Healing Through Holy Name: Overcoming Ignorance with the Holy Name

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:

Healing Through Hari: Overcoming Ignorance with the Holy Name (Updeshamrita Śloka 7)

Course Description:

This course delves into the transformative power of the Holy Name as elucidated in Śloka 7 of the Updeshamrita. Participants will explore the spiritual potency and purifying effects of chanting, understanding how this sacred practice serves as a bridge over material ignorance and leads to a deeper connection with the divine. Through theological insights, practical sessions, and reflective practices, this course aims to equip participants with tools to enrich their spiritual lives and attain higher states of consciousness.

Course Contents:

  • Introduction to the Holy Name:
  • Theological Foundations in Gaudiya Vaishnavism
  • Understanding Japa and Kirtan
  • Overcoming the Ten Offenses in Chanting:
  • Practical Tips for Avoidance and Correction
  • Impact on Mind, Body, and Spirit
  • Community and Sangha in Bhakti:
  • Building and Sustaining Spiritual Relationships
  • Enhancing the Quality of Chanting
  • Integration of Chanting in Daily Life:
  • Balancing Material and Spiritual Responsibilities

Target Audience:

  • Individuals seeking spiritual growth and mental peace
  • Practitioners of yoga and meditation desiring to deepen their practices
  • Students of theology or religious studies
  • Anyone struggling with stress, anxiety, or seeking purpose

Course Requirements:

  • Openness to spiritual learning and practice
  • Commitment to participate the sessions and complete practical exercises

What Will Participants Gain from this Course?

  • Deepened understanding of the philosophy and practice of the Holy Name
  • Enhanced ability to apply the principles of mantra meditation to reduce stress and increase mindfulness
  • Increased awareness of spiritual identity and connection with the divine
  • Practical skills to integrate spiritual practices into daily life for lasting peace and fulfilment

Why Should One Undertake this Course?

This course offers a unique opportunity to explore a profound spiritual tool that has the potential to transform one’s consciousness and resolve many of the existential questions and challenges of modern life. It's ideal for those seeking to find inner peace, enhance personal and spiritual growth, and cultivate a deeper connection with the divine.

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

  • Spiritual Disconnection: Bridging the gap between material existence and spiritual aspirations.
  • Stress and Mental Clutter: Offering effective tools to cleanse the mind and heart through focused chanting.
  • Lack of Purpose or Direction: Helping participants find deeper meaning and purpose in life through spiritual practice.
  • Social Isolation: Creating a sense of community and belonging within the course group and encouraging the formation of spiritual relationships.

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