with Chintamani Dhama Devi Dasi
Srila Prabhupada equates sadhu sanga with discussions of transcendental literature amongst devotees. He frequently exhorts us to discuss his books systematically and scrutinisingly. This seminar looks at some of these instructions and also other evidences from Srila Prabhupada how we can get the most out of our sastra discussions. This seminar can be useful to any serious practitioner regardless of their current level of sastric knowledge.
“Discussion of Kṛṣṇa is very potent, and if a fortunate person has such association and tries to assimilate the knowledge, then he will surely make advancement toward spiritual realization.” Bg 9.1 purport
(Testimonials from previous students included at the foot of this page)
In this seminar, we look at what is sadhu sanga and how we can begin to improve our sadhu sanga, specifically by improving our discussions about Krishna. We will be learning techniques that can help enhance the discussion experience.
Due to the relative depth of the discussion, course attendees should have some experience in Krishna consciousness. We suggest a minimum standard of chanting 16 rounds for at least 6 months.
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Sucitra devi dasi: I found this seminar extremely refreshing, authoritative, and clear. I saw and understood a little better so many things Prabhupada has said about the process of Krsna Consciousness that I had missed before. The techniques learned were practical and simple, yet when utilized are profound and powerful.
I look forward to taking away the knowledge gained from this seminar and using it in my own life, and am inspired by what i perceive to be the potentially vast benefit that could be realized for our Society if these principles are widely taught.”
Pragna Kiri: The seminar was very encouraging for me to get deep understanding of the importance of sadhu sanga. I liked especially practical activity where we understand the meaning of each word / phrase and how it effects other person. Also I felt that i would benefit from longer seminar. A whole weekend would be nice.
Kiriti Ruparelia: Excellent way of teaching and understanding. Step by step, systsematically, based on the teachings and lectures by Srila Prabhupada. Very inspiring way of imbibing into my daily life. Brilliant technique.
Babhu Rajendra Prahlad: Your seminar is excellent because you took so much pain in putting Srila Prabhupada’s quotes in whatever you said. This seminar helps me to read Srila Prabhupada’s books with a sincere heart, mind, body and soul to go more deep to understand myself first and to preach to other next. This is what is lacking in ISKCON now a days. Unless we read Prabhupada’s books in the way you said in the seminar based on Prabhupada’s quotes we cannot understand sastra to put in our lives to relish the nectar. I will definitely implement in my life what i learned from your seminar and help you in preaching about the importance of reading Srila Prabhupada’s books. Our Guru Maharaja, HH Bhakti Vikas Swami, insist the same as you said.
Gomti Rakendra Prahlad: All quotes have been taken from Srila Prabhupada’s books / lectures, making the presentation authoritative. The principles create a culture and mood of association that is enlightening and enlivening. There is even an illustrative video on the types of listening which really shows how enthusiastic Cintamani mataji is to get the participants to understand the pitfalls of improperly conducting a discussion. I’m so grateful that she has taken the time to present on how to discuss Srila Prabhupada’s books.
Kalyani Patel: I personally feel blessed to be attending this course.
I would definitely attend this course again and also support its propagation however Krsna allows.
Bhagadatta das: The internal benefit has been that we now go much deeper in trying to understand Srila Prabhupdada’s teachings and applying them in our lives. Previously I would read his books and ‘feel good about it’. Nowadays with the discussions we go line by line deliberating on Prabhupada’s instructions and I still remember many important points.
Jayanti dasi: I make sure that I have at least one or two daily discussions every day. The most beautiful part of the discussions is that we can discuss how to apply in our personal life the instructions Srila Prabhupada is giving in the particular purport.
Daya das: I am very interested in this consultation since sravanam and kirtanam are basic and essential in the development of our spiritual life. It is great that ISKCON is making efforts to improve on them.
I would like to talk about the Systematic Threadbare Discussion posted by Cintamani dhama mataji. These discussions are a great way to understand Krishna’s and Srila Prabhupada’s instructions. Understanding these instructions are crucial for a healthy spiritual life, to know what we are doing, why we are doing it, where we are going, what is the goal of our spiritual life, how to attain that goal, etc.
Gopi Prema dasi: Since I am discussing Srila Prabhupada’s books I feel my chanting is improving . To discuss the life of the pure devotees, their conversations, and Krishna’s instructions is most essential for purifying my consciousness.
The discussions are so interesting to hear how other devotees understand things. It helps me to understand it better, in different lights. In discussions I remember much better and I can really concentrate. And by reflective hearing I really learn how to hear properly.
Kishor Murti das: The techniques really give you the skills to become so receptive and attentive to what is being said, and what is being revealed through the heart as one expresses one’s own understandings.
There is much talk of a ‘Srila Prabhupada centric’ movement, and for me one of the most powerful and emphatic ways I experienced proximity to him, was through using these methods.
Dunja: I would like to thank you for my new found inspiration of discussing Srila Prabhupada’s books with your method. I’m amazed by the detailed research and evidence support. When my husband and I took part we felt immediate benefit. My mind was immediately engaged to be a good listener , understanding what a person has just said etc.
Sucirani dasi: Discussing Srila Prabhupada’s books in this particular format has allowed me to gain deep insights and really develop my relationship with Srila Prabhupada through his books. It has allowed me to develop deep friendships based on Krishna Consciousness in a supportive environment that helps to avoid speculation.
Radha Sakti dasi: I wish to say that these discussions have helped me tremendously. I did not have much interest in reading because I could not remember things. Since I have started consistently doing discussion I am remembering better, my conversation with others is about sharing what we discussed. It is Srila Prabhupada’s instruction to study systematically, scrutinizingly, threadbare, seeing subject matters from different angles of vision.