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Srila Prabhupada Ashraya

 

Srila Prabhupada is the spiritual master of the entire world. Prabhupada - means one who is always situated at the Lotus feet of the Lord. By taking shelter of lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada we can get closer to taking shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Yes! it is time now to seriously embrace Krishna consciousness. Our practice of the Bhakti yoga process maybe guided/ unguided, maybe practiced along with other devotees or individually, maybe taken up seriously or casually. The fact remains that we need to gauge the progress of our devotional practice and enhance our current level of commitment by raising ourselves to higher standards. Progressive journey in spiritual life involves elevation to higher levels of consciousness buy assimilating higher degrees of the bhakti practice.

 

 

I Can Practice By MYSELF!

I am an elevated soul and I do not need the support of a spiritual master who can guide me back home back to godhead. I can travel journey myself.....


Though it seems very exciting to flaunt such audacious claims, one is sure to relinquish the spiritual path unless he is firmly protected by the mercy of a Bonafide spiritual master. 


Srila Prabhupada emphasizes the need for accepting a spiritual master at several instances:

 

"On the path of regulative devotional service, one must observe the following items: (1) one must accept a bona fide spiritual master. (2) Accept initiation from him. (3) Serve him. (4) Receive instructions from the spiritual master and make inquiries in order to learn devotional service. (5) Follow in the footsteps of the previous acaryas and follow the directions given by the spiritual master."
Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila 22.115

  

"tad-vijnanartham sa gurum evabhigacchet [MU 1.2.12]. The word abhigacchet means "must." It is not possible alone. In Sanskrit grammar this is called the vidhi-lin form of a verb, and this form is used when there is no choice. The word abhigacchet means that one must approach a guru. That is the Vedic version. Therefore in the Bhagavad-gita you will find that Arjuna was talking to Krsna, but when he saw that things were not being resolved, he surrendered himself to Krsna and accepted Him as his guru."
The Science of Self-Realization

 

 The path of spiritual realization is undoubtedly difficult. The Lord therefore advises us to approach a bona fide spiritual master in the line of disciplic succession from the Lord Himself.... No one can be spiritually realized by manufacturing his own process, as is the fashion of the foolish pretenders. The Bhagavatam says: dharmam tu saksad bhagavat-pranitam [SB 6.3.19] -- the path of religion is directly enunciated by the Lord. Therefore, mental speculation or dry arguments cannot help one progress in spiritual life. One has to approach a bona fide spiritual master to receive the knowledge.

Bhagavad-gita As It Is 4.34

 

Ashraya Levels

To help you in taking shelter Srila Prabhupada There are several levels of devotional practice that you can adopt currently and raise yourselves to higher standards of practice gradually.

 

 

Levels Shraddhavan Sevaka Sadhaka Vandana Charanashraya
Chanting 1 4 8 12 16
Min Duration from Prev Level - 6 months 6 months 6 months 6 months
Test Syllabus - Beyond Birth and Death Raja Vidya and Perfection of Yoga Science of Self Realization Srimad Bhagavad Gita As It is
Reading Frequency Regularly Regularly Regularly Everyday Everyday
Regulative Principles - - - No illicit sex No illicit sex
  - - - No gambling No gambling
  - - Avoid Non Veg No meat eating + onion & garlic. No meat eating + onion & garlic.
Daily Sadhana Program - - Rise Early Rising Early Rising Early
  - - Chanting Chanting Chanting
  - - 1 Arati 1 Arati 1 Arati
  - - Offer Food Guru Puja Guru Puja
  - -   SB Class SB Class
Implement KC at Home - - - Yes Yes
Fast on Ekadasi & Festivals - - Yes Yes Yes
Contribute to Temple - - - Regularly Regularly
Participation in FOLK Outreach Attend Sessions Attend Sessions Assist Preaching Active Role Active+ Lead Role
Practical Service for 6 months (in Hours) 8 16 24 32 40
Book Distribution for 6 months (in Hours] 8 16 24 32 40
Accept Krishna as Supreme Personality of Godhead - Yes Yes Yes Yes
Attend temple programs Frequently Frequently Regularly Very Regularly Very Regularly

 

 

 Expanded Guidelines of the levels of Srila Prabhupada Ashraya 

 

  •  Pass / Clear Shraddhavan Entrance Test
  • Chant minimum 1 round of Hare Krishna maha mantra every day
  • Attend as many temple programs as possible
  • Actively participate in FOLK programs near residence.
  • Render minimum of 8 hrs of practical devotional service in the temple in every quarter of the year (6 months)
  • Actively participate in Srila Prabhupada’s book distribution for at least  8 hrs in every quarter of the year (6 months)
  • Read Srila Prabhupada books regularly ( Complete the reading of the book "Beyond birth & death" for Sevaka Entrance Test)

 

  • Pass / Clear Sevaka Entrance Test
  • Chant minimum 4 rounds of Hare Krishna maha mantra everyday
  • Min 6 months after taking SP Shraddhavana Ashraya
  • Accepts Sri Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead
  • Attend as many temple programme as possible
  • Actively participate in FOLK programs near residence.
  • Render minimum of 16 hrs of practical devotional service in the temple in every quarter of the year (6 months)
  • Actively participate in Srila Prabhupada’s book distribution for at least  16 hrs in every quarter of the year (6 months)
  • Read Srila Prabhupada’s books regularly (Completely read the book "Raja Vidya" & "Perfection of Yoga" for the Sadhaka Entrance Test)

 

  • Pass / Clear Sadhaka Entrance Test
  • Chant minimum 8 rounds of Hare Krishna maha mantra everyday
  • Min 6 months after taking SP Sevaka Ashraya
  • Try to rise early morning and complete the sadhana of chanting , worshipping the Lord at home, offering food, etc
  • Fasting on Ekadashi & festival days
  • Actively participate and assist in preaching in FOLK programs near residence.
  • Render minimum of 24 hrs of practical devotional service in the temple in every quarter of the year (6 months)
  • Actively participate in Srila Prabhupada’s book distribution for at least for 24 hrs in every quarter of the year (6 months)
  • Avoid eating non-vegetarian food
  • Read Srila Prabhupada’s books regularly (Completely read “Science of Self Realization" for the Vandana Entrance Test)

 

 

  • Pass / Clear Vandana Entrance Test
  • Chant minimum 12 rounds of Hare Krishna maha mantra every day
  • Min 6 months after taking SP  Sadhaka Ashraya
  • Follow 4 regulative principles as instructed by Srila Prabhupada which are, No illicit sex, No gambling, No intoxication including coffee & tea, No meat eating including onion & garlic.
  • Following a daily sadhana program including rising early, chanting,  a simple morning program consisting of one arati, Srila Prabhupada Guru Puja & attending/ hearing Srimad Bhagavatam Class
  • Implement the Krishna Conscious practices at home
  • Fast on Ekadashi and festival days
  • Try to contribute regularly to temple within his/her means
  • Actively participate and assist in preaching in FOLK programs near residence.
  • Render minimum of 32 hrs of practical devotional service in the temple in every quarter of the year (6 months)
  • Actively participate in Srila Prabhupada’s book distribution for at least 32 hrs in every quarter of the year (6 months)
  • Read Srila Prabhupada’s books everyday  ( Read "Bhagavat Gita As It Is" from Introduction to chapter 18 for the Caranashraya Test)

 

  • Chant minimum 16 rounds of Hare Krishna maha mantra every day
  • Minimum of 6 months after taking SP Upasaka Ashraya
  • Follow 4 regulative principles as instructed by Srila Prabhupada which are, No illicit sex, No gambling, No intoxication including coffee & tea, No meat eating including onion & garlic.
  • Following a daily sadhana program including rising early, chanting, a simple morning program consisting of one arati, Srila Prabhupada Guru Puja & attending/ hearing Srimad Bhagavatam Class
  • Implement the Krishna Conscious practices at home
  • Fast on Ekadashi and festival days
  • Grihasta and employed singles: To contribute to the temple on  a regular basis according to one's means
  • Actively participate and take lead role as preacher in FOLK programs near residence.
  • Render minimum of 40 hrs of practical devotional service in the temple in every quarter of the year (6 months)
  • Actively participate in Srila Prabhupada’s book distribution for at least for 40 hrs in every quarter of the year (6 months)
  • Read Srila Prabhupada’s books everyday

 

1. Test for Sevaka and further levels shall be conducted on:

 

FOLK                   : Sunday 5th Nov,2017

Krishna Ashraya  : Sunday 5th Nov,2017

Question Papers are available for various levels below:

Shraddhavan Ashraya

Sevaka Ashraya

Sadhaka Ashraya

Vandana Ashraya

Charanashraya 

 

2. Interview:

 

 FOLK                   : Sunday 12th Nov,2017

 Krishna Ashraya  : Sunday 12th Nov,2017

 

 

3.Srila Prabhupada Ashraya Ceremony:

Sunday, Novemebr 26th 2017

 

Kindlycontact your FOLK guide / Krishna Ashraya guide for further details

 

Your Folk / Krishna Ashraya guide shall be able to assess you and help you take up the necessary levels of Krishna consciousness practice. Kindly contact them for further directions. Wish you all a healthy spirited spiritual life.