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Deity Worship Course

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

The Essentials of Deity Worship


“Generally in the conditioned state we are contaminated. But this worshiping system called arcana-vidhi cleanses the polluted heart and one becomes actually fit for becoming qualified brahmana.” (SP to Brahmananda, 15th September, 1968)

Srila Prabhupada instituted in ISKCON the most exquisite standards of Deity Worship and his desire was for these standards to be maintained.

At Bhaktivedanta Manor, our attempt is to please Their Lordships and Srila Prabhupada by maintaining and excelling these high levels of service and devotion. Every day, Sri Sri Radha-Gokulananda, Sri Sri Sita-Rama Laxman Hanuman and Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai are daily given 6 offerings and aratis, bathed and dressed twice.

Of course, serving the deities is not child’s play. Amongst many things, it requires knowledge, attention to detail and devotion. Furthermore, it requires training. To this end, this course, “The Essentials of Deity Worship”, is being organised to ensure that the standards of worship to Their Lordships continue to develop and increase. The sessions will be facilitated by Murli Manohara Prabhu and Gadadhara Prabhu, head pujaris at ISKCON London and Bhaktivedanta Manor, respectively.

There will be two days of lessons and practical workshops giving in depth insights into the theory and practice of deity worship in the temple environment. So whether you are currently engaged in deity worship at the Manor, or hope to be in the future, please attend this course. Open to both first and second initiates.

The content of the two days’ training is given below:

Saturday 27th June 2015 (please note, change of date)

  • Why perform deity worship?
  • The Lord is present in His deity form
  • Definition and goal of arcana
  • Authenticity of deity worship
  • Pancaratrika & bhagavata-vidhi
  • Practical Sessions on acamana and offering arati

Saturday 4th July 2015 (please note, change of date)

  • Qualifications for arcana
  • Position of the spiritual master
  • Variations in arcana procedures and standards of worship
  • Mood of worship
  • Values, attitudes, and behavior of a pujari
  • Purity
  • Practical Sessions on bhoga offerings & waking and resting the deities

“If one attains perfection in Deity worship, that is called arcana-siddhi. Arcana-siddhi means simply by Deity worship one goes back to Godhead immediately after this life. So this arcana-siddhi program is given in the Narada-pancaratra especially for the householders. Householders cannot undergo strict disciplinary activities of austerity, therefore for every householder the path of arcana-siddhi is very much recommended.” (SP to Himavati, 18th March, 1969)

Course Dates: each Saturday from 27th June 2015 (2 weeks)
Time: 10am – 5pm (lunch will be provided, 1pm-2pm)
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £40

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, please email or call Sesa das on 07854 734331

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Deity Worship in the Home

Friday, June 6th, 2014

with HG Pankajanghri das (ACBSP)

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“This Deity worship – this is training. The same thing will continue when you go to Vaikuntha or Vrndavana.” (Lecture on SB 2.3.1-3 – Los Angeles, May 22, 1972)

Deity worship is a key means by which to develop a personal conception of the Lord and the mood of service. In the home, it can help to make the Lord the centre of the household and worshippers to purify their existence. Ultimately it is the training ground for the spiritual world, and thus a fundamental aspect of one’s development in Krishna consciousness.

Furthermore, it was Srila Prabhupada’s desire that his followers develop the qualities of a brahmana. Peacefulness, self-control, austerity, purity, sobriety etc. are all important aspects for the sadhaka to develop in her or his devotional life. But we often wonder how we can practically cultivate these virtues.

Please come to this seminar to gain insights into the following topics, and more:

– Principles of brahminical lifestyle
– Making the deity the centre of the home
– Standards of worship
– Developing brahminical qualities

“Every one of my disciples should become so nicely trained that they may all develop the brahminical qualities.” (Letter to Turya – Calcutta January 27, 1973)

Course Date: Sunday 22nd June 2014
Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: ===Full House===

===Full House===

For more information, please email or call 07539314457.

About the speaker:

HG Pankajanghri das joined the Manor and became an initiated disciple of HDG AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1973. He was present for the installation of Sri Sri Radha Gokhulananda in the same year.

Soon afterwards, he visited Sridhama Mayapur, an experience that completely blew him away. He decided to settle in Mayapur in 1974 and took up pujari services, serving alongside his twin brother Jananivas das. Since then, both have remained there and become established as amongst the leading authorities on deity worship within ISKCON. Pankajanghri das is regularly requested by other ISKCON centres around the world to share his expertise on deity worship as well as other aspects of Krishna Consciousness.

This is a rare opportunity to hear from him and have a chance to ask questions in relation to deity worship within the home. This is not a session to be missed.