Posts Tagged ‘sacred’

Sacred Union – The Art of Relationships

Friday, June 6th, 2014

– with Mahatma das (ACBSP)


Marriage is an ashram.

It is important to make it successful.

Do we need a workshop to help our marriages? If you are married, if you plan to marry, or even if you don’t plan to marry but will be instructing married couples, the answer is a resounding yes.

Married life is an asrama and Prabhupada wanted us to make it successful. To be successful in your service and sadhana and not in your asrama is a paradox.

What does it mean to be successful in the grhastha asrama? Of course, success means becoming Krsna conscious, but there are many factors that contribute to a Krsna conscious marriage. One of the most important is to, as Prabhupada said, “Live peacefully.”

To live peacefully we need to know how to make our partners happy.

Many of us are confused about household life. To make matters worse, we tend to act as husbands and wives more according to our conditioned natures than according to the guidance of sastra. Plus, it is common for devotees to misunderstand the roles of wife and husband as taught in our scriptures. To top this off, many of us, even though we have been married for years, don’t deeply understand the psychology of our spouses and thus continue to make mistakes in our relationship.

But good marriages are extremely important for our spiritual life. If home life is disturbed, it disturbs our spiritual life. And if we can’t learn to serve our families well, what is the meaning of being servants? If we fail in our family life and succeed in our service, then we have only succeeded by failing.

Furthermore, this course is relevant not only to those in household life. The principles discussed here are universal and will be relevant for all relationships.

If you plan to marry, or are newly married, consider this workshop as mandatory for you. In other words, you owe it to your spouse or partner to take this course. It is only an investment of a weekend, but it will make a huge difference in your life. So please come along to this transformational weekend – your relationships will never be the same!

There are laws that create good relationships.

You owe it to your spouse to learn them.

Date: Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July 2014
Time: 10am – 5.30pm (both days)
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £50

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 07539314457.

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Save the River Yamuna

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

At the time when tens of thousands of devotees in the UK are about to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna, a holy man from Lord Krishna’s birthplace in India has flown in with a serious message: the sacred river Yamuna where millions of international pilgrims bathe and sip the water is not the river it used to be. Today the Yamuna is the untreated sewage and waste waters of Shahdara drains of Delhi.

Mentioned in India’s national anthem, along with the Ganges as one of the country’s famous and defining rivers, the Yamuna is now the second most polluted river in the world. The holy man, Shri Brajraj Sharan, will be bringing his solemn message at Bhaktivedanta Manor’s Janmasthami festival.

The sacred Yamuna, flows through the world’s largest river basin – the Ganga river basin – with a population of hundreds of millions of people. Many of the cities, towns and villages downstream of Delhi draw their drinking water from the river. They also depend on it for bathing, their economic needs and religious rituals. These towns include Agra, home to the Taj Mahal, Allahabad, an important sacred town where up to 70 million pilgrims assemble every six years for the Kumbha Mela festival, and Vrindavan, the birthplace of Lord Krishna.

“People who are actually suffering from this don’t really have a voice. It’s the people downstream who suffer, the poorer people, the fishermen, the people who are falling sick,” said Manoj Nodkarni of the Centre for Science and Environment. “We do so much for Aids and cancer and cardiac problems, but the biggest killer in India is still water-borne diseases and these are preventable deaths.”

The quality of ground water, water from wells, is also being seriously affected in the region because this water is replenished from the river. The effect on those living near the river is potentially disastrous.


There has been a considerable amount of sympathy for the cause amongst politicians in India, but still no solution has been reached. Currently, advocates for the river are mobilising support from organisations around the world.

Shri Brajraj Sharan, explained, “The river water can be easily returned and there are solutions available. All we need to save this sacred river is the political will to do so. Any kind of support will be helpful, especially anything that brings this issue to the Indian government’s attention to make sure it gets prioritized. Please visit website where you can sign a petition and learn how to contact key people in the government”.


For more information and to learn how to help, visit:

If you would like to speak to Shri Brajraj Sharan, email: