life, how to attain that goal, etc.

Gopi Prema dasi:  Since I am discussing Srila Prabhupada’s books I feel my chanting is improving . To discuss the life of the pure devotees, their conversations, and Krishna’s instructions is most essential for purifying my consciousness.
The discussions are so interesting to hear how other devotees understand things. It helps me to understand it better, in different lights. In discussions I remember much better and I can really concentrate. And by reflective hearing I really learn how to hear properly.

Kishor Murti das:  The techniques really give you the skills to become so receptive and attentive to what is being said, and what is being revealed through the heart as one expresses one’s own understandings.
There is much talk of a ‘Srila Prabhupada centric’ movement, and for me one of the most powerful and emphatic ways I experienced proximity to him, was through using these methods.

Dunja:  I would like to thank you for my new found inspiration of discussing Srila Prabhupada’s books with your method. I’m amazed by the detailed research and evidence support. When my husband and I took part we felt immediate benefit. My mind was immediately engaged to be a good listener , understanding what a person has just said etc.

Sucirani dasi:  Discussing Srila Prabhupada’s books in this particular format has allowed me to gain deep insights and really develop my relationship with Srila Prabhupada through his books. It has allowed me to develop deep friendships based on Krishna Consciousness in a supportive environment that helps to avoid speculation.

Radha Sakti dasi:  I wish to say that these discussions have helped me tremendously.  I did not have much interest in reading because I could not remember things.  Since I have started consistently doing discussion I am remembering better, my conversation with others is about sharing what we discussed.  It is Srila Prabhupada’s instruction to study systematically, scrutinizingly, threadbare, seeing subject matters from different angles of vision.

 

 

Explore – Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

“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. The Bhagavad-gita 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: Every Sunday, starting 2nd February 2014 (4 weeks)
Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £20

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 cvs@krishnatemple.com or call 07539314457.

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


The Veda Course

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

A 12 week residential course for men

The Veda Course is about learning to see and live life from the inside-out rather than the outside-in. The course aims to answer all the unanswered questions of life. The Veda Course invites you to learn from an ancient body of tried and tested wisdom, “the secrets of the east”, through philosophy seminars, applied spirituality workshops and exciting projects and festivals. The program provides the opportunity for conversation and dialogue with the leading thinkers, teachers and practitioners of this lifestyle in the modern day.

Course contents:

1. Experience Bhakti-Yoga in a unique and enlivening temple environment.

2. Systematic study of scriptures and literatures. Modules include:

  • Theology and Philosophy
  • Devotional Practice
  • Vaishnava Etiquette

3. Basic training in Sanskrit verses and Indian Classical Instruments.

4. Learn to prepare and offer food according to Vedic standards.

5. Basic training in deity worship according to Vedic practices.

When: 14th January – 14th April 2013

Where: Bhaktivedanta Manor

Who: Contact 07930464750
ashram@krishnatemple.com

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.

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Gita Life – with Janakinath das

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

The Bhagavad-gita is universally renowned as a timeless masterpiece of 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.

“Gita Life” provides a chapter-by-chapter summary, giving pertinent themes and life lessons from this historical epic. There are also insights into the culture and practice of this ancient tradition including meditation, music and drama.

The 10 sessions are thought-provoking and interactive. You will leave feeling enlivened and refreshed.

Course Dates: Every Sunday, starting 19th January 2014 (10 weeks)
Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue:
Goshalla Class Room, Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £60

For more information, please email cvs@krishnatemple.com or call 07539314457.

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.

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In Praise of The Gita

“When I read the Bhagavad-gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous.”~ Albert Einstein
“The Bhagavad-gita has a profound influence on the spirit of mankind by its devotion to God which is manifested by actions.”~ Dr. Albert Schweitzer
“The Bhagavad-gita is the most systematic statement of spiritual evolution of endowing value to mankind. It is one of the most clear and comprehensive summaries of perennial philosophy ever revealed; hence its enduring value is subject not only to India but to all of humanity.”~ Aldous Huxley
“When doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and I see not one ray of hope on the horizon, I turn to Bhagavad-gita and find a verse to comfort me; and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow. Those who meditate on the Gita will derive fresh joy and new meanings from it every day.”~ Mahatma Gandhi
“I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavad-gita. It was the first of books’ it was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence which in another rage and climate had pondered and thus disposed of the same questions which exercise us.”~ Ralph Waldo Emerson