Manah Siksa Seminar

Saturday, 14 November 2020

Manah-siksa means 'Splendid Instructions to the Mind' and was written by Srila Raghunatha dasa Goswami under Svarupa Damodara Goswami’s direction as a step-by-step guidebook for attaining love for Krishna in the mood of the residents of Vrindavana. In twelve verses, it goes deeply into the heart with practical and clear instructions for overcoming all obstacles and finding the ultimate spiritual attainment.

The seekers of truth, with great hope, embark on the path of spiritual enlightenment. Their hearts fill with affection for guides and teachers, associates on the journey, and self-realized souls. Their aim becomes pure love of God, without even attraction for enjoying divine opulences. But the path has traps and tricksters.

'Splendid Instructions to the Mind' (Manah-siksa) is at once both hopefully inspiring and blatantly honest. To read it well entails an authentic appraisal of the state of one’s heart and mind, an experience of recognition and acceptance that is at once sweet and sour, comforting and uncompromising.

Manah-siksa helps us make sure our compass is set to the right direction, and our heart is attuned to the mood of the spiritual world. It allows us to recognize the increasingly subtle thieves and traps on the path, and employ counteracting measures, finally showing us how the fully illuminated and humble soul enters into loving perfection.

In this seminar, we learn about affection and attachment so we can gain genuine love of ourselves and others. Through respect and integrity, we escape the pitfalls of arrogance and deceit. These verses are a complete step-by-step guidebook on the inner, esoteric path of spontaneous love for God. Raghunatha Dasa Goswami liberally used metaphor, poetry, and literary ornaments to unlock our full potential. Bhaktivinoda Thakura has instructed, "Shri Manah-siksa has laid down a systematic procedure for one to enter into and become absorbed in the pastimes of Shri Shri Radha-Krishna; one should follow it without guile."

About the Author:

Raghunatha Dasa Goswami (1495-1586) was born in a family of great wealth and power, and much hope rested on him to take over the family business. But at the age of nineteen, he left his family and traveled to Jagannatha Puri to take shelter of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Raghunatha Dasa became Svarupa Damodara Goswami's assistant and received frequent personal association and instructions from Lord Caitanya. After the Lord left this world, Raghunatha Dasa went to Vrindavana and received instructions from Rupa Goswami and Sanatana Goswami. He lived near Radha-kunda for the rest of his life. He worked to find and restore different places of Lord Krishna’s pastimes in the area and wrote and compiled many important books, including Stavavali, Shri Vilapa-kusumañjali, Dana-keli-cintamani, Mukta-carita, and Manah-shiksha

Topics Covered:

  • Making sure our compass is set to the right direction and our heart is attuned to the mood of the spiritual world
  • Recognizing the increasingly subtle inner thieves and traps on the path and employing counteracting measures
  • How the fully humble soul enters into loving perfection in Vrindavana

Audience

This seminar is aimied at those already familiar with, and practicing, bhakti yoga in the Gaudiya tradition.

There is a 2016 edition of Manah-Siksa book, produced by Padma, Inc. and compiled by Urmila Devi Dasi. It includes commentaries by Jayadvaita Swami, Sivarama Swami, Sacinandana Swami, and Bhaktivijnana Goswami. It is optional to purchase this book for the seminar and if you wish to do so you can do so here.

Course Details:

Facilitator: HG Urmila devi dasi (ACBSP)
Date: Saturdays, 14th - 28th November | Time: 2.30pm - 4.00pm | Location: Online
Course Fee: £20 (Early bird offer £15 if you register by 31st October)

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