One of the principal ways that Krishna consciousness is nurtured is through regular study of Vedic philosophy. Whether you are new to the philosophy, or whether you have been practicing for some time, we offer a variety of opportunities to learn about and practically apply Bhakti principles in our individual lives.

Journey of Self Discovery – ISKCON Naperville conducts an engaging 5-week introductory seminar to explore many quintessential questions of spiritual seekers, such as – “Does God exist?” “Who am I?” “Search for happiness” “Why do bad things happen to good people?” etc.

These seminars are self-contained and accessible to all, even if you are very new to spiritual life. They are facilitated by those well versed in Vedic philosophy and experienced in the practice of Bhakti-yoga. Discussions are interactive and meant to foster a heartfelt and respectful dialogue.

The other seminars that we periodically facilitate are Strengthening the bonds that free us – a seminar for strengthening couples’ relationships, parenting, conflict resolution, changing habits, Vaishnava etiquette, hopelessness to hope, faith etc.

Bhakti Vriksha – Bhakti Vriksha sessions are ideal for those that are new to Krishna Consciousness and want to learn more. These sessions systematically guide one through some of the foundational Vedic literatures, such as the Bhagavad Gita. Sessions are typically held weekly and are moderated by an experienced practitioner of Bhakti yoga. They provide ample opportunities to ask questions or engage in enlivening discussions.

Participants often build lasting relationships with each other and the facilitator through heart-felt sharing of how understanding and applying scriptural philosophy might have transformed their own lives in ways that are small or significant.

For the convenience of participants, Bhakti Vriksha sessions are offered at a variety of days, times, and locations throughout the week. We also offer virtual conferences for those that are not able to attend in person.

Facilitator & contact info



Balaram Prasad Das
[email protected]

Aurora, IL

Fridays, 7pm – 9pm

Vṛndāvana das
[email protected]

Naperville, IL

Fridays, 7pm – 9pm

Premananda Dasi
[email protected]

Web/Phone Conference

Tuesdays, 8:30 – 10pm

Panduranga Gopal Das
[email protected]

Lisle, IL

Fridays, 7pm – 9pm

Krishna Prema Das
[email protected]

Lisle, IL

Thursdays, 7 pm – 9 pm

Pratibahu Das
[email protected]

Online / Phone

Multiple days, evenings

Vamsidhari Das
[email protected]

Aurora, IL

Fridays, 7 pm – 9 pm

Bhakti Shastri – Currently offered every Sunday 1 pm – 4 pm in-person, Bhakti Shastri courses are an in-depth verse-by-verse study of four foundational texts of Bhakti Yoga/ Krishna Consciousness— Bhagavad-Gita As It Is; Nectar of Devotion; Nectar of Instruction; and Sri Isopanisad. The course is offered in six systematic modules over a period of 2 to 2.5 years. Contact Pratibahu Das above for more information.

The course takes a personal approach to learning, aiming for participants to experience a deepening of their faith and conviction. Teachers provide mentorship and guidance to students, even outside of regular course time, to practically apply the teachings in their lives.

Our teachers are experienced devotees who have been studying, living by, and teaching Prabhupada’s books for many years. Our students come from all over the world and all spheres of life, creating a vibrant community with the goal of understanding and deeply imbibing the Gaudiya Vaishnava principles and practices.

Participants receive an official ISKCON Bhakti Sastri degree Certificate upon completion of all six modules. Course can be completed in individual modules, if one is unable to take the whole course at a stretch. Contact us for more details.

Note from Temple president of Radha Shyamasundara Temple, ISKCON Naperville:
Radha Shyamasundara Temple, ISKCON Naperville is now an officially recognized Bhakti Shastri examination center. This course work is already in progress and it consists of in-depth and systematic study of four books, Bhagavad Gita, Nectar of devotion, Nectar of Instruction and Sri Isopanishad. It is designed for devotees practicing Krishna consciousness seriously for at least one year with basic Shastric knowledge and understanding . It is a structured program. Teaching and Evaluations are done by our certified teachers. For additional info you can contact the instructors Satarupa devi dasi or Pratibahu das @[email protected]