As a project of ISKCON Youth Services, BACE is a residential facility for college students and young unmarried professionals whereby they integrate spiritual discipline with their academic / professional career. Systematic training programs for the youth are held based on philosophy, character development and leadership skills. The BACE promises to offer a nourishing package of lifestyle management and provide a strong spiritual foundation to students’ academic & professional pursuits by which they blossom to be the beacon light for the new generation.
BACE is an exclusive opportunity for young students and working professionals to get a firsthand experience of the Krishna conscious lifestyle. This facility has been designed on the principles of the traditional gurukula system for unmarried boys for a systematic training in the Vedic culture and education. It is to be remarked that this is NOT just another residential facility like a typical hostel / lodge. The motivation of anyone wishing to reside here should be to learn and practice the process of devotional service to the Lord, along with pursuing his usual academic / professional duties.
Benefits of Staying in BACE
During his tenure of stay in the BACE, one is expected to get
- A proper and thorough understanding of spiritual knowledge
- Theoretical as well as practical knowledge of Vaishnava etiquettes
- Opportunities to make true friends based on love and service to the Supreme Lord
- Chance to improve one’s quality of spiritual practice and service attitude
- An environment favorable for excelling in one’s academic / professional responsibilities
One should have a strong desire to understand and practice the process of devotional service to the Supreme Lord
One should be chanting a minimum of 4 rounds of the Hare Krishna mahamantra for at least the past one month and keen to increase it
One should be attending the weekly programme being conducted at any of the BACEs for at least past one month. This ensures that he already has friendship with several BACE residents.
One should be strictly willing to follow the four regulative principles, namely no meat eating (including onion, garlic), no intoxication (including tea, coffee), no illicit sex (including artificial means), no gambling.
Students’ Lifestyle in BACE
BACE students rise early in the morning and chant the holy names of the Supreme Lord. They do not engage in the four sinful activities namely, intoxication, meat eating, illicit sex and gambling. They never take food which is not offered to the Lord. And they go to bed early before 10.00 p.m.
Almost in all departments, BACE students are top ranker They study from the beginning of the semester for a minimum of 4 hours a day mainly in the library or study room. Most of the passed out students are working in prestigious companies in India and abroad. Some of them have chosen teaching profession to guide the student community.
The daily schedule comprises of a short class on Bhagavad Gita or Srimad Bhagavatam. All students come together in the evening and perform Harinam Sankirtan with mridanga and kartal for 10 – 15 minutes. They regularly study the Holy scriptures like Bhagavad Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, Nectar of Instruction, Nectar of Devotion, Sri Isopanishad etc.
BACE students celebrate all major festivals like Krishna Janmashtami, Ram Navami, Gaur Purnima as well as others. Students prepare a grand feast for the Lord and decorate the temple very beautifully. Also once in a year, BACE students go on a yatra to Holy Dham like Vrindavan, Jagannath Puri, Navadvip Mayapur, Ahobilam, Tirupati and so on.
1. Gadadhara BACE
Location: Kasaba Bawada, Kolhapur
Colleges: D. Y. Patil Education Society, Kolhapur
Contact: Ravi – 09167217139
2. Srivas BACE
Location: Near Shivaji University, Kolhapur
Colleges: Shivaji University, College of Agriculture, Government Polytechnic
Contact: HG Amal Pad Renu Prabhu – 08879666308
3. Weekly Preaching Program
Location: R. K. Nagar, Kolhapur
Colleges: KIT’s College of Engineering, Bharati Vidyapeeth
Contact: Prashant – 09167217140