Bhakti Vaibhava, nov 2005 The study of the first six cantos of the Srimad Bhagavatam. The seminar takes the student to the next level on completion of the Bhakti Shastri. Bhakti Vaibhava starts in chapter 10 of the 1st canto, The Departure of Lord Krishna for Dwaraka.
Nectar of Devotion, nov 2005 Nectar of Devotion is Srila Prabhupada’s summary study of Bhakti-rasamrita Sindhu by Srila Rupa Goswami. This seminar takes you through a study of the first 19th chapters. Reference is also made to Dhanurdhara Maharaja’s study guide, Waves of Devotion.
Nectar of Instruction, nov 2005 Written by Srila Rupa Goswami, the Upadesamrta (Nectar of Instruction) is an essential book for all devotees to get a clear understanding of Krishna Consciousness. You will be guided from the very beginning of Krishna consciousness (self control and developing the right attitude of devotion), right up to the topmost stage of Krishna Consciousness (serving in the holiest of all holy places, Radha-kund).
Unity and Perversity, jul 2005 ISKCON has lost its monopoly in the West. How will it respond? This seminar looks at the development of religious organizations and draws parallels to ISKCON. We’ll hear context from religious history, then some context from sociology of religion, briefly go through some Gaudiya history, then ISKCON history. The seminar is likely to raise more questions than offer answers.
Kirtan Reform Workshop mar 2004 A look at the trends within modern ISKCON kirtan and hearing about Srila Prabhupada’s standards and instructions for kirtan. Kirtan is one of the most important limbs of devotion service, and getting it right is crucial. A must for all kirtaniers, temple leaders and devotees who want to know what makes good kirtan.
Preaching from the News, jul 2002 A look at recent events from the perspective of Krishna Consciousness, and how to preach about these matters. The seminar highlights opportunities and avenues for preaching using the news, questions one may have to face and the best way to answer them. Topics include: how America has fooled the world?how maya has fooled America; How to find out everything you need to know about the news without the newspaper, the radio or the TV; Instructions from Srila Prabhupada on how to preach about current events; and Compromise?the great enemy of the preacher.
Preaching from the News, mar 2002 A look at recent events from the perspective of Krishna Consciousness, and how to preach about these matters. The seminar highlights opportunities and avenues for preaching using the news, questions one may have to face and the best way to answer them. Topics include: how America has fooled the world?how maya has fooled America; How to find out everything you need to know about the news without the newspaper, the radio or the TV; Instructions from Srila Prabhupada on how to preach about current events; and Compromise?the great enemy of the preacher.
Put up with the Hare Krishna Movement, nov 2001 We come to ISKCON with certain expectations, especially that there won’t be any problems or conflict within our Society. We find the same sorts of problems we find in material life extend to our spiritual society. This seminar highlights issues and possible reasons and solutions.
Hopes and Horrors of Household Life, jul 2001 Householder life can be bewildering and difficult. Though this is not a guide on how to make householder life pleasant or productive, this seminar does address misunderstandings devotees have about householder life. Various ‘truths’ of householder life are discussed with reference to the Srimad Bhagavatam.
Food for Death, jul 2001 What did Srila Prabhupada say about ISKCON and welfare work? This seminar challenges possible mission drift in ISKCON due to the increase of mundane welfare programs. The seminar will explore the development of social welfare programs in ISKCON, and analyse Srila Prabhupada’s vision of social welfare as found in his project for Hyderabad.
Straight Thinking, Strong Speaking, nov 2000 As the title suggests, this seminar focuses on methods of communicating for the purpose of spreading the mission of Krishna consciousness. From improving your ability to think and argue clearly, or how to get your message across to an audience with impact, or getting an insight to the use of appropriate language, this seminar is a must for all preachers.
Brhad Bhagavatamrta, jul 2000 Written by Srila Sanatana Goswami, the Brhad-Bhagavatamrta captures the essence of the teachings of Srimad Bhagavatam. This text has been translated by Gopiparanadhana Prabhu, with commentary. This seminar focuses on the first part of the book, discussing Narada Muni’s search for the real recipient of Krishna’s mercy.
A Spirit of Criticism, jul 1998 This seminar looks closely at the 18th Chapter of the First Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, The cursing of Maharaj Pariksit. You will hear about the context that led to the start of the Age of Kali and how this sheds light on many modern day events. There are some very useful discussions on culture and the execution of appropriate roles and responsibilities in society.
Psychology 108, jul 1997 Be careful to keep mundane ideas, mundane solutions, and mundane values from displacing Krishna’s ideas, Krishna’s solutions and the eternal values of Krishna consciousness. The seminar is a response to the recent interests in methods of psychology and self improvement that have crept into ISKCON communities. The seminar challenges concepts of repression, how to feel bad about oneself, and how to realign our spiritual practices based on our real identity as servants of Lord Krishna.