GeneralBhaktivedanta College offers academic, vocational, and spiritual training to students who are committed to a life of study and spiritual practice during their stay at the college. The main rules for students residing in the ashram are as follows.
- To follow the regulative principles of abstaining from meat, fish, and eggs; intoxication of any kind; illicit sex; and gambling.
- To attend the morning programme on a daily basis and to daily chant 16 rounds of japa (or an agreed number of rounds approved by the ashram supervisor for non-initiated students).
- To participate in all the scheduled courses and training sessions.
- To act respectfully and to cultivate a service attitude toward all community members and visitors.
- To be considerate to others in communal living. This includes not playing loud or mundane music, loud talking or singing that disturbs others, and keeping silence in the ashram after 9.00 P.M.
- To perform assigned services that are part of the training programme or communal requirement.
- To avoid inviting anyone to stay in the ashram rooms without permission of the ashram supervisor.
- If students wants to leave the campus during the term, they should communicate with the college authorities and receive approval before arranging the trip.
Public Behaviour and Dress Code
- To wear devotional attire in the temple and in the classroom (for women, gopi skirt and sari; for men, kurta and dhoti, or exceptionally, yogi pants). At other times, more casual attire may be acceptable if it is neat, clean, and modest (i.e., attire that does not call unnecessary attention to the body).
- For the men, to keep their hair short, if not shaven, and their faces shaved.
- To develop an awareness of local customs and sensitivities and to be careful not to offend neighbours and villagers.
Social Interaction Between Men and WomenThe following guidelines will help maintain a healthy environment conducive to study and to spiritual life.
- Dealings between men and women should be courteous, respectful, and according to Vaishnava principles of behaviour.
- Unless married or engaged when they come to the college, students in the first year commit themselves to not start a relationship during the academic year.
- Students in the second and third years, especially if they are young, are encouraged to do the same. However, if they want to pursue a serious relationship, they should approach a college tutor or authority before taking steps to start such a relationship.
- Individual private meetings between men and women who are not married is generally against Vaishnava principles and therefore unacceptable.
- Hanging out between men and women without a specific healthy purpose (i.e., college assignments in a course or approved spiritual and educational activities) is discouraged, as such behavior tends to degenerate and thus obstructs students in following the college guidelines.
Ashram Rules (both at the Temple and BC building)The College’s first duty is towards the all-around well-being and development of its students. It also takes seriously its responsibilities towards its staff, the members of the Radhadesh community, and its broader communities – local, national and global. Furthermore, the College promotes an approach to learning that embraces not only knowledge and competence but, more centrally, moral and spiritual maturity, personal integrity, and the ardent pursuit of virtue. The following outlines the four sets of requirement for students opting to live in Ashrams:
- Minimum Requirement for Sadhana (spiritual practice) and Ashram Life
- At least 4 Mangala Aratis per week
- At least 4 Japa Chanting in the temple hall before the Deity Greeting in the morning
- At least 4 Deity Greetings & Guru Pujas
- At least 4 morning classes.
- Evening Gaura Arati & Class
- Evening Shayana Arati and Kirtan
- Regulations of cleanliness and up-keep of rooms
- Weekly Engagement in Community Service
- Other Community Rules
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