Posts Tagged ‘Vedic’

Culture of the Divine

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

with HG Ter Kadamba das

1935400The ‘Culture of the Divine’ seminar will investigate the effect culture has on our everyday lives. How do we know the often unspoken social guidelines governing society actually work for our benefit, rather than keep us from realizing our full potential as human beings? What does the Vedic paradigm have to say about culture? Is it possible for us to apply principles from the Vedic model in our modern lifestyle, and if so, how? What would be the benefit?


Core Topics to be covered:

– What is culture?
– What function does culture play in our lives?
– What makes different cultures the way they are?
– How do cultures evolve?
– What is the reason for cultural conflicts?
– How do we resolve cultural conflicts?
– How do we apply Vedic principles in our modern lives?

Course Date: Sunday 2nd August 2015
Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £15

For more information, please email or call Sesa das on 07854 734331

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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About the speaker

A resident of Sridhama Mayapur, HG Ter Kadamba das spends two-thirds of the year studying in the dhama, and the other third travelling in the western world sharing his bounty. Amongst others, he has been carrying out an in-depth analysis of texts such as Bhagavad-gita, Nectar of Devotion, Upadeshamrita (Nectar of Instruction), Sri Isopanisad, Dasa Mula Tattva (Bhaktivinoda Thakura), Jaiva Dharma (Bhaktivinoda Thakura), Tattva-viveka (Bhaktivinoda Thakura), Sad-darsana (HH Suhotra Swami), Apasampradayas (HH Suhotra Swami), Manu Samhita, Sri Tattva Sandarbha (Srila Jiva Goswami), Lagu Bhagavatamrita (Srila Rupa Goswami), Brahma Samhita, and Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 and 2.

Ayurveda for the Winter

Sunday, September 21st, 2014


The term Ayurveda is derived from two Sanskrit words: ‘ayus’ meaning life and ‘vid’ meaning knowledge. The “science of life”, Ayurveda, is increasingly popular the world over, as people look for alternatives to allopathic care.

The Ayurvedic teachings are very broad-ranging, providing valuable insights into all medical matters; mental as well as physical. It is a deep yet very practical science.

Living in the UK, winters can be cold and bitter. Many of us cannot wait until spring blossoms and temperatures begin to rise again. With winter fast-approaching, this session will aim at providing some helpful insights into how to deal with the cold and everything that comes with it. Ward off a host of illnesses and diseases and deal with any that linger, in this great one-off session.

This session will specifically look at:
– how the winter affects our physical and mental state
– the foods which will help us to balance our bodies through the winter
– the different lifestyle activities which can help balance the body
– how incorrect food and lifestyle habits can cause problems

Date: Sunday 16th November 2014
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £30

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.

For more information, or to discuss how you would like to proceed, please call us on 07539314457 or email

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About the speaker
Ananga Sakhi devi dasi has been formally involved with Ayurveda for over 10 years. She has run clinics across London, delivered numerous talks and seminars and has written a number of articles on different health topics. She has always had a keen interest in understanding how we can best provide our children with a natural healthy start to life and specialises in pregnancy. Along with Ayurveda, she also has an in-depth understanding of how Samskaras and other Vedic sciences like Astrology can contribute to a healthy pregnancy and childbirth. Aside from her Vedic understanding, she also has a BSc in Biomedical Sciences, which allows her to understand the science of Ayurveda within the modern context. She is married with two boys (aged three and five), who have continuously provided her with practical experience to support her understanding.

Vaisnava Samskaras: rites and rituals of Gaudiya Vaisnavism

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Course Dates: Every Thursday
Time: 8pm to 9.15pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor, Prasadam Hall
Course Fee: £65

Initiative Background:

A Subcommittee for Ceremonies (SCC) has been established to create a hub of skilled ceremonial brahmanas at Bhaktivedanta Manor to meet the increasing demands for domestic ceremonies involving samskaras and yajnas in and around the community. This initiative aims to train prospective priests to conduct ceremonies for the community or train fathers/fathers to-be to officiate domestic rites within the home.

Course Introduction:

In the Vedic tradition of Gaudiya Vaisnavism, the procedures of samskaras and yajnas are based on the domestic manual of the Sama Veda. Lord Caitanya deputed Gopala Bhatta Gosvami to document these procedures for the use of future devotee communities and thereby protect the principles of devotion (bhagavad-dharma-rakshartham). For this reason, Gopala Bhatta Gosvami wrote the Sat Kriya Sara Dipika in Sanskrit and documented the ceremonial procedures for posterity. This manual has been used as the standard for performing devotional rites in the Gaudiya tradition for over 500 years. Bhaktivinoda Thakura propagated this manual while establishing Lord Caitanya’s philosophy and Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati published it thrice with the last in 1935.

The course is primarily based on the unabridged Sanskrit text of the Sat Kriya Sara Dipika to teach the theory and art for the conduct of devotional rites. Ancillary vaidika texts will also be taught to facilitate training and will include insights on pronunciation, ceremonial regulations, grammar, accentation and panchanga.

Course Pre-requisite:

Attendees are required to be second initiated, as the ‘sacred thread of yajna’ is compulsory for training in the mantra-samhitas and performance of yajnas.

Registration & Attendance:

If you have any questions about the course, please email the course tutor on To register, please click on the Paypal link below. Materials, instruments and resources will be available and required to purchase as the course progresses. Certification will be awarded upon successful completion of the course.

Course Tutor:

Sri Radharamana dasa, the course tutor, is a subject matter expert on samskaras both from the vaidika tradition and its application in Gaudiya Vaisnava theology. He hosts Sanskrit courses at Bhaktivedanta Manor and is currently working on an Encyclopedia of Samskaras entitled ‘Samskara Visvakosha’ which will span numerous volumes.


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