एकं सद्विप्राः बहुधा वदन्ति ekam sat vipra bahudha vadanti
"Truth is One. Sages describe It variously." ~Rig Veda 1.164.46
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Simple Kali Puja
Live online seminar: April 22 and 23
Instructor: Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati, DMin
Assisted by Kamalakanta (Naren K. Schreiner) and Lopamudra Bose
In this seminar, presented over two evenings, students will be taught the method of performing a simple ritual worship of Goddess Kali, as outlined in Simple Kali Puja published by Kali Mandir. We will focus on the meaning of the rituals, proper procedure and pronunciation of the mantras.
This five week course delves into the sacred foundations and practical application of India’s sacred music. It begins with the voice as an instrument of vibration, speech and song, with correlations to the subtle body. A basic introduction to north Indian classical music will give an understanding of rāga and tāla. The goal of the course is to give an understanding for and appreciation of the various sadhanas of devotional, contemplative and classical music in different traditions, with a focus on North Indian traditions, especially those originating in Bengal. In keeping with the focus of the Ramakrishna Seminary, practical application of chanting, kirtan and devotional bhajans will be introduced.
In this eight week course we will explore the history, ritual standards, philosophical framework, and theological approach of Kali Mandir and Ramakrishna Seminary, that allows for a committed spiritual focus and a radical religious pluralism.
Topics include the founding and history of Kali Mandir; the Dakshineswar Kali Temple; our holy trinity: Sri Ramakrishna, Holy Mother Sarada Devi, & Swami Vivekananda; bhakti & the mother-child relationship; traditions & standards; lineages & influences; ritual & the language of devotion; and “All is us”- tradition beyond cult.
In this eight week course we will explore the history of Indian culture & religion; the systems of Indian philosophy; sects & lineages; varna, ashram, jati & gotra; culture, ethics, & traditions; religion in the home and in the temple; Hinduism and the modern world; and Ramakrishna and religious pluralism.