A Seminar with Devaki Mataji
Friday, May 24, 18:00-20:30
Saturday, May 25, 10:00-13:00 / Lunch / 14:00-16:00
Price: Course is on a donation basis
In spiritual life-giving and accepting shelter is the very basis to any meaningful relationship: we are always giving shelter to inferiors and accepting shelter from superiors. If this is not there, our relationships will be superficial. In fact, the theme of taking shelter is accompanying us on various levels throughout our entire spiritual practice. In this course, we discover the necessary qualities in order to be eager for shelter, and the qualities we have to develop in order to give shelter, and what blocks us the most from giving and accepting shelter. We will also receive insights how this principle of shelter forms the foundation to Devotee Care which is a very relevant topic in present-day ISKCON. As we all know, we have been losing many nice devotees over the past years – so many people come to Krishna consciousness, they stay around for some time, and too many fade away again. In this seminar we will find the answers as to why this phenomena has been taking place. And we receive insights how to avoid this. If we put into practice the principles and tools we discuss, we will have more devotees and happier devotees.
Devaki devi dasi was born in Germany in 1958 and after a long journey of searching, joined ISKCON in Sydney, Australia in 1985. She took initiation from Bhavananda Prabhu and later re-initiation from Prabhavisnu Prabhu. She is now a disciple of His Holiness Niranjana Swami.
During her ten years in married life (1989–1999) she preached in Riga, Latvia, and spent adventurous years in helping to pioneer the first more organized temple in the former Soviet Union. In 1999 her husband remarried a non-devotee, and Devaki devi dasi then became a renounced traveling preacher, spending six months per year in India and Bangladesh, and the other six months in various countries around Western Europe, Ukraine and Moldova
During her years of service in Bangladesh, she developed deep insights into Vaishnava culture that have enriched her spiritual practices and inspired her preaching. She is sharing this wisdom worldwide in the courses entitled ‘Exploring the Roots of Spiritual Culture.’
She was serving for several years as a member of the GBC Committee for Devotee Care and promotes care of every ISKCON devotee to the highest level of priority in our movement. In March 2014 she established the Institute for Spiritual Culture.