Posts Tagged ‘Srimad Bhagavatam’

How to be Krishna Confident

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

with HG Ghanashyam Priya das

Krishna consciousness is for everyone, there is no doubt about it. Indeed, Srila Prabhupada built a house in which the whole world can live. But in order to invite the world into our wonderful home, we have to help them to see the benefits of doing so.

Too often we lack confidence in presenting Krishna consciousness to others. How can we make it relevant to others and at the same time remain true to the ultimate reality? At work, at home, with friends, giving talks – there are a multitude of arenas where, as devotees, we struggle to represent ourselves in a credible way.

With this in mind, the College of Vedic Studies brings to you a series of 6 seminars and workshops on how to present Krishna consciousness to a contemporary audience.

In this course we will cover:

  • Insights about sharing Krishna consciousness from scriptures: How have the representatives of the Lord shared his teachings?
  • Public speaking training. Guidance on how to prepare & research for a presentation. Tips on presentation styles and formats
  • How to relate our philosophy to key world events in fields such as politics, economics and religion
  • On the spot thinking. How to answer common questions around family challenges, benefits of meditation, reasons for being vegetarian etc.
  • How to connect our families, careers and networks to Krishna Consciousness
  • How to observe and understand what a person needs to take the next step in their spiritual journey
  • What is genuine care? How to provide 1:1 advice and guidance tailored to each individual

Course Dates: each Sunday from 21st June 2015 (6 weeks)
Time: 11am – 1.30pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £35

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception (cash or card). You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

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

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About Speaker: 

Ghanashyam Priya Das is a lifestyle and meditation coach who is powered by the zeal to make ancient intelligence accessible, relevant and valuable to a modern audience. He has been invited to present on meditation and lifestyle topics to a number of well known institutions including the University of Cambridge and London School of Economics and companies such as the BBC, RBS, Lloyds and Barclays. A former President of ISKCON Pandava Sena and president of an award winning KCSoc at university he has 10 years of experience in sharing Vedic wisdom with students and professionals with great success. His workshops are inspired from international ventures to India and the U.S. He will share practical yet profound points from our sacred texts to assist you with your journey to becoming Krishna Confident. Graduating with a 1st Class BSc (Hons) degree from Cass Business School, he lived as a monk for 3 years at Bhaktivedanta Manor. Now a Innovation Consultant for a well known firm, he leads several workshops on collaboration and communication.

Gundica Marjanam…

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Cleansing the mirror of the heart

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During Caitanya Maharapbhu’s 18 year stay in Jagannath Puri, the Lord would annually gather together hundreds of associates and together they would clean the Gundica Temple, in preparation for the Ratha Yatra and the arrival of Lord Jagannath. It was a wonderful jubilant affair that is described in detail in Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya 12.

But this cleaning was no ordinary cleaning. It carries a great symbolism for the gradual process of cleansing the heart of the conditioned living entity through the practice of Krsna consciousness. It is described that according to the cleanliness of the heart of the individual, he was able to clean with greater quality.

Date: Course cancelled
Time: 10am – 2pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £10 (all proceeds to go to the College of Vedic Studies, Bhaktivedanta Manor)

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.

Gaur Gopal prabhu

HG Gaur Gopal das

About the speaker
His Grace Gaur Gopal Das is a disciple of His Holiness Radhanath Swami and is based in ISKCON Chowpatty, Mumbai, India. He has lectured extensively throughout India, including the top educational and business institutions. Over the past 10 years, he has also been regularly travelling to the UK and Europe in order to deliver lectures and seminar on varying aspects of Vedic Culture and Krsna consciousness, wowing his audiences with his unique mix of deep knowledge and witty humour. His talks enable people to understand the books of Srila Prabhupada in a digestible, enlivening and practical way.

The Path of Transformation…

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Lessons from the Life of Dhruva

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The Story of Dhruva Maharaj, described in the Fourth Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, is profound and instructive in so many ways. A young prince, wounded by the ignominy of rejection from his father, enters the forest to find the Lord and demand a kingdom of his own. Instructed by the great sage Narada, his severe austerities not only gain him an audience with the Lord, but at the same time transform him. His mission was initially highly motivated but ended in him taking full shelter of the Lord without any desire for self-gratification.

This was one of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s favourite pastimes, one that he would delight in hearing repeatedly. Come and get the essence of this wonderful narration and learn some of the invaluable life lessons it has to offer.

Date: Saturday 11th April 2015
Time: 10am – 2pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £10 (all proceeds to go to the College of Vedic Studies, Bhaktivedanta Manor)

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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Gaur Gopal prabhu

HG Gaur Gopal das

About the speaker
His Grace Gaur Gopal Das is a disciple of His Holiness Radhanath Swami and is based in ISKCON Chowpatty, Mumbai, India. He has lectured extensively throughout India, including the top educational and business institutions. Over the past 10 years, he has also been regularly travelling to the UK and Europe in order to deliver lectures and seminar on varying aspects of Vedic Culture and Krsna consciousness, wowing his audiences with his unique mix of deep knowledge and witty humour. His talks enable people to understand the books of Srila Prabhupada in a digestible, enlivening and practical way.

Bhāgavata-mahimā-sāra – Essence of the Glories of Bhāgavatam

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

 with His Grace Kartik Chandra das

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The Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa) is the jewel of the Purānas and is one of the most prominent texts accepted by acaryas in the Gaudiya Vaisnava sampradaya.

There is no limit to the Bhāgavatam. The demigods have a Bhāgavatam of 100,000 verses, which dwarfs the 18,000 verses we have access to. But the glories of the Lord are limitless and can be sung unendingly. And that scripture which describes the glories of the Lord is also, without doubt, glorious. Therefore, Sūta Gosvāmī explains:

śrīmad-bhāgavataṁ purāṇam amalaṁ yad vaiṣṇavānāṁ priyaṁ
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is the spotless Purāṇa and it is most dear to the Vaiṣṇavas.
(Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 12.13.18)

As Vaisnavas, we regard the Bhāgavatam as a great  inspiration as well as a primary source of evidence. We are also obliged to read and study the text over and over. In this regard, there is an old Sanskrit maxim: mahimā jñātvā abhyāsam kriyatām – “One must embark on studying a particular subject after understanding its glories.”

After the first session on Sunday 23rd November, there was a great demand for more. Therefore we have organised this 3-session series on the same topic. Each of them are standalone, so you do not need to have attended one in order to attend the others. We invite you to come and delve into “Bhāgavata-mahimā-sāra”, the glories of the Bhāgavata Purāṇa. This will also be a nice prelude for those attending the Bhagavatam Series, which will involve a study of the Bhagavatam itself.

The key topics that will be covered over the 3 weeks are as follows:
– The importance of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam in Gaudiya Vaisnava life
– The benefits of studying Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam
– The glories of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam

Key sources used in this seminar will be the Skanda-Purana, Padma-Purana, Matsya-Purana, Sat-sandharbas and the 11 main Bhāgavatam commentaries by the acaryas. For experienced practitioners of Krishna consciousness rather than newcomers.

Date: Coming soon
Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £30 (£15 for a single session)

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, option 9). You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

To attend the entire course please follow the link below:

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To attend any 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
Kartik Chandra das was born in a traditional Vaishnava family who trace their Vaishnava roots going back fourteen generations. From an early age he received training in Sanskrit Grammar and devotional scriptures. He had first-hand experience of Vaishnava tradition and culture as part of his upbringing.

He met ISKCON devotees in 1993 and has been associated with ISKCON since then. He holds a BEng (Hons) and Post-graduate qualification in Software Engineering and Project Management. He works in a Management role at one of the largest multinational software corporations in the world.

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is Kartik’s favourite literary work. His other interests are in Sanskrit Aesthetics, Paninian Grammar, Linguistics, Philosophy of Science and Cloud Computing. He currently lives in North West London with his wife and two children.

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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Bhāgavata-mahimā-sāra – Essence of the Glories of Bhāgavatam

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

 with His Grace Kartik Chandra das

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The Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa) is the jewel of the Purānas and is one of the most prominent texts accepted by acaryas in the Gaudiya Vaisnava sampradaya.

There is no limit to the Bhāgavatam. The demigods have a Bhāgavatam of 100,000 verses, which dwarfs the 18,000 verses we have access to. But the glories of the Lord are limitless and can be sung unendingly. And that scripture which describes the glories of the Lord is also, without doubt, glorious. Therefore, Sūta Gosvāmī explains:

śrīmad-bhāgavataṁ purāṇam amalaṁ yad vaiṣṇavānāṁ priyaṁ
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is the spotless Purāṇa and it is most dear to the Vaiṣṇavas.
(Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 12.13.18)

As Vaisnavas, we regard the Bhāgavatam as a prime source of inspiration and a reference point. We are also obliged to read and study the text over and over. In this regard, there is an old Sanskrit maxim: mahimā jñātvā abhyāsam kriyatām – “One must embark on studying a particular subject after understanding its glories.” With this in mind, this session, “Bhāgavata-mahimā-sāra” looks to enunciate the glories of the Bhāgavata Purāṇa.

The key topics that will be covered in this session are as follows:
– The importance of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam in Gaudiya Vaisnava life
– The benefits of studying Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam
– The glories of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam

The content will be focused on practitioners of Kṛṣṇa Consciousness, rather than newcomers. Key sources used in this seminar will be the Skanda-Purana, Padma-Purana, Sat-sandharbas and the 11 main Bhāgavatam commentaries by the acaryas.

Date: Sunday 23rd November 2014
Time: 2.30pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £15

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, option 9). You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

Name(s) of Attendee(s)


About the speaker
Kartik Chandra das was born in a traditional Vaishnava family who trace their Vaishnava roots going back fourteen generations. From an early age he received training in Sanskrit Grammar and devotional scriptures. He had first-hand experience of Vaishnava tradition and culture as part of his upbringing.

He met ISKCON devotees in 1993 and has been associated with ISKCON since then. He holds a BEng (Hons) and Post-graduate qualification in Software Engineering and Project Management. He works in a Management role at one of the largest multinational software corporations in the world.

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is Kartik’s favourite literary work. His other interests are in Sanskrit Aesthetics, Paninian Grammar, Linguistics, Philosophy of Science and Cloud Computing. He currently lives in North West London with his wife and two children.

Bhakti Rasamrita Swami

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
The extensive schedule of  Bhakti Rasamrita Maharaj’s upcoming classes at Bhaktivedanta Manor include:-

7.30am- 8.45am in the Temple Room

Friday 11th May (Srimad Bhagavatam)
Thursday 17th May ( Srimad Bhagavatam)
Friday 18th May, (Srimad Bhagavatam)
Saturday 26th May (Caitanya Caritamrita)
Sunday 27th May ( Caitanya Caritamrita)
Friday 1st June ( Srimad Bhagavatam)
Saturday 9th June (Caitanya Caritamrita)
Sunday 10th June ( Caitanya Caritamrita)
Sunday 17th June, (Caitanya Caritamrita – London Rathayatra Festival)
Saturday 23rd June ( Caitanya Caritamrita)
Sunday 24th June (Caitanya Caritamrita)
(subject to change)

Bhakti Rasamrita Swami served as temple president in Mumbai, Belgaum and Vrindavan- which is the spiritual hub of world wide ISKCON temples. He has been preaching in many prestigious educational institutions all over India. Commemorating the hundredth birth anniversary of Srila Prabhupada in the year 1996, he travelled widely and conducted National level theistic debate competitions in various colleges and Universities across India and Nepal, covering 250 cities and over 5000 colleges.

In the month of March, 2010, honoring his dedication and devotion, He was awarded the order of Sannyasa (Renunciation) in ISKCON, with the title His Holiness Bhakti Rasamrita Swami. In his more than 23 years of dedicated devotional life in ISKCON, he has rendered several important services, preached in many countries of America, Europe and USSR, and continues to do so. Presently he is temple president of ISKCON Belgaum centre and is overseeing the development of a “self- sufficient vedic eco village” (Gokul Dham) in 450 acres of land nearby.