Bhakti Courses

The Bhakti Courses are designed in different levels for people just wanting to learn about bhakti, people who want to start a full practice of bhakti and bhaktas (devotees) who are already seriously practicing.

Many people today are looking for spirituality that is not confined to or interpreted by a specific religion. Imagine what it might have been like to sit at the feet of a great spiritual teacher  and hear about the higher purpose and meaning of life, free from the interpretation and indoctrination that later surrounded these teachings. This is how people describe the Bhakti Course.

The Bhakti Course Level Two introduces new practices and teachings meant to move people towards a more regular and serious practice of sadhana and service, and engagement in temple programs. It presents a more broad and clear understanding of foundational elements of Krishna consciousness philosophy than in Level One.
This course is geared to those who have taken Level One, but is also suitable for those who have not taken the course but have been practicing Krishna consciousness for a short time.

The Sadhana Course is for devotees wishing to improve their sadhana and go deeper in Krishna consciousness.
 
The course focuses on:
• Improving and vitalizing one’s sadhana (including japa)
• Ways to better deal with real world challenges faced while living and working outside the temple
• Balancing material and spiritual life
• Building better devotee relationships (including other topics that relate to this)
• Dealing with common and difficult obstacles
• Attitudes that  impede or advance bhakti
• Overcoming emotional, mental and behavioral conditioning
• Better applying spiritual principles in daily life 
 
Many important aspects of bhakti that cannot be given proper attention in short classes and seminars are explored. More importantly, we discover how these issues relate to our personal lives and our practice of sadhana. 
The Sadhana Course is meant to energize and improve one’s daily practice of sadhana. One of the primary ways this is done is through the practice of sadhana at the workshop. Therefore, the schedule includes a full morning sadhana program beginning at 4:30 am. There is no Friday night session so that participants can get to bed early. 
Thus, the Sadhana Course is especially appreciated by those who have never lived in an ashram or who are currently not regularly attending a temple morning program.
 
The Sadhana Course was conceived as a way to help devotees periodically improve their sadhana as well as come closer together as a community. It is therefore helpful to offer this course once or more each year in your community. Each successive course will review the material from previous courses as well as add new material (and make the previous material available to first time participants).

large_IMG_0430_0The Sadhana Retreat is a weekend in which you focus on your sadhana and other issues related to improving your Krishna consciousness. You will intimately associate with other devotees, hear from them, and also share your challenges and realizations. Thus, the Sadhana Retreat is a wonderful way to avail yourself of the power and benefits of sadhu sanga.

We create a temple like environment with a morning and evening program. During the day there will be interactive classes and free time for extra chanting, study, journaling, and associating with devotees. And there will be plenty of wonderful prasadam and kirtana.

Dedicating an entire weekend to your spiritual practices is a special gift to give yourself. It is like a Japa Retreat for your sadhana and a wonderful transcendental vacation.

Many important aspects of bhakti that cannot be given proper attention in one hour temple classes are explored. More importantly, we discover how these issues relate to our personal lives and our practice of sadhana. 

The Sadhana Retreat is meant to energize and improve one’s daily practice of sadhana. One of the primary ways this is done is through the practice of sadhana at the workshop. Therefore, the schedule includes a full morning program beginning at 5:00 am.

The extended length of a retreat allows more time for exercises, group sharing, writing, contemplation and one on one discussion. This provides an even greater opportunity for bonding among the devotees.