Invitation: Writing project

December 16th, 2018 | Posted by ww-seva2 in class | lecture | news

More details on project:

hāgavata Smaraṇam:
Devotees’ Reflections on the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam Canto 1

Invitation to Participate

Dear devotees,
Greetings and blessings of the Vaishnavas. Jaya Srila Prabhupada!

This is to inform you of a Vaishnava community writing project in which you are invited to participate. In brief, it is about sharing your thoughts, reflections, and inspirations on the basis of some portion of the First Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, by writing (a maximum of 1200 words).

One very powerful way of fixing one’s attention on shastra is to read with the aim of responding-in-writing to what one has read. The writing process calls upon us to collect our thoughts and make them coherent, comprehensible, and interesting for others. This process can be thought of as a form of kirtanam—glorification—that can be enlivening for oneself and for those who will read what has been written.

You are invited to participate in this project, with the possibility of having your writing published. Here are some details of how this will work:

1. For this project, we are concentrating exclusively on Canto 1 of Srimad Bhagavatam. Your ‘task’ will be to select some passage—it might consist of only one verse, or several verses, or a whole chapter, or indeed one single word of a verse—and then to show, through your own writing, how this particular passage is especially appreciated by you. There are any number of ways you could go about this, but you may find it helpful to imagine a specific audience—a friend, relative, acquintance, or even some famous person—whom you wish to address and whom you would like to help connect to the Bhagavatam.

2. You are welcome to refer to specific verses as well as to a specific passage in one or more of Srila Prabhupada’s purports. Be careful not to unnecessarily copy what we can all read in the Bhagavatam. The idea is to bring your own ‘voice’ to the ‘conversation’. At the same time, be careful not to become self-indulgent, rambling on about yourself. Try to find a balance between the Bhagavatam’s voice and your own voice.

3. Be coherent: try to have one single message to communicate as clearly and succinctly as possible. It might be that you want to share how a certain personality in Canto 1 gives you inspiration; or how you mind it difficult to imagine such person living in the 21st century; or how after years of wondering why something is described a certain way, it now makes sense to you; or why you find a certain passage off-putting; or how, if you were to make a film representing a certain narrative, you would do such-and-such; or how you think some idea in this canto could be applied to resolve a problem (your own, a family’s, or of the wider public); or how a certain passage puts into perspective for you some event reported recently in the news…. These are just broad suggestions. There are no hard-and-fast rules, except to writing with sincerity and for the purpose of self-purification.

4. After you have written a draft of your reflection, leave it aside for a few days or a week. Then come back to it and re-read it with a critical eye. See if you can improve it in any way. Then: have a trusted friend read it and give constructive criticism. After noting whatever points the friend makes, go back and revise your writing (not that you have to accept whatever your friend suggests, but you can take it into account).

5. If English is not your mother language but you have written your piece in English, please try to have someone whose English is better than yours go through it for language improvements. Or you can write in your own language and find a friend who could translate it into English.

6. When you have completed your piece and have edited it as best you can, please send it via email, as a DOC file, to Rasodadhi Hari das (dadhi108@gmail.com), latest by March 01st, 2019. We would like to bring the book together and have it printed by December….so the final deadline is 01st March. We hope to include everyone’s contribution, but we are making final decisions about inclusion or exclusion of particular writings.

7. If there are any questions, please write to Rasodadhi Hari das (dadhi108@gmail.com)… [not to Krishna Kshetra Swami, who is busy with his own extended writing project].

Thank you,
With best wishes,
Krishna Kshetra Swami

ys rdhd

On Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 3:13 PM, RasoDadhi Hari das wrote:
Also, for devotees in Croatia, please feel free to write this in Croatian if you do not have anyone to translate text for you…. and send me. One devotee will translate your text in English language.

ys rdhd

On Mon, Apr 9, 2018 at 12:24 PM, RasoDadhi Hari das wrote:

Bhāgavata Smaraṇam:
Devotees’ Reflections on the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam Canto 1

Invitation to Participate

Dear devotees,
Greetings and blessings of the Vaishnavas. Jaya Srila Prabhupada!

This is to inform you of a Vaishnava community writing project in which you are invited to participate. In brief, it is about sharing your thoughts, reflections, and inspirations on the basis of some portion of the First Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, by writing (a maximum of 1200 words).

One very powerful way of fixing one’s attention on shastra is to read with the aim of responding-in-writing to what one has read. The writing process calls upon us to collect our thoughts and make them coherent, comprehensible, and interesting for others. This process can be thought of as a form of kirtanam—glorification—that can be enlivening for oneself and for those who will read what has been written.

You are invited to participate in this project, with the possibility of having your writing published. Here are some details of how this will work:

1. For this project, we are concentrating exclusively on Canto 1 of Srimad Bhagavatam. Your ‘task’ will be to select some passage—it might consist of only one verse, or several verses, or a whole chapter, or indeed one single word of a verse—and then to show, through your own writing, how this particular passage is especially appreciated by you. There are any number of ways you could go about this, but you may find it helpful to imagine a specific audience—a friend, relative, acquintance, or even some famous person—whom you wish to address and whom you would like to help connect to the Bhagavatam.

2. You are welcome to refer to specific verses as well as to a specific passage in one or more of Srila Prabhupada’s purports. Be careful not to unnecessarily copy what we can all read in the Bhagavatam. The idea is to bring your own ‘voice’ to the ‘conversation’. At the same time, be careful not to become self-indulgent, rambling on about yourself. Try to find a balance between the Bhagavatam’s voice and your own voice.

3. Be coherent: try to have one single message to communicate as clearly and succinctly as possible. It might be that you want to share how a certain personality in Canto 1 gives you inspiration; or how you mind it difficult to imagine such person living in the 21st century; or how after years of wondering why something is described a certain way, it now makes sense to you; or why you find a certain passage off-putting; or how, if you were to make a film representing a certain narrative, you would do such-and-such; or how you think some idea in this canto could be applied to resolve a problem (your own, a family’s, or of the wider public); or how a certain passage puts into perspective for you some event reported recently in the news…. These are just broad suggestions. There are no hard-and-fast rules, except to writing with sincerity and for the purpose of self-purification.

4. After you have written a draft of your reflection, leave it aside for a few days or a week. Then come back to it and re-read it with a critical eye. See if you can improve it in any way. Then: have a trusted friend read it and give constructive criticism. After noting whatever points the friend makes, go back and revise your writing (not that you have to accept whatever your friend suggests, but you can take it into account).

5. If English is not your mother language but you have written your piece in English, please try to have someone whose English is better than yours go through it for language improvements. Or you can write in your own language and find a friend who could translate it into English.

6. When you have completed your piece and have edited it as best you can, please send it via email, as a DOC file, to Rasodadhi Hari das (dadhi108@gmail.com), latest by June 30, 2018. We would like to bring the book together and have it printed by December of this year, so June 30 is the final deadline. We hope to include everyone’s contribution, but we are making final decisions about inclusion or exclusion of particular writings.

7. If there are any questions, please write to Rasodadhi Hari das (dadhi108@gmail.com)… [not to Krishna Kshetra Swami, who is busy with his own extended writing project].

Thank you,
With best wishes,
Krishna Kshetra Swami

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