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VIHE International Vaisnavi Retreat 2020

International Vaisnavi Retreat 2020 in Govardhana

We wish to invite all interested ISKCON ladies, youth forum girls, and preachers to come and experience this wonderful opportunity for sadhvi-sanga in the holy land of Vrindavana, under the shelter of Govardhana.

HISTORY

The annual International Vaisnavi Retreat in Govardhana was started in 2011 by the Vrindavan Institute for Higher Education (VIHE) with the aim of facilitating spiritual association among women in bhakti. The retreat offers a wonderful opportunity for women from all over the world, who are eager for sadhvi-sanga.

The schedule is designed to maximize devotional synergy. Each retreat includes Krsna-katha, philosophical presentations and practical workshops by senior vaisnavis, sharing of realization by Prabhupada’s disciples, kirtanas, inspirational reading before japa, mridanga and kartala lessons, dramas and art exhibitions.

DATES
18 – 23 March, 2020

SPEAKERS
HG Yasomati Devi Dasi, HG Vraja Lila Devi Dasi

THEME
The theme of this year’s retreat is “avasya raksibe krsna” –The Art of Accepting and Giving Protection.

TOPICS
This year’s lectures and presentations will explore the following principles and practices:

Raksa – Protection by the Lord, the Ultimate Protection
A presentation on posanam, the 4th of the ten topics of Srimad Bhagavatam
With reference to the prayers of Laksmi Devi in Jambudvipa

On receiving protection
5 classes require protection
Protection of women and its purpose
Self-protection

On giving protection
What and whom to protect
Putting one’s own security belt first

Prayers for protection
Psychology & practice of self-defense

REGISTRATION

Fill the form to register for the International Vaisnavi Retreat 2020: https://forms.gle/RMcBibaHDYWsCFh99If you have any questions, please write to Madhurya Gaurangi Devi Dasi/ Balaji Priya Devi Dasi at retreats@vihe.org. You may also reach them on +91 7037488966 / +91 9821205738.

We look forward to your association in the 2020 International Vaisnavi Retreat. Please spread the word among your friends.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Registrations: retreats@vihe.org
Donations: +91 9368410776, donate@vihe.org (Radhapadadhuli Dasi)
General inquiries: +91 9821205738 (Balaji Priya Devi Dasi)
Service opportunities: +91 7037488966 (Madhurya Gaurangi Devi Dasi)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vihe.vrindavan

VIHE c/o ISKCON Goshala,
Parikrama Marg,
Raman Reti, Vrindavan,
Mathura Dist., 281121,
U.P., India

New Vrindaban Gaura Purnima 2020

Gaura Purnima (Monday, March 9)- The appearance anniversary of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is described in the Vedic scriptures as a covered incarnation of Lord Krishna, known as the Golden Avatar (“Gaura” or “Gauranga”). With the complexion of molten gold and the mood of an unparalleled devotee of God, he descended to earth on a full-moon night (Purnima) in the month of Phalguna more than five hundred years ago. Through his life and teachings, he epitomized that the essence of spiritual thought and enlightenment is love of God, which he widely broadcast through his disciples and followers. He initiated the sankirtan movement (“sanga” meaning group or community, and “kirtan” meaning chanting of God’s names) to encourage people to come together to glorify the Lord, which would be more potent than praying or chanting on one’s own. Through his campaigning efforts and desires to propagate Lord Krishna’s message, Lord Chaitanya transformed the lowest of men into servants of God. Therefore, it is easier to approach the Lord through His merciful incarnation of Lord Caitanya.
The day is spent in sankirtan, chanting the Lord’s holy name with others and feeling His presence. A divine bathing ceremony, called abhishek, will be held in the temple from 5–6pm. Anyone is welcome to bring food preparations and flowers and offer to Caaitanya Mahaprabhu throughout the day. Devotees fast till moon rise, and everyone is invited to a wonderful feast in the evening.

VIHE Bhakti-sadacara Course 2020

When we come to Krishna Consciousness, everything is new and exciting even though we do not understand many things yet. Gradually, we start having many questions about different aspects of Bhakti Yoga. The Bhakti-sadacara course is especially designed to give systematic knowledge to new devotees and to train devotees who did not have a chance to get such systematic training before.

The course covers different aspects of the path of devotion and provides not only knowledge but aims to cultivate Vaisnava qualities and instil devotional values. Whether you came to Krishna Consciousness just recently or have been practising for some time already, this course will be of great benefit for you due to its practical and informative nature. Besides that, it will help you get ready for the Bhakti-sastri and other courses.

DATES: Jan 17 – Apr 8, 2020 (2.5 months)

REQUIREMENTS: There are no initial requirements for attending the course; however, it is advised that one chant a minimum of 4 rounds of Hare Krishna mantra daily. Devotees from all over the world are welcome!

COURSE CONTENT AND TEACHERS:
• Srila Prabhupada Lilamrita (H.G. Nagapatni Devi Dasi)
• The essence of Bhagavad-gita (H.G. Madhusudana Visnu Dasa)
• Overview of Nava-vidha Bhakti – nine types of devotional service (H.G. Aruna Carana Dasa)
• Vaisnava etiquette (H.G. Nagapatni Devi Dasi)
• The lives of Vaisnava acaryas & observation of tithis (celebrations)
• Our daily prayers – their meaning & purpose (H.G. Lavanga Lata Devi Dasi)
• The science of the soul (H.G. Nava Kisora Govinda Dasa)
• Science of Self-Realization (H.G. Syama Kunda Dasa)
• Tadiya Sevas – different categories of devotional service (H.G. Mukunda Datta Dasa)
• Brahminical qualities & lifestyle (H.G. Madhurya Gaurangi Devi Dasi)
• Karatalas (H.G. Madhurya Gaurangi Devi Dasi)
• Mrdanga (teacher to be announced)
• Ayurvedic self-healing (H.G. Vrajendra Nandana Dasa)
• Vaisnava Diet (H.G. Vrajendra Nandana Dasa)
• Regulative principles of freedom (H.G. Lavanga Lata Devi Dasi)

ADMISSIONS:
Fill the form to apply for the VIHE Bhakti-sadacara Course
https://docs.google.com/forms/u/1/d/1hmNXXeBlI_WWsqRcT458KwHof57Dk_t8lGUoxNs1oBA/edit?fbclid=IwAR2KngN_udm9HrQjUgvRCrXEQPIcg2y7OfEqIzTC5JRRGJJmqfeoh4EPQ1w

ABOUT CONTRIBUTIONS:
The contribution towards the course is Rs. 8,500. Please note that contributions cover the study materials and administrative expenses connected with conducting the course. Accommodation and travels are not included. Lunch prasada is served at the VIHE by the mercy of well-wishers whenever classes are held. Classes are free of cost.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
VIHE c/o ISKCON Goshala,
Parikrama Marg,
Raman Reti, Vrindavan,
Mathura Dist., 281121,
U.P., India
Phone: +91 81 26 100 355 (Sakti Svarupini Devi Dasi)
Phone: +91 99 45 707 477 (Vrajendra Nandana Dasa)
For admissions: courses@vihe.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vihe.vrindavan

VIHE Bhakti-Vaibhava Course Part 1 2019/2020

Srila Prabhupada envisioned four levels of study of his books—Bhakti-sastri, Bhakti-vaibhava, Bhakti-vedanta and Bhakti-sarvabhauma. The VIHE is endeavouring to establish these degrees and thus provide an opportunity for higher studies in Krsna conscious philosophy to interested devotees. The first-ever Bhakti-vaibhava Course was started in 2002. Bhakti-vaibhava covers the study of the first six cantos of Srimad-Bhagavatam.

Course Content:
The course is divided into four semesters of four months each.

Part One: Canto 1 & 2
Part Two: Canto 3
Part Three: Canto 4
Part Four: Canto 5 & 6

Besides the verse by verse study of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, the course includes seminars on related subjects and books, such as:
• The Invocation to Srimad-Bhagavatam
• The Ten Topics of Srimad-Bhagavatam
• Sad-darsana — the Six Vedic Philosophies
• Dasa-mula by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura
• Vedic Cosmology
• Sanskrit pronunciation and meters

Schedule:
Bhakti-vaibhava Canto 1 & 2: December 11, 2019 – April 8, 2020
Teachers: H.H. Bhakti Dhira Damodar Swami, H.G. Sarvabhauma Dasa, H.G. Adi Purusa Dasa, H.G. Nityananda Dasa, H.G. Aruna Carana Dasa, H.G. Prasanta Devi Dasi.

Bhakti-vaibhava Canto 3: July – November, 2020
Teachers: To be announced.

Requirements:
Bhakti-sastri degree, good sadhana, brahminical tendencies, good knowledge of Srimad-Bhagavatam, proficiency in English and good service attitude. You must also have two recommendations from senior devotees in good standing who know you well.

For any information please write to courses@vihe.org

Admission:
Fill the form to apply for the VIHE Bhakti-vaibhava Course: https://forms.gle/jk1yB3fhDa9EiZYy7

Contribution:
The contribution towards the course is Rs. 12,500 per semester. Please note that contributions cover the study materials and administrative expenses connected with conducting the course. Accommodation and travel are not included. Lunch prasadam is served at the VIHE by the mercy of well-wishers whenever classes are held. Classes are free of cost.

Contact Information:
VIHE c/o ISKCON Goshala,
Parikrama Marg,
Raman Reti, Vrindavan,
Mathura Dist., 281121,
U.P., India

Phone: +91 81 26 100 355 (Sakti Svarupini Devi Dasi)
Phone: +91 99 45 707 477 (Vrajendra Nandana Dasa)
For admissions: courses@vihe.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vihe.vrindavan