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Siksa Level Program 
in Singapore

By Bhadra Govinda Dasa (JPS)
Hare Krishna 
Hare Krishna 
Krishna Krishna 
Hare Hare 
Hare Rama 
Hare Rama 
Rama Rama 
Hare Hare

Dear devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

During the most auspicious occasion of Janmastami 2001, we conducted a Siksa Level program as per the GBC guidelines in our Sri Panca Tattva Bhakti Vriksha of Sri Narasingadesh (Singapore). A total of 19 devotees committed to chant a specific number of malas (rounds) of the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra every day. Our target was to double the chanting members in a year's time, that is, by Janmastami 2002, again as per GBC guidelines.

By the mercy of Vaisnavas, Guru, and Krishna on the most auspicious occasion of Sri Rama Navami 2002, even before the target date of Janmastami 2002, we conducted the second siksa ceremony, and 50 devotees committed to chant a specific number of malas of the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra everyday. We are devotionally happy to share this most auspicious news with all the devotees: that we could achieve the target well in time. Thanks to our chanting members who preached and introduced at least one more member to the Bhakti Vriksha Programs.

We feel that this Siksha Level Program is a very good system, and every devotee has some one above his/her level and some one below his/her level, and each one can teach the other and simultaneously be taught by some other devotee. Also, a devotee can slowly but steadily move up from 1 mala to 16 malas in a couple of years at a normal steady speed. We request other temples, and Namahattas to favorably consider this siksha program (if not already implemented) to be implemented in their respective areas.

We seek the blessings of all Vaisnavas, that we may double the number from 50 to minimum 100 devotees attending this siksa levels program by Janmastami 2002, Lord Caitanya willing.

We are especially thankful to our GBCs, His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaja (Congregational Preaching Minister) and His Holiness Kavicandra Swami Maharaja for encouraging us in this program.

Below is given the standards for Siksha Levels as per GBC guidelines, for ready reference.

Seeking the blessings of all the Vaisnavas,

Your humble servant,

Bhadra Govinda Dasa (JPS).

Standards for Siksha Program Levels

Shraddhavan

1. He/she is an active devotee in the temple's congregation, that is, he/she visits the temple as often as possible, does some service in the temple, participates and associates with Krishna conscious programs in the temple. (If there is no temple, then it is Namahatta/Bhakti Vriksha/Satsang Program)

2. He/she chants at least one round of the Hare Krishna maha mantra every day.

3. He/she reads the teachings of Sri Krishna as given in the books of Srila Prabhupada.

Gauranga Sevak

In addition to the commitments of Shraddhavan:

1. He/she is dedicated to personal improvement in devotional practice and purity by gradually applying the teachings of Srila Prabhupada under the guidance of his representatives.

2. He/she accepts that Sri Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

3. He/she shall voluntarily engage in practical devotional service to Lord Krishna.

4. He/she chants a minimum of four rounds of the Hare Krishna maha mantra every day.

5. He/she refrains from eating non-vegetarian food (meat, fish and eggs) and tries to lead a moral life.

Krishna Sadhak

In addition to the commitments of Gauranga Sevak:

1. He/she is dedicated to leading a devotional way of life by gradually learning and practicing bhakti-yoga according to the teachings of Srila Prabhupada under his representatives.

2. He/she is studying the books of Srila Prabhupada and attends the classes

3. He/she worships Sri Krishna, as far as practical, in the temples, and in the home by setting up an altar, offering arati and foodstuffs, worshipping the sacred Tulasi plant and following basic sadhana like rising early in the morning

4. He/she chants eight to sixteen rounds of the Hare Krishna maha mantra every day.

5. He/she leads a pure holy life by avoiding intoxication (alcoholic drinks), meat-eating, gambling, and extra-marital sex.

6. He/she observes fasting on the ekadasi and festival days as indicated in the Vaishnava calendar

Srila Prabhupada Ashraya

In addition to the commitments of Krishna Sadhak:

1. He/she is dedicated to taking divine shelter of Srila Prabhupada by following the principles of Krishna consciousness.

2. He/she practices Krishna consciousness with strong conviction.

3. He/she chants a minimum of sixteen rounds of the Hare Krishna maha mantra every day.

4. He/she strictly avoids intoxication including coffee and tea, meat-eating including onion and garlic, gambling, mundane cinema, frivolous sports, and illicit sex.

5. He/she is well versed in the basics of Krishna conscious philosophy by reading the books of Srila Prabhupada systematically and is actively engaged in preaching (according to his/her capacity) to others about Krishna consciousness.

6. He/she is doing some responsible service (however simple it may be) in the temple and the local Nama Hatta group.

7. He/she follows a strict sadhana program at home by rising early in the morning and following a program similar to the temple as far as possible.

8. He/she shall also attend at least one Bhagavatam class per week in the temple.

Sri Guru Charana Ashraya

In addition to Srila Prabhupada Ashraya commitments:

1. He/she has developed additional faith in and surrender to an authorized spiritual master.

2. He/she has been practicing Srila Prabhupada Ashraya standards for a minimum of six months and received a recommendation from the temple president.

3. He/she shall pass the written test provided for this ashraya.

© CHAKRA 23 May 2002


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