The Bhakti Roots Course will nurture your seed of the creeper of devotional service so that it embarks on the path of progress from a seed to a sapling and ultimately flourishes in the bhakti garden.

Here you will gather knowledge on various aspects of Kṛṣṇa Consciousness and also apply the theoretical aspects of devotional service that you assimilate.

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The Bhakti Roots Course (BRC) will help you:

1. Cultivate the daily habit of śravaṇaṁ and kirtanam  [hearing and chanting]. It will give you tips and tools for developing a regular habit of hearing scripture (śāstra) and chanting the mahā-mantra – Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/ Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare.
2. Embrace and value the four regulative principles of freedom.
3. Memorize and understand the praṇāma mantras that should be chanted daily.
4. Memorize and appreciate selected slokas from the Bhagavad-gītā As It Is.
5. Discover and appreciate the rich library of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s books through select readings to facilitate a reading routine.
6. Prepare and properly honor prasādam in your home or on the road. We’ll also share with you helpful resources and recipes.
7. Listen with attention and comprehension select lectures of Śrīla Prabhupāda by inviting your own realizations after hearing.
8. Learn the basics of Vaiṣṇavas etiquette and lifestyle.
9. Discern the process, requirements, and significance of initiation into a guru-disciple relationship.

LEARNING METHOD

As a spiritual gardener (SB 3.2.6p), you will use a variety of tools to read, understand, and apply the content, including Memorizing śāstra and songs (Cc Ādi 16.44, purport; SB 10.2.36, purport; SP Letter to Janajanmadhih, Bombay, 11-15-75) Keeping a journal of your realizations (SP letter 11-15-75; SP lecture, 8-14-72)Hearing (śravaṇaṁ), summarizing or selecting key themes from texts (SP letter, 6-1-72)Engaging with other devotees (sādhu-saṅga), especially master gardeners (śikṣā gurus, senior devotees, etc.), in your local temple or online. Applying what you learn in your individual lives and in local temple service.


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BRC Introduction

Welcome to the BRC. This course is designed to familiarize you with the BRC and with bhakti! Here you will find two lessons with multiple topics in each lesson.

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Pranama Mantras

This course is designed to give a mastery over the pronunciation and meanings of the pranama mantras. Each lesson includes complete text/meaning/audio file for practice.

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Essential Bhajans

This course covers the standard temple bhajans heard through out all ISKCON temples and centers. Each lesson will cover the meaning of the song with translations.

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Verse Memorization

This course will help you gather a deep appreciation and understanding of select verses from the Bhagavad-gita. These slokas have become the standard verses memorized by Srila Prabhupada's disciples world-wide.

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Select Readings

This course will familiarize you with select readings and books. The purpose of the course is to help facilitate a reading routine and appreciation for Prabhupada's books. Reading materials included.

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Prasadam Preparation

This course covers all of the preparations for making prasadam. The lessons include prayers and mantras, proper handling of bhoga, prayers for honoring, and simple recipes for quick home preparations.

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Attentive Listening

This course is designed to familiarize you with the teachings of our Founder-Acaraya , A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The course consists of listening to lectures and completing essay questions.

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Vaisnava Etiquette

This is an introductory course on Vaisnava Etiquette and lifestyle. Topics include temple etiquette, instructional videos for dhotis and saris, tilak application, and devotional tasks, such as garland making.

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Topics on Initiation

This is an introduction course on the topics of initiation designed to help you prepare for the acceptance of your spiritual master, establishing solid sadhana practices, and keeping your feelings of bhakti.

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