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London Bhaktivedanta Academy for Cultural Education

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

 

On 29th December 2012, HH Bhakti RasamritaSwami was special guest to the first London BACE, Bhaktivedanta Academy for Cultural Education, a house where full-time students can cultivate Krishnaconsciousness whilst meeting the rigours of university life.

The idea came from the brahmacaris Ananda Caitanya das, Jankinath das and Ghanashyam Priyadas, who all saw the success such student houses are having in Mumbai, India, and wanted to replicate it here. They regularly visit the place, located in the heart of Camden Town, to inspire the boys in Krishnaconsciousness, giving classes as well as one-to-one time to the residents.

 

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The nine boys have five floors to enjoy, including a view of the London skyline from the roof, fibre opticinternet for their study, and their very own Gaura-Nitaideities which they worship daily. Shiv Dattani, a resident and employee at KPMG, said “One of the best things about the house is we can all chant ourjapa early together before we go out for the day and when we come back we have a home-cooked meal waiting for us, lovingly prepared by a devotee fromISKCON-London!”

On the day of Bhakti Rasamrita Swami’s visit, hespoke about the importance of cultivating good character as devotees in society, behaving like gentlemen, and acting with responsibility, especially given their new-found freedom in living independently from their parents. He subsequently named the house “Govardhan”, after the worshipable hill near Vrindavana, India, telling the boys to become rock-solid in spiritually and their studies simultaneously.

Next year, the plan is to open more of these student houses around London, with many places available for young working professionals and university students.

“Will you be a winner?”

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Over 100 Students attended the “2012: Will you be a winner?” University Retreat on a bright and sunny February day!

The KC Soc group comprises over 20 Universities and top schools across the country – and are growing!!

At the ‘2012’ Olympic styled Retreat in February, students from as far as Plymouth, Southampton, Coventry, Aston, Birmingham, DMU, Cambridge, Leicester, Portsmouth and the more local UCL, City, QMUL, Brunel, Kings, SOAS, WBGS, QE Boys, to name but a few, all managed to beat morning blues with the view to ‘be a winner in 2012!

The action packed day included <in order!>, an introduction to the beautiful Deities that reside at Bhaktivedanta Manor, ‘Power Yoga’, multimedia presentation on the Honourable Warrior (A insight into Bhagavad Gita!), ‘Mooooooo’ – milking and feeding cows! Veggie Steady Cook had all students competitively flip pancakes and create unique filling.

After a yummy lunch there was an action packed and energy fuelled workshop: ‘Mind Games 2012’ which included challenging fun team based activity out on the Lawn! The final Mantra session had everyone on their feet dancing the evening away, voted the BEST activity by over 95% of students!

People from all backgrounds and walks of life come to KC Socs to learn about the Vedic philosophy and culture of ancient India. The sessions prove to be exciting and inspiring for everyone that comes along.

Presidents of the societies are considered to be true ‘Spiritual Warriors’ and leaders-in-training.  Not only do they juggle their studies, exams, part-time work, family and social obligations, but they all make time to organise weekly sessions, special events, festivals and retreats as well. We would like to take the opportunity to thank every single one of them for their tireless and dynamic efforts in the last term and we look forward to working with them in the next one.  Thank you to all those involved!

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