Previously known as the Bhakta Program in ISKCON temples, the Introductory Course into Krsna Consciousness is the basic course for newcomers. The next course will last from the third of October until the eighteenth of December.
With 1.5 hours of lessons a day, six days a week, the course aims at introducing devotees to the Vaishnava philosophy and inspiring them in practical devotional service. Delivered by qualified devotees (usually previous students of Bhaktivedanta College with outstanding sadhana), who apply up-to-date facilitating skills, this course enables students to learnh Vaishnava scriptures both in theory and practice. The last Bhakta Program was facilitated by Bhaktavasa Govinda Dasa (picture above), a second-year student of Bhaktivedanta College, who has several years of experience in congregational preaching in Poland. Students are expected to follow the full morning program in the temple (from 4:30 A.M. to 9 A.M.) and thus experience the benefits of good sadhana and Vaishnava association. The opportunity to perform practical devotional service is offered to students in the form of 2 hours of service a day.
The result of this experience is described by one student (Vera Bosch): “Being able to do service left me so grateful; it was a period of mercy, a period to not forget, a beginning of a new way of living life. Thanks to all!” The facilitator of the course also supports the students by teaching an extra class and by tutorial meetings for half an hour a week, to follow up their progress in the studies and spiritual lives. The topics studied in the course are Vaishnava etiquette, various offences, biographies of Vaishnava saints, the meaning of songs and prayers, identity of the soul, methods of attaining knowledge, law of karma and reincarnation, ethics and morality, three modes of the material nature, avatars and the process of creation. The assessment methods include individual and group projects, oral presentations, and a written exam in the end of the course. A systematic spiritual educational program, delivered in a caring protective atmosphere, will certainly make a significant mark in someone’s life, as already attested to by the students. “I would like to express my gratitude to Bhaktivedanta College for allowing me to follow the Introductory Course into Krsna Consciousness. In only a very short time, I was able to learn so much and I consider this to be a big step forward in my spiritual development.” (Martinus)