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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat presents: Beyond the Gita, An Introduction to the Bhagwatam (New York, Feb 19 - 26 2012)

Source: www.SwamiNikhilanand.com

Beyond the Gita: An Introduction to the Bhagwatam
Discourse & Kirtan for adults by Swami Nikhilanand of JKP Radha Madhav Dham, the US ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj. Separate Bhagwatam classes provided concurrently for youth age 6-18

Swami Nikhilanand, disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, at Asamai Temple, New York

February 19-26, 2012 (mid-winter recess)
Feb 19 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Feb 20 - 25 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Feb 26 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Asamai Temple
80 E. Barclay St.,
Hicksville, NY 11801
(516) 433-4388

Youth Class: 
Separate Bhagwatam classes provided for youth age 6-18

To register your kids: call Rohit Sharma
(516) 582-1113

Adult Topics: (Adults will hear a discourse and do kirtan of Krishn leelas each evening).
Feb 19: Why the Bhagwatam is beyond the Gita
Feb 20: Bhagwatam takes a soul beyond the attainment of mokch
Feb 21: The difference between worshipping God and loving God
Feb 22: The importance of listening to Krishn leelas
Feb 23: Krishn is supreme God
Feb 24: The secret of Krishn's appearance
Feb 25: Navdha bhakti and the essence of devotion
Feb 26: The characteristics of a mahapurush

Youth Topics: (Youth will learn stories & philosophy of the Bhagwatam. read Krishn leelas and play Jeopardy each evening. There will be an exam on the last day for the youth, with prizes for top scores.)
Feb 19: Story of Narad meeting Bhakti Devi, Gyan and Vairagya in person
Feb 20: Story of Gokarn & Dhundhukari; what is the Bhagwatam
Feb 21: Story of King Parichit; story of Shukdeo Paramhans
Feb 22: Story of why Ved Vyas wrote the Bhagwatam
Feb 23: Story of what happened in Braj after Krishn left the earth planet
Feb 24: Krishn and His different avatar as told in the Bhagwatam
Feb 25: Krishn is supreme God; the secret of His appearance
Feb 26: The story of Prahlad. What is a Saint.

Having taught many family Gita classes in the New York area (video highlights above), this February Swami Nikhilanand, sanyasi disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, is returning to deliver a series of discourses explaining what is beyond the Bhagwad Gita. This program, to be held at the Asamai Hindu Temple in Hicksville, New York from Feb 19 - 26, will introduce listeners to the philosophy of the Bhagwatam. The program will combine a discourse and kirtan in the main hall for adults with a youth Bhagwatam class in a separate room. It will also differ from most other Bhagwat saptah programs in that listeners will not only hear the stories of the Bhagwatam, but will learn the actual philosophy of the Bhagwatam, how it relates to other Hindu scriptures, and how to apply it in their own practice of devotion.

Swami Nikhilanand is a disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj. He was born in Canada in a non-religious family and learned about God while attending a Catholic school in his small hometown. Although he knew nothing about Hinduism at the time, his spiritual questions led him to search beyond the conventional religious education he received in school, and he read many religious books of other traditions. As a young man, his quest brought him to a Hindu religious center in Austin, Texas by the name of Radha Madhav Dham. Radha Madhav Dham is the main U.S. ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj. While visiting the ashram, Swami Nikhilanand learned the Hindu concepts of God, soul, reincarnation, karm, and liberation and found many of the answers he had been seeking since his childhood. Soon after, Swami Nikhilanand moved to the ashram in Texas and also started making regular visits to India to learn more about Hinduism. He learned Hindi, and also studied the main Sanskrit scriptures with the guidance of Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj. After several years of study and meditation, he was given the order of sanyas, which is a renounced order of living similar to being a monk. He now travels around America giving discourses on the philosophy of Sanatan Dharm to adults and youth, and teaching the path of bhakti as he learned from his Guruji, Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj.

In his Bhagwatam discourse this July, Swami Nikhilanand will be going beyond what he has taught in his past Gita classes. Swamiji tells, "It is commonly said that where the teachings of the Bhagwad Gita end, the philosophy of the Bhagwatam begins. The Gita gives general knowledge about who God is, who Krishna is, and how a person should lead their life. The Bhagwatam reveals things about God that are only hinted at in the Gita, and tells secrets about the ultimate goal of life which you could not know by reading the Gita. That is why the Bhagwatam is considered to the crown jewel of all the Hindu scriptures." The satsang will conclude each evening with singing bhajans of Krishn leelas which are based on the stories of the Bhagwatam. This helps participants to engage their mind in remembering God for a longer time, whereas normally the mind is too fickle to allow a person to meditate for more than a few minutes.

While the adults attend the satsang and discourse in the main hall, the youth will be learning the philosophy and stories of the Bhagwatam in a separate class. Youth will also play a fun game of Jeopardy every day to test their knowledge of the Hindu scriptures. Dinner prasad will be served after the arti every day.

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