Learning to practice age-old Vaisnava culture as a lifestyle is an integral aspect of the Gurukul’s focus. Students learn the tradition of mutual respect, integrity, cleanliness (physical and spiritual), mercy and tolerance. They also learn how to tackle the vices of lust, anger and greed.
Students learn how to adopt Vaisnava culture as a lifestyle through the daily practice of mangal artik, japa meditation, deity worship and honouring prasadam.
|| Mangal Artik ||
Waking up every morning for mangal artik is the recommended and typical way of beginning a Vaisnava’s day. The students’ dedication is evident through the way that they keep up with the morning worship program like clockwork.
|| Japa Meditation ||
Core to the students’ spiritual training is japa meditation or chanting of the holy names of Lord Krishna. They chant a minimum of four rounds on their japa beads everyday. Through regular sincere chanting they acquire the mercy of Lord Krishna which gives them a strong spiritual foundation to tackle challenges in their daily life.
|| Deity Worship ||
Each ashram also worships Lord Krishna in His Deity form on a daily basis. After chanting japa, students awaken the Lord, bathe, dress and perform puja and aarti for Him. This daily service cultivates in students from an early age, the deeper understanding and realization of the Lord as a person with Whom they can share a personal loving relationship.
|| Honouring Prasadam ||
An additional important aspect of Vaisnava tradition is honouring prasadam or sanctified food offered to Lord Krishna. Menus planned are a healthy balance of milk, grains, fruit and vegetables. Food prepared in the mode of goodness and offered to Lord Krishna nourishes both the body and soul.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare | Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare ||