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- Established on:1973
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What is the Hare Krishna movement?
The ‘Hare Krishna Movement’ is the informal name of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), and has its roots in the ancient teachings of the ‘Vedas’, which are historical philosophical treatises dating back to over 5,000 years.
The movement was brought to the western world in 1965 by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, known lovingly by the followers of the movement as ‘Srila Prabhupada’. He wrote over sixty volumes of authoritative translations, commentaries and summary studies of the philosophical and religious classics of India. Thus, today Srila Prabhupada is recognised as one of India’s greatest spiritual ambassadors of the 20th Century.
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Association with like-minded people is important for those willing to progress on the spiritual path. In order to facilitate this, there are various community groups and gatherings run by the Bhaktivedanta Manor community. There could be something right up your street. Have a look at the options available below and get in touch directly.
The word “sanga” denotes a gathering of like-minded people. In these monthly groups, individuals come together for an evening of meditation, spiritual discussion, vegetarian food and spiritual fun! It’s usually held at the house of a host, and the relaxed environment allows members to gradually enter into the Krishna conscious philosophy at their own pace. Different speakers enlighten the audience on various topics, drawing out teachings from the scriptures which we can apply in our daily lives.
Bhakti Vriksha is an initiative aimed at building a spiritual family. It begins with weekly sessions where 10-15 individuals read passages from scripture, discuss the application in daily life, and share their experiences, inspirations and illuminations. Everything is conducted at different homes, allowing for a warm, inviting atmosphere where spirituality grows naturally. The informal atmosphere allows for open exchange, and close bonds quickly form.