The Vedas, written in India 5,000 years ago based on an oral tradition stretching back through prehistory, are the oldest scriptures in the world and contain all forms of religious practice and worldly endeavour. In our spiritual community we first study the Bhagavad-gītā which explains the purpose of life and the means of achieving happiness, in the words of Lord Krishna to his best friend and devotee Arjuna.
All purposes served by a small well can at once be served by a great reservoir of water. Similarly, all the purposes of the Vedas can be served to one who knows the purpose behind them.Bhagavad-gītā 2.46
Interested students may also pursue the Bhakti Śastrī programme, meaning devotion to scripture, with an exam and degree-like certificate. This optional preparation contains, and is integrated with, our introductory Vedic studies… so our regular classes typically contain both serious and informal students.
Our sessions will also periodically cover these other Vedic scriptures:
- the Nectar of Devotion (Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu): the first book, an introduction to the process of sadhana through devotional service
- the Nectar of Instruction (Upadeśāmṛta): how to maintain purity of heart and devotional service
- Śrī Īśopaniṣad (or Isha Upanishad): explaining the origin of Lord Krishna in all spiritual teachings