VEDA COURSE - 3 Month residential course at Bhaktivedanta Manor

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Veda Course

College of Vedic Studies and Bhaktivedanta Manor Brahmacari Ashram present the Veda Course – a three month residential training for men from 2nd Oct 2013 to 22nd Dec 2013.

Please note there are limited places on this course and there is an application form to be completed and sent back to us before 15th Sept 2013.

A Spiritual Retreat in the Beautiful Hertfordshire Countryside

Meet interesting and diverse people, learn to play musical instruments, study the ancient scriptures, experience monastic life and discover the inner self.

The Veda Course for new skills and experience

Classes and workshops will be held 4 days a week with accompanying general temple services.

On other days there are opportunities to acquire new or improve upon your existing skills and experience in the following areas; book distribution, university and home visit programs, street procession (Harinam), food distribution, farming and milking cows, cooking and deity services etc.


A nominal charge of £200 will be asked for the course to cover basic costs of study materials, clothing etc. Concessions or sponsorships can be available for those with limited resources.

The syllabus

Student will cover 3 handbooks entitled Devotional Practice, Theology & Philosophy, Vaishnava Culture.

A) Theology & Philosophy

1.The Existence of God

2.The Search for the Absolute Truth / 3 pramanas / 4 defects

3. “You Are Not The Material Body”

4. Faith

5. The Three Aspects of the Absolute Truth

6. Krishna: The Supreme Absolute Truth / The Five Primary Rasas

7. The Three Energies of the Lord

8. The Creation / Universal Time

9. Perceiving Krishna in His Creation

10. The Three Modes of Material Nature / the Law of Karma / Re-incarnation

11. Death & Liberation

B) Devotional Practice

1. Devotional Service

2.Daily Schedule & Appearance

3. Four Principles

4. Hearing and Chanting: Tips and Pitfalls

5. Deity Worship: Tulasi Worship

6. Holy Days and Festivals

7. Preaching, Paramapara and ISKCON

8. Cleanliness and Etiquette

C) Vaisnava Culture

1. ISKCON’s Cultural Identity

2. The Vedas

3. The Four Varnas

4. The Four Ashrams

5. Respect: The Basis of Civilisation

6. Ethics and Morality

7. Relating to Devotees with Due Respect

8. Relating to seniors, juniors, and Peers

9. Receiving a Guest

10. Fellowship and Association

11. Three Levels of Devotees

12. Offences to the Vaishnavas

13. Twenty-Six Qualities of a Devotee

To recognise success in completing the course, students will be awarded “Successful Completion of Veda Course” certificates.

We look forward to hearing from all those interested.

Yours in the service of Srila Prabhupada

Kanhaiya Das

Brahmacari Ashram

Bhaktivedanta Manor

Hilfield Lane,




WD25 8EZ.


Daytime phone number: 0044 (0)7930 464 750 / 0044 (0)1923 851 000

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