One - Time in Colleges
ISKCON Youth Forum, we are very fond of preaching to youth. When we see so many young
students joining colleges, we wonder how we can come closer to them and preach to them.
How will they take to Krishna consciousness? So to introduce ourselves to the youth
community and to create awareness amongst the student community about how ISKCON is
scientifically presenting the timeless Vedic wisdom and its practical application in the
modern times, with spiritual professors who are also stalwarts in the academic field, this
one time program is conducted, usually once in a semester.
attention of the students. They become aware of existence of Krishna conscious philosophy
and that there is a spiritual side to life.
one-time program can be viewed as a seed-sowing program for further preaching.
Youth Forum receives mass propaganda through these programs. Everyone comes to know about
IYF activities (see IYF pamphlet in appendix)
4) Can help us
to locate students who are serious seekers of Absolute Truth who can be further cultivated
to form the serious devotee group.
We can give
presentations on various topics such as The Art of Mind Control, Life
After Death, Stress Management & Mantra Meditation, Self
Management, Time Management and A Tryst with Eternal Beauty.
For most of these topics, ISKCON Youth Forum has published pocket books. These books are
printed in several thousands and distributed at the end of one-time programs to help
students carry the wisdom home with them. Also for most of these topics there are color
slides available which are very impressive for anybody to quickly grasp and appreciate.
1) The program
can be conducted in the college if the college authority is favorable and the auditorium
(capacity 500-600 students) is available.
class to class (or department-wise). This will attract a smaller audience (one class or
department at a time) but we can have better attention of students. Many students can come
to know us thoroughly and we can answer many more questions.
3) If college
auditorium is unavailable, we can fix up a community hall or a public welfare hall or some
students flat or terrace opposite to the college where we can invite all the students
living in the neighbouring hostels/flats.
option can turn out to be more beneficial than holding in the college. This is because
many of the college students are localites, who never come to our weekly programs even
after coming to the one-time program. Our target audience is students living in
hostels/flats who want to attend our weekly program regularly.
1) Can be
conducted during college hours; this will ensure maximum audience as both hostelites and
localites can attend. But it may be slightly difficult to get permission from college
programs arranged outside college, in case students have tuition after college hours, then
we can arrange just after dinnertime. E.g. 9.00PM onwards. The late night hours are found
to be the most convenient time for the students as they generally don't go to bed before
hold one 1-time program (for a given topic) in a college every semester. For the next
semester, it is better if the topic is changed, as the college authorities also like new
information being given to the students. Generally, a topic should not be repeated for at
least 2 years.
A quiz can be
conducted at the end of the lecture, if time permits. This quiz involves very little
written work for students, may be a few words, to test their understanding. The answers
for the quiz are written by the students on the back side of address slip, so that
immediately after correction, shortlisting the toppers becomes easy.
Six - Session Program
by- Krishna Kishore das B.E ,
M.E computer Engineering
Faculty BVP College of Engineering Pune
What is heard
by the students in the one-time program is basically meant to generate an interest amongst
the masses and to identify the serious ones. This six-session program on `Science of Self
Discovery' gives them more understanding of what spiritual life is and how to apply it in
their everyday lives. For better understanding and appreciation, we are presenting this
course in a scientific manner. Today, the younger generation is not satisfied with
ordinary religious rituals, and demands an explanation that can appeal to their scientific
upbringing. Srila Prabhupada also desired that preachers explain the Krishna conscious
philosophy in a systematic, logical and scientific way so that there is no doubt left with
the audience. This course is primarily geared towards the engineering community, but can
be suitably presented to any kind of audience, keeping in mind their background and needs.
The six sessions presented here gradually elevate the audience from the most basic
question "Does God exist?" to an understanding of love and service of the
Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna.
1) In these
six sessions, all enhanced by color slide shows, the serious candidates grasp the Krishna
conscious philosophy considerably and become fixed-up devotees, prepared for attending a
2) We enter a
college with no acquaintances or support. But, by the end of the six-session program, a
wonderful relationship is developed between the preacher and the students so much so that
the preacher can boldly ask, "Who would like to offer your room for a ten-session
course on Science of the Absolute Truth (SAT)?" Certainly the most serious ones will
offer their room for holding the weekly program and another 20 will promise to regularly
attend the same. Thus a 6-session program offers a venue and audience for a weekly
published a standard text book entitled "Science of Self Discovery" which covers
the following topics elaborately with practical examples:
- Does God exist?
- Relative and Absolute knowledge
- The infallible Vedic wisdom
- The science of the Soul
- Substance and Shadow
- Sanatana Dharma - The art of Living
prepared color slides for each session (15 to 20 slides per session) which makes the
lecture very graphic and easy to grasp. The complete set is available for sale. After one
successfully completes this course, we have three more courses providing progressively
deeper understanding of the philosophy. These are Science of the Absolute Truth (SAT),
Science of Conquering Death (SCD) and Science of Yoga (SY). These three courses need not
be taught in a 6-session fashion, but can be taught in the weekly program.
Venue & Audience....
1) The course
can be conducted in the college campus, say in a seminar hall (capacity of about 150
students). Both localites (students staying in the nearby localities) and hostelites can
2) Can be
conducted in the hostel, say in the common room or recreation room. The advantage is
twofold: all the hostelites can be invited to attend the course and the follow-up during
the course days is very easy; most of the audience is staying in the hostel rooms.
conducted outside, then preferably it should be in a students room (for small
audience) or a nearby building terrace. A public hall may be taken on rent, in case of no
possible, the venue should not be close to places such as a library, where people may
complain about the sound coming out from our program. In the six-session program, we
include group chanting and kirtans.
Caitanya Caran das ( B.E.
conducts weekely programme in many colleges in pune city. Various mature IYF pune youth
preachers, who have been trained in Presenting Krishna Conscious philophy, are allowed to
preach in the colleges.
Program: An overview....
VENUE for a
weekly youth program is a HOSTEL ROOM or the FLAT of an interested student. Once the
program starts, its first goal is to create one potential leader from among the students.
Once this student-devotee becomes serious and starts practicing Krishna consciousness
properly, other students derive great inspiration from his example. The other
students follow this student leader and gradually become serious about Krishna
consciousness. Due to the responsibility of being the leader for the program, the
student-leader also increases his dedication. This is how the strategy of creating one
leader and, through him, many other devotees, works.
devotees have become steady in Krishna consciousness, they can be inspired to start living
in a room together and a daily morning program consisting of mangala-arti, chanting and
reading or hearing can be started. When this group of 4-5 devotees matures and comes to
the level of chanting 16 rounds, then the weekly program is considered successful.
The cell group meetings :
**Junior cell group
junior cell group is for those who have started coming recently to the program. As they
have not attended the previous sessions, they are unable to properly understand the
present sessions. So for them the previous sessions are revised in the cell group.
**Senior cell group
senior cell group is for those who have been coming regularly for several programs but are
afraid of opening up to the preacher, who may be a senior shaven-headed devotee in
saffron. Since this cell group will be conducted either by one of the student leaders or
by the follow up senior devotee, both of whom the students see as one of them, it ensures
that they can interact freely with him, ask questions and make further spiritual progress.
If there are
two competent student-leaders available, they can conduct both the cell group meetings. If
only one is available, then he can conduct the junior cell group and the follow up senior
devotee (allotted by Cordination Committe) for the program can conduct the senior cell
The purpose of
the cell group is twofold. Firstly it provides an opportunity for one of the leader-type
devotees in the program to preach the philosophy of Krishna consciousness and thus become
very strong. Secondly, it helps both the new students as well as the introvert old
students to get a better understanding of the philosophy and thus advance in their Krishna
The cell group works on the principle: Each one teaches one while being taught by
Day, Time and
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Classic Pool Vadgoon.
||Sun 10.15-12 am. C/o Yashodev . Flat No 3. Bagode Jwellers Sarat Bazar. Vanaz
corner. Gujarath colony. Kothrud Pune.
||Thu 7.30 pm. 1 Krishna Kamal Apts above Sangeeta Xerox. Chaitanya Nagar. Pune
Satara Road. Pune 43.
||Krishna Kishore Das
||Wed 6 pm 8 pm. C/o S.B Bawadhankar. B-7 Shantisagar Bank of India Colony, Near
Tawara Colony. Pune 09.
||Thu 8 -9.30pm. Dutta Mandir (Conference Hall) Mahesh Society, Bibwewadi.
||Mon 9 - 10.30.pm. C/o Ravi sale. COEP Hostel. Block D. Room No 207
||Mon 7pm. C/o Sachin Bhatkar. Agriculture College. Hostel "C" Shivaji
Nagar Pune- 5.
||Advaita Acharya Das
||Thu 8-9.30pm. C/o Sachin Bhatkar. Agriculture College Hostel "C".
Shivaji Nagar Pune- 5.
|D Y Patil
||Jai Gopal Das
||Wed 7--8.30pm. Shantanu Shinde(BE Mech) Sukhwani Pavillion. Flat no 25, 1st
Floor, Nehru Nagar Pimpri-18.
||Shankar Pandit Das
||Thu 11 am Bajaj Hostel. Multi Purpose Hall, Akudi Pune.
||Sun 4pm 7, Patang Plaza, opp. PICT
college, Dhankavdi, Pune-43.
||Fri 7pm. Bipin K.. Block B.2ndFloor
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