Monk Life provides all sincere spiritual seekers with an opportunity to experience a monastic life based on the Bhagavad-gita and other sacred texts of ancient India. The Gita teaches the science of Krishna Consciousness (bhakti yoga), and it has been expertly translated into English by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who is the foremost authority on Vedic literature in modern times.The Be a Monk initiative is dedicated to training young men in spiritual values and equipping them with the skills needed to live an authentic, transcendental life. This is known in Sanskrit as bhakti-yoga, or Krishna consciousness. We train spiritual seekers in foundational principles of spiritual wellness to solidify their understanding of the Absolute Truth, or the ultimate source of all energies.
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PHILOSOPHY OF KRISHNA
WHAT IS IT?
Krishna consciousness, also known as bhakti-yoga, is more than just a religion, but a way of life. Krishna consciousness refers to the living being’s original state of consciousness – eternal, full of knowledge and bliss. In this state of spiritual perfection, the living entity no longer identifies himself with the temporary body and the fleeting happiness derived from unnatural association with the material but is in situated in complete knowledge of the self and God, Krishna. Such a self-realized soul has transcended the cycle of birth, death and karma, and has reawakened his eternal loving relationship with Krishna and experiences a life of never-ending spiritual happiness – the immortal nectar of Krishna consciousness that all beings ultimately seek.
Monk Life is rooted in the ancient Vaishnava traditions of Vedic India, specifically Gaudiya Vaishnavism, also known as Hare Krishna. The knowledge that is presented in this program is based on the teachings of the ancient texts of Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam, is has been handed down for over 5000 years from gurus to disciples through an unbroken system of disciplic succession. The culture of Krishna consciousness is therefore backed by volumes of profound spiritual literature, wisdom of great teachers (gurus) and the inspiring history of countless souls from all walks of life and backgrounds achieving spiritual perfection.
Today we live in a peaceless world that is beset by confusion and chaos, where the pursuit of happiness through conquest of the weak and poor is destroying both mankind and nature, and where both science and religion have failed to promote an environment of genuine inquiry towards the nature of this world, purpose of life, and the source of all existence. Krishna consciousness presents the timeless wisdom of Bhagavad-gita that goes to the root of all the confusion in society today – forgetfulness of our real spiritual identity as a part and parcel of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna. When a sincere soul understands his true spiritual nature, he immediately transcends the misery and chaos of this world and becomes equipoised towards pain and pleasure. Thus, the relevance and need of Krishna consciousness in today’s world cannot be understated. This is the real formula for peace & happiness – both individually and collectively. Armed with the ability to control one’s senses and mind, a graduate of the Monk Life program is gifted with a clear understanding of one’s purpose in life as a servant of Krishna (God) and orients his life to ultimately break free from the cycle of karma and achieve pure love of God.