Online Course: The Demigod Series: Radha-Krishna’s Confidential Agents – Lord Ganesa

Online Course: The Demigod Series: Radha-Krishna’s Confidential Agents – Lord Ganesa

Description of course

Krishna devotees are generally taught to avoid demigod worship and exclusively focus on devotion to Radha-Krishna, Sita-Rama, or Laksmi-Narayana. This innovative and comprehensive five-part modular seminar series will systematically examine the enigma of demigod worship in relation to Krishna consciousness. The many subtle and nuanced instructions given by Srila Prabhupada on how there is a wrong as well as a right way to approach the demigods will provide clarity and insight for new as well as senior devotees of the Lord. The wrong way distracts a devotee and takes them further away from pure Krishna devotion. However, the right way to respect and approach the demigods will not only bring a devotee closer to the Supreme Lord, but the devas will potentially help bring such a sincere soul to the highest levels of prema bhakti or pure Love of God. This seminar series promises to be informative, relevant, and aesthetically appealing. Audience participation will be encouraged for an enlivening interactive experience. 

Module #1 – (Two-part seminar) 

Lord Ganesa: The auspicious remover of impediments on the path of devotion. The basics of how to understand demigod worship as presented by Srila Prabhupada will be examined. Lord Ganesa will be focused upon as well as the pancopasana system (worship of Ganesa, Vishnu, Siva, Durga, and Surya) of the Smarta Brahmin tradition coming from Sankaracharya. The relevancy of demigod worship within Krishna bhakti will be discussed according to the teachings and example of Lord Caitanya.

Description of teacher

Ramanatha-Sukha prabhu joined the Krishna consciousness movement in April 1973 in Atlanta Georgia. He received Gayatri mantra Brahmin initiation directly from Srila Prabhupada in 1975 and has presented the philosophy and teachings of Gaudiya Vaishnavism for many decades in America, Europe, and India. In 1989-90 he served as the temple president of ISKCON Philadelphia. He has resided in London for almost 3 years and is presently serving at Bhaktivedanta Manor as a mentor and counsellor. For the past 6 years he has been consulting with HH Jayapataka swami and his grace Jananivas prabhu (Mayapura head pujari) about the potential for establishing a shrine to Gopisvara Mahadeva on sacred land to Lord Siva in Sridham Mayapur. He has many personal stories and realizations regarding how devotees should or should not invoke demigods into their own personal spiritual journeys.

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