Avoiding Pitfalls: 6 Barriers to Spiritual Progress

By ISKCON Bhagavata Mahavidyalaya

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ISKCON Bhagavata Mahavidyalaya

ISKCON Bhagavat Mahavidyalaya aims to provide a facility for its members to study, practice, and disseminate the teachings of Srimad Bhagavatam, along with the writings of the Gaudiya Vaisnava acaryas and the branches of Vedic philosophy, culture, music and science in the context of Srila Prabhupada’s teachings. ISKCON Bhagavata Mahavidyalaya is located in Sri Govardhan dhama to systematically propagate the teachings of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam and Caitanya-caritāmṛta to the society at large.

To accomplish the above mission, ISKCON Bhagavata Mahavidyalaya will facilitate philosophical training for adult residential and non-residential students through the traditional Vedic educational methods. ISKCON Bhagavat Mahavidyalaya has been inspired by the service and efforts of His Grace Gopiparanadhana Prabhu and His Holiness Gaur Krishna Gosvami Maharaja. Their dedication toward the study and the dissemination of the teachings of Srimad Bhagavatam is the torchlight guiding us forward to serve this mission.

Course Overview

Course Title:

Avoiding Pitfalls: Six Barriers to Spiritual Progress (Updeshamrita Śloka 2)

Course Description:

This enlightening course delves into the profound teachings of Śloka 2 from the "Nectar of Instruction," outlining the six critical behaviours that can hinder spiritual development. Participants will explore the implications of excessive habits, unnecessary endeavours, frivolous speech, misapplication of religious practices, undesirable associations, and material greed on their spiritual journey. Through interactive lectures, guided meditations, and practical exercises, this course aims to equip learners with the tools to overcome these barriers and enhance their devotional service.

Course Contents:

  • Introduction to the Nectar of Instruction
  • Overview of the text and its importance in spiritual practice.
  • Deep Dive into Śloka 2
  • Mindful Eating and Resource Management
  • Balancing Efforts in Material and Spiritual Life
  • The Art of Sacred Speech
  • Righteous Observance of Rules
  • Choosing the Right Association
  • Managing Desires and Ambitions
  • Implementing Practical Solutions in Daily Life
  • Reflection and Future Steps

Target Audience:

  • Spiritual seekers looking to deepen their practice.
  • Practitioners of bhakti yoga or any individual interested in personal growth.
  • Members of religious and spiritual communities seeking practical life skills.
  • Educators and leaders within spiritual organizations.

Course Requirement:

  • No prior knowledge is necessary, but a genuine interest in spiritual growth is essential.
  • Commitment to actively participate and implement learned practices.

What Will Participants Gain from this Course?

  • Improved understanding of major spiritual obstacles and practical ways to overcome them.
  • Enhanced ability to focus on spiritual growth without distractions.
  • Skills to balance daily life with spiritual ambitions effectively.
  • Increased self-awareness and mindfulness in everyday actions and decisions.

Why Should One Undertake this Course?

  • To gain a deeper understanding of how everyday behaviours can impact spiritual progress.
  • To learn practical techniques for maintaining focus and discipline in one's spiritual practice.
  • To connect with like-minded individuals and cultivate a supportive spiritual community.

What Problems of the Participants are We Addressing Through this Course?

  • Difficulty in balancing material and spiritual life commitments.
  • Challenges in overcoming habitual behaviours that impede spiritual growth.
  • Lack of clarity on how to apply spiritual teachings in daily life.
  • Feeling overwhelmed by the demands of adherence to spiritual rules and routines.

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