Bhakti Yoga Centre Invites you to meet senior Iskcon Devotee Her Grace Urmila Devi Dasi

We the members of the Bhakti Yoga Society, ISKCON Free State are very happy to invite you to meet this wonderful and very senior devotee.

Her grace hails form New York City, USA and is expert at presenting the conclusions of Bhagavad Gita in accordance with the teachings of His Divine Grace A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, her spiritual master and the founder of the International Society For Krsna Consciousness (ISKCON).


Annual Fund Raiser

Iskcon Free State – Bhakti Yoga Centre

Annual Fund Raising Buffet Luncheon

Saturday 26 October

Time: 2PM – 6PM

Please do join us for an afternoon of delicious food and some great music.

Weather forecast is predicting a beautiful sunny day for Saturday.

Call today to book your place 051 4477029

If you would like to deposit directly into our account: ISKCON FS Nedbank Cheque Account 1171103883 Branch: Mimosa Mall (117134)

We look forward to seeing you!

Kind regards Rupa Raghunatha das and the rest of the team.




Basmati Rice, Dhal (Lentil Gravy)

3 X Veg Curries (Mild) :- Kofta in Tomato Sauce, Green Beans Potatoe & Chickpea, Soya Prawns in Creamy Tomato Sauce

Roti, Samoosa & Pakora (Veg dipped in Batter) – served with Date & Tamarin Chutney

Fresh Watermelon Juice & Salads

2 Sweet Preps : Banana Puri & Goolabjamun

7th Annual Janmastami Festival at Iskcon FS – Bloemfontein


We the members of ISKCON Free State – Bhakti Yoga Centre
Cordially invite you to attend our 7th Annual Krishna Janmastami Festival
Date: 28 August 2013
Time: Starting 7pm sharp
Prashadam will be served from 9:30pm
Schedule of events:
7:00pm  – Fire Yajna invoking the blessings of Sri Krishna the Supreme Personality of Godhead (Rupa Raghunatha dasa, Temple  President ISKCON FS)
8:00pm  – Bhajans and Kirtan
8:30pm – Talk by special guest speaker His Grace Vraja Basi das (Preacher in East London, Teacher at The Bhaktivedanta College of  Education SA)
9:30pm – Prashadam Served for Guests
10:30pm – Chanting of Brahma Samhita and other sacred mantras
11:00pm – Kirtan by Nimai Sundarananda das
12:00pm – Midnight Arati and Kirtan
All donations welcome;
ISKCON FS Nedbank Current Account 1171103883
Mimosa Mall Branch 117 134
Bhakti Yoga Centre
1 Bompart Street, Westdene
Tel: 051 4477029

Lord Balaram’s Appearance Day Party


Please join us for the fun!

Starting 7pm with Kirtan, a talk on the Glories of Lord Balrama, and a feast including the famous Varuni Drink (loaded with Raw Honey).

Call us if you would like to sponsor anything for the feast.

Bhakti Yoga Centre, 1 Bompart Street Westdene, 0514477029

New Post on Conscious Streaming

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Conscious Streaming

Spiritual beings having a material experience.

This pretty much sums up my take on life.  I know that I’m going out on a limb and an opinion such as this makes me susceptible to public ridicule.   But that’s one thing I stopped worrying about many years ago.

At the tender age of eighteen I whole-heartedly took up the practices of Bhakti Yoga with enthusiasm and youthful exuberance.  Not having a Ferrari to sell I left behind my 500cc “Thumper” and moved into an ashram or commune to become a full time practitioner.  Shaving my head and donning robes I probably gave my parents nightmares and certainly a few too many sleepless nights!  Public opinion be damned I had found what I was looking for.

Later as a novice monk I travelled to Allahabad, India to attend Maha Kumbha Mela, probably one of the largest spiritually motivated gatherings of its time.  At this vast tented city along the Ganges, amongst approximately 29 Million visitors were all variety of sadhus, ascetics, yogis, holy men and the occasional self proclaimed “God” or incarnation.  I saw first hand the deep faith and spiritual commitment inherent in the psyche of the peoples of India.  Needless to say I was impressed, though also a little surprised at what appeared to be naivete and unquestionable devotion.

My resolve was strengthened to strife for a thorough understanding of the ancient Vedic traditions of India.

Over the coming months I hope to share with you some of this rich tapestry of spiritual tradition and wisdom, it’s concepts, beliefs and how they can be relevant to us all.

Spirit not matter

 Most genuine spiritual paths teach that ultimately we are transcendent beings.  This implies that we are different from the material body.  Even our language indicates this by the fact that we state we are the possessor of the body; we say, “my body” not “I body”.  The “I” then is the possessor of the body or the spirit or essence of our being.

The ancient yoga text Bhagavad Gita begins by stressing that our real identity is as infinitesimal spiritual beings, eternally existing and separate from the body.  The predicament we face in our current experience is that we are in essence also pleasure-seeking entities and this desire to enjoy is played out through the medium of the material body.  Unfortunately we do not find actual fulfillment in this plane.  An example is given of an animal in the desert that runs after a mirage thinking it will find the water necessary to quench its thirst but ultimately ends up dying.  In a similar way no matter how hard we try to find satisfaction through the medium of the material energy most of us still find that there is a nagging inner sense of discontentment.  The reason for this can be explained by another simple analogy; if we take a fish out of water it will never be satisfied until back in it’s natural environment, no matter what else we try to give it!

Therefore genuine spiritual practices are meant to create an atmosphere that nurtures our inner longing for spiritual fulfillment, or in other words awakens us to our inherent state of consciousness.

For any comments or question please feel free to go to my blog site.


A talk by visiting Yoga Professor

Fri 22 Feb, TLG21 – Theology Building, University of The Free State

Urmila Devi Dasi (Dr. Edith Best) has a Masters of School Administration and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a member of the Sastric Advisory Council (a scriptural advisory body) to the Governing Body Commission of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness – known commonly as the Hare Krishna movement.  She has extensive experience in presenting workshops, seminars and lectures on the practices and philosophy of Bhakti Yoga, based on the ancient texts of India known as the Vedas.

In September 2010 she published her 3 volume set “Dr. Best Learn To Read”.