The Joy of Attentive Chanting

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Suppose we are about to rush off in our car for a busy day’s work and have started the ignition. Just then, someone tells us to press the brake and wait. Naturally we would feel impatient, distracted, even irritated.

That’s how we may feel when we have to spend time each morning meditating on Krishna’s holy names. Of course, intellectually we know the critical importance of chanting. Nonetheless, emotionally this kind of reasoning just doesn’t seem to have an impact, as we think: “All that is true, but who is going to do all the work that I need to do today? I have to battle through dozens of problems, and I need to get on with the action real fast. I need as much time as possible. When will this meditation stuff end?” Such emotions lurk in the background of our consciousness when we chant and sabotage our attempts to concentrate on the holy names. That’s why concentration during meditation seems so difficult, so elusive.

We feel much more urgently is the need for more time for action: “There’s so much to do and so little time to do it in.” When we are thus mentally geared for action, daily meditation seems to be an obstacle, not a relief. It’s a break that we feel we don’t need.

This two part seminar is based trans-formative tips into the Joys of Attentive Chanting.

The focus of the two sessions will be on:
A- Attentive living to attentive chanting
B- Breaks and connecting to self
C- Care and contribution to welfare of others
D- Diary writing and journalling

How to keep focused on the present and take one mantra at a time which we have heard many times.

Course Dates:
Part 1 – Saturday 2nd April 2016
Part 2 – Saturday 9th April 2016
Time: 10am – 2pm (both sessions)
Venue: Bhaktivedanta Manor
Course Fee: £15 each or £20 for both

You can sign up to this course by following the Paypal link below, or at the Manor reception (01923 851000). You will then receive e-mail confirmation of your place on the course.

For more information, please email cvs@krishnatemple.com or call Sesa das on 07854 734331

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About the Speaker

Vraja-Bihari-PrabhuVraja Bihari Das is a full-time teacher in ISKCON and is training Professionals and Students in the science of Bhakti Yoga. He has done his Honors degree in Economics, and Masters in International Finance, and is also a post-graduate MBA in Finance. He has worked with the Times Group and undertook projects for prestigious organizations such as ICICI Bank and KPMG Pete Marwick.

As a full time faculty and member of ISKCON, he conducts discourses on the Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana, Mahabharata, and the Srimad Bhagavatam. He travels widely and freely shares his thoughts on mental hygiene, spiritual discipline, and finding deep emotional fulfillment. His self excellence courses, lifestyle management programs and corporate seminars are popular with both the youth and the elderly. He is also a prolific writer, and you could read his reflections on www.yogaformodernage.com