In 2006-07, many of our students have been provided accommodation in the Radhadesh castle. The Radhadesh management provided eight renovated rooms in the brahmacari and brahmacarini ashramas, and six more rooms will be built at the top of castle tower before the end of this year. Instead of buying cheap furniture, the college managers looked for devotee carpenters to build new beds, desks, and cupboards in oak. The operation started with buying six oak tree trunks, with a combined weight of twelve tons, unloading them, having them cut, and drying th
December 16-18, 2006 Radhadesh, Belgium The following text is a reproduction of a invitation letter. You are cordially invited to attend and take part in the first ISKCON Academy of Arts and Sciences conference, to be held at Radhadesh, December 16-18, 2006. The theme of this conference is Krishna Consciousness at the Borders: New Challenges in Relationship to Academia. The ISKCON Academy is an organization of ISKCON scholars, and attendance at the conference is by invitation only. Over the last few years an increasing number of devotees have pursue
Is pastoral care a relevant topic in ISKCON today? Srila Prabhupada’s disciple Haridas Prabhu will soon give an introductory seminar at Bhaktivedanta College in Radhadesh that explores the dimensions of pastoral care that relate to the spiritual, psychological, emotional and social areas of life. Haridas Prabhu holds a Ph.D. in pastoral care. He is active as a counsellor for both ISKCON devotees and practitioners of various religions. Course description: models of pastoral counselling, spiritual direction and congregational care pastoral respo
Bhaktivedanta College has offered a Bhakti Sastri course since 2003. Bhakti Sastri is taught for four months, from February to June, and covers Srila Prabhupada’s Bhagavad-gita As It Is, The Nectar of Instruction, The Nectar of Devotion and Sri Isopanisad. Two of these courses in 2006 will be taught by prominent teachers, Smita Krishna Swami and Kadamba Kanana Swami. Feedback from students: “Fantastic! It was deep in the sense that it helped me apply and think about Krishna consciousness and gain an overview of ISKCON and where de
In the spring Bhaktivedanta College hosted Srila Prabhupada’s disciple Garuda Dasa, who is also known as Dr. Graham M. Schweig at the Dept. of Philosophy and Religious Studies of Christopher Newport University in Virginia. He was in Europe to present the Wahlstrom Lecture at OxfordUniversity, a talk entitled “The Bhagavad-gita: Innovations and Challenges in Its Translation.” He has translated the forthcoming Bhagavad-gita for Harper Collins/HarperSanFrancisco. Garuda was one of the first ISKCON devotees to pursue a formal education. He saw a great
After each academic course the students give feedback on the teaching, to give the teacher an opportunity to improve. The teacher of the new course History of ISKCON, Kartamasa, a second-generation devotee, received the most positive feedback for his teaching. His students had to prepare presentations on the 60’s, 70’s, etc. and dress up and dance in the spirit of those earlier times (pictures below).
The College students, along with the Radhadesh community, will hold monthly programs at homes from now on. Mr. Dhameliya Mohan kindly invited us to his home in Antwerp, where we spent a wonderful Sunday. After a warm reception, we ate around ten tasty preparations. Then we sang bhajans, musical glorification of Lord Krishna. Next, Radhika Ramana Dasa, who was teaching two courses late in the Spring term, lectured to our hosts’ other guests in Hindi. Judging by the response of the audience, it must have been funny and inspiring. A Brijbasi dance, per
Mahendra Dasa joined the College in late 2005 and taught two courses this year while also serving as a staff member. A few years ago he was a teacher in the former Radhadesh children’s school. He came from Sofia, Bulgaria, where he served in the position of the temple president during the nineties. What inspired you to come to teach at the College? I knew about the College before it actually manifested in 2002. Saunaka Rsi Prabhu, in 2000, told me about the idea and suggested that I could teach. I was still completing my Bachelor’s degree in philoso