Welcome to the Bhagavat Commune project page

 
 

The Bhagavat Commune has gone through many evolutionary changes over the last several years, and, like a stone becoming naturally polished by the flow of a river, i think that we are really honing in on the essence of what the Bhagavat Commune was created for.


A brief overview of this evolution can be viewed by clicking here, but for this introduction we will focus on the present and also take a glimpse into the future of the Bhagavat Commune.


On our breath-takingly picturesque sixty acres of mountainous forest, scattered with flowing streams and waterfalls and nestled in the national forest of Kentucky, we will be offering several options for retreats, seminars and immersion workshops for those who are inspired and determined to deepen their practice of Krsna Bhakti.


Such workshops are designed to help us: understand and engage our conditioned natures; to learn how to see Krsna’s personal presence everywhere; to effectively and practically implement Vaisnava culture into our lives; to become dynamic in our relationship with Sri Hari; to understand the importance of faith and how to strengthen it; and many other essential aspects of devotional service.


Because these workshops are designed to show the practical application of all of these aspects of Bhakti, there will also be many hands-on activities such as growing, harvesting and cooking food for Krsna, and building simple shelters and other essential items out of natural raw materials.  These activities not only help us follow the “simple living and high thinking” principle, but they also help us understand that everything we need is provided by Krsna and not by the modern commerce-driven template.


It is not our intention to inspire our guests to drop out of society and move into the woods, but to inspire them to become less attached to the concepts of consumeristic society which yields temporary results, and more focused on the eternal principles of Bhakti which yield eternal benefit.  The process of Bhakti can be followed anywhere.  Our goal is to help aspiring Vaisnavas strengthen their understanding of the universal principles of Vaisnava culture and effectively apply it in their particular lifestyles regardless of their current material situations.


It does not matter what level one is currently at.  As long as one is motivated to bring Bhakti further to the front of one’s life, the Bhagavat Commune is a great place to get the necessary training to achieve that goal.


Srila Prabhupada wanted his followers to adhere to the philosophy of simple living and high thinking.  He also wanted his followers to scrutinize his books and present our philosophy and culture to the general public.  In 1972 Srila Prabhupada instructed his disciples to “boil the milk”, which means that the quality of ISKCON members is more important than the quantity of ISKCON members.  If we have a lot of people who follow a little of the philosophy, we are sending the wrong impression and not giving an accurate representation of this important mission.


There are a several communities around the world who are dedicated to live up to these instructions, and this is our humble attempt to do the same.




Due to the flexible and customizable nature of these types of workshops, we do not have a rigid schedule of specific seminars for certain dates.  Currently there are a few options for those devotees who are interested in our project:


For those who have little free time, but are passionate about enhancing their Bhakti:  In our weekend retreats, we will focus on a specific aspect of Bhakti that will be determined after a short assessment of the attendees’ spiritual progress and aspirations.  We will provide the attendees with both philosophical and practical understanding as well as exercises which one can do at home after the retreat to further progress in that aspect of their spiritual practice.


For those who can take a few months out of their busy schedules to receive valuable training and cultural development in order to make their devotional practice more dynamic:  Our Bhakti immersion workshop is an intensive three-month course that is taylor made for each group of attendees depending on their specific natures, proclivities and levels of understanding.  Participants of this course will be required to fully comply to the strict rules and regulations for the entire duration of the course in order to insure maximum spiritual benefit.


Finally, for those who have plenty of time and who just want to focus on developing their Krsna consciousness in a sattvic environment:  Our internship program spans four to five months, and offers the best of the above-mentioned options, plus extra experience with the horticultural and natural building aspects of our project.


Each of our workshops are centered around study of the Srimad Bhagavatam and are all aimed toward properly directing our consciousness and enhancing our relationship with Sri Krsna.


To get a better idea of our mood and overall focus, please visit our “forever endeavor” blog and read some of our entries.


And if you would like to check out the previous phases of our project, you may click here to view our older blog which delineated the various stages of our project as well as the festivals we have had on this and our previous property.


thank you for stopping by.  Hari, Hari!