Dates: 16/09/2013 - 27/10/2013
Mode of Delivery: Online
This program can be attended without special requirements. You are able to enroll in one module or all program. Registration is done via Bhaktivedanta College Online Campus.
Week 1 – Principles of devotional practice
We discuss 64 devotional practices given by Srila Rupa Goswami inThe Nectar of Devotion. Are they part of our daily program, and to what extent can we daily take advantage of them? Since the beginning of spiritual practice is marked by surrendering to a spiritual master, we consider our relationship with Srila Prabhupada and other mentors.
Week 2 – Taking shelter of Krishna’s holy names
Chanting is the most important spiritual practice at this time, and it can elevate even the greatest materialist to the most exalted stages of Krishna-bhakti. We explore our relationship to Krishna’s holy names by discussing nama-tattva, the various levels of chanting and their respective results. We will assess our current level and explore tangible steps to improve our relationship with the holy names.
Week 3 – Transformation through association with advanced Vaishnavas
Our entire spiritual practice starts with, is maintained by, and reaches its ultimate goal by the mercy of Vaishnavas. Thus association with devotees more advanced than us, who are like-minded and affectionate towards us, is the key for making rapid spiritual progress. We discuss proper interaction with Vaishnavas and their reciprocation in fulfilling our spiritual desires. We look at obstacles in our interactions and ways to overcome them.
Week 4 – The transformative power of Krishna-katha
Devotees like Pariksit Maharaja became fully Krishna conscious by listening attentively to narrations about Krishna and his pure devotees, and so can we. We discuss some principles of hearing about Krishna and how to apply ourselves to this wonderful process. And we will hear a lot of the Krishna-katha in theBhagavatam.
Week 5 – Attracting Krishna by serving His Deity form
Srila Prabhupada writes that “if someone becomes attached to the?r?-m?rti, or Deity of Krishna, by worshiping at home, then he will forget his relationships of so-called friendship, love and society. “ Through Deity worship we learn to offer our hearts fully in service to Krishna. We learn how to properly set up an altar at home and how to offer simple, sustainable worship. We also discuss Tulasi Devi.
Week 6 – Living in a sacred place or space
Living in a sacred place where Krishna performed his pastimes may seem impossible. But we will learn how to transform our environment into a holy place. Since this is the end of the course, we will do an overall autumn-cleanse in our lives to replace objects, habits, attitudes, desires, and value structures that no longer serve us on our spiritual journey with those that we newly acquire in the course.