Devotional Practice

Devotional practice or sadhana-bhakti is described at length in the Bhakti-Rasamrta-Sindhu whose author, Srila Rupa Goswami, was a foremost disciple of Lord Lord Chaitanya. Bhakti-Rasamrta-Sindu has been translated and summarized by Srila Prabhupada as the The Nectar of Devotion. It is the guidebook of devotees in the Hare Krishna Movement because it describes the rules and regulations of devotional service to Lord Krishna as taught by Lord Chaitanya .

The living entity’s mind and senses are always busy searching for some activity in which to engage. Devotional practice means to practically engage the mind and senses in Krishna’s service so that gradually one’s dormant consciousness of loving Krishna is awakened. As one becomes fixed in his attachment to Krishna his attachment to other mundane things disappears. The Nectar of Devotion thoroughly explains this process, which is extremely scientific once put into practice, and stresses that it should be followed under the guidance of a spiritual master.

Sadhana-bhakti may be divided into two main branches:

Bhagavata-vidhi: Japa meditation, harinam sankirtan and all activities which constitute spreading the Krishna consciousness movement, including practically engaging in service for local projects and temple activities.

Pancharatrika-vidhi: Deity worship.

Both aspects of sadhana are important and Srila Prabhupada compares them to the two rails of a railway track – they are interdependent. However because chanting of the holy names of the maha-mantra Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare is the recommended process of self-realization in Kali-yuga the Bhagavata-marga is more important than Deity worship.

By establishing ISKCON, the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Srila Prabhupada made sadhana-bhakti accessible to everyone. The temple programme covers all the different devotional activities as described in the Nectar of Devotion.

Please join us in any of the temple programmes. If you wish to be engaged in these, you are very welcome to contact us for more information.

In this section you will also find different aspects of devotional service or sadhanawhich may easily be practised in one’s own home.