Join us from anywhere on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in-person or via Zoom. It doesn't matter where we are in our current book or reading—new attendees are always welcome! Read, reflect, and discuss with us. We've picked engaging books from the Bhakti tradition that delineate the rich philosophy behind Bhakti Yoga and also show what Bhakti Yoga looks like in practice. Learn about the self (soul or jiva), consciousness, the Supreme (our source), as well as this material world and how to transcend it.
If you have kids (ages 4-15 years old) and want to instill them with higher, spiritual values and encourage them to develop lasting friendships in a spiritual atmosphere, then look no further than our Sandipani Muni School. Right now, our teachers meet with the schoolchildren every Saturday at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The spiritual curriculum we use is an official one developed by ISKCON. Your children will learn helpful life lessons from the Gita, memorize appropriate Gita verses, participate (if they wish) in plays and kirtans for festivals such as Sri Krishna Janmashtami and Sri Gaura Purnima, and also connect to a group of friends who will positively influence them during their formative years.
Bhagavad Gita Sessions
Join us every week on Zoom as we hear a philosophical and enlightening talk based on the insightful verses of the Bhagavad-gita. Bring your deepest philosophical questions with you. The Gita is the fundamental, nonsectarian text of the Bhakti Yogis, delineating the basics (and beyond) of spiritual life in an accessible way. In the process of learning about spiritual life, you'll see how the Gita touches on every aspect of existence in the form of its five main topics: the complete science of the self (us, the individual souls); the nature of Divinity (our Supreme Source); the nature of the material world (this world we find ourselves in); the characteristics of karma (the intricacies of action and reaction); and the nature of time / the progression of material events and existence taken as a whole.
Feel like contributing to a spiritual cause in a way that employs your unique talents? There are many ways you can volunteer with our community. There is something for everyone at ISKCON of Richmond. Like the outdoors? Our new temple facility could use the volunteer services of anyone who likes gardening, mowing, raking leaves, or any other outdoor tasks you can think up. Meanwhile, if you are more of an indoors person, we have plenty of services in that arena, as well. We've had volunteers donate flowers and bring fruit to our Saturday programs. We've also had wonderful volunteers who just drop by for our festival days, such as Sri Krishna Janmashtami, and help out with decorating, cleaning, cooking or chopping vegetables, distributing prasadam (sanctified food), directing people, passing out flyers, etc. If you think of a way to help that we haven't mentioned, just contact us and we'll look forward to discussing the volunteer opportunity with you.
Musical Mantra Nights
Come join us for a festive evening of uplifting music in the form of a mantra! Bring your tabla or mridanga, play our kartals, harmonium, or shakers. Sing if you want, just listen if you want. It's up to you. You'll feel the benefits of mantra chanting just by being in the room. The potency of mantra meditation (spiritual sound vibration) on brain activity is well-documented in neuroscience. Research continues, but studies have so far concluded what dedicated yogis who chant mantras experience every day -- namely, that mantra (mana = "the mind" and "tra" = that which delivers / frees) meditation has the ability to induce calmness and mental equilibrium, as well as to free our consciousness from the mundane/material and connect us to Divinity, our Supreme Source. Come to our musical mantra nights and experience spiritual connection for yourself!
Weekly Saturday Feast Program
Please join us every Saturday for an uplifting and fun-filled evening of mantra music, meditation, discussions on the philosophy, practical application of Bhakti yoga, and a sumptuous vegetarian lunch!
11:30 AM to 11:50 AM – Kirtan
11:00 AM to 12:10 PM – Japa Meditation
12:10 PM to 12:40 PM – Aarti ceremony with chanting & dancing
12:45 PM to 02:00 PM – Discussion on topics of Bhakti Yoga
02:00 PM to 03:00 PM – Free Vegetarian Feast
14698 Scotchtown Road
Montpelier, VA 23192
Premavali : +1 (609) 772-7991