The drastic change in climate for some, from desert sun to a breezy valley, is not the only change experienced by the participants at the Radhadesh Summer camp after their arrival at the chateau in the Belgian Ardennes from the bustling cities of Dubai, Toronto, and Moscow. The unique environment of an ashram life (temple residence) in the countryside also offered a variety of summer activities, including outdoor sports, horseback riding, and sightseeing. All the while the participants learned devotional skills, such as mrdanga (Indian drum), dancin
After three academic years of intensive yet gratifying study of Vaishnava texts — which included analysis, research, and listening to lecturers who travel worldwide and teach various aspects of Caitanya Vaishnavism — the third-year students of Bhaktivedanta College were regretfully relieved to complete their course work. Bhaktivedanta College celebrated its eighth graduation ceremony on June 16th, and seven students received a Bachelor of Theology degree. The degree is accredited through the University of Wales Lampeter and is acknowledg
During May 2-7 Japa & Kirtan Retreat took place in the beautiful land of Radhadesh, organized by Bhaktivedanta College as part of its devotional strand of courses. More than a hundred devotees and community members took part, and dozens more followed the broadcasts on the Internet. Sacinandana Maharaja conducted the retreat with a team who carefully and systematically organized the activities in such a way that the participants could wholeheartedly receive the treasures of chanting the holy names. The days started at 7:15 a.m., with the temple
Rama Kesava Dasa and Tivra Bhakti Dasi are like peas in a pod. Both are sensible, kind, spiritually minded, respectful, and motivated to serve Krishna. They met at the college with the aid of some senior administrators. These two well-liked students had a beautiful wedding in the morning on March twelfth. The temple room was festively decorated in reds and golds. Guests from both sides attended. Rama’s mother, Tara Laksi Dasi, and Tivra’s mother and sister, Leena and Kaisa, attended. Tara Laksi gave a heartfelt talk in her native languag
At Bhaktivedanta College, following the ideals for Vedic education, the students practice a strict life of penance and hardship while studying Vaishnava philosophy from an academic prospective. This description, obviously, is a little facetious. Don’t worry, I was posing for the picture. In fact, the situation is quite the contrary at the college. We students are a bit pampered and get all of our necessary comforts, and our studies are more than intellectually fulfilling. Here are a few aspects of the college that I appreciate most. First and
Bhaktivedanta College has been organizing topical classes on foundational spiritual values to assure that students learn the essentials of devotional service. These classes are held every Tuesday in the temple room, during the regular time for Bhagavatam classes. Yadunandana Swami is the main speaker; lectures are also given by another speaker or the students. Every other week, students give classes, which gives them practice and encourages them to study the topics in advance. The themes have been: definitions of pure devotional service; its dif
Four first-year students share their experience: the difference between studying in Hawaii and Belgium; what the college is like for a Mayapur gurukuli; how someone finds the College after doing eleven years of temple service in South Africa; and why someone who lived in Radhadesh his whole life decides to go to college there.
The Radhadesh devotees celebrated the birthday of Temple President Hridaya Chaitanya Prabhu and the first anniversary of Bhaktivedanta College Principal Yadunandana Swami’s sannyasa initiation with an evening of bhajans, words of praise and affection, and scrumptious cakes and sweet rice. Devotees expressed their gratitude to these two exemplary members of ISKCON and pillars of the social and spiritual wellbeing of the Radhadesh community. Yadunanda Maharaja told a story of how Lord Krishna decided that he should have his sannyasa initiation a