Inner Work

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Bhakti Yoga
Bhakti is a serious system of inner work, a vast and interwoven body of teachings on spirituality, cosmology and metaphysics, combined with various practices to bring about a transformations of human consciousness. Bhakti is a science, that is to say it gives direct perception of spiritual reality. It is considered the fruit of all spiritual disciplines. While psychology is a study of the mind, Bhakti relates to our essential consciousness and deeper yearnings. It reflects passion or love for the infinite and leads to sublime joy.

Stage One

The journey begins with the elevation of our condition from the lower stratum of imbalance to one of holistic integration and maturity (skr. sattva). But getting our relationships and lives together is merely the embarkment point. Spiritual work isn’t just concerned with alleviating emotional and existential difficulties.

Stage Two

The subsequent stage of the journey is that of self-actualization, an existential shift in one’s sense of self from the ego to the constitution of spirit (skr. brahman). We are essentially spiritual beings. The body and the mind are merely instruments of our experience and operation in the world. Our healing is complete when we have fully retrieved and deeply known our true self.

Stage Three

The essential self (skr. atman) has an absolute necessity (skr. prayojana), namely the experience of divine love (skr. prema), which cannot be substituted by any other human experience. The means (skr. yoga) is Bhakti. Attaining ever deeper states of absorption, purity and love, a person finally attains the Beloved’s direct audience in a life of complete freedom.

Accelerating

Anartha Nivritti

Finding the spiritual path is a time of great celebration, but as one soon discovers Bhakti isn’t spiritual tourism. The process seems simple enough, but the application can be difficult for many. Our Anartha Nivritti Course illuminates the subtle causes of failure in devotional service, and presents practical insights and holistic strategies for accelerating one’s progress toward spiritual maturity in Bhakti. As learning outcome participants will feel empowered to realign their spiritual journey so as not to be diverted by unconscious issues and incomplete approaches towards transformation in their lives.

In the introductory Module of our Anartha Nivritti Course we look at the power of Bhakti in eradicating all impurities. We analyze six measures of healthy progress and six signs of stagnation in devotional service. We then discuss the hidden causes of failure in Sadhana and introduce a complete map to protecting and nurturing the creeper of devotional service in our lives. To keep us alert to egoic self-deception and subtle pitfalls on the path, we also illuminate common Distortions in Bhakti Culture, in both individual and social dimensions.

We teach participants a Spiritually-Based Therapeutic Modality as a resource for processing painful feelings and fears in a healthy Krishna conscious manner. We also explore nine unique false ego structures as a way of self-discovery and insight into the cornerstone of persistent anarthas.

In the advanced Module of our Course our focus is on developing expertice in Bhajan, Sadhu-Sanga and the Culture of Sattva in one’s physical wellbeing, lifestyle, work and time management. We deepen an understanding of the ego dynamics as it pertains to one’s chanting, cooperation and preaching. Lastly, we practice and deepen the devotees’ self-healing resources in order to heal past psychological wounds and outgrow disruptive personality patterns.

The last module of our Course is designed to ensure a continuous learning community where devotees can sustain and enhance their skills and insights in the Art of of Bhakti Sadhana. Small sanga circles are formed to provide the empowerment and encouragement that comes from a shared sense of belonging and intimacy with bhakti practitioners who deliberately cultivate maturity and compassion in their character and dealings as vaishnavas.

“Our problem, as I can see, in our movement, is that we are spending too long a time before reaching nishtha. We should get through anartha-nivritti in less than 10 years. It should not take 30 years, or 20 years. Five years should be the minimum, and then fixed up. In this context, the psychological issues and needs of our devotees is something we haven’t always given sufficient attention to. I think it’s important. I would like to thank Ratna-bhusana-bhusana for developing this work.” Ravindra Svarupa dasa

GBC Emeritus, Iskcon Cure of Souls

“The Anartha Nivritti Course has immensely renewed my faith in the ISKCON of today. It is a guide to positive self-development and conscious self-observation, offering practical and caring insights. It offers a focus on the essence, that Krishna Consciousness should be a wonderful experience within the heart, and deeply analyzing what withholds this experience and how to get back.” Bhaktin Tania Escalante

Student, Manchester Metropolitan University

“Recently we had the chance to have the visit of Ratna Bhusana Bhusana Prabhu, a disciple of His Grace Ravindra Svarup Prabhu. This visit in Goloka Dhama made a profound impact in our community. Attracted by the content of the seminar and by its very clear and well design, a big number of our community came to participate. Prabhuji was able to move the heart of the devotees in a profound way by awakening the qualities of introspection and becoming real with our self. Fully absorbed in the practices and goal of Krishna consciousness, Ratna Bhusana Bhusana’s integrity and happiness was conducive for the devotees to explore new areas of their identity and get a clearer vision of the enemies within. His presence and example was fully inspiring us to take the challenge of inner transformation to become functional instruments in the hands of Srila Prabhupada’s mission. We greatly recommend his seminar and association to anyone interested to move forward in their life by facing and solving the unconscious obstacle of conditioned life.”  (March 2017) Gaurahari dasa

Temple President, Goloka Dhama