If you are looking for an opportunity to enhance your spiritual life on a retreat in a remote and calm environment, this three-week introductory course is for you! It provides an opportunity to learn about Vaishnava culture and philosophy. And by practising bhakti-yoga, you’ll meet many new devotees.
In this retreat, you will learn more about the bhakti-sastras, especially the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, deepen your knowledge of bhakti-yoga, and discuss philosophical topics. There will be ample time to experience simple living and high thinking with an emphasis on a balanced life and spiritual well-being.
Please join us!
Dates: February 1-20, 2011
Please register before January 15.
- Discussions on philosophical topics and bhakti-yoga
- Main aspects of Vaishnava culture
- Japa meditation workshops
- Devotional service in practice
We have prepared interactive classes and will use some of the following methods:
- Power point presentations
- Group work
Devotional Practice: Devotional Service, Sadhana, Hearing and Chanting, Home Deity Worship, Tulasi Worship, Vaishnava Festivals, Congregational Preaching, Parampara, ISKCON, Vaishnava Etiquette, Cooking.
Vaishnava Philosophy: The Existence of God, Search for the Absolute Truth, Body and Soul — What is the Difference?, Basis of Faith, Three Aspects of the Absolute Truth, Krishna as the Supreme Absolute Truth, Perceiving Krishna in His Creation, Three Modes of Material Nature, Law of Karma and Reincarnation.
Vaishnava Culture: The Vedas, Four Varnas and Ashramas, Respect as the Basis of Civilization, How to Relate to other Devotees, Receiving a Guest, Sadhu-sanga, Three Levels of Devotees, Offences against the Vaishnavas, Twenty-Six Qualities of a Devotee.
To commend success in completing the course, students will be awarded Introductory Course certificates.
Course fee: € 25, including accommodation and prasada.
Accommodation: Dormitory facilities — free of charge
Single room in the new College building — € 6 / day
Special event: During the weekend (29-30 January) prior to Introductory Course, the Radhadesh community will host “Radhadesh Mellows 2011,” a kirtana festival with Sacinandana Swami and Madhava Prabhu. If you’d like to participate in this event, please contact the Radhadesh Guesthouse as soon as possible, because all rooms are almost booked. Radhadesh Guesthouse: +32 (0)86 38 71 31 / email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information and registration:
Mangala Candrika Dasi (secretary Bhaktivedanta College)
Tel.: +32 (0)86 32 32 77