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Hare Krishna Temple

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Hare Krishna Visit
Learning Outside The Classroom

Lucy Cornelius
Margaret Edwards
Sarah Chambers
Emma Spellman
Emma Hewitt
Emma Jones

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  • 1. Hare Krishna Temple Margaret Edwards Lucy Cornelius Sarah Chambers Emma Hewitt Emma Spellman Emma Jones
  • 2. Bhaktivedanta Manor Bhaktivedanta Manor Dharam Marg Hilfield lane, Aldenham Near Watford, Herts WD25 8EZ • The building was founded in 1261 and bought for £225,000 • It was bought by George Harrison in 1973 • Seventeen acres of land, including: Bhagavad Gita Walk Rose Garden Flower Nursery George’s Garden • There have been many campaigns to keep the building functioning as a place of worship for Hare Krishna due to a large number of complaints about the noise from festivals held there throughout the year
  • 3. • There is a primary school on site, although it was closed on the day of our visit • The school aims to develop their full academic, spiritual and moral potential • There is a teacher:pupil ratio of 1:10 • Children experience a balanced mix of yoga, games, swimming, dance and movement • They are taught to reflect on their experiences and become aware of themselves • Children develop an understanding of all religions during their time in education. Bhaktivedanta Manor School
  • 4. Srila Prabhupada • Srila was a messenger asked to travel and spread the teachings of Hare Krishna to the English speaking world • He founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness • He travelled across the Western World for 32 years, as well as experiencing two heart attacks whilst travelling on a bought from India to New York. • He circled the globe 14 times, lecturing and teaching his Sanskrit texts • Made over 5000 disciples • Stayed at the Hare Krishna temple in Watford where his books and belongings are kept and are on display.
  • 5. Meditation and Prayer During our visit to the Hare Krishna temple we learnt some information about prayer. Prays are said six times a day and currently are beginning at about 4:30am. The first pray of the day is called Mangal Arotik. This time will vary depending on the time of year as the first Morning Prayer must be said before sunrise. We were able to observe a prayer service and how it was conducted. Sweets and treats are offered to Krishna during the prayer. All prayers are conducted in the main Temple Room. All that happens in this temple is related to Krishna, and it is thought that the temple and everything in it belongs to him. There were many private meditation rooms within the temple. Whilst meditating you can also use prayer beads to count the names of Krishna, Rama and Radha (Hare), whilst holding each bead individually. This can take up to an hour and a half to complete. In the meditation rooms there are many books that contain mantras and messages that have been translated from Sanskrit into English. These books contain the original teachings for the Hare Krishna faith and were written hundreds of years ago. The temple is a very calm and peaceful place where anyone is welcome to enjoy the spiritual connection. There is a Woodland Walk within the temple grounds which combines the calming influence of nature with selected Mantra’s and teaching that are displayed throughout the walk which help you connect and feel closer to god. George Harrison, brought the temple sight and visited it regularly, some of his songs are said to be written about Krishna.
  • 6. Meditation and Prayer Tilaka refers to the markings which Vaisnava devotees apply to their bodies, to remind themselves and others that we are all eternal servants of Lord Krishna. The U-shaped mark represents the heel of Lord Vishnu, and the oval part represents the Tulasi leaf. Tilaka is applied to twelve parts of the body, and the twelve names of the Lord are recited with each application. To apply tilaka, start with a little Ganges or Yamuna water (if you don't have any, get some water, and stirring it with your right middle finger, chant: "O Ganges, O Yamuna, O Godavari, O Saravati, O Narmada, O Sindhu, O Kaveri, please become present in this water.“ Put the water in your left hand, and rub the hard tilak into the water, creating a wet paste out of the clay. Begin by putting your ring finger of the right hand into the clay, and starting between the eyebrows, bring the finger straight up to the hairline, making two straight lines. It should look like a long, narrow U- shape. Then use some more tilak to make the Tulasi leaf on your nose, it should extend about 3/4 of the way down your nose. As you apply the tilak to your body whilst chanting the mantra. Take the remaining tilak, and wipe it on the back of the head, in the area of the sikha, and chant om vasudevaya namaha. Lord Shiva says to Parvati that in the middle of the tilak marking there is a space, and in that space reside Lakshmi and Narayana. Therefore the body that is decorated with tilaka should be considered a temple of Lord Vishnu.
  • 7. Medium Term Plan
  • 8. Medium Term Plan
  • 9. Medium Term Plan Art (Lesson 6) Art (Lesson 7)
  • 10. Medium Term Plan RE (lesson 8)
  • 11. Lesson Plan – Lesson One (Year 4 RE)
  • 12. Lesson Plan Lesson One (Year 4 RE)
  • 13. Risk Assessment
  • 14. Risk Assessment