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Dear {personalized.fname_sname},

We are keeping ourselves braced against the chill of October by immersing ourselves in some of the most profound areas of Vedic culture this month; with fascinating topics such as Vedic cosmology (Secrets of the Vedic Universe), unlocking the sacred Gayatri Mantra, and the creme de la creme of Vedic scripture in Overview of the Srimad Bhagavatam. Get the opportunity to connect with Guru for the most important relationship in spiritual life, that of Guru & Disciple in the ISKCON Disciples Course. Speaking of connections, allow your mind to be pacified in the transcendental vibes of kirtan with the legendary kirtaneer Sri Prahlada in The Yoga of Kirtan. We have also introduced Sweet Cheese - a weekly Facebook show that includes interviews, wisdom, latest news and much more! Last but not least, get the body and mind aligned in our on-going Holistic Yoga Asana classes, which are now in the Seminar Room at the Temple every Monday (it has never been more convenient to align yourself spiritually all under one roof!).

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Best wishes,
London College of Vedic Studies
UPCOMING COURSES
The Yoga of Kirtan with Sri Prahlada
The Yoga of Kirtan with Sri Prahlada
Experience the magic of sacred rhythms and chants

Dates: Saturdays, 5th & 12th October
Time: 10.30am - 5pm

This kirtan course by the renowned kirtaneer Sri Prahlada, aims to prepare the students for a genuine kirtan experience, empower them to deepen their understanding of kirtan and give them the opportunity to enrich themselves in their chanting.

Find out more here.
The Gayatri Mantra
The Gayatri Mantra
An inspiration to chant the sacred mantras with more attention and respect

Dates: Monday, 7th October - Friday, 11th October
Time: 6.30pm - 8pm

The Gayatri is said to have emanated from the mouth of Lord Brahma (the creator) as he heard the sound of Lord Krishna’s flute. It is therefore considered the sound incarnation of Brahman (the Absolute). Join our Head Priest Murli Manohara dasa in this 5-day seminar on the holy mantras.

Hear more from the teacher, Murli Manohara dasa here.
Overview of Srimad Bhagavatam (Cantos 1-9)
Overview of Srimad Bhagavatam (Cantos 1-9)
Immerse yourself in a summary study of a timeless classic

Dates: Sundays, 13th October & 10th November
Time: 10.30am - 1.30pm

This course will provide an overview of a few of the powerful pastimes in the Srimad Bhagavatam in chronological order from 1st to 9th Canto with points from Srila Prabhupada’s purports and summaries of important lessons and devotional principles to be learned.
ISKCON Disciples Course
ISKCON Disciples Course
A training program which deepens devotees’ understanding of guru tattva and guru padasraya within the multiple guru environment of ISKCON

Dates: Sundays, 3rd, 10th & 17th November
Time: 10am - 4pm

This course is based on the teachings of Srila Prabhupada and current ISKCON Law and gives reference to the writings from the broader Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition. It is designed for new devotees preparing to take initiation, but is also recommended for leaders, preachers, mentors and educators in ISKCON.
Secrets of the Vedic Universe
Secrets of the Vedic Universe
An introduction to Vedic cosmography based on Srimad Bhagavatam

Date: Saturday, 25th January 2020
Time: 10.30am - 3.30pm

This lively workshop will share a fundamental understanding of the cosmography through the words of Srimad-Bhagavatam – an essential sacred text of the Bhakti tradition. It will help us make sense of a subject which is as enigmatic as it is fascinating. Attendees will become acquainted with the Vedic view of the universe and some of its current interpretations.
ONGOING COURSES
Kartals & Mridanga Lessons
Kartals & Mridanga Lessons
Learn to play the fundamental kirtan instruments from an experienced kirtaneer!

Dates: Tuesdays, 10th September - 12th November
Time: 6.30pm - 8pm

Playing an instrument in kirtan can enhance the experience for you, and everyone present. This is a ten day workshop for beginners or those with some knowledge, who would like to learn the basics of playing kartals and mridanga.

Hear more from the teacher, Krishna Chaitanya here.
Holistic Yoga (Yoga, Wisdom, Meditation) For All
Holistic Yoga for Women
Nourish your body, mind and soul for lasting personal benefit

Day: Every Monday
Time: 7pm - 8pm

We aim to spread love, wellbeing and positivity so that you can lead a peaceful and balanced life, in harmony with other people and nature. These fun and dynamic sessions will help you realign your body, mind and soul with goals that bring steady personal growth and fulfilment.
Bhakti Sastri 2018-19
Bhakti Sastri 2018-19
A lifetime investment to systematically study Srila Prabhupada's books

Day: Every Sunday
Time: 10.30am - 1.30pm

The Bhakti Sastri course takes a personal approach to learning with interactive sessions on the wisdom from the East. It explores the Vedic philosophy along with practical applications in the modern day life. Being one of the most popular courses provided by the London College of Vedic Studies, it is suitable for devotees well familiar with the practice of Krishna consciousness and desiring to study Srila Prabhupada's books in greater depths.
COMING SOON
Sanskrit for Beginners
Sanskrit for Beginners
An introduction to linguistic & literary concepts of the principal Vedic language

The course will focus on those aspects of the language which are most useful for the study of Vaishnava scripture. It will enable students to have an appreciation for the beauty and utility of the Sanskrit language for the purpose of scriptural studies.

More information will be available in the coming weeks.
Becoming a Spiritual Warrior
Becoming a Spiritual Warrior
Equip yourself to face the battlefield of your consciousness

To be friends with someone you have to understand them first. This seminar will give you insights into the working of the mind and the relationship between the mind, body and soul. You will be able to understand how the mind can become a catalyst for spiritual advancement rather than a hindrance.

More information will be available in the coming weeks.
VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY
Marketing Assistants
We are looking for volunteers to support with marketing. This is an opportunity to attend a variety of practical courses and workshops, facilitated by renowned speakers and travelling monks!
FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Weekly Facebook Show:
Every Thursday 7pm
Weekly Facebook Live
INTRODUCING A NEW FACEBOOK SHOW - EVERY THURSDAY @ 7PM!

We are very excited to announce the launch of a brand new weekly series with our monks on Facebook!

Join us on the London College of Vedic Studies Facebook page (www.facebook.com/londoncvs) on Thursdays from 7pm, for some guaranteed spiritual entertainment and wisdom.

Tune in to watch and participate. We hope you enjoy watching them!
Subscribe to our YouTube Channel
Our YouTube Channel
INTRODUCING VEDIC FACTS!

Check out our short videos to get bite-sized knowledge and wisdom straight from the Vedas!
RECENT HIGHLIGHTS
Kartals & Mridanga Lessons
Krishna Chaitanya is leading a group of Kirtan enthusiasts in the ongoing Kartals & Mridanga Lessons.
Overview of Srimad Bhagavatam
The second session of the course Overview of Srimad Bhagavatam by Jai Nitai dasa was enriching and enlivening.
False Ego - our Constant Companion and Troublemaker
Devaki devi dasi provided valuable insights on uplifting our consciousness at the seminar False Ego - our Constant Companion and Troublemaker.
Bhakti Sastri
Bhakti Sastri students are being spiritually nourished by studying the Nectar of Devotion with Murli Manohara dasa.
STUDENT TESTIMONIAL
Bhaktin Gayathri
"The scriptures describe the Bhagavata Purana as brilliant as the sun and promises to provide the light of knowledge in the age of Kali to those who are lost due to the dense darkness of ignorance. (SB 1.3.43)
The Srimad Bhagavatam Overview course aims to provide a glimpse into this ancient scripture allowing us to truly understand its importance at present day. I'm thankful to the London College of Vedic Studies for bringing this course and pray this encourages me personally to delve into the depths of this sacred literature and appreciate the efforts of our Founder Acarya, Srila Prabhupada."

- Bhaktin Gayathri (Overview of Srimad Bhagavatam)
TEACHER'S CORNER
Vamsivata dasa
“Teaching the Nectar of Instruction module of our Bhakti Sastri course (for the first time!!!) was a really wonderful experience for me. Because I had to give insight into Srila Prabhupada’s words and be able to represent Prabhupada and our parampara properly, I studied Nectar of Instruction like anything. I listened to seminars by very learned devotees and pondered upon the best way to teach and help assimilate and appreciate the points being brought up. I definitely feel very enriched after having done this service. And I am eager to try and serve in this capacity once more, in the future."

- Vamsivata dasa (Bhakti Sastri)

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