Siksha

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For the ease of devotees, the summary of this page is available in downloadable form – Siksha Requirements. The reading and hearing requirements are also made available in downloadable form – Srila Prabhupada Book Reading and Hearing Guide.

Shraddhavan

Downloadable version of questionnaire and reading material

Chanting- min Rounds1
Reading
Panch tatva mantra.
Prabhupada pranam mantra
HearingRecommended- SP’s BG classes
Rules and RegulationVisit the IBC/temple as often as possible
Writing Shiksha PaperNo
Training- Attend SeminarNo
InterviewNo
Service at IBC/TempleRecommended
Mentor/GuideRecommended
Attending BvRecommended

Krishna Sevaka

Downloadable version of questionnaire

Chanting- min Rounds4
Reading
Beyond Birth & Death
Science of Self Realization chapter 1
Bhagavat Gita As It Is Introduction & Chapter 1
Bhoga Offering mantra
Prasadam honoring mantra.
HearingRecommended- SP’s BG classes
(BG 1 chapter – click here)
Rules and RegulationPrevious+ refrain from eating non-vegetarian food (meat, fish and eggs ) and try to lead a moral life.
Writing Shiksha PaperA closed book at respective home
Training- Attend Seminar 
InterviewNo
Service at IBC/TempleRecommended
Mentor/GuideRecommended
Attending BvRecommended

Krishna Sadhaka

Downloadable version of questionnaire

Chanting- min Rounds8 to 12
Reading
Raja vidya
Matchless Gift
Science of Self Realization chapter 2 &3
Bhagavad Gita As It Is chapter 2 – 6
Recommended- Krishna book
HearingMust- SP’s BG classes
(BG 2-6 chapters – click here)
Rules and RegulationPrevious + avoid intoxication (alcoholic drinks ), gambling and extramarital sex. worship Lord Krishna as far as practical at home, by setting up an altar, offering arati and foodstuffs (water, milk & fruits) worship the sacred tulasi plant and follow basic sadhana like rising early in the morning. fast on the Ekadashi and festival days
Writing Shiksha PaperA closed book at respective home
Training- Attend Seminar 
InterviewNo
Service at IBC/TempleMust have min one weekly service at IBC/temple
Mentor/GuideMust have
Attending BvMust attend weekly BV

Krishna Upasaka

Downloadable version of questionnaire

Chanting- min Rounds12 to 16
Reading
Science of Self Realization chapter 4 & 5
Bhagavad Gita As It Is chapter 7 – 12
Recommended- Krishna book
HearingMust- SP’s BG classes
(BG 7-12 chapters – click here)
Rules and RegulationPrevious+ fast on the Ekadashi and festival days and observe fasting for the appearance days of the Lord
Writing Shiksha Paperclosed book at BV level
Training- Attend SeminarBasic Vaishnava Etiquette
InterviewYes
Service at IBC/TempleMust have min one weekly service at IBC/temple
Mentor/GuideMust have
Attending BvMust attend weekly BV

Srila Prabhupada Ashraya

Downloadable version of questionnaire

Chanting- min Rounds16
Reading
Science of Self realization chapter 6 – 8
Bhagavad Gita As It Is chapter 13– 18
Srila Prabhupada book (Your ever well wisher)
Recommended- Krishna book
 
HearingMust- SP’s BG classes
(SB Canto 1 – click here)
Rules and RegulationPrevious + avoid intoxication including coffee and tea, and sports, abstain from taking onion and garlic. follow a strict sadhana programme at homeby rising early in the morning and following a program similar to the temple as far as possible. attend atleast one Bhagavatam class at the IBC/ temple every week.
Writing Shiksha Paperclosed book Sector level
Training- Attend SeminarSP Position Seminar
InterviewYes
Service at IBC/TempleMust have min one weekly service at IBC/temple
Mentor/GuideMust have
Attending BvRecommend to lead BV

Recommendation for initiation

Chanting- min Rounds16
Reading
SB Canto 1
SB Canto 2
Teachings of Lord Caitanya
Nectar of Instruction, Sri Isopanishad
Recommended- Krishna book
HearingMust- SP’s BG classes
(SB Canto 2 – click here)
Rules and RegulationPrevious+ commitment to assist/lead preaching
Writing Shiksha Paperclosed book IBC
Training- Attend SeminarIDC, Holy Name
InterviewYes
Service at IBC/TempleMust have min one weekly service at IBC/temple
Mentor/GuideSenior disciple of Guru for association or guidance should be identified before initiation
Attending BvRecommend to lead BV

When recommendation letter for initiation is issed from IBC, it meant IBC vouch for applicant’s stability in terms of Sadhana and leading moral life. To get fair evaluation, devotee must be connected to IBC at least 6 months

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