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Spiritual Culture: Krishna’s Divine System
This is a well-thought, thoroughly researched, and deeply realized presentation on the topic of culture. Mother Devaki skillfully entwined Srila Prabhupada’s instructions with her personal experiences, realizations and mature understandings, bringing our Vaishnava philosophy to practical life and it’s application. She has distilled various highly relevant subjects into easily understandable principles that can be applied, with individual discrimination, by anyone no matter where we might be living in this world.
Mother Devaki is taking her readers for an internal journey to inspire us to re-think old concepts, which will certainly lead to new discoveries. This book is meant to shake us up and put into question today’s norms and modern worldviews, however unpalatable it may be to our false egos. Spiritual Culture gives us a glimpse into the sweetness and beauty which is hidden behind the regulative cultural norms and etiquettes found in all authentic spiritual traditions maintained throughout the world. We come to realize just how perfect and divine Krishna’s system is – meant to provide stability and harmony to civilized humanity, so we can re-establish our lost and forgotten relationship with Him. Contrary to the paradigm of sense gratification so widely glorified and propagated in this age, the points made in this book paint a stark, yet encouraging contrast to our current unsustainable counter-culture.
For those who are eager to awaken to the beautiful and shining day of the joyful spiritualist, SpiritualCulture is an essential read. It inspires internal transformation – something we naturally strive for in order to cultivate pure bhakti.
Devaki devi dasi was born in Germany in 1958 and after a long journey of searching, joined ISKCON in Sydney, Australia in 1985. She spent four years in the Sydney brahmacharini ashrama, learning the basics of devotional life. 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. Recently she has been expanding her preaching and also visits Canada. In the past Devaki devi dasi was also fundraising for the development of various projects and holy places in Nepal and Bangladesh.
In Bangladesh she is actively involved in the IYF student preaching, conducting seminars and IYF festivals under the guidance of His Holiness Bhakti Purusottama Swami Maharaja.
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.’
In Ukraine she has served under the expert guidance of His Holiness Niranjana Swami Maharaja, spreading the culture of care for the past seventeen years: on a personal level by serving as a spiritual guide and mentor to many devotees, by assisting devotees to become spiritual guides themselves, and by lecturing and conducting seminars.
Devaki devi dasi has helped establish Bhakti Sangam Festivals in various countries and is regularly conducting Holy Name Retreats.
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.
|Dimensions||15 x 21 x 2 cm|