Mindset For Your Training
It is important to understand that this is a training program in order to become a monk, and so although meditation is a major part of monk life, this program is more strict and very different in nature from a meditation retreat. The rules of higher spiritual discipline that are inline with the Vedic culture create an internal and external environment that is conducive for those wishing to develop themselves spiritually. So, in order to both support your personal practice and uphold the image of Krishna Consciousness, it is important that you maintain humility, patience, an openness to feedback, and a willingness to adjust your habits according to the guidelines of the program and the coaching of the staff. In this way, you can contribute to a quality experience for all. The leader of the program will work very closely to guide you through the process.
Maintain Healthy Relations
In order to maintain a quality program, you should try your best to avoid all sorts of conflict, arguments, or debates about contentious topics. Of course, disagreements are natural in a community setting, but it is important to respect differences of opinions, not engage or instigate arguments, and try to resolve any issues that arise in a diplomatic and peaceful way. In the event that such a situation arises, it may be best to include a mentor monk to mediate the issue. It is important to note that we have a zero tolerance policy on physical altercations. If you instigate a fight, then you will be asked to leave the program.
Four Principles of Krishna Consciousness Monk Life
No meat eating. Includes no fish or eggs. (food which is purchased or cooked outside of the monastery is not allowed throughout your training. Everything is cooked fresh every day in the monastery by serious spiritual practicing devotees (vegan and vegterian)
No intoxication (e.g no drugs, alcohol, coffee, chocolate)
4. No illicit sex (there is strictly no connection with women)