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Nectar of Instruction Class, Sri Upadesamrta

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Nectar of Instruction Class, Sri Upadesamrta

Assigned reading of complete Nectar of Instruction, Sri Upadesamrta, open discussion, one short essay, two mid-term quizzes, one final, as requirement. All levels of bhaktas invited.

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Course Brief

"Offering gifts in charity, accepting charitable gifts, revealing one’s mind in confidence, inquiring confidentially, accepting prasāda and offering prasāda are the six symptoms of love shared by one devotee and another." [Nectar of instruction, text 4]

Class 01, Fall 2011,

Nectar of Instruction (an introduction to Bhakti Yoga)

Eleven Lessons in the Ancient Science of Bhakti-Yoga. This compact guidebook of essential spiritual teachings shows us how to choose a guru, how to practice yoga, how to exchange loving relations among devotees, and more. 130 pages, softcover 

purchase from us onsite


email Tamoharadasa@yahoo.ca

 

Note; Members with computor access are advised to purchase a CD or ROM download of all of Srila Prabhupada's books, all at once, from us, or where available,  19.95 and 29.95, CD or computor-installable Rom.

 

The Holiest of Holies, Sri Sri Radha Kunda

 

~(>.' )  Two quizzes, one small book to read, one very short essay, final exam.

 

PART one for quizz is pages 1-47 ie to end of Ch 4, Part two is page 47-77 ie Chs 5-8, and last part is the balance, please, Chs 9-11, pages 78-91.  

Each quizz may be rewritten until passed, three attempts maximum. Each student will read the assigned chapters and write the quizz at their own timing. A 500 word essay on the meaning of the book will be required, and the essays will be published at this class site. Post them under the discussion heading Essays.  All quizzes etc are pass/fail. 

 

Candidates for diksa are also expected to obtain and hold membership in the site groups How To; Online bhakta program, SPI morning program, and Memories of Srila Prabhupada, and to be well familiar with the contents, please. There will be no examination nor quizz related to those sites, however.

 

A minimum 70% is required to pass the quizzes. Allowances may be made for non-English-native speakers, and those with disabilities. You must pass the two early quizzes to do the final quizz, which is comprehensive. I will ask questions of individuals on the comments section here, so please chek every so often and patiently reply ! Thank you! All are expected to offer something to the class in terms of comments and presence onsite.

 

The final pass will not be awarded until the essay is received. The essay may be submitted at any time. The topic is; "The Meaning of the "Nectar of Instruction"".  

 

Degree Program

 

Upon completion of all five intro, courses, an Associate Bhakti Shastri certificate will be issued. These 5 courses are; N.O.D. , Nect. of Inst., Bhagavada Gita As It Is, Sri Isopanisad, and Krsna Books, are included. Candidates are also expected to obtain and hold membership in the site groups How To; online bhakta program, SPI morning program, and Memories of Srila Prabhupada, and to watch the videos there, please.

 

Recommendation for First initiation as a Disciple of Srila Prabhupada is usually offered by us to our course graduates. Completion of the ABS is normally required at this site for diksa recommendation. ALL Brahmana candidates will be expected to complete a full Bhakti Sastri degree.  Our first members have been grandfathered in, but henceforth these standards will be maintained. Our brahmana initiates agree to complete the Bhakti Sastri degree as soon as possible, then they will be listed as completing all requirements in our graduates listings.

 

First diksa and Brahmana candidates are expected to learn and memorize certain mantras etc before they will be considered to be fully prepared. These will be provided as we develop our programs onsite, so patience please. For certain, obeisances to Srila Prabhupada, obeisances to Vasinavas, Guruvastakam, Tulsi Puja, Guru Puja, and Jay Radha Madhava prayers must be memorized. These are all sung in full ceremony and words listed at the onsite group SPI Morning Program.

 

The second half of the Bhakti Sastri degree will consist of integration of all previous materials, some memorization of slokas, as well as an examination of the life and teachings of Sri Krsna Caitanya, and reading  of the first three Cantos of Srimad Bhagavatam. 

 

Post-graduate studies will focus on the Sri Caitanya Caritamrta, Sri Caitanya Bhagavata, and the lives and teachings of  some of the many great Vaisnava acaryas.  

 

Tuition?

A fee for frameable A.B.S. and Bh.S. degree certificates and mailing will be assessed, but it will be kept minimal. We are not charging for our teachings.  Donations are always gratefully accepted, as we are in the renounced orders. Donate via paypal and inform me, or send cheque c/o Mr. T. Garden / Tamohara dasa MSc,  #114-956 Chancellor Dr., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. R3T 2K1 

 

Note; Members with computor access are advised to purchase a CD or ROM download of all of Srila Prabhupada's books.

Each classmate will be listed, and their progress in N.o I. class wil be noted below;  

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROGRESS CHART

Class    1. pt 1 & quizz  2. pt 2 & quizz  3. pt 3 & final quizz  4. essay  5. pass/fail

Tamohara d        1, P                   2,P                      3,P                    4,P          5, P

Parvati dd           1, P                   2,P                      3,P                   4,P          5, P

Basu Gopal d       1, P                   2 ,P                     3,P                   4, P         5, P

Rasa Manjari dd   1,  P                  2, P                    3, P                  4,P          5, P

Trino Carrera       1, P                  2, P                     3, P                  4, P         5, P

Nirmama  Mataji ; 1, P                 2, P                     3,P                   4, P         5,P           

Discussion Forum

Glories of Radha Kunda

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Hurdy Gurdy Man, by Tamohara dasa v acbssp

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The Nectar (?) Of Instruction and the Other Regulative Principles

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NOI Narration, by D. Lugan

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First Quizz; Sri Upadesamrta

Started by Welcome. Last reply by Welcome Jan 18, 2012. 8 Replies

Final Quizz Fall 2011 semester

Started by Welcome. Last reply by Trnikrta-trnavarta-dasa Jan 10, 2012. 2 Replies

ESSAYS

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Quizz Two

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Associate in Bhakti Sastra
Comment by Karthikayan on November 24, 2016 at 2:42

Hare Krishna Prabhu Dandvats Pranam PAMHO

Comment by Tamohara d co-tp. Editor Bh.S on November 23, 2016 at 17:07

Welcome Karthikayan ! Please feel free to consult me at any time! Hare Krsna!

Comment by Tamohara d co-tp. Editor Bh.S on April 19, 2016 at 15:41
Srila Prabhupada- The Vaikuntha-Man's photo.

One’s devotional service is spoiled when he becomes too entangled in the following six activities: (1) eating more than necessary or collecting more funds than required; (2) over-endeavoring for mundane things that are very difficult to obtain; (3) talking unnecessarily about mundane subject matters; (4) practicing the scriptural rules and regulations only for the sake of following them and not for the sake of spiritual advancement, or rejecting the rules and regulations of the scriptures and working independently or whimsically; (5) associating with worldly-minded persons who are not interested in Kṛṣṇa consciousness; and (6) being greedy for mundane achievements.

There are six principles favorable to the execution of pure devotional service: (1) being enthusiastic, (2) endeavoring with confidence, (3) being patient, (4) acting according to regulative principles [such as śravaṇaṁ kīrtanaṁ viṣṇoḥ smaraṇam – hearing, chanting and remembering Kṛṣṇa], (5) abandoning the association of nondevotees, and (6) following in the footsteps of the previous ācāryas. These six principles undoubtedly assure the complete success of pure devotional service.

(Upadeśāmṛta-Nectar of Instruction)

Comment by Tamohara d co-tp. Editor Bh.S on June 27, 2012 at 20:30

Dear Lou, proceed at your own pace, do the quizzes and return the completed ones to me. Ask questions as many as you like as you go. You will owe one short essay, topic to be approved first. HK! Good luck!


Bhakti Sastri
Comment by Welcome on January 15, 2012 at 15:08

"When a particular type of occupation is performed for the satisfaction of the Supreme Lord, all the defects in that particular occupation are purified. When the results of work are purified, when connected with devotional service, one becomes perfect in seeing the self within, and that is self-realization."


Bhakti Sastri
Comment by Welcome on January 12, 2012 at 11:23


After the complete rainy season, the forest of Vrindavana was full of fruits like dates and blackberries ripening on the trees and bushes. Lord Sri Krishna, along with His elder brother, Sri Baladeva, and other cowherd boys of the vicinity, entered the beautiful forest, accompanied by the cows, to display transcendental pastimes with His eternal friends.

Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, appears with His personal entourage once in paraphernalia, just to attract the conditioned souls of the material world. Although the material world is only a shadow of the spiritual world, the materially encaged living entities seek spiritual happiness here in a form perverted by materialistic attachment.

Empiric philosophers with a poor fund of knowledge imagine a spiritual picture that is impersonal. But the spiritual living being, less attracted by the impersonal form of spiritual emancipation, becomes more attracted by the material form and becomes hopeless of spiritual emancipation.

Therefore the absolute Personality of Godhead, out of His limitless and causeless mercy, descends from the spiritual kingdom and displays His personal pastimes at Vrindavana, the replica of the Krishnaloka planet in the spiritual sky.

Vrindavana is the most sacred place within this cosmic universe, and people seeking to achieve spiritual emancipation by entering the kingdom of God may make a home at Vrindavana and become serious students of the six Gosvamis, who were instructed by Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

The six Gosvamis were headed by Srila Rupa Gosvami, who was followed by Srila Sanatana, Srila Bhatta Raghunatha, Srila Jiva, Srila Gopala Bhatta, and Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami. They were all seriously engaged in research and excavation of the mystery of Vrindavana-dhama.

Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, appeared at Vrindavana about five thousand years ago, and the relics of His appearance at Vrindavana were lost from view.

But Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who is the very same Lord Sri Krishna in the form of a great devotee, appeared at Navadvipa, a district in West Bengal, and excavated the holy places of Lord Sri Krishna’s transcendental pastimes.

He instructed the above-mentioned six Gosvamis to compose authorized literature on the cult of Vrindavana, and any serious student anxious to know about the Supreme Lord may take advantage of this invaluable literature and the guidance of authorized scholars and thus know about the Lord of Vrindavana, Sri Krishna, the Personality of Godhead

From Light of the Bhagavata, by Srila Prabhupada


Bhakti Sastri
Comment by Welcome on January 10, 2012 at 23:20

Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja Prabhupada
Letter to his London disciples, July, 1969:

"Therefore having a bona fide spiritual master and serving him and pleasing him and getting his mercy is essential. Otherwise there can be no advancement in Krishna consciousness. And unless the spiritual master is a pure devotee of Krishna then he has no potency to give you Krishna. He is simply a cheating rascal.

So in fact above all the rules and regulations and offenses I have mentioned the most important thing, the essential thing, which is required if you want to come to the stage of purely chanting the Hare Krishna mantra is you must have a bona fide spiritual master who is a pure devotee of Krishna. Without having a bona fide spiritual master you can chant Hare Krishna forever but you will not be able to advance because Krishna does not reveal Himself in this way. He only reveals Himself to those devotees who surrender to and serve and please His pure devotees."


Bhakti Sastri
Comment by Welcome on January 5, 2012 at 9:47


Bhakti Sastri
Comment by Welcome on January 1, 2012 at 18:32

"In this verse Srila Rupa Gosvami advises the devotee to be intelligent enough to distinguish between the kanistha-adhikari, madhyama-adhikari and uttama-adhikari. The devotee should also know his own position and should not try to imitate a devotee situated on a higher platform. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura has given some practical hints to the effect that an uttama-adhikari Vaisnava can be recognized by his ability to convert many fallen souls to Vaisnavism. One should not become a spiritual master unless he has attained the platform of uttama-adhikari. A neophyte Vaisnava or a Vaisnava situated on the intermediate platform can also accept disciples, but such disciples must be on the same platform, and it should be understood that they cannot advance very well toward the ultimate goal of life under his insufficient guidance. Therefore a disciple should be careful to accept an uttama-adhikari as a spiritual master."

(The Nectar of Instruction, from Srila Prabhupada's purport to Text 5)


Bhakti Sastri
Comment by Welcome on December 30, 2011 at 14:26
At 11:44am on December 30, 2011, Nirmama/Nothing is mineNirmama/Nothing is mine said…

"Offering gifts in charity, accepting charitable gifts, revealing one’s mind in confidence, inquiring confidentially, accepting prasāda and offering prasāda are the six symptoms of love shared by one devotee and another." [Nectar of instruction, text 4]

 
 
 

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