Santulan – “Japa & Kirtan” From 29 Feb – 2 Mar 2012

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Santulan – Japa & Kirtan Retreat

The Second SANTULAN retreat at Govardhan Ashram is being held from 29th February to 2nd March 2012. The special attraction of this “Japa and Kirtan Retreat” is the presence of His Holiness Niranjan Swami Maharaj. In the Santulan retreat during 29th Feb to 2nd Mar 2012, he would be giving a series of seminars on the topic “Appreciating the Association of the Holy name.”

HH Niranjana Swami Maharaj was born on December 10, 1952, in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA. His spiritual search took a turning point in 1972 when he saw a copy of “Bhagavad-Gita As It Is,” by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder Acharya of International Society for Krishna Consciousness in a bookshop in Washington, DC. After studying the Gita, he read several other books by the same author and started visiting the Boston ISKCON temple regularly. In 1973, he moved into the Boston temple and accepted initiation from his spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, in 1974. HH Niranjan Swami accepted sannyasa, the renounced order of life in 1986, at ISKCON’s world headquarters in Sri Dhama Mayapura, West Bengal. Since then, in service to his spiritual master, HH Niranjana Swami has been traveling extensively in North America, the former Soviet Union, and India, spreading the teachings of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

The other speakers for this retreat include HG Radha Gopinath das, HG Sanatkumar Das and HG Gauranga das who would be speaking on the topics “9 keys for improving Japa” and “Avoiding offenses in Chanting.”

DATES

  • 29 Feb – 3 Mar 2012

TOPICS

  • Appreciating the Association of the Holy name
  • 9 Keys for Improving Japa
  • Avoiding Offenses in Chanting

SPEAKERS

  • HH Niranjan Swami Maharaj
  • HG Radha Gopinath das
  • HG Sanat Kumar Prabhu
  • HG Gauranga Prabhu

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ecstatic Bhajans and Kirtans
  • Seminars and realizations on Holy name
  • Accommodation in Eco-friendly cottages
  • Delicious Prasadam
  • Swimming
  • Boating
  • Goseva
  • Farm tours
  • Adventure sports

CHARGES

  • Rs. 1200/- (from 29th morning to 2nd evening, includes prasadam)

REGISTRATION

  • Send a mail to ashram@pamho.net. Mention in the mail your contact number and the number of candidates interested in attending the retreat.

SCHEDULE

Day 1: 29-02-2012, Wednesday

8:00 – 9:15 am: Arrival and Breakfast
9:15 – 9:30 am: Welcome address by HG Gauranga Prabhu
9.30 – 11.00 am: 9 KEYS FOR IMPROVING JAPA – I by HG Radha Gopinath Prabhu

  • KEY 1 – DUTY: Its Our Duty To Chant Hare Krishna

11:00 – 11.30 am: Bhajans on Holy name

  • gora pahun na bhajiya mainu
  • keno hare krishna nām hari bole
  • madhuram madhurebhyo ‘pi

11.30 – 1.00 pm: 9 KEYS FOR IMPROVING JAPA – II by HG Gauranga Prabhu

  • Key 2 – DEVOTION: Just listen to ONE Mantra
  • Key 3 – DETERMINATION: State your determination

1.00 – 4.00 pm: Lunch & FREE TIME

Participants can do any of the following during the free time (if interested)

  • Goseva
  • Swimming/Boating
  • Adventure sports
  • Nursery visits
  • Ayurvedic Massage

4.00 – 6.00 pm: APPRECIATING THE ASSOCIATION OF HOLY NAME – I by HH Niranjan Swami Maharaj

6.00 -7.30 pm: Vaishnava Bhajans & Kirtans
7.30 – 8.00 pm: Dinner

8:00 pm: Rest

Day 2: 01-03-2012, Thursday

4:30 – 8:00 am: Morning Program & Breakfast
8.00 – 9:00 am: Break

9.00 – 11.00 am: 9 KEYS FOR IMPROVING JAPA – III by HG Radha Gopinath Prabhu

  • Key 4 – DISCIPLINE: From wherever the mind wanders
  • Key 5 – DETACHMENT: Freedom in Chanting, Let the mind embrace the holy name, The simplicity of the task.

11.00 – 11.30 am: Bhajans on Holy name

  • kabe ha’be bolo se-dina āmār
  • udilo arua pūraba-bhāge
  • hari hari! bifale janama goṅāinu

11:30 – 1.00 pm: 9 KEYS FOR IMPROVING JAPA – IV by HG Gauranga Prabhu

  • Key 6 – DISREGARD: Neglect the Mind, Techniques for controlling Mind.

1.00 – 4.00 pm: Lunch & FREE TIME

Participants can do any of the following in the free time (if interested)

  • Goseva
  • Swimming/Boating
  • Adventure sports
  • Nursery visits
  • Ayurvedic Massage

4.00 – 6.00 pm: APPRECIATING THE ASSOCIATION OF HOLY NAME – II by HH Niranjan Swami Maharaj

6.00 -7.30 pm: Vaishnava Bhajans & Kirtans
7.30 – 8.00 pm: Dinner

8:00 pm: Rest

Day 3: 02-03-2012, Friday

4:30 – 8:00 am: Morning Program & Breakfast
8.00 – 8:30 am: Break

8.30 – 10.30 am: AVOIDING OFFENSES IN CHANTING by HG Sanat Kumar Prabhu

10.30 – 11.00 am: Bhajans on Holy name

  • gāy gorā madhur sware
  • jīv jāgo, jīv jāgo, gauracānda bole
  • nadīyā-godrume nityānanda mahājana

11:00 – 12.00 noon: 9 KEYS FOR IMPROVING JAPA – V by HG Radha Gopinath Prabhu

Key 7 – DEPTH: Humility, Tolerance, Krishna is capable of protecting us

12.00 – 1.00 pm: 9 KEYS FOR IMPROVING JAPA – VI by HG Gauranga Prabhu

  • Key 8 – DEPENDENCE: Shelter at the lotus feet of Holy name, becoming Akinchana, Begging for nama, Remain dependent, From Nishta to Ruchi.
  • Key 9 – DISCRETION: Krishna’s causeless mercy, Qualities that can help us attract Krishna’s mercy.

1.00 – 4.00 pm: Lunch & FREE TIME

Participants can do any of the following in the free time (if interested)

  • Goseva
  • Swimming/Boating
  • Adventure sports
  • Nursery visits
  • Ayurvedic Massage

4.00 – 6.00 pm: APPRECIATING THE ASSOCIATION OF HOLY NAME – III by HH Niranjan Swami Maharaj

6.00 -7.00 pm: Vaishnava Bhajans & Kirtans
7.00 pm: Dinner & Departure


 

8 Comments

  1. Really nice arrangement. Wish there could be more like these also on weekends.

  2. Hare Krishna! Dear devotees.
    Please accept my humble obeisances.All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

    I have a humble request if there a possibility to have this event of Japa and Kirtan retreat live broadcasting. I am a disiple of Niranjana Swami and I have a lot of appeals from my god sisiters to see Him on this event.
    I very much appreciate your answer.
    Your servant Maunavilambini dd

    • Hare Krishna Mataji
      Govardhan Ashram is situated in rural India and the slow internet here doesn’t allow us for live broadcast.

      • How neat! Is it really this sipmle? You make it look easy.

  3. Hare Krishana Prabhu,

    I heard about this “Santulan” retreat from one of the devotee who had just attended it in last week, which sounds good. I would like to attend the same however, the retreat is being organized during the week days, i could not attend due to office hours.
    In view of the above, i would request you to arrange the “Santulan” retreat on weekends.
    Please consider my sincere request.

    Your servant Siddhesh Bhandare

  4. will you’ll be able to inform me whether this retreat is only for specific group of devotees or anyone can attend.also be kind enough to inform regarding future such spiritual retreats which includes topics like vaishnav behaviour, association with non devotees , practicing anger control, mind control, stress management ,balancing krishna consciousness, indian recipes.etc. thank-you.

    • For everyone

    • Thanks for your interest. We will be having a Santulan retreat #3 with the theme “Service Attitude & Relationships.” Will update on govardhanashram.com once we finalize the dates.

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