By the generosity of Mahaprabhu Prabhu and Bhaktivedanta College the students went to Brussels on December ninth to visit two expositions and do some harinama. First, they went to the Palace des Beaux Arts to see the exhibit entitled Tejas, or the Eternal Energy. It consisted of sculptures of gods and goddesses and descriptions of their roles in Indian culture. In various media the main ideas of Indian culture were presented, including two short films showing the process of making deities: carving the form in stone by using traditional tools and mak
“When I heard that it was actually Srila Prabhupada who had been chosen by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to spread the Hare Krishna-maha mantra around the world, I was not surprised. The Lord has utilized an empowered person to spread His mission.” –Sripada Hridayananda Babji Maharaja, in the book “A Friend to All” by Mula Prakrti Dasi. Kartamasa is a well-liked teacher at the College, and he is assisted by Radha Kunda Dasi, his wife. They are enthusiastic second-generation devotees who guide students through a journey into ISKCON’
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).