Bhakti Meditation Course is designed to help one understand the art and process of chanting as a form of meditation. The course consists of six 2-hour classes that meet once a week over the span of six weeks, with each week having a different focus. Each class begins with Gaura Arati (a traditional song/bhajan) followed by readings and discussion based on that week’s focus. Each session will also have various time slots dedicated for Japa practice (chanting as meditation). The specifics of each class are as follows:
Class 1: Introduction/Nama – Welcome and introduction to the Bhakti process. Lifestyle and what to do/not to do to improve our chanting. We will be meditating on hearing the Holy Name(Nama) with readings from Harinama Cintamani from Bhaktivinoda Thakur.
Class 2: Guna – Qualities– We will be discussing the qualities of the person we are calling out to in our chanting, Sri Krsna. We will also as look at some of the qualities that develop in a sincere chanter. (Readings and discussion from Nectar of Devotion and Satsvarupa dasa Gosvami’s Twenty-Six Qualities of a Devotee”)
Class 3: Lila (story) – We will hear ancient stories to then facilitate deep chanting. (Readings from Srimad Bhagavatam).
Class 4: Vandhanam (Prayer) –What is the mood to chant in? How does one sincerely pray? (Readings from Srimad Bhagavatam: Dhruva Maharaja and Akrura’s Prayers)
Class 5: Japa – An extended period of chanting – we will absorb ourselves in a traditional Ekadasi Vrat (vow) to chant extensively and attentively. This session will be opened up to our community to join us as we chant together.
Class 6: Rupa (form) – We will discuss the transcendental form of Sri Krsna, the Person that we are chanting to. We will then have a conclusion and wrap up from all six sessions. (Readings from Srimad Bhagavatam 2nd Canto and 10th Canto; Description of the Form of the Lord)